Three Mountains to Hike in Asan

By: Angela Alvis, South of Seoul volunteer

Korea is known for gorgeous mountain hikes. Asan is not home to Korea’s tallest or prettiest mountains, but they are beloved nonetheless. Best of all they are conveniently located and easily accessible for those living south of Seoul.


Bongsusan Mountain

Park at the foothills of the mountain in a small gravel parking lot and walk through the juniper pine tree lined trails. There are many hiking trails that converge at Bonggoksa Temple which makes it a perfect place to begin and end a hike. Be on the lookout for wounded trees said to have been damanged in a battle during the Japanese occupation.

?Bongsusan Mountain Trail Entrance

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Goyongsan Mountain (Pinnacle Four)

I honestly have no idea why this trail system is referred to as Pinnacle Four. There are multiple trail heads that converge at the top of the Goyongsan Mountain – more than four. There are two popular trail heads. One starts at Yonggungsa Temple, with easy parking and the other is near Highway 34 and requires street parking. The trails themselves are steep and rocky and require a moderate fitness level.

? HWY 34 Trailhead

? Yonggungsa Temple

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Yeonginsan Mountain (Yeonginsan National Forest)

Take a leisurely drive to this National Forest and pick up a map at the first set of bathrooms or at the entrance of the main trail head. There are lots of trails for a variety of hiking abilities so you can hike a little or a lot. There are also interactive exhibits to learn more about the forest, arboretum, and insects. Be prepared with cash (won) to pay for parking. Leave your furry companion at home, this area is not dog friendly.

? Yeonginsan Forest Entrance

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