Hiking Guide to Busan

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

Korea has a vast number of mountains scattered throughout the country which makes it an ideal place to go hiking during your visit. Even in the cities, there are always mountains close by, so in this post, we will introduce 4 of our favorite mountain in and surrounding Busan and our recommended hiking courses. So dust off your hiking boots and let’s go!

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Duration (to and from): 3 - 4 hours

Highlights: Beomeosa Temple, Godangbong Peak, Geumsaem

Geumjeongsan, one of the main mountains representing Busan reaches its peak at 801 m above ground level, making it the highest mountain in the Busan area. Not only the height of the mountain is impressive, but the mountain is also the location of the country’s biggest mountain fortress, with surrounding hot springs and many scenic spots and small villages. There are so many things to experience at the Geumjeongsan mountain that it is hard to do it all in one day. One of the most popular attractions on the mountain is called Geumsaem and it is a hollow pool of water on top of a large rock that has been created by long-term weathering on the granite rock. After your hike, you can relax your muscles at the hot spring resort. There are also several restaurants located around the hot spring resort. Make sure to try Sanseong makgeolli (traditional Korean rice wine) and duck bulgogi two famous delicacies special to the Geumjeongsan mountain. For those who want a less strenuous walk, it is also possible to take a cable car up the mountain.

Our Recommended course

*Beomeosa Temple - Cheongnyeonam - Naengwonam - Godangbong Peak - Gudangsaem - Geumseom - Bukmun(the north gate) - Uisangbong Peak - 4th Mangru - Manseongam - Sangma Village (3:50 / 10km)

*Beomeosa Temple - Godangbong Peak - Dongmun - east gate (Course 6)

Difficulty level: Easy

Duration (to and from): 3 hours

Highlights: Bongsoodae (Beacon Fire Station), Night view, Gwangan Bridge

Hwangnyeongsan is the most well-known mountain in Busan. The mountain has an altitude of 428 m. Since the mountain is located so central in Busan, a lot of people go here to relax and unwind. There are also many sports facilities and campgrounds so citizens enjoy visiting the mountain in the summertime. It is possible to drive up the mountain and there is a parking lot at the observatory located on the top of the mountain. Hwangryeongsan is really beautiful on a clear day, you can see far into the horizons and as far as the sea but Hwangryeongsan is probably the most special at night. When the sun has set, the twinkling light of the city come out. From the observatory, you can see most of downtown Busan, from Namhang bridge, Seomyeon, Gwangan bridge to Busan city hall. You can start your hike right before sunset and then enjoy the night view when you reach the top.

Our Recommended Course

Gyeongseongdae Human Gate University - Baram Pass - Sajabong peak - pylon - Pongsoodae( Beacon Fire Station) - Hwangnyeongsan Mountain (427m) - Limdo - Namcheon-dong Kbs Broadcasting Station

Difficulty level: moderate

Duration (to and from): 4 - 5 hours

Highlights: Children's Grand Park, Meeting Plaza, Forest Theme Playground, Seojigok Reservoir

Baekyang Mountain is the second-highest mountain in Busan. The mountain has an abundance of white aspens, a kind of willow tree, which is what the mountain got its name from. The mountain reaches its peak at 642 meters. Some of the most famous attractions on the mountain are the Baekyang tunnel, the Children’s Park, and the Seojigok Reservoir. Near the Seojigok Reservoir, the mainstream in downtown Busan and the origin of the water supply system, the Suntree forest, and the children’s park are located. The Suntree forest is a popular spot for citizens to take a stroll. In the Children’s Park, there are a zoo, amusement facilities, and an indoor swimming pool. If you are traveling with children, this is a perfect place to take them for a little playtime in nature.

Our Recommended Course

*Seonamsa Temple - Aejin Peak - Baekyangsan Mountain - Aejinbong Peak - Seonamsa Temple

*Children's Grand Park - Nokdam-gil - Sungji Bridge - Baram Pass signpost - Dinosaur Footprint Fossil Site - The Top - Bamboo Forest - Meeting Plaza - Forest Park -Sungji Bridge - Children's Grand Park (4:00 / 10.1km)

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Duration (to and from): 3 - 4 hours

Highlights: Jangsan Observatory, Falls, Silver Grass Field(억새밭)

Jangsan is the third highest mountain in Busan with various hiking courses for every difficulty level. In Daecheon Park on Jangsan mountain, the Jangsan Falls is located. The pond below the waterfall is 10 meters deep and is a beautiful sight. From the top, you can see several famous spots in and surrounding Busan. The Southern sea with Songjeong, Haeundae and Gwangalli beach is located to the southeast of Jangsan. To the west, you can see Hwangnyeongsan mountain and the Geumryeonsan peak. At the foot of the mountain, there are beautiful silver grass fields. Here, many visitors eat their lunch and take pictures.

Our Recommended Course

(3:30 Hours and 9.5 km)

Daecheon Park - Oknyubong - Jungbong - Jangsan - Bamboo Forest - Yangun Waterfall - Daecheon Park

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