What: Mt. Jangheung*
Where: Janghueng, South Korea
Get There: From Seoul central bus station, we took a bus down to Jangheung (5.0 hours) to visit a friend for a few days… so we wanted to get some hiking in. *Note: This mountain is not named in English, so I took the liberty of calling it Mt. Jangheung for simplicity’s sake. From just about anywhere in the city of Jangheung, you can see this mountain with what looks like a rocky-thumb sticking out. There’s an observatory half-way up the mountain, and this is also visible just adjacent to the summit. From downtown, we just walked towards the mountain through service-roads that go through the farmers’ fields. We easily found a road that leads you to the trailhead, where you can find a huge map (all in Korean, no English) to point you in the right direction. You could also take a taxi, but not needed. Plan on 3 hours total if you walk from Janghueng.
Final Thoughts: With not much information available about this mountain, my wife Elicia and I simply explored by taking the advice, “oh, just walk towards the mountain and you’ll find the trail”. Sure enough, we did just that. It was well worth the 1-mile adventure from Jangheung. This was a moderate climb with some tough sections, but the trail was scarcely populated and offered a great lookout on top. It took three hours round-trip from downtown Jangheung but would probably only be two hours if you started from the parking lot and trail-head.