What: Maraesan Mountain (마 래 산)
Where: Yeosu held the World Expo in the summer months of 2012. Similar to getting ready for the Olympic Games, the city/province/country poured millions of dollars into road improvements, buildings, transportation (high-speed train, ferries, buses, etc) along with new hotels and restaurants in the city of Yeosu. Elicia and I are fortunate to live in this city. The “Expo” area is pretty remarkable, we’ve walked around a few times. Maraesan Mountain is adjacent to the Expo area in Yeosu, on the eastern-most part of the city that’s butted up to the East Sea.
Elevation: Maraesan Peak (마 래 산) is 385m
You start at darn-near sea-level, so I’d venture to guess this trail goes from about 50m up to 385m!
Get There: The mountain is the closest and most prominent peak near the expo. We took a city bus to the KTX Train Station by the Expo an walked to the trail-head. There’s only three trails up to this peak so take your pick! From our apt it would be about $5-$6 cab ride, so after school we hopped on a city bus which is only $1 each way! From the train station you need to walk towards the apartment complexes and take a right by the school. There you will find the trail! Naver makes great maps that shows all the trails on the mountains in Korea, so that’s super helpful. Google doesn’t have this feature…
I really enjoyed this hike! Distance-wise it was a bit longer than Gubongsan and Goraksan (the other two mountains we’ve hiked in Yeosu) because the beginning was very gradual and easy. I’d vote the views from the top of this peak A+ because you can see the expo area come alive at night and because you’re right near the sea so you can see little islands out in the distance. We hiked this one after work, starting at about 6:45pm so it fell dark pretty quickly at the top, but we had a blast! If you live anywhere in Yeosu, this would be a great hike to put on your must-do list!
PS – we did this hike at the end of May :)