What: Bonghwasan (봉 화 산) & Cheonseongsan (천 성 산) Mountains
Where: These two gems are located north-east of Yeosu a bit. Near Mipyeong-dong and the famous black sand beach in Yeosu called Manseongri.
*Note = The map above is incorrect! Bonghwasan (봉 화 산) is actually on the left, while Cheonseongsan (천 성 산) is on the right.
Elevation: Bonghwasan (봉 화 산) is 460m and Cheonseongsan (천 성 산) is 422m, making both of them some of the higher peaks in the Yeosu area.
Get There: As we hike more and more, we’re beginning to venture out further and further from our school/apartment so it takes just a bit more planning. Choosing the hiking route we did, Yeosu buses #6, #81, #666 or #777 can take you very close to the trailhead. Since #777 is right by our school, it was an easy choice. After school we spent 35 minuts on the bus, and presto! We were there. Again, a taxi would be a quicker option, but more expensive. Here’s some detailed pics of the bus stops and the trail we hiked last night:
Final Thoughts: These two mountains should be hiked togeher, in my opinion, since they’re so close together and it’d be a shame to climb all the way to the top without walking across a beautiful ridge to see the view from the other side! This was a bit longer hike, but not any more difficult than the others around Yeosu. Total it was 1.7Km from the start to Bonghwasan, 1.2Km across the ridge to Cheonseongsan, and a quick 1.3Km down to the beach. Important note: when descending from Cheonseongsan, they have made a new trail that goes left. Don’t take it unless you want to go backwards towards Bonghwasan! The trail down to Manseongri Beach is a little hard to find, but it’s 50m passed the look-out point and on the right. You’ll see it! Once down at the beach, there was various seafood restaurants, carnival games, and places to have a beer. Perfect! Although tempting, we instead caught a bus back to Yeoseo-dong to watch a movie the rest of the night. We have only been in Yeosu for exactly two months now. In those 60 days, we have hiked a bunch! We love the mountains around Yeosu because they are easy to get to and offer amazing views. We look forward to climbing the next one soon!