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Jirisan (South Korea)

Practical information on Jirisan

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
50 minutes by bus from Gurye
When to go
From June to mid-November
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Jirisan

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

Jirisan National Park is a chain of mountains and the mountain of the same name is the second largest of Korea.

My suggestion:
The climb up Mount Jirisan is difficult and dangerous without a guide, however, there are many more accessible trails in the region. Plan to leave early in the morning because the sun sets very early.
My review

Jirisan National Park straddles several regions and different points of departure are possible depending on where you want to go. The hiking trails are not accessible year round for climatic reasons.

From Cheonwangbong, the summit of Jirisan, the view of the sea of clouds is breathtaking, but access is difficult if you are alone. I strongly recommend you hire a guide.

In the autumn, I found the (very long) hike to Piagol particularly beautiful, when the maple trees turn red both in the valleys and on the mountainsides. During the summer, shorter hikes of about two hours lead to spectacular landscapes.

The trails in the heart of the forest go through villages, which gives you a glimpse of another way of life, far from the tumult of the major Korean cities.

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