Gyeryongsan National Park

Gyeryongsan National Park, Gongju: Address, Phone Number, Gyeryongsan National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Gyeryongsan National Park
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Gongju, South Korea31 contributions
An intermediate course of 3.5km hiking
Oct 2019 • Friends
I think the sunshine could hardly reach the ground of the dense forest except for winter. The crispy sound of fallen leaves and the twittering of birds gave me a feel of adventure.
Written December 1, 2019
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Kanna O
Asan, South Korea28 contributions
Experience Korea's beautiful autumn
Oct 2019 • Friends
Went as a big group of foreign students from a university in the same province. According to the foliage forecast, Oct 27th was the peak of foliage in Gyeryong mountain. Unfortunately, when we actually went there, the trees were still mostly green. Fortunately, the weather was nice. Many, many Korean hiking enthusiasts on the weekends. We started from Gapsa, but most start from Donghaksa. Trails are quite intensive, steep, and rocky. Lots of food options (roasted chestnuts, steamed corn, Korean pancake) near Donghaksa.
Written November 21, 2019
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Ibrahim M
Singapore, Singapore140 contributions
Hiking trip
May 2019 • Solo
Great place to hike! A bit of a challenge still so be mentally prepared but if you are, good place for people who are trying out hiking in terms of the trails. Plenty of peaks to choose to go to. I started at Sinwonsa temple and ended at Donghaksa temple. Good place to end at Donghaksa, alot of food outlets there.

Not alot of maps though and trails arent so obvious so be mindful not to get off the trail. No toilets or anywhere to buy drinks or snacks in between so stock up properly before you head in.
Written May 5, 2019
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Xanthi, Greece2,024 contributions
Nice walk in the national park
Sep 2018 • Friends
The park is very big and beautiful. You have to drive for about half an hour from Daejeon city. Prior to entering the park you can enjoy a nice traditional Korean meal. In order to enter you have to pay entrance fee but is not much (approx. 3$ per person). The park is designed with walking paths which are very nice to cross for every age. The park is highly recommended if you are in the area and it’s a big touristic attraction. You will not be disappointed
Written September 15, 2018
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Daejeon, South Korea142 contributions
Excellent place to see
Jul 2017
You should visit this place if you are staying in Daejeon especially if want to enjoy hiking in a place where there is a beautiful water fall
Written July 9, 2017
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Atlanta5 contributions
Temple Run
Apr 2017 • Family
Very fun. Also, great spiritual vibes. Many families there as well as venders selling a variety of goods and wares.
Written April 4, 2017
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Denton, TX9 contributions
Tropical forest thirty minutes from town
Jul 2015 • Friends
I went to Gyeryongsan at the beginning of July on a somewhat rainy day. It's been a mild summer, so the weather was great. Once we got up into the mountain it was very cool along the river. We took the 107 to the 711 outside the entrance of the park. It's the last stop on the bus and it's a ten minute walk past some restaurants to get to the park. It's a 2,000 entrance fee, they only accept cash. There's a visitor's center along the way, you can get a map there and fill up your water bottles. I would recommend bringing at least two liters if you're going on a long hike in the summer. I didn't see any place to refill along the way. My friend and I hiked up to Gwaneumbong past the Dhonghaksan temple and Eunseon Pokpo (waterfall). The temple was under construction and the waterfall was tall but small. Great view at the waterfall. Past the waterfall it was switchbacks on slippery rocks all the way up to the peak. Do not wear choco's like I did. I recommend hiking shoes and even trekking poles if you have them. They're not necessary but would have been nice to have. The view at the top was amazing. I would have gone on but was out of shape, so I had to turn back the way I came. I plan to go back in September and do the entire loop. There was no bathroom anywhere on the mountain and it can be crowded be warned. Also, there's a lot of restaurants by the river for when you finish your hike. My friend and I ate at a restaurant that had the tables in the river. It felt amazing to stick our feet in while we ate. And the food was good.
Written July 16, 2015
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Mawi S.
South Korea265 contributions
Adventure in the mountain
Apr 2015 • Friends
How to get there:
From inside Chungnam National University, you can take bus 48 and get off at Yuseong Spa stn. Then take another bus, 107, and get off at the last station. There, your adventure begins. ♡

We were a group of 5 friends who wanted to hike one of the peaks of Gyeryong National park. We have to pay ₩2,000 for the entrance fee. Well, that won't hurt your pocket and it is for preserving the pristine environment.

We walked and walked. We also visited Donghaksa Temple on the way. For those who are always wanting to go to toilets, do not worry since the place has an ample number of toilets. For those who are always hungry, there are lots (i mean a lot!) of restaurants at the foot of the mountain. If you feel like eating ice cream or snacks or buying souvenirs, there are also shops on the way.

Since we are not expert hikers (or hikers), we really had a difficulty traversing the rocky path. But when we reached the peak, it was really satisfying. Our hard work was rewarded!

If given the chance and time, I will revisit and hike again but with the other mountain peak. ♡
Written June 2, 2015
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Fort Walton Beach, FL45 contributions
Hiking is Great at Gyeryongsan National Park
Apr 2015 • Couples
Gyeryongsan or "Rooster Dragon Mountain" is a great place to go hiking and experience Korean nature. There are several different trails, ranging from the mostly-flat, paved main trail into the park that is a treasure of natural beauty in itself to the more challenging intermediate, advanced, and expert trails that take you to the many peaks and ridges along the mountain range. You can park your car right at the entrance on the Donghak Temple-side of the park and spend a leisurely morning or afternoon and just catch the sites along the main route inside the park. This is an easy hike on a paved surface along a mountain stream with steep wooded walls on both side of the trail. It is wheel-chair accessible for about 3 km. There are outcrops of facilities along the way, including a nice visitor center and several buildings that are part of the Donghak Temple complex. The Temple is a beautiful compliment to the surrounding natural scenery and makes for some impressive photography. There were a lot of groups there and it seemed customary for them to hike in and claim a bit of space to enjoy a packed lunch. There is no place inside the park to buy food and it seems like open flame cooking is not allowed for obvious reasons, so best to pack something to eat if you are going to be hiking any further than the main trail into the park. There are hundreds of restaurants and temporary seasonal booths along to road leading up to the park entrance. They truly create a carnival-type atmosphere, but be prepared to pay a premium price even for less-than-premium food. Once inside the park there are restroom facilities along the main trail and a few limited places to dispose of any trash, so you best pack that trash out if you go up off the main path and you better take care of business before you go! Be advised some of the toilets are old-style "squattie potties" and you would do well to take your own paper. Down in the valley where the main trail into the park is, you might need a light jacket as it can be about 10-15 degrees cooler than outside the park because of all the tree-cover, the nearby streams, and the steep mountains. We saw some nice little waterfalls from the natural springs flowing down the rocks from the up on the mountain. The park is know for having a population of striped squirrels and we saw a couple dart across the trail in front of us. They were tiny, but they had very striking markings on their body that set them apart from the plain variety of squirrels. I wish I had a photo of them, but with all the people in the park on the day we were there, these little guys didn't waste any time getting off the main path and up into the refuge of a nearby tree. As for the crowds--I attribute it to the Cherry Blossom festival while we were there. The entrance-way to the park seemed like it was draped in a canopy of beautiful Cherry Blossoms and when a strong gust kicked up the crowd raised up a collective "ahhh" like you would associate with a sports stadium as it suddenly looked like it was snowing with Cherry Blossom petals fluttering in the air and falling gently onto everyone's hair and clothing. It was truly beautiful and hearing the vocal praises from the crowds was indeed unique. It was a two-hour bus ride from Pyeongtaek getting to the park, maybe a little less, but it was well worth the trip and I was glad I didn't drive because it was a Sunday and we avoided much of the traffic by using the bus lane and it was nice to just sit back and relax after all the hiking. I am looking forward to going to Gyeryongsan again as the seasons change--I've seen it years ago during the fall and it was absolutely breathtaking. Entrance to the park is typically 9,000 Korean Won (about $9 USD), but there are discounts available for groups, children, and seniors. For more info, the official Korean National Park Service website for Gyeryongsan is The site has an English option. Enjoy your trip to Gyeryongsan!
Written April 18, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore72 contributions
Worth a visit!
Jun 2013 • Family
The weather is cooling even in summer season, a good place to relax your mind. The park is quiet the air is fresh perfect for morning jog!

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Written August 3, 2013
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