Maisan Mountain

Maisan Mountain, Jinan-gun: Address, Maisan Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Maisan Mountain
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Tinee Langcz
By Tinee Langcz
Great experience climbing the Female Peak and the Stone Pagoda is picturesque.
Jul 2018
So many, many, many stairs!!! Didn't even bother to count the number of steps. Really a lot. But it was really great leg exercise though... I suggest wear comfy shoes like rubber shoes or hiking shoes. I was glad that I wore my rubber shoes. I did not expect that going the Female Peak (Ammaibong Peak) was slightly difficult because a little portion of the climb is very steep and no stairs so you have to climb on the rock. the railings was helpful, got something sturdy to hold while climbing. The view at the peak is worth risk-taking. So beautiful and I love the fresh air too. Climbing the peak is not so hot (even summer) because so many trees. Went there this summer, not peak season, so the place is not crowded. I liked it. The transportation cost was cheaper than I expected. From Jeonju to Jinan only costs 3,700won and the bus to Maisan only costs 950won. However, we started at the North Parking and hiked towards the South Parking wherein we finished about 2 hours earlier than the Bus schedule. So we took a taxi for only 12,450won going to the Bus Terminal. Not bad. About the Stone Pagodas? We haven't spent much time there because we are already exhausted from the climb. Just took some photos and walked to South Parking. We found many restaurants near South Parking. Fresh and cold water to wash our face and drink is available too. Saw many cherry blossoms trees along the road near the lake, which I think is a nice view on Spring. Over-all, it was a quick day-hike and worth it!

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Jason Davis
Jeonju, South Korea19 contributions
Very interesting and unique style!
May 2019
The temple tucked away at the base of the 'horse-ear' mountains is uniquely build out of stacked rocks. The mountain itself can be hiked to the top, and what beautiful views of the surrounding mountains! A must-see if in Jeollabuk-do.
Written July 9, 2019
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Tinee Langcz
South Korea126 contributions
Great experience climbing the Female Peak and the Stone Pagoda is picturesque.
Jul 2018 • Couples
So many, many, many stairs!!! Didn't even bother to count the number of steps. Really a lot. But it was really great leg exercise though... I suggest wear comfy shoes like rubber shoes or hiking shoes. I was glad that I wore my rubber shoes. I did not expect that going the Female Peak (Ammaibong Peak) was slightly difficult because a little portion of the climb is very steep and no stairs so you have to climb on the rock. the railings was helpful, got something sturdy to hold while climbing. The view at the peak is worth risk-taking. So beautiful and I love the fresh air too. Climbing the peak is not so hot (even summer) because so many trees. Went there this summer, not peak season, so the place is not crowded. I liked it. The transportation cost was cheaper than I expected. From Jeonju to Jinan only costs 3,700won and the bus to Maisan only costs 950won. However, we started at the North Parking and hiked towards the South Parking wherein we finished about 2 hours earlier than the Bus schedule. So we took a taxi for only 12,450won going to the Bus Terminal. Not bad. About the Stone Pagodas? We haven't spent much time there because we are already exhausted from the climb. Just took some photos and walked to South Parking. We found many restaurants near South Parking. Fresh and cold water to wash our face and drink is available too. Saw many cherry blossoms trees along the road near the lake, which I think is a nice view on Spring. Over-all, it was a quick day-hike and worth it!
Written July 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea19,470 contributions
Good trail with beautiful mountain view..
Dec 2017 • Couples
CY ( 17.12.04 )
I and my wife visited this mountain for walking trail. The mountain was not higher than I think, and had good trail. The view of mountain was special and beautiful. We enjoyed walking and good mood. The shape of mountain was wonderful and unique. We were satisfied with walking this mountain's road.
Written December 7, 2017
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anjacasper
The Hague, The Netherlands30 contributions
Nice trek and easy day trip from Jeonju
Oct 2017 • Solo
Made this day trip on October 2017 on a nice Sunday from Jeonju.
It took me some time to find out the logistics, but once I knew, it worked out well.
Best option is to take the direct bus from Jeonju to the South Gate (leaving at 09.45, and 12.05 - and later at 15.25 and 18.05 although the last two are too late for a hike, of course) from the main road opposite the train station. It is a minibus (reddish/orange) and it takes you on a nice ride through the countryside and delivers you right at the South Gate. There are only 2 returns from the South Gate (at 11.00 and 17.00) so it makes sense to start at the South Gate, hike to the North Gate, from where you can return via Jinan. This will give you more flexibility on your time use. Jinan is quite close to the North Gate, around 15-20 minutes walk, but there is an hourly bus service taking you directly from the North Gate to the Jinan bus terminal. The bus stop at the North Gate was not indicated but it is right in front of the Tourist Information Office. From the Jinan bus terminal there are very frequent buses back to Jeonju. Ask the tourist office in Jeonju for an update on the time tables. Hope this info helps.
Written October 21, 2017
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VickyYL
Singapore, Singapore64 contributions
Enjoy the trip
May 2016 • Couples
It is worth visiting Tapsa Temple and Maisan. Although there are many steps, it is still manageable, just go on your own pace. Great photos on a beautiful day.
Written October 17, 2016
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Kris C
Fairfax, VA23 contributions
Horse Ears Mountain
Nov 2015 • Friends
To see all of pagodas, you will be hiking very challenging up and down the wooden staircases, but it’s worth every steps. To found out one person built the numerous pagodas without glue and to see how they have survived all these years, it was amazing. Some of them are built right on the top of clift so look up and try to find them.
Written December 7, 2015
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Ingrid70
Honolulu, HI173 contributions
An amazing accomplishment by one man
Oct 2015
After a nice hike, we visited Maisan Tapsa temple. Here Gapryong Lee, a retired scholar, built numerous pagodas - one stone at a time - over a period of decades. It is said that he built 108 towers over 30 years from 1885. Only 80 of them remain today. The stones are stacked without use of adhesive of anything else other than gravity holding them in place. A must visit place.
Written November 15, 2015
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Panbong Ha
Changwon, South Korea455 contributions
Mt. Mayi
Nov 2015
This moutain is peculiarly shaped like donkey ears. Two great peaks are conglomerate rocks are still weathered by water and wind. At the foot of this moutain, there are a hermitage called Tower Temple and 108 big stone pagodas.built by a scholar out of buddhist belief. 80 of 108 pagodas still remain.
Written November 13, 2015
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dancruzhkhk
Hong Kong, China407 contributions
Great Cherry Blossoms
Apr 2015 • Solo
Cherry Blossoms are everywhere in South Korea, the Maisan Mountain area is one of the best country park in South Korea. A good walk all the way up by the road, a rather easy walk to the top, basically any casual shoes should be ok. I came here in late april, which is a bit late for the cherry blossoms, plus on a light rain day, had lunch at the local restaurant, open air, korean rice with hot pot, bbq pork ribs... too bad, not enough time to really absorb the atmosphere... must visit in this part of South Korea.
Written April 25, 2015
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Sonia K
Sejong, South Korea38 contributions
perfect day trip
Jun 2014 • Friends
This tiny park can easily been seen in a day. There are a few (maybe one) direct busses from Jeonju Station, or you can catch a regular bus from Jeonju to Jinan and either walk (a long walk!) or catch a taxi from Jinan. If you want to hike over the saddle, between the horse ears, start at the North entrance. Otherwise, start at the south and you'll still hit all the highlights. There's a little lake with paddle-boats to rent, and further up between the mountains the spectacular Tapsa (temple). Well, the temple is OK, but the hand-piled stone pagodas, reminiscent of the conglomerate mountains themselves, are an impressive sight to behold. On the way back, you can stop for dinner. The sanchae bibimbap here is among the best in Korea (and a great choice for vegetarians like me) , while the vendors push the black pork, a specialty in the region that gets high marks from my friends. If you want to spend more time, there's a campground just past the lake (best reserved) and several hiking trails that will get you to the top of the mountains. Unfortunately, rock climbing has now been banned here for several years.
Written January 12, 2015
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