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“Scenic views, and a long hike”

Geumjung Mt. fortress
Ranked #30 of 221 things to do in Busan
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I've hiked along the wall of Geumjung Mt. fortress twice, and both times it's taken longer than I expected. Plan on half a day to do the walk from the South Gate to the North Gate, longer if you want to go up to the mountain at the far north end. There are fantastic views across Nopo-dong and the fortress interior (the 'fortress' itself is an entire valley) to be had from the Northern half of the wall. If you have time, climb the peak at the Northern end of the walk.

When I was there the path from the South to the East gate wasn't very well signed and was in pretty poor condition, with some very steep/narrow sections. I'd recommend visiting Beomeosa temple, then hiking the wall from North to South. The East to North gate section is wonderful, but it's a more fun trip if you can get to the South gate for the nearby cable car down before it closes!

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

There are alot of trails leading up to Geumjung Mt Fortress. One of the easiest way is to take the ropeway which is about 1km walk from Oncheonjang Metro station. It will shorten the journey to the South Gate. We went on 1/1/2013 winter time and although the trail is not strenuous, it is the icy slippery snow on the ground that makes hiking difficult. From the Ropeway station, we walk to the South Gate, then head towards the East Gate. From the East Gate, we hike all the way up to the Mountain Watch Tower, passing through Wonhyobong Peak and then down to Beomeosa Temple trailhead exit.

I must say that the view at the Ropeway station or at the South Gate is not that magnificient. The most scenic region of Mt Geumjung is at Fortress Watchtower 4, Euisangbong Peak and Wonhyobong Peak. After these area, there is nothing much to photograph much. The trail leading down to Beomeosa is quite technical as compared from the way of Oncheonjang (heavy snow and ice path). From Beomeosa temple, we walked down about 1km and there is a bus stop with Bus No. 90 going to Beomeosa Temple Metro Station.

If hiking/trekking is your thing, it is good to climb this mountain. If photography is your main reason of coming to this mountain, then it would be good to start from the East Gate to head up to the scenic area I mentioned above. Else, the Ropeway would be a good transport to bring you up. Winter hike up Mt Geumjung is harsh with strong freezing wind and slippery ice ground. Bring your walking stick and shoe claws along. Be adequately dressed with proper hiking gears.

7  Thank kisetsu
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Whether you are looking for some pleasant day hikes (in the middle of Busan) or some serious technical rock climbs (there are sport and trad crags, multipitch ridges and bouldering!) this is a nice "getaway" in the middle of Korea's second city. The main hiking (on an exposed ridge) can be cold if there's a wind, but there are several trails as options, with nice views, mostly along the old fortress walls (which have been restored) and easy access by public transportation.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I took a Busan City Tour, and we spent 50 minutes getting up and back and 10 minutes on top. So if you go, you really need to spend more time. All I can report on is the view from the cable car, which I suppose is exciting for some visitors. You can see the whole of Busan spread out below you. But with 10 minutes on top, you won't see anything that's up there. Except it does make you wonder about how the Japanese were able to attack and overwhelm this location during their 16th century invasion.

1  Thank travelerS_Korea
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I brought my family there (two kids age 11 and 14) for hiking in October. The weather was very nice and it was around 20-22 degC even though it was in October. We took a taxi from Busan downtown to the Beomeosa Temple. It takes around 30 min and costs KRW 20.000. You can walk up into the temple area and you will easily find the starting point for the hiking trail on the left side. Just follow the signs for the "temple living" and there is an exit there. the temple in itself is amazing, so it worth to spend some time there as well. It is a steep walk of about 45 min or around 3 km up to the North Gate. After that you can choose to turn right and up to the Geumjeong Mountain which is 45 more minutes or 1.1 km up to the peek at 801 m. It is really worth it. After that you return to the North Gate and follow the trail towards the South Gate. After about 90-120 min walking you'll reach a new gate. Go through it to the left and hold to the right until you reach the street after 10 min. It is a bus stop there and the buses comes every 10-15 min. It will take you down to the foot of the mountain. Alternatively you could continue towards the south gate and take the cable car down. We did not try that, but we could see it on the map. Bring plenty of water as we did find any places to buy it. Although there are some hills along this trail, our kids really enjoyed the whole trip. i recommend going from Beomeosa as you can enjoy the view towards Busan downtown and the ocean. It is really beatiful. It was fairly easy to find the way and many of the Koreans are eager to help you as well.

7  Thank ratata
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