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“What a hike! Amazing views!”

Mudeungsan National Park
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Gwangju
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Took the harder trail to the Seoseokdae summit (the highest climbable summit) from where the city bus drops you off. We had a great hike where we discovered a couple waterfalls, a gorgeous view at the summit and a scenic walk down littered with temples, if you still have the energy to see them. Lots of shade on this trail until you hit the summit. A bit challenging from the halfway point to the summit on the way up, but that doesn't matter once you see the view. I highly recommend seeing this.

Just a few tips:
1. Bring a lot of water (you can refill in a few places on the trail, but they are few and far between) and some snacks. This trail took us about 3 hrs to reach the summit.
2. The park rangers can provide you with a map, if you ask, and are really helpful at giving directions, in English.
3. Hiking shoes are a must (I did it in a cheap pair of sneakers and wouldn't want to do it again).
4. This mountain is a lot larger than you think. Don't expect to do everything in one trip.
5. It may be helpful to learn to read a bit of Hangul before visiting or bring along someone who can read it. Makes way finding so much easier.

3  Thank melteich
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

For you who are too lazy to actually climb, you can take the cable car to the top. Or to somewhere almost near the top. There are of course small shops up there where you can enjoy makkoli (or soju if you really wanna get wasted on a mountain) and pachon. When I went there, as expected, there were some ajummas (old lady) and ajussis (old man) also eating at the same restaurant. They busy talked about our small group of foreigners, which was kinda annoying since we actually speak korean and we could understand what they were saying (nothing good, if you need to know). The cable ride was fun though, there is an old cable car station a little bit higher than the new station. It's totally abandoned and fun to take photos at, but be careful with the rotten floor.

Take note to make sure you have a ride going back downtown beforehand, either check the bus schedule or rent a car. The bus rarely passes by the mountain side where the cable car is.

4  Thank Cocorobet
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

There is so much to do on this mountain. There are scenic spots and temples, with a lots of eateries by the river at the bottom (by the Jeungsimsa Temple entrance).

1  Thank SeungJa
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I can not believe how many people go hiking especially on the weekends in Korea. Of Course all the temple art atop of these beautiful mountains. bring your own gear, it is expensive in Korea.

1  Thank Colleen B
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Mudeungsan stands guardian to the city of Gwangju and is a great day out for hikers of all levels. To the east of the city it can be reached by bus from several locations but it is easiest to catch one of several that run from outside the YMCA downtown (ask any local and they can point you in the right direction). Any bus that terminates at Jeungsimsa Temple (it will be in english at the bus stop) will take you to the food of the mountain but the 1187 bus will take you to an alternative start point which I personally prefer (all the buses run back to downtown).
At the Jeungsimsa side there is an area full of hiking shops and cafes and several temples as you wind up from the foot of the mountain, there is even an art gallery although I have never ventured inside. Shorter hikes can give you great views of the city and fantastic scenery but you can also go over the top (not the peak however as there is a military base there) and back down in an afternoon or even go further afield if you like getting lost in nature. The trails are well maintained (over maintained in places) and usually crowded on the Jeungsimsa side. Beware there will be snow in the winter and you will need plenty of water in the summer.
All in all its a great afternoon if you like to hike and well worth a visit even if you dont.

3  Thank Andrew T
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