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“Great views and walking paths”

Mudeungsan National Park
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Gwangju
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Lempaala, Finland
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great views and walking paths”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

There are long walking paths to different peaks of the area. People you meet in the area are extremely friendly and there are also some historical buildings to visit. Visited here during spring time and it was a bit hot even at that time, on the other hand, near mountains peaks, it can be a bit cold and some clouds in the air so better to prepare with some proper clothes.

Visited May 2013
Thank Jannehele
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Gwangju, South Korea
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Now a national park!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

This year Mudeung Mountain has become a national park of Korea. That means new signage, more buses and more people on the trails. You can see temples along the way too.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Patrick C
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Spruce Grove, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a hike! Amazing views!”
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.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank melteich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“just like in any other mountain in Korea...beware of the ajummas”
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.

Visited August 2012
4 Thank Cocorobet
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Daejeon, South Korea
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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).

Visited June 2012
1 Thank SeungJa
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