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“Strategic Fortress in Central Korea”

Sangdangsanseong Fortress
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Cheongju
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

A fortress has stood on this mountain for over 1,000 years. The original construction of a fortress in this location began during the Three Kingdoms. What we see now is a Joseon fortress built from or on top of a previous fortress. During the Joseon dynasty the fortress went through nine stages of repairs between (1716) and (1836).

For anyone who enjoys hiking this is a great location. To walk the entire fortress it takes 2-3 hrs. Keep an eye out for secret gates, which are often well hidden and easily missed. This particular mountain fortress is representative of early Joseon fortress design. For those interested in Korea's history, visiting some of Korea's many fortresses is a great start. I would highly recommend Namhansanseong Fortress, Hwaseong Fortress, and Sandangsanseong Fortress.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

It's a really nice hike. Try to go in fall when the weather is not too hot and the foliage is all different colours. As for the fortress itself, while it is interesting, Korea is full of them. Also, it is nearly impossible to get a taxi back into town. You have to get on a far too overcrowded bus that takes forever to get downtown as it only comes maybe once an hour. Many families have picnics there so bring a packed lunch and enjoy your time.

3  Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We visited the fortress on a bit of a cool day which turned out to be a blessing. We had read that if you hike in a counter-clockwise direction the going is less arduous however the report was wrong. Our son, who has visited the Fortress several times, said that it was much easier clockwise. That being said, the views were amazing. Great spot for photographers.

1  Thank maggie057
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

Sandang Mountain Fortress is about a 4 km hike around the fortress walls and it is a fairly easy hike except for one part where there is a rope that you have to grab onto to do down a little bit. There is a tourist village around the fortress that is a good place to eat. It is easily accessible by bus from downtown Cheongju but when you get off the bus check the bus schedule for the return buses or you could be waiting a while. You can also hike from the fortress to a museum but I couldn't find the path and after walking along one path for half an hour I decided to return to where I started.

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Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile
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