Songnisan National Park
Songnisan National Park
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Dawn S
By Dawn S
Lovely Hike
5.0 of 5 bubblesMar 2019
The National Park has something for everyone with small shops and restaurants lining the entry road, sculptures in the wooded park, beautiful hiking trails with frequent rest/tea shops, and temples to explore. They have somewhat useful maps at the information center, I recommend bringing one. Just past the entry gate is Beopjusa Temple with Palsangjeon, possibly the oldest and tallest pagoda in Korea and an impressive 33 meter high Buddha covered in gold leaf. The hiking trails begin just beyond the temple and start out very easy and run along a nice lake - definitely recommend the path over the road which runs essentially parallel and meet at the first big intersection. About 3k up the gradual path the trail splits to go either to Munjangdae Rock at 1054m elevation or the peak, Cheonwangbong at 1058m elevation. Both are about 3.8k up and there is a trail between (about 3.1k) so you can get to both spots and have a round trip only retracing the initial 3-ish kilometers between the split and the Beopjusa Temple. The rock is impressive and build in stairs allow a smooth hike to the top with excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The hike over to the peak was fun, almost a ridge-line with views on both sides of the mountain. Personally I think the view from the rock was better than the peak, of you are short on time this may be the more impressive site. Be careful to watch the signs and the map to ensure you don’t walk down the other side of the mountain, ending up far from your car or bus. There are more temples to see along the routes and plenty of opportunities to purchase drinks or snacks along the way. We had a beautiful day and not too crowded on the trails. I would recommend this hike to friends/family as an easy to moderately difficult hike with rewarding views.

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yipjcs88
Hong Kong, China9,965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The place is colourful in autumn. It has a large Buddha statue in the temple. Outside, it is a long level trail lined with trees. The male and female guards on horses stopped for me and gave me smiles.
Written 13 November 2019
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Dawn S
Farmington, ME1,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
The National Park has something for everyone with small shops and restaurants lining the entry road, sculptures in the wooded park, beautiful hiking trails with frequent rest/tea shops, and temples to explore. They have somewhat useful maps at the information center, I recommend bringing one. Just past the entry gate is Beopjusa Temple with Palsangjeon, possibly the oldest and tallest pagoda in Korea and an impressive 33 meter high Buddha covered in gold leaf. The hiking trails begin just beyond the temple and start out very easy and run along a nice lake - definitely recommend the path over the road which runs essentially parallel and meet at the first big intersection. About 3k up the gradual path the trail splits to go either to Munjangdae Rock at 1054m elevation or the peak, Cheonwangbong at 1058m elevation. Both are about 3.8k up and there is a trail between (about 3.1k) so you can get to both spots and have a round trip only retracing the initial 3-ish kilometers between the split and the Beopjusa Temple. The rock is impressive and build in stairs allow a smooth hike to the top with excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The hike over to the peak was fun, almost a ridge-line with views on both sides of the mountain. Personally I think the view from the rock was better than the peak, of you are short on time this may be the more impressive site. Be careful to watch the signs and the map to ensure you don’t walk down the other side of the mountain, ending up far from your car or bus. There are more temples to see along the routes and plenty of opportunities to purchase drinks or snacks along the way. We had a beautiful day and not too crowded on the trails. I would recommend this hike to friends/family as an easy to moderately difficult hike with rewarding views.
Written 10 March 2019
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JustJay29
Singapore, Singapore205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Very cooling weather during this autumu period. nice scenery, same like in korea drama. recommend couple, family and elderly. From Seoul to Songnisan take about 3hr journey. Return trip + admission cost about 75k won.
Written 26 October 2017
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Maruachi
Seoul, South Korea230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Songnisan is one of the least visited national parks in Korea, which means no crowd of tourists but a clean and quiet place. Still, it is a beautiful mountain with great views and peaceful valleys; the mountain streams are shallow and wide enough for kids to play; the hiking trail (Sejo-gil) is easy to walk without much efforts aong the tranquil lake and waterfalls.

We took the trail from the temple Beopjusa to Sesimjeong and stayed at the inn Birosanjang, the sole accommodation within the protected national park area. The owner was so friendly and the surrounding is so magical that we decided to visit here every time we come to Korea.

Songnisan used to be a popular destination in 1970's. Nowadays most tourists go to Jeju Island and Seoraksan national parks and beaches in the east coast. If you want to avoid a crowd of tourists & price hikes and enjoy a peaceful vacation, I highly recommend this place.
Written 29 August 2017
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Rob N
Seoul, South Korea6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
Very nice park, but like another reviewer already mentioned, the estimated hike times on the tourist maps are for people who hike regularly (imo). I'm in decent shape and it took me six hours to hike up to Chang Moon Dae and back, which from where I had to park and start walking was about 17 kilometers. The map I had said it "should" take 3 to 5. Regardless, I enjoyed it immensely and will definitely go back later on in the fall. Like all Korean National Parks, they get crowded on weekends and holidays so if you can break away during the week, go for it!
Written 9 September 2016
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Henry T
Singapore, Singapore54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
We traveled from Cheongju to Songnisan. There is a bus from the Cheongju Inter-City Bus terminal with very regular departure time (see uploaded schedule). The ticket price is very reasonable (8,600 won one way at time of writing). The journey was less tgan 2 hours from Cheongju. The bus brought us to the bus terminal at Songnisan, which was at a small town near to the Beopjusa temple (that was the start of the trek).

The walk was easy from the bus terminal to the temple and around 3 km beyond the temple towards the Sesimjeong rest point. You have to buy a ticket to enter the national park. From there, we trekked to Cheonwangbong (peak, 1,058m) and continued along the ridge line towards Munjangdae (rock, 1,054m), and from there, trekking back to Sesimjeong rest point and back to Beopjusa (and the bus terminal). Total distance (according to map) from and to Beopjusa for this trek is around 16 km, to an elevation of 1,058m (from around 500m (taken at the town).

The good thing about trekking a national park in Korea was that there were various sign posts at strategic locations, we were not afraid of being lost. It was a week day so there were not many other trekkers around, there were still a few trekkers. The trek was no doubt very tedious, we were not experienced trekkers (we did Mt Ophir, Johor, Malaysia, and 2 sections of Maclahose, Hong Kong), we did not really train for this (except general fitness training). We took around 7 hours to complete the trek, and managed to catch an evening bus, 7:15pm, back to Cheongju.

It was definitely a great experience especially when we finally reached the Cheonwangbok peak and especially the Munjungdea viewing rock, which welcomed us with a 360 unblocked view of the area. We even witnessed a helicopters delivering materials to the peak for the workers to maintain the place.

South Korea is not well-known to the outside world for its great mountains and trekking trails, because not much information is given in English, but there are definitely great trekking places there and as long as we are willing to take the plunge and travel there, there are other great places to visit, on top of the touristy places like Seoul, Busan and Jeju.
Written 9 September 2016
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GirlyNomad
Athens, Greece56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Beautiful park containing Beopjusa temple. A lot of great hiking trails and a nice little escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Seoul
Written 13 January 2016
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Elena A
Nemchinovka, Russia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Very nice place for hiking, some trails are fairly hard, especially on a rainy day. But views from the peaks are amazing. Be aware that estimated times for trails given on park maps are given for a fast sportive men. We stayed at Grand hotel in a village at the center of Songnisan Park, it was good, one girl at the reception spoke english fluently, they were very helpful and even brought us to a very good mushroom restaurant at the corner and helped with menu. Temples and 33m Buddha were in 30 min walking from there. There are a lot of hotels there, unfortunately staff do not speak english in most of them. Also, if it is korean style room - mattrasses on the floor and no bed linen, maybe good to bring a couple of your own bed sheets and pillow case.
Written 11 October 2015
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Joel B
Boeun-gun, South Korea10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
Climbed it a few times while I lived in Boeun, nice year round, not too difficult, great view from the top and several peaks to explore
Written 3 August 2014
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jagdeeppaul
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
I loved the place. The place is blessed do watch out the budha statue its really nice. i would highly recommend it
Written 2 March 2014
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