Hiking is the national past time of Korea, this is not surprising due to the nature of Korea’s topography as it is covered by around 70 per cent of beautiful and enigmatic mountains and 21 pristine national parks.
One trail in particular not to miss is in Daedunsan Provincial Park, part of the World Heritage Network and located in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea. What makes this particular park stand out is not only its natural beauty for as far as the eye can see but the park’s iconic and absolutely spine-chilling suspension bridges connecting peaks together.
The hike is only 2.1 km one way, however, it is a rather steep and vigorous walk up and down, taking 4-5 hours in total. For those who are not quite up to the challenge, there is a cable car. A one-way ticket costs 6,000 won, while a round-trip ticket costs 9,000 won. The cable car will take you to the upper station, which has a small café and restrooms. Then it’s a short climb up some steep stairs, where you reach the spine-chilling suspension bridge.
Hiking Daedunsan is an adventure. If crossing the cloud bridge of 50 metres in length and 81 metres high between two peaks, wasn’t bracing enough, climbing the exposed stairway, will certainly leave you with shivers up your spine.
How to get to Daedunsan:
One of the simplest ways to get to Daedunsan is by taking the bus from Daejeon.
- Take bus number 34 from Daejeon Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal.
- The bus leaves every 45 minutes, starting at 6:00 AM and ending at 22:00.
- It’s about an hour’s ride to Daedunsan, which is the last stop of the route. Get off the bus and walk down the hill toward the mountain. It is about a 20-minute walk from this bus stop to the cable car station.
Returning to Daejeon: The bus leaves from the same point in which it arrived.
- The buses run every 45 minutes at 6:00 AM until 22:00.