One of the the three sacred mountains of Korea, Taebaeksan Mountain National Park, is also a list topper when it comes to the best mountains to trek, hike, explore, and experience the great splendor of Nature. Are you ready for a long trek, and to stop your breath? Taebaeksan features several high peaks, yet easy to trek due to its smooth trails and very few cliffs. The peaks namely: Janggunbong Peak (1,567m), Yeongbong Peak, and Munsubong Peak (1,517m) are just some of the peaks at Taebaeksan, wherein Janggunbong Peak is where people used to conduct their rituals to worship heaven. You can also pass by numerous Buddhist temples like Manggyeong, Baekdan, Cheongwon, and Yuil. The Danggol Valley, is a ritual site for Dangun, and is where people celebrate Gaecheonjeol (If you’re timely you could get lucky and witness the actual conduct of rituals) The mountain also boasts one of the bests water sources in Korea which is Yongjeong, a well that lies right below the mountaintop. River origins such as Geomryongso, the origin of Han River and Hwangji Pond, the source of Nakdonggang River are like settings to which water nymphs would sing and bathe together. Witness as the sun slowly peeps from the horizon from the mountaintop and you will surely have your eyes flushing with the sun’s ethereal beauty, not to mention the perfect sunrise photos too.
If you wanted to know the best season to hike, why not come everytime? The mountain is overflowing with hot pink during spring, when mountain rhododendron and azaleas seem like delicate blankets that feed the valleys. It turns into the Narnia woods during winter, where the soft snow fills the earth. The lush green and healthy vegeation is attractive in summer. And lastly, the colors of autumn are astonishing during fall.
*photo source: https://blog.naver.com/jcs203/220912480764