What makes Jangsan mountain my favorite mountain to hike in Busan? Why it’s the fear of being blown up by land mines, of course. Yes, the land mine warning signs certainly do add character to this fairly strenuous hike. As does the tower area on top with signs warning people not to photograph, make notes, drawings, or geographic representations of the area. All you cartography hobbyists are gonna have to find another mountaintop to map out cause it ain’t allowed here. Add to these oddities the ubiquitous green tarps strewn across the mountain side and you’ve got a heck of a hike.
Adventure aside, it is a beautiful hike. Despite the warnings, the view from the top of Jangsan mountain is spectacular. A ten minute walk from the subway and you can pretty much forget that the city exists until you get toward the top, where, if it’s at all clear, you can see pretty much all of Busan stretched out in front of you. It’s not the easiest hike to follow, but as long as you keep your bearings, and can read a little hanguel you shouldn’t have too many problems.
Take Jangsan subway exit 10. Walk straight toward Daecheon Park (and the mountain obviously). From there just follow the road up past a few scenic little temples and a waterfall. Eventually the paved road will end and you’ll be in a large circle area with many trails branching out. Go up the steps and just follow the signs toward Jangsan peak. Eventually the signs will become pretty sporadic, so just kind of follow the trail up. Go toward the top. Remember Daecheon Park and Pokposa Temple, because there are a few possible trails down the mountain and you wanna go toward these. You don’t wanna get lost, the enemy could be lurking anywhere. Maybe under any one of those green tarps…
Hiking shoes are recommended. I don’t have any, but I live dangerously… and find a perverse pleasure in being laughed at by groups of elderly Korean hikers as I stumble and slide down each hillside. That’s just my thing. We’re all special in our own ways.
Directions: Green line metro to Jangsan, go out exit 10, walk straight until you get to a mountain, the go up it. The 1001 bus also goes pretty close to the mountain, not sure of the stop, but it’s one past Jangsan station.
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