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First stop in Taroko National Park

Just north of Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast was a mountainous region with fast flowing rivers, waterfalls, steep gorges and lush forests. Continue reading First stop in Taroko National Park

High above Taipei City

On the edge of Taipei City I sailed up Maokong Mountain on the Maokong Gondola. As soon as I got to the top I heard a passenger in the cabin before mine go straight to the ticket counter and ask for a ticket to head back down again. I shook my head. Were they only interested in the ride? There was an entire mountain to explore. Continue reading High above Taipei City

An en-chanting trail

One hundred metres from Chunwangsa Temple within Hallasan National Park was Seokgulam Trail leading to a hermitage. Situated in the Aheumanhopgol Valley, this was only a 1.5 kilometre hike one way, but it was steep and the steps were often amongst tree roots. Continue reading An en-chanting trail

One of the three god’s mountains

I headed to Mara Provincial Marine Park to circuit the coastline. This was only a three kilometre trail running along the high cliffs above the East China Sea. I hoped for a better view of its highest point. Continue reading One of the three god’s mountains

Cheonjiyeon Falls

Jeju’s Seogwipo had a second waterfall that may not have been as dramatic as Jeongbank Falls, but the setting was more picturesque. High cliffs enclosed the valley where lush vegetation fringed the clear waters from Sombancheon River. Continue reading Cheonjiyeon Falls

In search of an oreum

I started along this fifteen kilometre trail in Jeju’s Saryeoni Forest, but planned to hike only five kilometres into the forest to reach Mulchat Oreum. This volcanic parasitic cone was where Hwaguho Lake, a crater lake was located on its flat summit. Continue reading In search of an oreum

Hallasan National Park

The Seongpanak Trail was nearly ten kilometres to the top of South Korea’s highest mountain, Mt Hallasan. On the mountain’s peak was Baengnokdam crater lake which was created by volcanic activity. Around the mountain were 368 large oreums (parasitic cones) — the largest number anywhere in the world. Continue reading Hallasan National Park

A volcanic column joint zone

Along a two kilometre stretch of Gyeongju’s coastline at Yangnam was a walkway where I passed columns of rocks scattered next to the East Sea shoreline. Continue reading A volcanic column joint zone

Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Grotto was a small site and different from others I’d visited. The attraction was an 8thcentury granite Buddha housed in the side of the cliff that was enclosed within a building. This large Buddha was carved during the Silla dynasty. Continue reading Seokguram Grotto

Tohamsan Peak

By the time I reached Seokguram Grotto by bus, I was done with temples. So instead of entering the site, I took the path leading to Tohamsan Peak. It was only a couple of kilometres to the top from the grotto and the trail sloped gently most of the way. Continue reading Tohamsan Peak