2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Situated on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, Hallasan is 1,950 meters in x_height and is the highest mountain in South Korea. Formed from volcanic activity, the mountain is a dormant volcano made mostly of basalt. Home to the magnificent Baekrokdam (lake-filled crater), the mountainside is covered with alpine flora and lush trees.
The mountain is characterized by majestic cliffs, steep slopes, interesting rock formations, and, in particular, myriads of colorful azaleas. There are over 360 small mountains (uniquely-shaped volcanic mountains called “Oreum” in Jeju dialect) surrounding Halla Mountain that offer new delights to visitors with the coming of each new season. Along with Hallasan, the oreums were officially named the Hallasan Natural Protection Area (Natural Monument No.12) in 1966.
There are six hiking trails along Hallasan. Seongpanak Trail on the east and Gwaneumsa Trail in the north go all the way up to the summit (Baekrokdam). Those looking for a less rigorous hike are advised to take the shorter trails reaching midway up the mountain. All trails are relatively short (less than 10 kilometers) and can be hiked in less than a day. Visitors are advised, however, to start early in the morning if planning on hiking up to the summit and to check official operating hours, as some trails are only open during certain hours of the day. Keep reading for information on some of the most popular trails.
* Gwaneumsa Trail (North)—Summit Trail
Gwaneumsa Trail offers hikers the best view of Hallasan’s deep valleys and stunning terrain. Midway along the trail is Guringul (a lava cave) and Tamna Valley. Tamna Valley is especially beautiful during the fall when the leaves are changing and during the winter when the entire area lays under a dusting of snow.
* Seongpanak Trail (East)—Summit Trail
This relatively long, gently sloping trail is perfect for beginners. Lush broadleaf trees give shade from the beating sun and in spring the azaleas bloom and turn the mountainside into a dazzling array of color.
* Eorimok Trail (Northwest)
This short trail is another relatively easy trail for beginners. In spring, the nearby meadows are adorned with red royal azaleas. From the stone pathway to Mansedongsan visitors can catch a breathtaking panoramic view of the countryside and the island’s signature Oreums.
* Yeongsil Trail (Southwest)
As the shortest trail in Hallasan, this trail boasts Yeongsilgiam (a spectacular cliff with series of unusual rock formations). It is covered with azaleas and royal azaleas in spring and vibrant autumn foliage starting in October.
145, Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
The indoor ice-skating rink is located in Korea University in Anam-dong in the Seongbuk-gu district of Seoul. This Olympic size rink welcomes guests all year long.
2, Gongyangwang-gil, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
Samcheok Ocean Railbike is Korea's one and only ocean rai lbike facility that offers a landscape view of black pines and bizarre rocks merged together. Its double-tracked route of 5.4 kilometers follows the beautiful shoreline of the East Sea with a tunnel along its way that entertains bikers with fascinating luminarie and laser shows, giving one the feeling of passing through a mysterious underwater tunnel. The railbike course is perfect to enjoy unique and memorable experiences for families, friends and couples.
110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Seoul Plaza was established in 2004, and is located by Seoul City Hall. The plaza is shaped like the full moon. Seoul Plaza hosts a wide array of cultural events including concerts and exhibitions for residents and visitors. The plaza transforms into an outdoor skating rink every winter, a popular attraction in the city.
The facility houses one rink for beginners and one for advanced skaters, and also hosts various events during its operating hours. There are also convenient facilities like skate rental, outdoor rest area, and outdoor standing area for ice skaters and spectators.
Ice skaters at the rink must wear gloves, and the plaza also offers a training program to teach interested individuals how to have fun while skating safely. To learn how to skate, visit the website to register for a training session in advance.
420, Dongbu-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
Jeonju Hanok Rail Bike runs along an abandoned section of railroad on the Ajung Line near Jeonju Hanok Village, one of Korea’s largest landmarks, attracting 10 million visitors a year. The course runs approximately 3.4 kilometers from Silli to Waemangsil at a speed of about 15 to 20 kilometers per hour.
Jeonju Hanok Rail Bike is the first rail to run through the city along the entire route. Fun programs are prepared for individuals, groups of family or company, field trips, experiential study and other varied events. The rail bikes are available to enjoy all year round and the rail park houses varied subsidiary facilities including a photo zone, and Ajung Dabang (cafe) whose main menu is Ajung latte and strawberry slush.
424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Olympic Park is an expansive outdoor area for Seoul residents to enjoy and also offers facilities and venues for a range of events including athletic competitions, concerts and other performances. The park houses athletic facilities including the gymnasium of the ’88 Seoul Olympic Games, a fencing stadium, weightlifting stadium, swimming pool and tennis courts. Moreover, those venues are multi-purpose facilities that can host a wide range of events and performances. The park also holds sports classes in swimming, golf, badminton, basketball, gym, dance and others. There are also daily use gym facilities as well as a number of walking and jogging trails.
1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
When the Gyeongchun Line, a double-tracked railway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, opened on December 20, 2010, it replaced the Mugunghwa train that traveled this route for 70 years. Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Park is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can pedal along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery.
505, Misa-daeri, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Misari Speedboat Park was created for use in rowing and sailing competition during the 1986 Asian Games and 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. The park features various other sports facilities around the lake, including soccer fields and footvolley courts. Other amenities include pavilions and snack bars, making this place beloved by locals as a place to relax and play.
Do-dong, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
The Dokdo Island Observatory Cable Car, from which one can get a bird's eye view of Ulleungdo Island, is a must-see tourist attraction. Located inside the Dodong Yaksu Park, the cable car takes visitors up to Manghyangbong Peak. When the sky is really clear (about 50 days a year), you can see as far as Dokdo Island that is located 92 kilometers away. This is also the first place to view the rising sun in Ulleungdo Island.
130, Sanghadap-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Inje Speedium Resort Circuit is 3.9 kilometers in length, suitable for international competitions, and is open to all visitors who would like to safely experience the thrill of racing. The circuit has the highest level of safety standards in Korea, and features hills for an exciting ride. The circuit can be enjoyed via the circuit cart, a special vehicle designed just to travel around the circuit and which can be driven without any special circuit license. Courses include the Circuit Safari, driven by a professional driver, along with Circuit Taxi and Sports Drive, which visitors can drive by themselves.
Entrance of Bulgeun Oreum, Gasi-ri, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Saryeoni Forest Trail cuts through the dense Japanese cedar forest growing between Mulchat Oreum and Saryeoni Oreum, starting from the entrance on Regional Road 1112. While the vast majority of the trees growing here are Japanese cedar, visitors can also see Japanese oak, birch, snowbell trees, and cypress trees along this 550-meter-long trail. The forest trail is known as one of Jeju's top 31 hidden attractions, and is well-known as being very protected. It is very popular among tourists who enjoy hiking and the outdoors.
448, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Located in Songpa-gu, Seoul, the Olympic Park Peace Plaza Ice Skating Rink opens every winter. Seoul Olympic Museum, Soma Museum of Art, and Mongchontoseong Fortress are also within the vicinity. In addition, various events take place for all visitors to enjoy. Subsidiary facilities include a resting area, skate rental shop, and snack bar alike.