Taebaeksan (태백산) | Hiking in Korea
At 1,567 meters above sea level, Taebaeksan is one of the country’s most revered mountains.
Taebaeksan Mountain is regarded as one of the five noble mountains of the Shilla Kingdom. Shilla kings carried out imperial ceremonies on the summit every year.
The view from the top are breathtaking, particularly during the winter months.
The most recommended course to take is to start from Yuilsa Temple and hike down to Danggol Village. The staff will confirm this at the information center near Taebaek Bus Terminal. Drop in to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. They are proficient in English and will be happy to provide you with maps and recommendations.
Taebaeksan gets a lot of snow during winter. It can be very slippery and extremely cold. Come prepared.
Getting there: Grab a bus from Dongseol Bus Terminal (Gangbyeong Station, subway Line 2). There is no specific number, just mention to the staff at the kiosk that you are heading to Taebaek. Travel time is roughly three and a half hours. Ticket prices at the time of this article were between 21,300 to 23,000 won. Once you get to Taebaeksan take the local bus number 30 or 34. The mountain is a short fifteen minutes away. Alternatively, you can board a train from Cheongryangri Station (subway Line 8 ) and then transfer to Sinae city bus bound for Taebaeksan. Be advised that travel by bus is not only much faster but also much more scenic.
Additional information: There are several trails up the mountain in varying degrees of difficulty. At a comfortable pace, the hike up should take anywhere between two to three hours. If you require further assistance, there is an information center conveniently located next to Taebaek bus terminal. They can be reached by phone at 033-552-8363. You may also wish to visit the municipal website which has some good information about Taebaeksan Mountain.