And I wasn’t disappointed! I chose to live in Busan, where there are plenty of great walking spots and hiking trails. To ensure I stayed on track to make the most of a year in Korea, I pinned up my tourist map of South Korea on my apartment wall and circled all the places I wanted to visit with a pink pen. And when I went somewhere, I would trace the pink ink over with a blue marker.
- Bukhansan National Park
- Namsan Park
- Seoraksan National Park
- Odaesan National Park
- Chiaksan National Park
- Gyeryongsan National Park
Find out more about the parks above by reading 7 Terrific Trails Easily Seen From Seoul.
- Sobaeksan National Park
- Woraksan National Park
- Songnisan National Park
- Sangdang Sanseong
- Cheongnyangsan Pronvincial Park
- Juwangsan National Park
- Bogyeongsa County Park
- Gayasan National Park
- Gajisan Provincial Park
- Hallyeo Maritime National Park
- Yeonhwasan Provincial Park
- Upo Marsh
- Geumjeong Sanseong
- Molundae Park
- Amnam Park
See why I recommend the above Awesome Korean Day Hikes.
- Moaksan Provincial Park
- Maisan Provincial Park
- Naejangsan National Park
- Seonunsan Provincial Park
- Mudeungsan Provincial Park
- Jogyesan Provincial Park
- Jirisan National Park
- Wolchulsan National Park
- Hallasan National Park
- Seongsan Ilchulbong
Learn why I think the above are 10 Hikes in Korea You Will Absolutely Love.
So in the end, there are only five of Korea’s national parks that I didn’t visit:
- Tae-an Seashore National Park in Chungcheongnam-do
- Gyeongju National Park in Gyeongsangbuk-do
- Deogyusan in Jeollabuk-do
- Byeonsan Peninsula National Park, also in Jeollabuk-do
- Dadohae Maritime National Park in Jeollanam-do
And of course, there are many provincial parks I missed, too. But I was always busy hiking somewhere to make the most of a year in Korea, and that’s what matters.
Because hiking Korea’s mountains helped shape the hiker I am today. It’s been just over six years since I came back to Ontario and began to explore my home province’s parks. Had I not participated in this national parks challenge, who knows if it would have occurred to me to blog about my trekking staycations?
For even more about my travels to Korea, check out Memories of a Carnivore. I wrote much of it on the bus while travelling to and from the parks on this list (smiley face).
For another great list of hikes in Korea, check out the Hiking Odometer at Klimbing Korean Mountains. Like my own list above, it’s not a bucket list per se, but rather a checklist. Still, if you’re looking to make the most of a year in Korea, it’s handy!