Jangsan Mountain

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Jangsan is one of a handful of mountains that dominate the landscape of Busan.  We’ve hiked it twice now, taking different sets of trails each time.  If you’re an experienced hiker, it’s not difficult at all, with fairly well-marked and maintained trails that start at Jangsan Park and wind all over the mountain, putting you out in different neighborhoods in the city.  If you’re not afraid of coming off the mountain in a strange part of town, we highly recommend taking one trail up and another one down in order to see more of the mountain.  And, if you are afraid, get over it!  You can always catch a taxi home from wherever you end up.

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Jangsan is one of a handful of mountains that dominate the landscape of Busan.  We’ve hiked it twice now, taking different sets of trails each time.  If you’re an experienced hiker, it’s not difficult at all, with fairly well-marked and maintained trails that start at Jangsan Park and wind all over the mountain, putting you out in different neighborhoods in the city.  If you’re not afraid of coming off the mountain in a strange part of town, we highly recommend taking one trail up and another one down in order to see more of the mountain.  And, if you are afraid, get over it!  You can always catch a taxi home from wherever you end up.

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The summit offers a beautiful view of Busan, despite the fact that parts of it are blocked off due to military installations.

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Oh, and there are still landmines on the mountain.  So, stay on the trail.

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Other than the summit, two must-sees on the mountain are Pokposa Temple and Pokposa Fall, both fairly close the base of the mountain.

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To get to Jangsan Park, take the green line subway to the Jangsan stop.  Take exit 10 and walk toward the mountain (about a 15 minute trek through the city).  This is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in Busan.

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