Trekking holiday tourists follow exciting Korea path

18th Jul 2013

Trekking holidays are growing in popularity in Korea, with a raft of hiking trails springing up in recent years.

Most prominent of all, in terms of length, diversity and history, is the tranquil Mount Jirisan trail - or Jirisan Dullegil, a route increasingly favoured by those on private journeys.

The mighty 274-kilometre (170.2 miles) track is split into 22 manageable sections that range from nine (5.5 miles) to 20 kilometres (12.4 miles).

It begins in Namwon, taking hikers on a village crawl around the mountain that sprawls across the Jeolla region and South Gyeongsang Province.

The trail weaves in and out of Jirisan's foothills, with some sections passing over a number of soothing streams with stepping stones to cross the waters.

Hikers can also meet wildlife of all kinds, ranging from birds to small frogs, sizeable toads and even the odd snake.

Guryong Valley, where legend has it that nine dragons descend from the heavens every year, runs parallel to the Jiri trail's first section and returns hikers back to the starting point.

Several of the villages the trail passes by or through were founded hundreds of years ago, so are steeped in history as well as myths.

There are also monuments along the track such as the Hwangsan Battle Monument, which is situated about halfway along the trail's second segment between Unbong and Inwol.

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