Hallasan National Park

Hallasan National Park is on Jeju island to the south of the South Korean mainland.


Traffic on the mountain top
Forest climbing the peak

Hallasan (한라산 / 漢拏山) is the highest mountain in South Korea, standing at 1,950 meters (6,400 ft). The park is located in the center of Jeju Island and the peak can be seen from almost all places on Jeju itself. It is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.


The park is based around mountain of Hallasan which is an extinct volcano, and only has one dominating peak. The top of the mountain has a crater lake known as Baekrokdam.

Flora and fauna

Get in

Most routes are accessible via bus -- simply state your chosen path at the ticket booth in the inter-city bus terminal -- although in winter the final buses back can leave quite early (around 5). Trails sometimes put up "closed" signs around midday in winter to prevent people getting stuck. Also note that the inter-city buses will drop you at the carpark. The often 1-2 km sealed road walk up to the trail start is not included on trail length approximations on local signage and documentation so bear this in mind.


There are no fees to enter the park.

Get around

Hiking Trails of Mount Halla.
Flora of the national park
At the entrance of Seongpannak route of Hallasan
Viewed from afar

Detailed information in English on the trails and hiking advice is given on the webpage of Hallasan National Park . There are five hiking routes available, only two of which actually goes to Baeknok Lake (Baekrokdam 백록담) at the top. Despite this, the routes terminating at Witse Oreum (윗세오름) are in themselves popular for good reason. Note that the trails are regularly closed and re-opened for conservation reasons. The 1.5 km route linking the trails on the west side and the top of Mt Halla has been closed for some time.

All distances listed above are one-way.

Most trails are open all year round, even in the winter. If planning a winter trip, the short trails on the western side are particularly popular, going up Yongsil and down Eorimok or vice-versa, with children and the elderly even being common sights on both. Strap-on crampons (shoe spikes) are however a necessity but if you lack them, the shop at the start of the Yongsil trail sells some for ₩20,000.


Lake on top of Hallasan mountain


Stay safe

Take the regular precautions whilst hiking: ask locals about course conditions and tell someone where you are going. In reality, hiking in South Korea tends to be something akin to ant-trail winding up a mound, but in Winter, when the buses terminate early, and it gets dark early you could run into trouble. Seek and follow local advice from the base huts and be sure to depart before the daily course closure time.

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