When it comes to adventurous things to do in Busan, there is probably no better way to find something to your taste than actually going out and exploring different majestic peaks that offer some of the most exhilarating and spectacular outings for outdoor enthusiasts and avid mountaineers.
Since hiking is a very popular sport in Busan, there are numerous hiking clubs that offer group outings every week for members. Since most people work from Monday to Saturday, the biggest day for hiking in Busan is Sunday; hence, if you want to avoid the huge crowd, better avoid hiking on Sundays. This is particularly true during autumn season where the entire nation climbs the mountains to appreciate the changing colors of the trees.
The most popular footpath for hiking in Busan is the Galmaet-gil Trail, which consists of 21 footpath courses across Busan City, with more roads still under construction. Right now, the best choices of trail include three riverside paths, six coastal paths, four downtown paths and eight forest paths. Galmaet-gil Trails cover the entirety of Busan, from the eastern to western tip, offering tranquil walks to various urban areas, rivers and down to the coast.
Mountain hiking is one of the popular activities in Busan, with good choices such as Mt. Geumjeong, Mt. Seunghak, Mt. Baekyang, Mt. Hwangnyong and Mt. Bongrae boasting rich ecological resources for an exciting forest walk. Mount Geomjeong is perhaps, the most popular mountain hiking spot in Busan, with an established hiking trail for first-time hikers. Starting from Beomeosa station, you will pass through three fortresses that include Geumjeongsansung.
Known for its spectacular pampass grass, Mt. Seunghak is another excellent place for hiking as you get to glimpse Japanese Cypress and cedar trees, Daesin Park and the thick greenery leading to Gudeok Dam. Mt. Jang Stony Hiking Trail offers non-strenuous mountain course with plenty of resting areas and fitness sites. At the summit is a field of silver grass rewarding you with an inspiring view of the East sea below.
As one of the well-known mountains in Busan, the Mt. Baekyang trail comprises a number of old temples and ancient remains. The Hwangnyong trail provides an excellent view of Gwangalli Beach while the night view at the peak of Bangsudae is nothing less than spectacular. One of the interesting things to do in Busan is riverside hiking, with a trail starting from the Nakdong Estuary to Hoedong Reservoir.
Along the riverbanks of the Nakdong River, you can see wild geese playing. Close to Suyeong River heading to Oncheoncheon Street, you can see the APEC Naru Park, opposite of Shinsegae Centum City. Hoedong Reservoir Philosophers Walk has some of the best sights in the city. The pond, river and woods combine to form beautiful scenery. The road is an excellent getaway for relaxation. Coastal hiking in Busan is increasingly popular among the locals and tourists.
The Gadeokdo Circular Walk provides a blend of European, Japanese and Korean architectural structures dotting the pathway as well as some weird-looking rock formations and an impressive view of the sea. The Gaedeokdo Lighthouse is also a stunning landmark. Furthermore, some of the popular coastal walk routes include the Amnam Park – Jeolyeong Path – Taejongdae course – Igidae Cliffs – Jaesongdae-gil course and Haeundae Three Fishing Villages Walk.