With the abundant natural scenery Korea possesses, it comes as no surprise that its people love engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. Incheon in particular has a wonderful view of the Yellow sea with plenty of mountains that dot different parts of Incheon. Hiking in Incheon is then a favorite activity among the locals.
The many easy trails to the summit of the Gyeyang Mountain are some of the favorite spots locals use. Upon reaching the top, hikers are awarded lovely views of the city from every point. The lookout points at the top are especially well worth the visit because of their unobstructed views. To your west are the nearby islands of Yoeongjong and Ganghwa while sights of Seoul and the Gimpo Airport are seen to your east.
Gyeyang Mountain is found in Gyeyang-gu on the north side of the city of Incheon and stands at 395 meters tall. Many hikers make the mistake of starting their hike from different areas that surround the mountain, making them end up walking a far distance before they could actually start the hike. The key here is to take the closest approach to the mountain so you won’t end up walking a far distance. With this approach, you’ll end up at the top of the mountain in no time.
The hike up the mountain is made easy with stairs made with natural rocks placed in strategic places of the mountain. This makes hiking up Gyeyang a nice activity even for the elderly and little kids.
Another popular destination to go hiking in Incheon is at Mt. Baekunsan in Yeongjong Island. Mount Baekunsan has a height of 904 meters, which makes it twice as high as Gyeyang Mountain. This mountain, however, has many peaks of different sizes, with some including the 1,246-meter Mt. Gwangdeoksan and the 799-meter Bakldalbong Peak. A stroll up the mountain will mean having a taste of the region’s indigenous culture even to the point of tasting their local dishes. However, what makes the mountain even more popular for hiking is the temple that welcomes them on top of the mountain, the Yonggungsa Temple. This temple was said to be built by Saint Doseon during the last Silla area. History states that the temple went through several renovations though its existence with a major one in 1922 due to a fire.
The mountain is also home to the Baekusnan Recreational Forest found along the hillside of the mountain. The thick forest, pristine waters and the numerous rock formations of the mountain provides its most magnificent scenery. Thus, the recreational area is the perfect half-way stop to your trip to the top.
The Mt. Munahksan Traverse is another popular spot to hike in. As you ascend to the top, views of landscape remain pretty sharp with the Incheon port and its islands to the west and the buildings of Incheon City to the east. Climbing up the transverse takes less than two hours when you take the east trailhead to the west.
Hiking in Incheon up any of this mountain is relatively easy. But when you are in doubt of your physical capabilities, keep in mind that some of the most spectacular views await you when you reach the top, making all the hard work worth every step to the peak.