• Grades: US
  • Aka: 설악산


(Janggun-bong) - Seorak-san National Park is Korea’s most famous park and is often considered the most beautiful. It is nestled within the northeast coast of the peninsula. In the park there is a twenty minute hike on primarily at, paved ground that leads to Biseondae Shelter 비선대, that is frequented by climbers.There is a restaurant attached to the shelter. From the shelter, as you walk towards the crag, you’ll come across Geumgang Cave 금강굴, which means “Solidity that can blow human anguish away” and “So solid that it never be broken”. is granite crag is divided into two walls: Front Wall and Southwest Wall. (Jeok-byeok) - Its red rock wall may hold some of the most adventurous rock climbing in South Korea. Each route features steep cracks and overhangs from start to nish. Even though this crag is a bit shorter than its neighbor, Janggun-bong, the high view from these routes may give you some shakes. Most of the routes require advanced skill in aid-climbing. Climbs start afer an easy 5.7 single pitch. It faces west. (Youseon-dae) - This crag boasts of interesting slab, crack, and chimney climbing. The climbing is primarily trad on granite rock that faces southwest. Beware of several badly placed bolts. New routes have recently been added to this crag. Climbers visit to climb the famous ridge route Geuriumdul 그리움둘. (Ulsan-bawi) - Dubbed as the biggest crag in South Korea, Ulsan-bawi 울산바위 teems with mostly trad routes. This crag has been climbed since the 1960s and roughly thirty routes have been established since then. Abseiling can be done by walking down the main trail, with stone steps, from the observation platform. Because of the popularity of Janggun-bong 장군봉 and Jeok-byeok 적벽, this crag gets fewer climbers all year around. Some of the anchors and bolts are old and sketchy so be aware of the hazards. (Sotowanggol-amjang) - Many climbers travel to this crag because of its relatively shorter approach compared to the other crags on the east side of Seorak Mountain. The climbs vary from cracks, slabs, and steep vertical face climbing with various holds and akes. The bolts and anchors are pretty good. It faces southwest and there is a beautiful stream that runs past it.


(Janggun-bong) - From any major city, take a bus bound for Sokcho 속초. Get off at the entrance of Seorak-dong 설악동입구. From there, transfer to a local bus heading to Seorak-dong, which is a different bus stop then the stop at the entrance of Seorak- dong. Get off at the end of the line. Hike on the main trail until you reach the bridge right before Biseondae Shelter 비선대. To access the Front Wall, don’t cross the bridge to the shelter. At the bridge, take the trail on your right that is by a warning sign and hike up until you reach a fork. Follow the trail that branches o to the left . Continue on the path for ten minutes to get to Front Wall.The approach time will be fifty minutes from the bus stop. To access the Southwest Wall, use the same directions as Front Walluntil you reach the shelter. Cross the bridge to get to the shelter, continue past it and cross the suspension bridge to hike up to Geumgang Cave 금강굴. Look for a trail on your left just before the cave. Take it and scramble up for five minutes to get to the start of Southwest Wall. (Jeok-byeok) -The approach for this crag is similar to Janggun-bong. Before the bridge, look for a trail on your right by a warning sign. Follow it and hike up until you reach a fork. Take the right trail and follow this path for five minutes to reach the base of Jeok- byeok. The approach time will be fifty minutes from the bus stop. (Youseon-dae) - The directions are similar to the Janggun-bong Southwest Wall. Continue past the shelter and across the suspension bridge towards Geumgang Cave 금강굴. Stay on the main trail to Madeung 마등. Do not follow the trail to the cave. Hike up for five minutes past the start of the far left route on the Southwest Wall of Janggun-bong. Look for a faint trail located between Rescue Mark 02-01 and 02-02 (don’t hike past 02-02). Follow the trail, by a big at rock to your left , into the woods. Scramble up for a couple of minutes, following signs and arrow marks, to the start of the routes.The approach time will be an hour from the bus stop. (Ulsan-bawi) - From the park entrance, walk on the main trail until you reach a bridge. The trail forks before the bridge. Don’t cross the bridge. Take the trail to the right before the bridge and follow the signs for Ulsan-bawi 울산바위. The path passes a temple, Sinheung-sa 신흥사, and a few restaurants. It will take you twenty minutes from the temple to reach the crag. (Sotowanggol-amjang) - Walk towards the cable car station and cross the bridge, Biryonggyo 비룡교, by the ranger station. 150m past the bridge, there is a sign that says ”No Trail”. Walk up the trail that passes under the sign and continue on for twenty minutes. You will have to cross the stream to get to the crag.


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