Days and days worth of climbing, right on the edge of the city.


Munsu Mountain offers a wealth of sport routes on a large array of cliffs, all with a southerly aspect. (Climb here all winter long!) The climbing area is below Munsu Temple (Munsu-sa).

For ease of description, Munsusan can be divided into 3 areas - an upper left, upper right, and lower right. Facing the mountain, the upper left and the lower area offer the most routes, whilst the upper right offers the longest routes.

Access issues

When accessing the upper right cliff, be aware of climbers below you on the lower cliff. On weekends, the road up to the temple carpark is packed with hikers, and parking will be at a premium.


The crag can be accessed from the pathway up to the temple, or from the dirt road a few hundred metres below the temple carpark. If taking the temple path, follow it until it levels out and you start to traverse the cliff. Just before you get to the stone steps, bear down to the left on a dirt trail. You'll shortly see some bolted routes on your right (the "upper right" cliff). If approaching from below, follow the dirt road until it is intersected by a dirt path coming down the hill on the right - it has stone steps for the first 30 metres or so. Continue up this steep path, which becomes a set of winding stone steps. You will eventually see a path off to the right, which takes you to the "lower cliff". Or carry on up, until you reach a T-junction - left to access the "upper left", and right to access the "upper right".

Where to stay

Camping seems to be permitted at Munsusan, there are many flat areas that are suitable. There is also some accommodation along the road up to the temple.


History timeline chart

People have been climbing here for at least a couple of decades. Initially it was developed from 1989 to 1993.


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