As you begin from Seongjigok Reservoir, travel to Galmaetgil Trails 7, 8, and 9 that pass through Hoedong Reservoir, Busan’s largest reservoir, over Geumjeongsan Mountain, and lead to APEC Naru Park on the Suyeong riverside or the Gijang-gun Office along Ilgwangsan Theme Forest Road. These trails allow people to enjoy hiking in two major mountains: Geumjeongsan Mountain and Ilgwangsan Mountain.
Section 7-1, 9.3 km / 4 hr: Seongjigok Reservoir – East Gate of Geumjeongsanseong FortressSection 7-2, 13.0 km / 5 hr: East Gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress – Sanghyeon Village
Section 8-1, 10.2 km / 3 hr: Sanghyeon Village – Dongcheongyo Bridge (Seokdae Bridge)Section 8-2, 7.0 km / 2 hr: Dongcheongyo Bridge (Seokdae Bridge) – Millakgyo Bridge
Section 9-1, 11.5 km / 3 hr: Sanghyeon Village – Igok VillageSection 9-2, 9.0 km / 3 hr: Igok Village – Gijang-gun Office
The starting point of Galmaetgil Trail 7 is Seongjigok Reservoir. If you go up the mountain through the walkable trail of the reservoir, you’ll cross Mandeok Pass, heading to Geumjeongsan Mountain. The road to the northern gate of Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, the largest mountain fortress in South Korea, is rough but provides a superb panoramic view of Busan with a picturesque landscape of the fortress, running along the Geumjeongsan ridge. Let yourself feel the cool breeze and the refreshing air permeate deep into your lungs, relieving you of stress and fatigue. While hiking, you’ll encounter magic potions that make your heavy footsteps lighter. Those are Sanseong Makgeolli and goat meat, which appease your hunger. Going downhill, you will see Beomeosa Temple, which has been around for a millennium. Entering the temple precinct after passing the valley filled with large rocks, you’ll experience the healing power of its stone wall path. The mountain terrain behind the magnificent Daeungjeon Hall is overwhelmingly marvelous. Geumjeongsan Mountain and Beomeosa Temple below seem to merge as if they were originally one unit, creating a phenomenal landscape.
Sanghyeon Village, the starting point of Galmaetgil Trails 8 and 9, is a small village located next to Hoedong Reservoir. The house roofs, the trees planted around the reservoir, and the lake beyond the village perfectly mingle with each other. Moreover, the mountain ridge surrounding the reservoir like a folding screen, and the clear sky and white clouds reflected in the lake are in harmony, creating a scenic landscape. Walking on the Dullegil trail, you’ll reach Ttangmoesan Eco Forest. Why not take off your heavy hiking boots for a while? Although small, this lush hinoki cypress forest has a red clay trail where you can walk barefoot, relieving you of foot fatigue.
Let’s move on along the Suyeonggang River that runs straight out to the sea. Walking along the Suyeong riverside with a well-maintained pedestrian passage, you can see Centum City full of skyscrapers. The last destination of Galmaetgil Trail 8 is APEC Naru Park, a green area for resting in Centum City, Busan’s major high-tech city.
Starting from Hoedong Reservoir, Galmaetgil Trail 8 that is designed for walking on Ilgwangsan Theme Forest Road features a wide and smooth gravel path leading ultimately to the Gijang-gun Office. This section, where the mountain bike racing took place, is also loved by MTB enthusiasts. With its diverse tree communities on both sides of Ilgwangsan Theme Forest Trail, you can enjoy the freshness of green vegetation throughout the walk. Moreover, this trail has repeated uphills and downhills, so there’s no time to get bored. At the end of the trail, you’ll see a graceful figure called Moyeonjeong Pavilion, where you can take the best shot of the Galmaetgil Trail while resting. Now, let’s move on pleasantly to the last destination of the 9-2 section, the Gijang-gun Office.
1Geumjeongsan Mountain makes Busan even more beautiful
Geumjeongsan Mountain in Busan, the most popular peak next to Bukhansan Mountain in Seoul .
The mountain starts from Geumjeong-gu, Busan, stretching to Buk-gu in Yangsan-si in Gyeongsangnam-do. Thanks to its wide scope, it’s easily accessible both in the center of Busan and in the suburbs. In some cases, the entrance and the way out are far from each other. Let’s head to Geumjeongsan Mountain, which has the longest fortress in Korea, and Beomeosa Temple, one of the three largest temples in the Yeongnam area.
2Visit Beomeosa Temple, one of the three major temples in Yeongnam area
Beomeosa Temple in Geumjeong-gu, Busan, is the third largest temple in the Yeongnam area following Haeinsa Temple and Tongdosa Temple.
Built during the reign of Munmu of Silla, it has become famous as a Buddhist temple that has historically nurtured many Buddhist monks. Located at Geumjeongsan Mountain, the temple boasts a beautiful valley and outstanding mountains and is crowded all year around.
3Walk around Hoedong Reservoir, a place that embraces eternal nature
The Hoedong Reservoir is a large area that combines rivers, lakes, and forests. It has long been untouched by people and, thus, expresses an intact nature. Its two trails, Ttangmoesan Mountain Red Clay Forest Trail and Galmaetgil Trail, and its hinoki cypress forest are famous “healing spots” beloved by many city dwellers who love to walk in the woods.
4This park is where you find small but sure happiness_APEC Naru Park
When you’re bored or tired of your daily routine, pick up a book, and walk out to the quiet APEC Naru Park. While the park is a small space that stretches out along the Suyeong Riverside, there are tables where you can read, a walking path, a jogging course, and a sculpture park.
Enjoy the freedom to flip through the pages of the book under the tree shade while feeling the breeze from the river. Not a fan of reading? Then, how about a leisurely stroll? Ride a bike to roam around the peaceful park.
Small but sure happiness in the urban area of Busan occurs at the APEC Naru Park.