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Hiking Daegu South Korea: Apsan, Gatbawi, and Palgonsan Mountains

Hiking the Daegu Trails: Apsan, Gatbawi and Palgonsan Mountains- featured image

Daegu offers a variety of captivating hiking trails, with three standouts: Apsan Mountain, Gatbawi on Palgonsan Mountain, and Gumi Mountain. Apsan Mountain promises lush landscapes and rewarding panoramic views, Gatbawi features Buddhist statues along a cultural-rich trail, and Gumi Mountain offers breathtaking vistas and a challenging ascent. These trails contribute to Daegu’s vibrant hiking scene, catering to outdoor enthusiasts with diverse landscapes and difficulty levels.

hiking Apsan 3D trees

Hiking Gatbawi on Palgonsan Mountain

That’s when I discovered we hadn’t even started the trail yet and I knew we were in for a climb to Gatbawi. Then we saw the them… the infamous rock stairs. There are literally thousands of them carved into the 3 hr hike up an 80 degree mountain face of Palgonsan Mountain. You can take the stairs or you can take a much longer, much less strenuous winding trail up to the top.

Military Spouse Pohang cafe

Korea’s Small Towns: Beyond the Lights

South Korea is much than its big cities –much more than Daegu, Busan or Seoul. And in my humble opinion, you may find the seat of power, the mighty infrastructure and the cogs of industry in the big city, but the soul of the country lies in the mountanous terrain of its much smaller cities, villages and towns. It’s in the celebrations, rice paddies, green tea terraces and traditional hanoks that we are lucky enough to experience firsthand.