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Geumjeongsan

Make your way to the very top of Busan’s famous mountain, where there is a vast fortress, an ancient temple, abundant wildlife and panoramic views.

Geumjeongsan might not be the highest mountain in South Korea, but it is certainly one of the most famous. Embark on a hike up this picturesque mountain and discover the country’s largest fortress, ancient defensive walls, trickling waterfalls and far-reaching views.

Throughout history Geumjeongsan has been strategic in the defense of the country. It was for this reason that the great fortress was built here, in the Three Kingdoms period. A very important temple, Beomeosa, was also built close to the fortress, attesting to the significance of this site.

The main peak of the mountain, Godangbong Peak, towers 2,629 feet (802 meters) above sea level. Yet there are other impressive peaks here, too. Janggunbong Peak, in the north, measures 2,385 (727 meters), and Sanggyebong Peak in the south stands 2,093 feet (638 meters) high. Baegyangsan Mountain stands 2,106 feet (642 meters) high and is behind the Seongjigok Valley. Choose one of the many marked trails which vary from between 2 and 4 hours in length and get out into the heart of the mountain. Look for ancient defensive walls and fortress gates.

Hike past impressive rocky cliffs, amble through dense forest and hear the sounds of birds and other creatures as they rustle through the undergrowth. Identify some of the 2,300 species of trees and 600 species of animal that call the mountain home. Stop at one of Geumjeongsan’s 14 mineral springs, which supply the local population with clear water.

If you don’t have the time or capabilities to hike up the mountain consider instead taking a ride in the cable car. Enjoy views from the top across Busan city and the sea. On a clear day Gwangan Bridge is visible in the distance. The Geumjeong Fortress is a short stroll from the top of the cable car.

Begin your Geumjeongsan hike at the beautiful Beomeosa Temple or one of the many other trailheads. Getting to the mountain from Busan is easy as several public transportation routes run nearby. There is a charge for the cable car.

Get the most out of your visit to Geumjeongsan. Here's a list of the top activities:

If you're seeking even more options, have a look at our Busan things to do page.


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Hotel Nongshim ¥6,727
Hotel Nongshim

Hotel Nongshim

23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan, Busan
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Busan Marine Natural History Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Geumgang Park and Pusan National University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oncheongjang Station is 9 minutes by foot and Myeongnyun Station is 16 minutes.

    Two Heaven Hotel ¥5,820
    Two Heaven Hotel

    Two Heaven Hotel

    4, Mandeokgogae-gil, Buk-gu, Busan, Busan
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buk-gu, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seokbulsa Temple, Geumjeongsan, and Geumjeong Fortress. Busan Buk-Gu Culture and Ice Center and Busan Marine Natural History Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mandeok Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Shangli-la
      Shangli-la

      Shangli-la

      Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil Geumjeong-gu, Busan, Busan
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Oncheonjang, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pusan National University and Busan Marine Natural History Museum. Geumgang Park and Bokcheon Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jangjeon-dong Station is 14 minutes by foot and Pusan National University Station is 15 minutes.

        Daesungkwan Hotel ¥4,989
        Daesungkwan Hotel

        Daesungkwan Hotel

        19, Geumgang-ro 124beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Geumgang Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Busan Marine Natural History Museum and Pusan National University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oncheongjang Station is 8 minutes by foot and Myeongnyun Station is 15 minutes.

          6st motel ¥3,742
          6st motel

          6st motel

          174 Geumgang-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pusan National University and Busan Marine Natural History Museum. Geumgang Park and Bokcheon Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Oncheongjang Station is 15 minutes by foot and Pusan National University Station is 17 minutes.

            Goodstay Dove Hotel
            Goodstay Dove Hotel

            Goodstay Dove Hotel

            239-9, ONCHEON1-DONG,, Busan, PUS
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Geumgang Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Busan Marine Natural History Museum and Pusan National University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oncheongjang Station is 9 minutes by foot and Myeongnyun Station is 13 minutes.

              Dongbang Tourist Hotel
              Dongbang Tourist Hotel

              Dongbang Tourist Hotel

              110, Geumgang-ro, Dongnae-gu, Busan, Busan
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Geumgang Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Busan Marine Natural History Museum and Pusan National University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oncheongjang Station is 10 minutes by foot and Myeongnyun Station is 13 minutes.

                Hotel King ¥4,270
                Hotel King

                Hotel King

                23-13, Geumgang-ro 124beon-gil, Dongnae, Busan
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oncheonjang, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Busan Marine Natural History Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Geumgang Park and Pusan National University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oncheongjang Station is 8 minutes by foot and Myeongnyun Station is 16 minutes.