Are you planning to hike Eoseungsaengak Trail when visiting Jeju Island, South Korea?
Eoseungsaengak Trail is the shortest mountain trail on Mount. Hallasan but still offers amazing views. It takes about 30 minutes to hike up top without stops, so plan 1.5 hours for this landmark.
In this travel guide, I’ll share useful information to plan your hiking trip to Eoseungsaengak Trail, including the following sections:
Interesting Eoseungsaengak Trail facts
How to get there
Opening hours and best time to visit
What to pack
About Eoseungsaengak Trail, Jeju island
With a distance of 1.3 km, Eoseungsaengak Trail is the shortest route on Mount Hallasan. It’s best for travelers who don’t have much time or are not as fit.
This easy hike starts at the Visitor Centre and finishes atop Eoseungtaeng Summit, offering panoramic views of the peak of Hallasan.
On a clear day, you can see Chujado Island, Biyangdo Island, and Seongsan Ilchulbong in the distance. The trip takes about 30 minutes one way, and there is an entrance next to the Eorimok Visitor Information Center.
At the summit of Eoseungsaengak remains the Tochika, a 1945 Japanese military facility. It was used for communication with the underground fortress at the waist of Eoseungsaengak, but now they are submerged and blocked.
Accommodation: Yeha Guesthouse is an excellent place for a budget stay in Jeju city. The guesthouse is just a few minutes from the main bus station on foot. Their rooms are cozy and the staff is friendly.
Transport: Compare the best flight prices with Skyscanner. Also, check my Jeju bus guide to get around the island easily.
It was generally an easy hike for me. There are a lot of wooden steps up the trail and some turns, and there are shades all the way to the peak. The surrounding is mainly trees and bushes, and you can hear birds chirping.
You should wear good walking shoes as there are many uneven rock surfaces.
Eoseungsaengak Trail opening hours
The opening hours of the Eoseungsaengak Trail vary depending on the season and weather.
In brief, the trail opens at 5 am and closed at 6 pm in Summer (May, June, July, and August). It closes earlier at 4 pm in the winter (November to February) and at 5 pm in Spring and Fall (March, April, September, October).
However, you still should check the opening status of the trail before visiting. It may be closed on certain days due to the harsh weather.
Best time to visit Eoseungsaengak Trail
Eoseungsaengak Trail is very short, so you can visit it any time of the day. The best time to visit Eoseungsaengak Trail is in the early morning or afternoon when the weather is not too hot and humid.
While it takes 30 minutes one way, you should plan about 1 hour 30 minutes for stops.
How to get to Eoseungsaengak Trail from Jeju
From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal, you can take intercity bus number 240 and get off at Eorimok.
The bus 240 leaves every hour between 9 am and 4 pm during summer, and the journey costs 3100 won. It travels between Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and Jeju International Convention Centre at Jungmun Resort.
The bus stops at the end of 2 trails to the mountain’s west (Eorimok Trail, Yeongsil Trail).
From the bus stop, walk 20 minutes, and you’ll get to the trailhead. The Eoseungsaengak Trail entrance is next to the Eorimok Trail.
What to pack for hiking
Here is the packing list for Eoseungsaengak Trail.
Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
Medicine: bandages, insect repellent cream
Water and snacks
Walking gears and warm clothes if you hike in the winter