K-TRAVEL | March.27.2024

The highest mountain in South Korea: Mount Halla


Mount Halla, standing at 1,950 meters (6,398 feet) above sea level, is not only the highest mountain in South Korea but also the emblem and pride of Jeju Island.🏝️ 

It is recognized as an important natural heritage site and has been designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, celebrated for its breathtaking natural beauty and significant ecological value.🏆🌿


Shall we delve deeper into Mount Halla, one of the three sacred mountains on the Korean Peninsula?🧐



The meaning of Mount Halla


Mount Halla, situated on Jeju Island, reaches a height of 1,950 meters (6,398 feet), making it the tallest mountain in South Korea.

 It is said that the name was inspired by the feeling at the summit, where one seems so high up that they could touch the sky or even draw the Milky Way🌌 closer. 

💚If you wish to witness the majestic beauty of Jeju Island, a visit to Mount Halla is a must.💚



The Tallest Volcano in Korea

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Up until 25,000 years ago, it was an active volcano, and today it is surrounded by approximately 360 parasitic cones, or 'oreums,' which create a diverse and unique landscape.

 Moreover, Mount Halla hosts a variety of unique plant🪴 species that have thrived in Jeju's distinctive climate, offering an interesting spectacle for visitors.



As such, Mount Halla serves as a vital habitat for rare plants and animals at risk of extinction,🧑‍🌾 with continuous efforts being made for its protection. In recognition of its ecological importance, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.


In Mount Halla, visitors can witness the grand spectacle of nature and the pristine environment of Jeju Island.☺️



The Lake at the Summit of Mount Halla: Baekrokdam


Upon reaching the summit of Mount Halla, one encounters Baekrokdam, a lake formed by volcanic activity. The name "Baekrokdam" originates from the idea of a pond where white deer🦌 wander, symbolizing the purity and sacredness of this natural space.🍀 

The beauty of Baekrokdam's landscape makes it a favored destination for many tourists and hikers.🥾 However, it is often said that only those favored by the heavens can witness its splendor, making it a rare sight. Encountering Baekrokdam on Mount Halla offers an unforgettable and unparalleled experience.😉



The Best Hiking Trail for All Seasons

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Mount Hallasan is one of the most beloved hiking destinations, not only for hikers but also for tourists, thanks to its representative flowers🌸 and landscapes🤓 throughout the seasons. Depending on the trail you take, you can discover the unique charm of Mount Hallasan according to the season, so choose a hiking course that suits your taste.🚶‍♂️


Scenic Landscapes in Various Colors

The ever-changing landscapes, bursting with colors🎨 according to the seasons, naturally evoke awe in visitors.

In spring, you can enjoy hiking amidst the vibrant azaleas and royal azaleas adorning Mount Hallasan.🌸



In summer, you may encounter scenes of wildflowers blooming abundantly and deer🦌 frolicking around.



As autumn arrives, 🍁crimson maple leaves create a tunnel of colors along the path to the Guan Eum Temple, making it a representative spot for Mount Hallasan in the fall!🍂



Guan Eum Temple, recognized as a filming site for the drama ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’, provides both the solemnity of the temple and the warmth of the autumn foliage.🎥



Winter transforms Mount Hallasan into a fantastical winter wonderland, with frozen trees sculpted by the direction of the wind and white-capped rocks covered in snow.❄️



Mount Hallasan represents the beauty and mystique of Jeju Island's nature itself. Visiting here offers more than just climbing a mountain; it provides an experience beyond that. Create unforgettable memories amidst the beautiful nature of Mount Hallasan.😉👍



Now, are you ready to set off on your Mount Halla adventure?😘


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