Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong) Tours
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On the peak of Mount Geumjeong (Geumjung) in Busan, Geumjeongsanseong was once the largest fortress in Korea. Thought to have been originally built in the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC - 668 AD), when the Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla dynasties were at war with each other, the fortress you’ll see today was actually built in 1703 as protection against further Japanese invasions.
Destroyed in many places during the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 - 1945, restoration began in 1974. Today, the 2.5 miles that remains of the original fortress makes for a great half-day of hiking. Up high on the mountain, look out over South Korea’s second-biggest city as you step past little streams and ponds, rock caves and granite peaks.
A perfect escape from the city bustle, with lots of trails and routes to explore, one of the most popular ways to see Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong) and its ornate gates is to begin at Beomeosa Temple. From there, hike up to the South Gate of the fortress, then along the walls and watchtowers to the South Gate, before taking the cable car back down to street level in Geumgang Park, which has its own botanic garden.
To get to Beomeosa Temple, walk five minutes to Samsin bus stop from Beomeosa subway station (line 1, exit 5 or 7). From there, bus 90 will take you to the temple, from where you can hike up the mountain to Mt Geumjeong fortress. The cable car to Geumgang Park, twenty minutes’ hike from the South Gate, costs 4,000 W one-way or 7,000 W return. Trail signs are in Korean only.
Address: Busan, South Korea
Admission: 4,000 W one-way
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong)
A custom-made tour that allows you to fully enjoy Korea, including the port town of Busan! A custom-made tour that allows you to fully enjoy Korean attractions, including Busan and Gyeongju! is. We will pick you up at Gimhae Airport, Busan International Passenger Terminal, your hotel, etc., and we will guide you to places that you can't easily go to, as well as places you would like to find in Busan. Please check the Busan sightseeing spots below and feel free to decide your desired destination on the day of the tour. Please select your desired sightseeing spot from the following itinerary according to the time of use!
Busan, back then called as Dongnae-bu (Dongnae Province) was one of the historically important region in the Chosun era as a gate to Korea and, at the same time, as a guard to Korea. We will back to Chosun era to experience life of Chosun people also look around the architecture in Chosun period. This tour helps you to have more understanding on Korea.
You can take beautiful photos of looking down the city from the peak and cable car. We will visit authentic Korean food restaurant for eating some local food and drink which is called Pajeon and Makgeolli.
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What's the best way to experience Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong)?
The best ways to experience Geumjeong Mt. Fortress (Geumjeongsanseong) are:
- Busan Custom-made Car Tour (Tour that allows you to freely explore Busan city, Private Car Tour)
- Central Busan Tour : Back to the Chosun Dynasty era (Starts 10:00)
- Trek along Geumjung fortress and taste Makgeolli & Pajeon
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