Atop Gunsan, a new point of view

We’ve featured a few oreum (Jeju volcanic cones) in this blog recently, and I’m beginning to run out of superlatives. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does!

Gunsan Oreum brings to the table all the great things about discovering Jeju first-hand.

For example, I’d heard Gunsan was a must-see and easy to get to, in fact you can drive nearly to the top.

If you examine its topography on a map, this statement seems rather far-fetched as it’s definitely not the most accessible spot for a car.

But once on the road up to Gunsan’s peak, there was no turning back… literally!

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The view above the narrow Gunsan parking lot. The peak is just a 5-minute walk from here.

The path to the top is a narrow, one-lane farming road, paved but with very little room for error. This is especially true if you have to pass another vehicle on the way up or down.

You’re pretty much committed to making it to the smallish parking area up top… so any new (and not-so-new) drivers out there should be prepared for a potentially white-knuckle ride.

Once there, though, it’s so exquisitely worth the trip!

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Jungmun is easily seen from atop Gunsan
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The ladies on the bench in this shot were enjoying the view and mild Novemeber weather.

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The volcanic cone, which gets its name for resembling a military tent, runs roughly east to west across Andeok Valley in Andeok-myeon.

Did you know?

According to some believers in pungsujiri, or geomancy, Gunsan’s shape directs a good deal of positive energy, or gi, to communities throughout the region. One legend says that raising a tomb in the area will disrupt this energy and result in drought. Thus raising tombs here was prohibited at one point in history.

Gunsan looms over the Hwasun area, while simultaneously playing second and third fiddle to Hallasan Mountain to the north, and Sanbangsan to the west. Both are clearly seen from Gunsan on a clear day.

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More information: http://www.visitjeju.net/en/tourView.jto?menuCd=DOM_000001817001000000&langCd=EN&areaId=CONT_000000000500068

How to get there: From Jeju City, it’s not an easy trip. It involves a 45-minute ride on bus 782-2 along the 1135 Road, and then a transfer to bus 702 at Gamsan-ri bus stop. From there it’s just two stops to Changcheon-ri Namdang Muldongsan stop on the 1132 Road. Your hike begins there as you proceed along the Gunsan Walking Trail turnoff, which is marked by a large stone sign.

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