Have You Seen the Wonders of the Hidden Mountains in Goseong, South Korea

kpride, Sept. 2, 2015, 7:36 a.m.

A mountain range in Goseong, South Gyeongsang Province hides a flat mountain within its dense jungle. Among its beauty, Mt. Yeonhwa has an old temple preserving a number of historical relics and artifacts. To get the full experience, a day trip is all it takes to reach the summit.

There are five trails to the top of the 528-m high mountain. The lush forest is so thick that sunlight or rain hardly reaches the ground. The easiest trail takes about two hours to reach the top, making it an ideal choice for beginner-level climbers.

The trail begins at Okcheon Temple and goes through a couple of rocky plains and a forest of hinoki cypress. Once climbers start to leave the paved road onto the trail, the scenery quickly changes. The calming walk through the forest is a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

Half way up the mountain, bamboo trees rise upward toward the sky, creating a great natural ambience. Before or after the hike, visitors can visit Okcheon Temple, meaning "jade spring" in Korean, named after the tasty mineral spring located nearby. The temple houses over 120 relics.

The two hermitages adjacent to the temple command a beautiful view of Mt. Yeonhwa and are not to be missed.

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