The mile Baekdu Daegan trail traverses North and South Korea. Daniel Adamson treks a short southern section and takes refuge in a. Great Korean Mountain Trails – Baekdu-daegan Trail – An online hiking guide for the mountains of South Korea, and a window to their culture and history. The Baekdu-daegan chain of mountains forms the backbone of the Korean Peninsula. It has always occupied a very special place in the hearts of Koreans.

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Jiri-san near its southern end, and the geomantic earth-energy main- stream that in theory runs along it. It is around km long, depending on how closely you count the twists and turns along its crest. About km of crest-trail is within what is now South Korea, and most of that is accessible for hiking with alternate routes for what is not.

It follows the Taebaek [Grand White] Mountain Range along the east coast thru Geumgang-san, Seorak-san and Odae- san down to Taebaek-san, and then it follows the Sobaek [Smaller White] Mountain Range across Sobaek-san passing below Worak-san to Sogni-san, and then down through the center of the peninsula’s southern quarter, passing through Hwangak-san and the southeast corner of Deogyu-san, ending at Jiri-san.


It branches off into over a dozen major earth-energy-lines that follow the lesser ranges and channel all Korea’s rivers thirteen major Branches, hundreds of lesser ones.

The Baekdu-daegan thus includes most but not all of Korea’s highest peaks, and roughly half of its most sacred mountains most of those not included are on its 14 major branches. The sources of all of Korea’s major rivers are. It never crosses water which is fundamental to its definitionbut serves as the watershed-origin for all of Korea. The Baekdu-daegan is believed by traditionalists of all sorts Nationalists, Buddhists, Confucians, Shamanists, Daoists and even many Christians to continuously feed essential life-energy throughout the land of Korea, and thus into all its agricultural products and spring-waters, and thus into its people.

Why Hike the Baekdu-Daegan? (South Korea)

It’s unimpeded clear flow is considered necessary for the birth and raising of heroic and virtuous citizens, and thus for the health, baekdu-adegan and prosperity of the Baekvu-daegan Nation. San-shin worship at the great mountains along its path is believed to assist and increase this energy-flow.

This last concept belongs to the Oriental version of the ancient and varied philosophical doctrines known as ” Vitalism ” and cannot be considered fully “scientific”; it remains “unconfirmed” like its cousin acupuncture theory.


It is deeply ingrained in traditional Korean culture, however, and widely accepted in current society. It is transforming from an ancient pseudo-scientific belief to a modern conception of the theoretical unity of the peninsula and nation, and the ecology of the wildest remaining areas of them. Andrew’s Nakdong-jeongmaek southern Taebaek Range Expedition.

Hiking in South Korea: trails and tribulations on the Baekdu Daegan | Travel | The Guardian

Blog by Chris and Liz, hiking the Baekdu-daegan! Brochure published by KTO in Junein The Korea Times: Mason order one now — click on the title above. Burgeoning of the Baekdu-daegan concept in the s — public recognition and global discovery. This site was created and is maintained by Professor David A.

Baekdu-Daegan Trail

Mason Email him here. Publication of my research-paper on the Baekdu-daegan Region as a fresh green pilgrimage-tourism destination by U.

National Baekdu-daegan Arboretum with Siberian Tigers! Click on this map to see a detailed enlargement of it. Inclusion of Baekdu-daegan in a National Geographic article on greatest global spiritual pilgrimage trails,