Samil 1~2 ri, Sanae-myeon, Hwacheon-gun, Gangweon
Hwacheon County Office Culture and Tourism Department (033-440-2543)
About the attractions
This mountain is 1,046m high and is the county boundary for Hwacheon-gun and Cheolweon-gun in Gangweon and Pocheon-gun in Gyeonggi. It composes part of Gwangju Mountain Range together with Bokjusan, Seoknyongsan, Garisan, etc, which forks off from the Taebaek Mountain Range. It is located on the watershed of Bukhangang and Hantangang, and is the source of the tributaries for both rivers. Gwangdeoksan is made mostly of quartzite and has beautiful autumn leaves in the fall and spectacular snow-covered sceneries in the winter. Its summit is called Sanghaebong. Its trails are mostly made up of rocks making it a thrill. The trails on Gwangdeoksan and Baekunsan have pampas grass. Though Gwangdeoksan is over 1,000m above sea level, hiking starts at Gwandeok-dong, which is 620m above sea level, making it easy to hike. It takes about 2 hours to the summit and the summit is wide and opened providing great views. Visitors can retrace to go back down the mountain or they can go down passing Sanghaebong summit.
- Gwangdeok Hill Station - Gwangdeoksan - Summit - Sanghaebong - Hoemokhyeon
- Driving: Seoul - Toegyeweon - Ildong - Idong - Sachang-ri - Gwangdeok 1 ri (1 hour 40 minutes)
- Express Bus: Seoul - Toegyeweon - Ildong - Idong - Gwangdeok 1ri (1 hour 50 minutes)
- Get on a bus from Seoul to Sachang-ri and get off at Gwangdeok Hill to go to the start point for hiking. After about 30 minutes due north, the road will fork. Left is the path to Gwangdeoksan and right is to Sanghaebong. Sanghaebong is a military security area and so you must present your resident registration card at entry.