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Barefoot Hiking: All about the Moment You Place Your Feet in the Soil
Date 09-14-2018 15:10
Barefoot Hiking: All about the Moment You Place Your Feet in the Soil


Have you walked barefoot along a road in a foreign country? Do you feel the difference between the soils of your country and that of South Korea? Walking barefoot along a mountain path in a foreign country would be a rare and wonderful experience. Just as the soil touches between your toes while you are in a foreign country, you will no longer feel nervous about being in an unfamiliar environment. That’s when you start drinking in the beautiful scenery surrounding you, which you almost missed. Walking barefoot is fascinating, particularly because it allows you to pay attention to the ground you step on.






Gyejoksan Mountain, Ideal for Taking a Walk along the Red Clay Trail amidst Verdant Greenery


In Gyejoksan Mountain, which stands in the east of Daejeon, a red clay trail goes around the mountainside. A 14.5-km-long path within Jangdong Forest Park, from the start to the end, is also covered with red clay. The 1.5-km red clay path near the entrance is ideal for taking a walk barefoot. Red clay emits far-infrared rays essential for plant and animal growth, which helps facilitate blood flow and flush out toxins from the body.
After leaving your shoes in a shoe locker and passing the entrance, you will find a forest path covered with red clay that feels soft and moist between your toes. It retains its moisture all the time because it is watered twice a day. You can wash your feet along the way, which allows you to leave the path whenever you want. You can also take a rest under the shade or on low wooden benches. After walking for about an hour, you will find yourself at a crossroad. One way leads to Gyejoksanseong Fortress. You can choose to either go back or reach the fortress. It is highly recommended you pay a visit to this stone fortress that is 1,037 m in circumference if you have the time. You should put back on your shoes because a steep path awaits you. After climbing up along the mountain path for about 15 min, you will reach the top of the fortress, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of downtown Daejeon.





- Address: 453-1, Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
- For any inquiry, call: 82-42-608-5133




Mungyeongsaejae Pass, the Old Path You Cannot Stop Walking Along


During the Joseon Dynasty, young aristocrats known as seonbi used to go through the Mungyeongsaejae Pass with a bundle on their backs to reach Hanyang, which is present-day Seoul, and take state-sponsored civil service exams. The steep and thorny path could not stop them from pursuing their dream of rising to fame. Since a part of the Mungyeongsaejae Pass turned into red clay, the very path that was once trekked by seonbi, it has become a major tourist attraction. While walking along this 6.5-km-long red clay path, you will pass three checkpoints. If you do not want to try too hard, you can choose an easier route to descend from Checkpoint 3 on top of the Mungyeongsaejae Pass to Checkpoint 1 at the foot of the mountain.
The walking trail across the forest is wide enough for a car to drive through. The refreshing scent of phytoncide and red clay will make you want to take a walk as long as you could. It is also perfect for a family outing because the trail is on a gentle slope with plenty of tree shade. On the way to Checkpoint 3, three modern jumak are set, which will allow you to take a rest in a laid-back environment. A jumak refers to a type of tavern or inn that served alcoholic beverages and food, as well as provided lodging to travelers in the old Korean society.





- Address: 932, Saejae-ro, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
- For any inquiry, call: 82-54-571-0709




Gangcheonsan Mountain, Perfect for Taking a Walk with the Sound of Waterfalls


Gancheonsan Mountain is widely known as the “Sogeumgang Valley of Jeolla-do,” which suggests that it has deep valleys and rugged cliffs with a breathtaking view. There is a path you might want to check out in Gangcheonsan Mountain with beautiful scenery. The 2.5-km-long trail for barefoot walking is relatively flat and straight, starting with Byeongpung Falls, passing through Gangcheonsa Temple and a suspension bridge, and ending with Gujanggun Falls. This trail is covered with red clay, round pebbles, and sand, which is perfect for foot acupressure. After walking along the path while listening to the sound of waterfalls for about 2 hr, you will feel as if your feet absorbed the energy of the mountain.
Along the mountain path, you will find numerous attractions, including the previously mentioned Gangcheonsa Temple and pedestrian overpass. Gangcheonsa Temple used to be a huge temple that accommodated up to 1,000 monks; however, it was destroyed in a fire during the Korean War and was rebuilt in 1959. The red suspension bridge is the symbol of Gangcheonsan Mountain. Once you reach the bridge, which is 50m above the ground, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the mountain.



Photo: Division of Culture and Tourism, Sunchang-gun Office


- Address: 75, Gangcheonsan-gil, Paldeok-myeon, Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
- For any inquiry, call: 82-63-650-1672


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