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Busan - Geumjeongsanseong Fortress

Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan

Geumjeongsanseong Fortress is located on the peak of Mt. Geumjeongsan (801.5m) in Busan. Its 17km long wall made it once the largest fortress in Korea. Now, only 4km remain from the original. While the exact time of construction is not recorded, it is believed to come from the Three Kingdoms Era - earlier than 668 - when Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla dynasties were fighting against each other. The present fortress was built in 1703, after the Japanese Invasion of Korea from 1592~1598 to prepare for any further invasions from Japan.

While you expect to visit some kind of castle, the environment you find after getting out of the cable car is actually a forest, quite a lovely walk in the nature as long as you come prepared for it. The views from the cable car as well as the wall thickness are impressive, but if you are tight on time you could just skip this and focus on Beomeosa Temple, which together with the beach and other things was the real highlight of Busan.

The good thing is that both Geumjeongsanseong & Beomeosa are located in the same subway line, rather close to each other, so you can combine both visits easily. Since the fortress is southern - and we were coming from the south - we started from there, but as said, it could have been done the other way around too... Up to you!
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
Views from the cable car
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
Walk through the forest, my clothes not being very appropriate I know.
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
Cute nature
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
The wall i.e. goal of the visit
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan
The way back
Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Busan


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