Odaesan National Park was designated as a national park in 1975. Its name was derived from the the following 5 plateaus: Manwoldae, Jangryeondae, Girindae, Sangsamdae and Jigongdae. Featuring the 1,563m high Birobong Peak, Odaesan spreads southwest with Mt. Sodaesan, Horyeongbong Peak and Mt. Sogyebangsan. The east side is connected with Sangwangbong Peak and Durobong Peak, which are over 1,000m high.
The representative temple of Odaesan, Woljeongsa Temple, was named after the bright, full moon that rises above Manwoldae (Mt. Dongdaesan). At this temple the famous Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda (National Treasure No.48) and the Stone Seated Buddha Figure (Treasure No.139) is preserved. Also, Jeokmyeolbogung of Woljeongsa is where Monk Ja Jang preserved the Sakyamuni's noble relics. Inside Woljeongsa Temple, follow the fir trees 5 km east, and you will reach Sagoji where Yeonggamsa Temple stands.
Hiking Routes : SANGWONSA-BIROBONG LOOP - 6 km / 2-3 hours
Difficulty Rating: 3 – Intermediate The trail begins at Sangwonsa and follows well-maintained steps for 1.5 km to the final temple location. From there, it’s a very steep 1.5 km to Birobong, the highest point in the park. Elevation gain is about 1,100 meters. During the winter, the first half of the route is well-shoveled, but the second part is very snowy and slick and requires at least basic crampons. From Sangwonsa, the hike to Birobong takes around 90 minutes up and 1 hour down.
Last time I went there I only hiked for 6km, but you can hike more if you want, see the details here
> Address : Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (click here for map)
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> Direction :
Gangneung is the primary access point for Odaesan and can be reached from Busan and Seoul via train or express bus. Gangneung Bus Terminal is a 5 minute taxi ride from Gangneung Train Station. From the terminal, take a bus to Jinbu (3,400 won). The ride takes about 45 minutes. At Jinbu Terminal, local buses can be found at the back of the complex (pay on the bus). Buses to Woljeongsa stop at the Minbak Village, which has all the lodging options for the southwest entrance. The ride takes about 20 minutes. If you want to go straight to the trailhead, take a bus to Sangwonsa, located about 8.3 km beyond Woljeongsa (50 min). (thesouthkoreatravelguide.com)
Bus schedule :
Jinbu Terminal => Woljeongsa 06.20, 07.40, 10.50, 14.20, 18.30, 19.40 Price: 1,500 won
Jinbu Terminal => Sangwonsa 08.30, 09.40, 11.50, 12.50, 15.30, 16.40
>> Getting Away
Buses to Sangwonsa and the trailhead return to Jinbu about 50 minutes to 1 hour after their original departure time (see ‘Getting There’). Exact times are posted in the Sangwonsa parking lot next to the bus stop. From Jinbu, intercity buses go to Dong Seoul (every hour from 07:55 to 20:45), Wonju, and Gangneung. Regular buses run from both Wonju and Gangneung to Busan and Seoul. Wonju is a useful access point if you plan to continue on to Sobaeksan National Park.
Jinbu Terminal => Wonju Terminal 07.15, 08.25, 09.15, 10.25, 10.45, 11.55, 12.55, 14.10, 14.25, 15.20, 15.35, 15.55, 16.35, 17.05, 17.25, 18.05, 19.20, 20.05 Journey Time: 2 hours
> Contact : Park Office: 75-6 Ganpyeong-ri, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do.
> Website : english.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)