Oknyeobong 옥녀봉 (Aju-dong)

554.7 meters

1.7km

Part of the 12 Peak Challenge

The beautiful backdrop encircling Aju-dong’s Oknyeobong is another hike not to be missed! Park at the YWCA and enter the trailhead from here. A small set of stairs leading to the trail are located next to the public washrooms on the right side of the parking lot. From this location you can choose from two routes to reach the top.

Sidenote: There are a few Oknyeobongs in Geoje.



For an easier climb with a clearer path, stay to the right (on the most obvious path), passing by the back of the Geoje Middle and High Schools. After a short walk, you’ll come to a crossroads with some exercise equipment on your left. Turn left here to start heading up the mountain.

About ⅔ of the way to the ridgeline you will cross over a dirt utility road. The trail continues directly across from here, up a steep flight of metal stairs. Hike the last ⅓ of the way before coming to a clearing. Proceed left for another 0.4km to the peak, walking next to some cellular and powerline towers and buildings, before emerging at the peak.

Enjoy the views of Aju-dong, DSME, and Okpo facing North, as well as looking back toward Jisepo to the South.

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Alternate Routes

There are several ways up (and down) Oknyeobong. For a longer hike, you can start at the trailhead at Mundong Waterfalls (문동 폭포) taking you 4.7km to the peak.

You can also approach from the east and take the trailhead in Irun-myeon passing by the Gwaneumam Hermitage for a 1.5km hike.

Alex Barnett Vlog

Alex Barnett is a friend of mine and another avid hiker. You can check out his video series on some of these mountains as well.