Mt. Dobongsan, located northeast of Bukhansan National Park, is considered one of Seoul’s finest mountains, with its curiously shaped boulders and craggy cliffs. The highest point is Jaunbong, which peaks at 739.5 m. Seoul’s district of Dobong-gu derives its name from the mountain. Many Koreans believe that the mountain is home to powerful spirits, as dobong means “Taoist peak.” Mt. Dobongsan is surrounded by some 20 temples set in scenic valleys and rough ravines, one of the major ones being Cheonchuksa Temple.
EAT> The area between Dobongsan Station and the entrance of Mt. Dobongsan is packed with tons of restaurants that cater to the hikers, families, and couples that visit here.
Outfitters and peddlers entice mountaineers making a last-minute purchase of miscellaneous hiking supplies.
Your first glimpse of Cheonchuksa Temple will be an assembly of some 200 individually carved smooth stone statues of a Bodhisattva. There is also a grotto chamber enshrining a sitting Buddha