Forest Bathing at 10 Natural Places in South Korea

Forest bathing which means taking yourself into the forest atmosphere is growing on focus all around the world. A theory from Japan said that surrounding with the greens will make people unwind after facing the pressure, problems and tension for a long time. Let’s go out and find a natural place to rejuvenate yourself. If you can’t find any places, let’s these 10 places in Korea be your choices.

Cheonjiyeon Falls

Cheonjiyeon Falls has a deep, crystal clear water. Cheonjiyeon Falls look ethereal like it descends from the heaven. Its name means the sky connected with the land. Being in the woods surrounded by wild Dampalsu trees, brambles, Chinese lemon trees and camellias and hearing the magnificent sound of rushing water seems to instantly heal the soul.  

Bukhansan National Park

Bukhansan National Park is in the northern Seoul. It is the splendid forest with granite peaks and variety of flora. It can visit all year round. In the spring, all of colourful flowers broom while the forest turns green like it is covered in the soft green blanket in the summer. When the autumn arrives, the foliage begins to fall and transforms the park with fiery hues. In the winter, the snow-covered park creates the sense of tranquillity.

Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest is in the middle of Korea’s capital city. With 600,000 square meters of land, there are five parks in Seoul Forest. Seoul Forest provides the feel of peace and serenity. Some parts of the forest are transformed to eco-forest. It is the natural habitat for wild lives including deer, chipmunks, mandarin ducks and mallards.

Juwangsan National Park

To enter Juwangsan National Park, there are a lot of trails but for a comfortable experience, you can take the Juwang Valley walking course. This 2.2 kilometer-long trail starts at Daejeonsa Temple and leads to the Yongchu waterfall, passing the Jahagyo Bridge. While walking along the path, you can see the views of eerie rock formations and cliffs. In the fall and autumn, the foliage makes the park be a spectacular scenery.

Baeksasil Valley

Baeksasil Valley is located in the north of Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace. This valley is in the middle of untouched natural surrounding. It is the natural home of animals such as minnows, frogs and even the occasional wild boar. The path along the thick forest and natural valleys provide an excellent getaway from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.

Wondae-ri Birch Forest

Just 20 Kilometres away from the small town of Inje, there is the Wondae-ri Birch Forest. Spread out over 138 hectares of mountainside, this remarkable forest is comprised of 690,000 birch trees and three trails that run through them. In the winter, this forest is very popular because people come to capture the tranquil sight of white trees towering up to the blue sky.

Yumyeongsan Mountain Natural Recreation Forest

Yumyeongsan Mountain Natural Recreation Forest is located in Gapyeong. In the recreation forest, there are facilities including sporting equipment, a forest exhibition and a hiking trail. The miscellany of plunge pools and water pockets that descend through the valley create a beautiful landscape.

Namsan Park

Namsan Park is the largest park in the Seoul. It is the home of many species of trees, plants and animals. It has quiet, picturesque walking trails. The Namsan Park is very beautiful when cherry blossom bloom in the spring.

Seoul Grand Park

Seoul Grand Park is in the natural forest of Cheonggyesan Mountain. It has some 470 species of vegetation, including pine trees, wild pear trees, Mongolian oak trees and ginger plants as well as racoons, rabbits, owls and pheasants. Walking in the park and listening to sounds of chirping insects are rejuvenating.

Mudeungsan Mountain National Park

Mudeungsan National Park is situated in Hwasun, South Jeolla Province. There are different 15 walking trails, each with their own unique beauty and charm. In the spring head to Course No.11, a three-kilometre long trail that provides gorgeous views with cherry blossoms and royal azaleas.