‘Hiking barefoot at a red clay trail’ sounds interesting, isn’t it? Gyejoksan Mountain Red clay trail is a great place to feel nature more intimately. Located in Daejeon city, this mountain is famous for its barefoot hiking.
The Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail is an eco-healing walking trail. This mountain found as the first one with barefoot walking theme. Some People believe that stimulating feet by walking on clay road provides health benefits such as disease prevention and healing, as well as stress relief. When looked from above, the mountain resembles the feet of a chicken and In Korean Gyejok means “chicken feet”. As a result, the mountain was given the name Gyejoksan.
The red clay cools one’s feet on hot days in the summer, and the gentle hills make strolling a breeze. It takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to finish. In the autumn, the mountain is bustling with hikers who come to enjoy Mount Gyejok’s breathtaking scenery.
It was named one of the ‘33 travel destinations to go back to’ by travel journalists in 2008. Around 500 children from 100 nations took part in the United Nations Children’s Conference on the Environment, as well as President of the Republic of Seychelles James Michel, went barefoot walking on Mount Gyejok.
The forest area near the Red Clay Trail’s entrance also has information on the benefits of red clay as well as art shows. A playground, pavilion, and foot washing booth are among the other facilities on the site. On weekends from April through October, visitors can enjoy a free open-air classical music performance at the forest’s performance hall.
How to get there
Address: San 85, Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
- Parking Fees: Free
- Parking Facilities: 25 parking spaces
- Closed: N/A (Open all year round)
- Admission Fees: Free
- Operating Hours: 06:00-24:00
- Homepage: www.daedeok.go.kr
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