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Picnic at CheonMa Mountain Park

On a national holiday, I decided to go on a picnic with my family, near from my town.

There can be many choices to go, my preferred place is not such a tough mountain, not a crowed place, and beautiful nature with forest, river, and flowers. This time, I selected Mt. CheonMa (Korean name – 천마산).

Cheonma Mountain is located in Namyangju-si(east of Seoul), Gyeonggi-do, Korea. it’s 812m height.

DSC01274 The location is quite near from Seoul(around 30km), and easy to arrive by driving, or public transportations. you can reach there by bus (#165), or use Pyeongnae-Hopyeong Station by train (and take bus #165). The entrance of park has parking lots for free.

The gate of CheonMa Mountain park welcomes us,

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The park provides long & pleasant path along the valley, it’s good to enjoy forest views, and take rest with nature

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This place doesn’t have huge water falls, and landscape with great rocks, but it’s good enough to enjoy lunch meal box in pleasant air with family. A small river flows, and I could see fishes, well, I’d like to organize fishing activity for my sons.

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climbing 812 meters is not such a easy thing for me, but it looks easy for 6 & 9 year-old children. Smile One thing to suggest, is that there’re many small activities to do, along the way – taking photos, collecting bugs, and enjoying meal-box beside of flowers.

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After I became breathless several times, finally, the peak of mountain welcomes us, and people help each other to take nice photos there.

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If children is too young, or you’re difficult to walk, climbing to the top is not a good choice, because you’ll meet rocks, and scary number of stairs to reach the peak.

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I spent 6 hours from-to the entrance of the park, but if you just enjoy easy path along the forest without climbing the peak, it doesn’t take long time, and it’s just easy & good walking.


If you visit any mountains in Korea from middle of October, to middle of November, then there’s extra offer from mountains for you – beautiful autumn colors of maple trees.

# Here’re suggestions for you,

Preparation – meal box, bottles of water, camera, & shoes for climbing (if you want to reach the mountain peak)

Schedule – no reservation required. recommended to visit – after a rainy day for more activities around brook, or Oct to November for enjoying autumn colors.

Access to the park : there’re many entrances of the park, I think the best is at Hopyeong-dong, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, because the trail is well developed. Use the location map at the top of this article.

Categories: Travelling Korea
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