By erik palin

Lovingly developed and meticulously researched over his eight years living in Korea as a marine engineer, this guide will take you across the mainland’s most impressive hikes as well as give you an insider’s view of the hidden gem of Geoje Island. Full of helpful information and detailed hike descriptions, with beautiful full-color photography and expertly crafted maps, this book includes day hikes for everyone—from families looking for stroller-friendly walks, to avid hikers who want to scale the country’s highest peaks, and everything in between!

About the book

This beautifully crafted hiking guide will take you to some of the best day hikes South Korea has to offer. Explore mountains, waterfalls, beaches, Buddhist temples, World Heritage sites, and sweeping views across the country. This book is your key to not only the most famous mountains and national parks on the mainland but will also provide you with special access to the hidden gem and hiker’s paradise of Geoje Island.

With clear, detailed hike instructions and information, beautiful full-color photography, and expertly crafted maps, Hiking South Korea contains everything you’ll need to explore this magical country—from easy, stroller-friendly day hikes, to epic, all-day, multiple-summit excursions. Each of the 88 hike itineraries includes:

  • An illustrative map
  • GPS coordinates
  • Hike duration
  • Distance
  • Elevation
  • Terrain
  • Difficulty level and accessibility
  • Descriptions of special features
  • And much more!

The book also includes helpful information about safety, climate, what to pack, and a glossary of useful Korean phrases.

If you want to explore South Korea by foot, Hiking South Korea is the comprehensive guide you need to plan your adventure!

Book Details

Available in paperback & e-book

Smyth-Sewn, 272 pages, 6″x9″, November 3, 2023
Price: (Paperback) $34.99, (E-book) $19.99
ISBN: (Paperback) 978-1-955671-24-8, (E-book) 978-1-955671-25-5

About the author

Erik Palin

Erik Palin is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He never hiked before deployment to Korea and hadn’t even seen a hill until he was fourteen (on a Boy Scout trip to Vermont). Erik has spent over eight years in the ROK and over twenty in Asia as an expatriate in the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries. During this time, he has hiked all across South Korea. He is married to the love of his life, Jozefina, and has four loving daughters who all enjoy hiking or are learning to enjoy it.

When not in a boilersuit working in a shipyard, Erik can be found in the high places with his family—hiking the trails, eating wild blueberries, and trying to keep tomatoes from freezing in his sandwiches. Some of Erik’s favorite places to hike include Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, the Sierra Nevada of California, the South Island of New Zealand, the High Tatras of Slovakia, and the entire island of Tasmania. He can’t wait to discover more trails in new high places and hopes to keep doing this for many, many years to come.


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