Crossing Korea’s longest suspension bridge

Crossing Korea’s longest suspension bridge

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

If you go to Sunchang, there is no excuse to not visit Chaegyesan suspension bridge(채계산출렁다리), which is just a 20-minute drive from Yonggwolsan Mountain. The 270-meter-long bridge is the longest suspension bridges without pillars in Korea and connects Mt. Jeokseong Chaegyesan and Mt. Donggye Chaegyesan, which are divided by Highway 24.

The entrance of the pedestrian bridge is a mere 300-meter high, making this a great place for hikers of all skill levels. It took only 10 minutes for me to get to the bridge from the parking lot, after around walking up around 500 stairs.

The bridge linking two mountains is about five stories high, or between 75 to 90 meters, and really will make your stomach flutter. When I visited, I noticed there were some tourists on the bridge walking slowly and holding on tightly to the handrails.

If you are a thrill-seeker, look down at the traffic far below from the center of the bridge. I felt like I was floating above the highway. If not, cross the bridge slowly while taking in the lovely scenery of the mountains, field and village in the distance.

When you go to the Sunchang, a home to hot pepper sauce, don’t forget to climb up the Chaegyesan mountain and cross the gorgeous bridge that has a red color like the city’s specialty.

 

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Address
KOR: 전북 순창군 적성면 괴정리 1612 
ENG: 1612, Goejeong-ri, Jeokseong-myeon, Sunchang-gun

Hours
Mar – Oct: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 
Nov – Feb: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last entry: 1 hour before closing) 

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