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Bu Chae Bawi - Pusan Korea


Koreans have it all; rock, ice (waterfalls and ice parks), bouldering, indoor and outdoor gyms. Friendly locals and good public transportation around Seoul make for a great trip. Best of all, kimchi is guaranteed to make you climb two grades harder.


Getting There 

Flights into South Korea originate from all over the globe. These days, most flights go into Inchon, near Seoul.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.5 miles from here

128 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',61],['1 Star',29],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Korea:
Chouinard B   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Seoul-InSu Bong
Chouinard A   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Seoul-InSu Bong
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The obvious left facing crack line on the right si...

Chouinard A 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Asia : South Korea : Seoul-InSu Bong
This is a left-facing off-width crack that provides amazing endurance driven climbing. Pitch 1: 55 meters of 5.8 climbing.Pitch 2: 40 meters of 5.10 off-width. This is, for good reason, the crux of the route. Pull through the roof with a nice fist jam and make your way up the crack. Pitch 3: 30 meters of 5.7 chimney climbing.Pitch 4: 20 meters of 5.6 climbing and a scramble to the top. Each anchor is bolted with beautiful American Death Triangles. There are bolted anchors everywhere, pick one! I...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Bu Chae Bawi - Pusan Korea
Bu Chae Bawi - Pusan Korea
Bu Chae Bawi - Pusan Korea
Bu Chae Bawi - Pusan Korea

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By Bryan Hylenski
From: Gyeongsan, South Korea
Jan 20, 2010
Korea has loads of crags. I have lived there off and on for the last 4 years and love climbing in South Korea. In 2004, a gentleman named Eric started the site koreaontherocks.com and it's grown everyday since. Check it out, if your ever interested in coming to Korea.

The sport climbing in Seonunsa is world class, the trad in Seoul, Sokcho and a variety of other places is worth the trip, as well as ice falls to keep you busy in the winter. The whole country can be traversed by car in under 5hrs, so virtually everywhere is accessible with some hiking shoes and a map.

The foreign climbing community in Korea is quite tight and tries to be quite proactive and involved in all aspects of Korea's climbing community. The Korean climbers are quite skilled, strong, and always willing to lend a hand. Learn a few simple phrases on the plane ride over and you'll be set for an incredible time here. I honestly believe you won't meet a nicer bunch of folks in all of Asia. Enjoy!
Feb 16, 2010
I've lived on and off in Korea since 1998. . . in no small part because of the climbing, and the stellar Korean and foreign climbing communities. Check out koreaontherocks.com and see ya on the rocks in Korea!
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Mar 29, 2010
I just posted some old photos from the Bu Chae Bawi climbing area near Pusan. These are historic photos taken in 1975 on a climbing weekend with the Korea Alpine Club, when I was stationed there in the army. We were climbing in big boots and kletter shoes. I don't remember what any of the climbs were, or were rated. I think it's a sport area now, but it wasn't back in those days. Those climbs were pretty severe in big boots (probably 5.8-5.9?). If anyone wants to use these pictures and set up a proper area, you are more than welcome. I would be interested to know what and how hard these climbs were that we were climbing back in the dark ages.
By Chad Sontag
From: Vacaville, CA
Nov 10, 2011
Anyone know of any gyms near Osan or Songtan city?
Jan 20, 2012
Chad, check out Korean on the Rocks. I know there is a gym in Osan and one in Pyeongtaek. Camp Humphreys has two walls (while Osan has 0) if you're in the military. Feel free to give me a call (my number is in my Korea of the Rocks profile) if you want to do some climbing!