Journey to the Fairytale - Inje Birch Tree Forest 인제 자작나무숲

"Although the birch does appear fragile, it is in fact extremely hardy. This teaches us that in apparent weakness there is often found the great strength. The birch also promises new life and love, the potent symbol of purification and renewal, which focuses our attention on our potential for the change and on the consideration of new directions and goals to be experienced in our lives" - Wisdom of Trees - Jane Gifford

 Birch trees is one of the most usefull trees. Its known for its medicinal and healing properties.  It was the first tree to grow after ice age and referred to as a pioneer species. In celtic mythology birch came to symbolize rebirth and purification.

Wondae-ri Birch Forest - 원대리 자작나무숲  Inje, Gangwon province is comprised about 690.000 birch tree clustered together on the mountainside.
This place is quite popular in the winter for the korean because of its beauty and healing ambiance. I totally recommend to visit this place during winter. The ground covered in snow and white bark make the you feels like the  fairy tale world.
From the parking lot to the entrance of the forest takes around 4 km.  There are 3 trails available, the birch tree trail - 1 km, healing trail 1,5 km and exploration train 1.1 km. Its better to go to the toilet before start to hike, the are another toilet before entering the forest but believe me you wont dare to use  it. >.<

If you are planning to go during winter, its better to use crampons- the ice spikes. You can either buy or which can be rent it for free at the shop near the parking lot.
Dont forget to write your name on the visitor list on the forest monitoring post before start hiking. The last time for entering is until 3pm and you can only stay at the mountain until 6pm.

There is no public bus go to the forest directly but you can use taxi from Inje Bus Terminal to the entrance of the mountain for 20000 krw. 

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  1. Hi! I'm beginning to love your blogs and photos and your wonderful use of words! Your blogs and shots are amaaaaazing! May I know what camera do use?

    1. hi patricia thank you for your kind words ^^
      I used fujifilm x-m1 for all of picture in this post with 12mm lens and 35mm lens. Some of my picture also taken with film camera pentax k1000 with 50mm lens and zenith122 - helios 44.2 lens :)
      have a nice day

  2. Hi, may I know when you were at the forest? Is it like this between 20 to 25 December? Thank you

    1. hiii i went there last week of january 2017 around 26 or 27 january ^^

  3. Hi, may I know how you to get there?