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Seoul's Top Mountains
Seoul's Top Mountains
Mt. Bukhansan
Mt. BukhansanThis dramatic collection of rocky peaks in northern Seoul has been declared a national park. In addition to being a popular hiking place, it’s also home to the granite face of Insubong Peak, one of the most popular rock-climbing locations in Korea. Other major peaks include Baegundae (the highest peak at 836m) and Mangyeondae. History buffs will want to check out Bukhan Mountain Fortress, a medieval fortification that protected the royal capital in the Goryeo and Joseon eras. Several Buddhist temples are located here, too, including the major Zen center of Hwagyesa Temple.
Hiking Courses
Hajurae Course (1 hour, 40 minutes) Doseonsa Temple — Ui Shelter — Insu Shelter — Baegundae Shelter — Wimun —Baegundae
Daeseongmun Course (3 hours, 30 minutes) Jeongneung Ticket Office — Sambongsa — Yeongchusa — Daeseongmun — Bogungmun — Daedongmun — Yongammun Wimun — Baegundae
Bibong Course (4 hours, 10 minutes) Gugi Tunnel Entrance — Yeonhuisa — Geumseonsa — Bibong — Samo Rock — Seunggabong — Munsubong — Daenammun — Daeseongmun — Bogungmun — Daedongmun — Yongammun — Wimun — Baegundae

Getting There
Hajurae Course: Suyu Station, Line 4. Take bus 6, 6-1 or 8 to its final destination.
Daeseongmun Course: Sungshin Womens University Station, Line 4. Take bus 1, 3, 5-1, 16 or 710 to final destination.
Bibong Course: Jonggak Station, Line 1. Take bus 428 from Jongno 1-ga and get off at Gugi Tunnel Entrance Police Box.
Mt. Dobongsan
Mt. DobongsanTechnically part of Mt. Bukhansan National Park, Mt. Dobongsan (739.5m) is usually treated as a separate hike. Like Mt. Bukhansan proper, it is a dramatically rocky mountain with several granite peaks — its Seoninbong Peak is particularly famous among rock-climbers. It is home to some 60 temples, including Cheonchuksa, Mangwolsa, Ssangnyongsa and Hoeryongsa.
Hiking Paths
Jureung Course (6 hours) Hoeryonggol Ticket Office — Hoeryongsa — Podaeteo — Peak 649 — Jaunbong Peak — Five Peak Intersection — Uiam — Ui-dong Green Park
Mangwolsa Course (7 hours, 30 minutes) Manwolsa Station — Ticket Office — Wonhyosa — Mangwolsa — Peak 716 — Jaunbong Peak — Ju Peak — Uiam — Wontongsa — Bomunsanjang Hotel — Intersection
Dobong-dong Course (6 hours) Dobong-dong Ticket Booth — Dobong Confucian School — Path fork — Dobongsanjang Hotel — Cheonchuksa — Madang Rock — Summit (Jaunbong Peak) — Uiam — Bomunsanjang Hotel — Wontongsa — Ui-dong Resort

Getting There
Jureung Course: Hoeryong Station, Line 1
Mangwolsa Course: Mangwolsa Station, Line 1
Dobong-dong Course: Dobongsan Station, Line 1
Mt. Inwangsan
A sacred mountain in Korean shamanism, Mt. Inwangsan’s granite face and bizarre rock formations have captivated Koreans for ages. The peak is not high (338m) but offers wonderful views of downtown Seoul. It is home to the Guksadang, Korea’s most important shamanist shrine, and Seonbawi, an unusual rock formation that also serves as a site of shamanist rites.
Hiking Path
General Path (About 1 hour): Guksadang — Seonbawi — Summit

Getting There
Dongnimmun Station, Line 3, Exit 2
Mt. Bugaksan
Mt. BugaksanLong kept off-limits to the public as a special security zone, this peak just behind the presidential palace of Cheong Wa Dae is now fully hikable, albeit within specific hours—entry is from 9am—3pm (April—Oct), 10am—3pm (Nov—March), and you must leave the area by 5pm. Historical sites include the old city walls, Sukjeongmun Gate and Changuimun Gate.
Hiking Courses
Malbawi Course (About 2 hours) Malbawi Rest Stop — Sukjeongmun — Gokjang — Cheongundae — Baekangmaru (summit) — Changuimun
Hongnyeonsa Course (About 2 hours) Hongnyeonsa Rest Stop — Sukjeongmun — Gokjang — Cheongundae — Baekangmaru (summit) — Changuimun
Changuimun Course (About 2 hours) CChanguimun Rest Stop — Baekangmaru (summit) — Cheongundae — Gokjang — Sukjeongmun — Malbawi Rest Stop

Getting There
Malbawi Course: Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 2. Take Green Jongno Bus #2 to the last stop and walk to Waryong Park. Hike the old city walls for another 20 minutes to Malbawi Rest Stop.
Hongryeonsa Course: Hanseong University Station, Line 4, Exit 6. Take bus 1111 or 2112 to last stop, and walk 10 minutes to Hongnyeonsa Rest Stop.
Changuimun Course: Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3, Exit 3. Take Green Bus 0212, 1020 or 7022 to Mungogae and walk two minutes.
Mt. Gwanaksan
Mt. GwanaksanThis relatively gentle massif in southern Seoul offers splendid views of the Gangnam area and Hangang River, especially from the Yeonjudae Pavilion, which is perched dramatically atop the mountain’s highest peak, Yeonjubong (629m).
Hiking Courses
General Course (4 hours) Gwanaksan Entrance (Seoul National University) — 1st Plaza — fork at 4th Camping Ground —Yeonjuam Hermitage — Summit (Yeonjudae) — Yeonjusaem Spring — Siheung Confucian School — Government Complex Gwacheon Station (Subway Line 4)

Getting There
Seoul National University Station, Line 2. Then take bus 95, 25, 94, 121, 289, 303, 55-2, 114, 142 or 289-1 to entrance of Seoul National University.
Mt. Namsan
Mt. NamsanMt. Namsan is perhaps Seoul’s most famous peak thanks to the landmark N Seoul Tower, which is located on its summit. This low, gentle peak (262m) can be climbed by just about anyone, and makes for a nice retreat from the urban jungle below.
Hiking Paths
Too many to choose from, but the most popular takes you from the National Theater to N Seoul Tower (about 40 minutes). If you’re too tired to walk, you can take a bus or cable car up the mountain, too.

Getting There
Dongguk University Station, Line 3, Exit 6. Take the Namsan loop bus to the National Theater of Korea.
Mt. Achasan
At 287m high, Mt. Achasan in southeastern Seoul is by no means Korea’s tallest mountain, but it is historically significant as the location of Acha Mountain Fortress, where the ancient Korean kingdoms of Goryeo, Baekje and Silla spent about 250 years fighting it out for control of the Hanggang River valley. The peak also offers great views of the Hangang River and enjoys some of Seoul’s best sunrises.
Hiking Courses
General Course (2 hours, 30 minutes): Hwayangsa — Palgakjeong — Summit — Yongmabong Peak — Daewon Foreign Language High School

Getting There
Achasan Station, Line 5. 20 minute walk from there.
- The article courtesy of Seoul magazine
Mt. Bukhansan Mt. Dobongsan Mt. Inwangsan Mt. Bugaksan Mt. Gwanaksan Mt. Namsan Mt. Achasan
Date 09/09/2009

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