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Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

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National Park
Hailed as the capital's only natural reserve, Bukhansan National Park shelters a rich biodiversity tucked away amid three granite mountain peaks--Baegunbong, Mangyeongbong, and Insubong. Also known as the Triangle Mountain, the national park boasts more than 1,300 species of animal and plant life, as well as an abundance of cultural and historical sites. As you explore the valleys and ridges, you'll come across many Buddhist temples and hermitages scattered all over the gentle slopes. Each season brings something visually unique to the park, so bring your camera and hiking shoes to experience those moments. Always carry extra water with you, and check the weather conditions in order to dress yourself properly for exploration. Use our Seoul trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Bukhansan National Park and other attractions in Seoul.
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  • Great place with easy access from Seoul center. Baegundae peak with impressive view of the city is quite challenging. Final part you must go next to the ropes. Best place in Bukhansan is Golden Buddha...  more »
  • The National Park should be visited in any case, if you love hiking. But also just a little to turn off from the hustle and bustle of the big city, without spending hours hiking, you can come relaxed. With the Metro, easy to reach and stop just all Koreans in hiking outfit follow - there are many!
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  • My wife and I are indeed sporting, but never interested in hiking us. The ascent takes about 3 hours and is actually not easy, because there are no roads, but only stones from a certain height. Both provide the way to the top, as also the views from the top great impressions. Clear recommendation for amateur athletes, who would one day change from the hustle and bustle of big city.
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  • Amazing national Park. Right outside Seoul, has bathrooms everywhere but NO WATER after you leave the town at the bottom of it. You can go there for a 2 or 3 hours loop, a 6h hike from West to East (what we did) or for a few days!! Very pretty, steep staircases and amazing summits, great viewpoints and lots of people sprinkled all around the park. Only little information in English, but plenty of laps along the trails. There's even an air blower/compressor at the bottom of the West entrance for people to clean their shoes after their hike!!!!!!?!
  • Beautiful park. One of the information staff at the end of our hike was gracious enough to give us a ride to the bus stop, since we had hiked until very late. The hike to the top is challenging, with winding trails and lots of uneven rock stairs. The final climb to the peak can be dangerous if you have smooth bottom shoes or poor upper body strength. A good portion of it requires pulling yourself up along a metal post guardrail over smooth rock surfaces. We started on the west entrance of Bukhansan going east. Hiking equipment is not required but the poles come in handy. Bring a large bottle of water. I recommend a sports drink and small snacks to keep your energy up midway through. October is the perfect time to go here. Grab a map from the information kiosk at the start of the hike.
  • Located very near Seoul downtown. Perfect for a 1 day trip. Great views from the top.
  • This is a beatiful park with great scenery. The view of the city from the peaks are incredible. Be warned that while the trails not technically difficult, they are extremely steep and the elevation covered is great. Hiking is a national pastime for Koreans so expect 65 year old women to embarrass you by passing you with ease.
  • A wonderful hike right in the city. Very easy to get to, we took the subway and started our hike with ease. It was so beautiful and there are hiking trails with different levels of difficulty. If you have the chance I would come during multiple seasons to really see what this beautiful park has to offer.