Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

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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. Put Bukhansan National Park and other Seoul attractions into our Seoul trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Trekking is super popular in Korea, really the national pass time. As such, there are trails for all levels of ability in this national park. Views are stunning. So many temples to visit and paths to ...  more »
  • This was my very first solo hike up a mountain..took the Bugandae trail up to the peak...The hike up was challenging enough especially towards the top where i had to use steel cables to haul myself up...  more »
  • Bukhansan is located in the northern part of Seoul and has an elevation of 2744 ft. If you are into hiking, there are several courses that you can take. On each course is a support center that has inf...  more »
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  • This park is legitimate! It's an old mountain fortress turned park. The place is mammoth. We did a day hike and were very unprepared. We should have brought more water (we brought 2 liters each) and snacks as well as gloves. This is real hiking. We hiked to highest peak- 5 hours up and 3.5 hours to get back down. Some parts we were climbing using metal railing to get up. Do your research before you go and have a well mapped out plan. There are lots of signs so plan by "gate" markers. The views and experience were once in a life time. Definitely worth it if you can do so safely.
  • I saw a lot of older korean climb up the hill. They have a very good stamina and healthy. There's a few road closures because of construction works. View is splendid.
  • Bukhansan National Park : -Review: worth your visit. Especially when leafs change color during autumn or while there is snow. -Location: take metro line 3, get off at Gupabal station, exit 1, take bus 704 in front of Lotte Department store and get off at 북한산성입구 (Buhansan Seong Ibgu). Once arrived the park is just 5-10 min away. -Hiking: there are many hiking trails. Baegundae Peak trail leads you to the highest peak of Bukhansan. Recommended to were shoes suitable for hiking and taking a backpack . Also buy ahead food and drinks or you can get some at the convenient store nearby the park before entering.
  • This park is absolutely beautiful and well worth a stop if you have time while in the Seoul area. There are waterfalls, temples, and peaks that can be hiked to that give amazing views. Maps explaining the trails and signs guiding you in the right direction are available in the park. Be aware that there are multiple entrances leading to different trail sets in the park!
  • been here for fall hiking. really recommended and full of breath-taking view. you have to bring your own snack and beverages since shop/mini market are rarely seen during hiking course (available, but not so many)

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