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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. Use our Seoul trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Bukhansan National Park and other attractions in Seoul.
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  • Be ready to experience real hiking workload, but at the end you will agree that it's absolutely worth it. View from the top mountain is breathtaking. Sea, city and park panorama is amazing. Seoul is g...  more »
  • Best part of our Seoul vacation was family hike of Bukhansan National Park to reach Baegundae Peak. The views from the top are breathtaking and not to be missed. You need to have the proper hiking gea...  more »
  • The view up there is nice and refreshing. its not the hardest place to get to but you still need to do a bit of research. i went there really early in the morning so there was hardly anyone and at tim...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Great place for trail running and hiking. Fresh air and amazing views. Make sure to bring adequate shoes and water!
  • 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.
  • Super easy to get to from Seoul. I definitely recommend coming here for a day trip. The views at the top are worth it.