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Bukhansan National Park, Seoul
(4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Place mandatory to attend. Everyone will find something for yourself. A lot of trejlov to choose from. For a lazy stroll through beautiful forest; For fans of attractions-many temples and monasteries, where there are no crowds and you can safely walk/photograph; For lovers of hiking space and freedom; And excellent views from the peaks for all climbers. Necessarily comfortable shoes, dress correctly (on top of the wind blows in through), start in the morning, otherwise nothing transcendent.
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  • Not too rough yet challenging enough for a day out in Seoul. A steep climb for last 1km route but well equip with stairs and rope. Took us almost 4 hours to and fro while the park assistant told us ab...  more »
  • We went to Gupakal station, took bus 34 or 704 and walked straight to information center. We saw long queue for the bus so we just followed. Many Korean come here for hiking on the weekend. It started...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing. Highly recommend the trek up Baegundae peak, especially on a clear day in Autumn. I was there in mid-October and the Autumn foliage was such a visual treat. It's not an easy trek up to the peak, but it's 100% worth it. Bring snacks to enjoy up there along with the view, you'll deserve it!
  • 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.
  • Great scenery! To reach the peak on average speed, you will need around 3hours. If you stop frequently for pictures then make it 4hours. The hike is manageable even for people who did not climb before. However, be mentally prepared to use your hands sometimes as it can get a bit steep at some segments. The final stretch to reach the peak requires you to use your hands to pull the cables provided (pinned to the ground and trees). Climbing equipment such as hiking stick is not absolutely necessary but good to have, especially on the way down, helps to relieve the load on the knees. Air is cold and dry out of summer season so it might cause some cold coughs. Good to bring kimbap (Korean rice roll) to eat along the way as you can't eat too heavily for the hike. Start eating as soon as you feel the slightest hunger as it helps to sustain your sugar level for the hike, which could be tiring if you are unfit. Bring 2litres of water per person. There are different routes to take, for more info check the official site. There is toilet along the hike at specific locations, so try not to drink too much water in one go.
  • 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.