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Inwangsan Mountain, Seoul

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Inwangsan is a mountain with a height of 338 meters, located in Jongno-gu and Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu, central areas of Seoul, South Korea. The name literally means "mountain of generous king" in Korean. The mountain covers an area of 1,086,696.50㎡ and has many huge granite peaks which distinguish it from other mountains in Seoul. Each rock is named after its characteristic form, such as gicha bawi (기차바위, train rock), chima bawi (치마바위 skirt rock), iseul bawi (이슬바위 dew rock), moja bawi (모자바위 hat rock), and jiryungii bawi (지렁이바위 worm rock).Inwangsan is famous for its view, so many painters depicted the mountain in their works such as Jeong Seon's Inwang jesaekdo. The Fortress Wall of Seoul surrounds the mountain in which Inwangsa temple and Guksadang shrine are located as well.
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  • This is a hike that involves climbing a lot of steps and stairs up to the top. There is a small section, closer to the top, that is steeper and requires a bit more care, but all in all, this hike can ...  more »
  • Very nice ride quite steep, but short so not too demanding. Departure is near the Dongnimun station, and is well signposted. Most of the rise is on stairs in good condition, but there are a few passages a little slippery. For the best views, go in the afternoon so that the Sun is not in front of you when you look at Seoul. Views of Seoul, Namsan, Bukansan.
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  • This was fun! You can get great views and good exercise without going to the highest summit. We went as high as we would then found lots of other paths to explore. There are many ways to access this m...  more »

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