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“Asian Holiday”

Bukhansan National Park
Ranked #2 of 811 things to do in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular pastimes in Seoul is hiking and this stunning national park just outside the city is a local favorite. Aside from a variety of hiking trails for every skill level, you’ll also see lots of flora and fauna, temples and ancient fortresses.
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Amazing in autumn!! The foliage is beautiful and the air crisp and clean! Worth the little trek. And so accessible by train.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Deepa R
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"baegundae peak"
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"highest peak"
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"hiking gear"
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"great hike"
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"challenging hike"
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"walking stick"
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"steel cables"
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"different routes"
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"beautiful nature"
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"coming down"
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"information centre"
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"koreans love"
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"starting point"
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"rice wine"
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul and you enjoy hiking in the outdoors, I highly recommend climbing one of the peaks in beautiful Bukhansan National Park. I climbed the tallest peak, Baegundae Peak, and it took me 2.5 hours to get to the top (I am a 52 year old woman, in relatively good shape). The climb is moderately challenging, and there are sections with chains and railing to help you along. In winter, you should attach chains or spikes to your shoes to climb on snow and ice. I went in both November and late December, and I enjoyed both the beautiful foliage of fall and the lovely snow in winter.

For those like me with no car, Bukhansan National Park is easy to get to using the metro and bus. Take the metro to the Gupabal stop. From there, take bus #34, 704, or 8772 (you will see other hikers fully decked out in hiking attire). The bus will take you to the stop that leads to the main entrance of the park. It was pretty obvious to me which stop it was, especially when all of the other hikers got off at the same stop. From the bus stop you will need to walk for 5 minutes or so to get to the park entrance. Along the way, you will pass shops that sell hiking gear, clothing, walking sticks, snacks, etc.

Bukhansan has many different trails to choose from, of varying degrees of difficulty and length. There are also different peaks to choose from. I chose the highest and loved it! The views are spectacular, and you can also visit a temple along the way. The trails are marked pretty well, and there are always other hikers around since it is a very popular pastime for Koreans. In fact, try to do the hike during the week, if you can. It gets super crowded on the weekends. Bring water and a snack, and enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2017
18  Thank JoyfulTraveler7
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

For a quick hike up a mountain right within Seoul, Bukhansan would be your option. Weekends tend to get a little packed as the locals also hike the trails to the peak, though the crowds are still manageable as there are many trails.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank vignesc
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Whether its a visit for a full day trip or just a few hours, this place is great for unwinding and seeing beautiful nature and scenery.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank AlexJW91
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

We hired a private tour guide to be able to drive us to Mt Bukhan and Bukhansan National park- this was really one of the highlights of our trip—we walked a shorter trail up to Harujae ridge that just took ~1.5 hours round trip—nice stone steps looked natural but made it easy to climb- great views. Teenage girls enjoyed it as just a short enough hike. Pretty steep so coming down would be difficult for people with knee problems. Very nice morning outing for the drive and hike and able to get back to Seoul city center in the early afternoon.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank AandS_Norcal
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