Bukhansan National Park 북한산국립공원
Hiking at night is prohibited (from sunset to 2 hrs before sunrise).
3 of the popular entry points to Bukhansan National Park:
For an easy experience of the mountain national park from Jeongneung District:
Gireum Station (line 4, exit 3). Take Bus 110B or 143 and get off at the last stop (about 13 mins). Walk up the gentle slope until reaching the park entrance (10 mins). Note: Jeongneung Information Center is located near the park entrance. Closed during lunch hours.
Note: Search for 'Gileum' instead when using MetroidHD app.
To reach the highest Baegundae Peak:
Gupabal Station (line 3, exit 1). U-turn upon exit. The bus stop is about 20m ahead. Take Bus 34/704/8772 and get off at Bukhansanseong (Fortress) 북한산성 (about 17 mins) bus stop. All of the stops were announced in English. After walking past Bukhansanseong Park Information Center, you will reach a forked road that leads to either the Valley Trail or Main Road Trail. Both trails merge at Daeseomun Gate. Go past Bukhandong Village, and you will see a hiking trail that leads to Borisa Temple. The real mountain trail starts from here.
With direct subway access to Dobongsan for Jaunbong/Uiam Peak:
Dobongsan Station 도봉산역 (line 1/7, exit 1). Cross the road at the traffic light upon exit. Follow the local hikers to the park entrance. 20 mins. You would walk past many food stalls and hiking shops along the way.
Hiking is very popular with the Koreans. Come on the weekend and you can easily follow the colourfully-clothed Korean hikers on the trails. There are signs along the way too.
Note: Please wear comfortable shoes, bring bottles of water, optional snacks for your hike and buffer enough time for the return trip as well. In winter, proper footwear is required to walk on the snow ice. You can consult with the hiking shops leading to the the park entrance as they generally do sell affordable slip-on snow ice crampons for your shoes.
Bukhansan National Park in Guinness Book of World Records
With around five million visitors each year, Bukhansan National Park is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Visited National Park per Unit Area”.
It is one of Korea's most popular hiking destinations and maybe the most beloved of Seoul's mountains.
Ease of Access to Bukhansan National Park in Seoul
The park is easily accessible by public transport from anywhere in the Seoul Metropolitan with relatively short travel time, considering to a mountain national park.
25 mins by subway from Seoul Station to Gireum Station (for the popular Bogukmun Course) or 36 mins to Gupabal Station (for the Bukhansanseong Course to the highest peak) and followed by a less than 20 mins bus ride to the park.
Peaks of Bukhansan National Park & What to See
Baegundae Peak, at 836.5m is the highest peak in Bukhansan National Park, followed by Insubong Peak at 810.5m and Mangnyeongdae Peak at 799.5m.
Bukhansan National Park has dozens of gorges and granite peaks with crystal clear streams flowing between them, creating a beautiful harmony of nature.
There are several park entrances with multiple trails weaving along the mountain, making it a new experience with different paths every time.
Two of the most popular hiking courses at Bukhansan National Park:
1. Bogukmun Course for an easy mountain national park experience (1.5 hrs, 2.4km, 1-way)
The most popular hiking trail in Jeongneung District of Bukhansan National Park, stretching from Jeungneung to Bogukmun.
Clear streams, waterfall, gorge and naturally grown oak trees are some of the beautiful sights of this course.
Summer at Bukhansan National Park - Bogukmun Course
Winter at Bukhansan National Park - Bogukmun Course
2. Bukhansanseong Course to reach Baegundae Peak (2-2.5 hrs, 3.4km, 1-way)
One of the most popular hiking trails leading from the Bukhansanseong Park Information Center to the highest Baegundae Peak.
The last part of the course is a steep incline that requires holding onto the ropes to reach the peak; and be rewarded with breathtaking view.
Bukhansanseong Course at Bukhansan National Park
Restaurants near Bukhansan National Park
After hiking, why not have an authentic (and affordable) Korean meal at one of the restaurants near to the park entrance?
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