Mountain Ansan Jarak-gil Trail 안산자락길
Dongnimmun Station (line 3, exit 4). Turn right upon exit. There are signs leading to Ansan Jarak-gil. Walk towards the right side of Lee Jin Ah Memorial Library and follow the sign to the start of Ansan Jarak-gil Trail.
2-2.5 hrs on the 7km circular trail around the mountain. Optional path to summit (additional 30 mins - 1 hr).
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Seodaemun-gu is a hidden gem in Seoul! The 7km forest trail encircles the entire circumference of the Ansan Mountain on raised wooden deck that can be completed in 2.5 hrs.
One can fully immerse in nature of a Seoul mountain at Ansan Jarak-gil Trail, walking alongside sky-tall trees through the woods and enjoying scenic views from its many observatory points.
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail from Dongnimmun Station & Attractions at Independence Park
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail from Seodaemun-gu Office Entrance (with wheelchair charger)
This circular barrier-free mountain walking trail with gentle slopes is the country's first. It is accessible to wheelchairs and baby carriages entering from Seodaemun-gu Office Entrance. There is even a wheelchair charger at this entrance.
Ansan Jarak-gil, one of the Most Popular Barrier-free Forest Trails in Seoul
If you are are thinking twice on getting up to the highest peak at Bukhansan National Park holding on to ropes; or the much easier peak but still an uphill hike of Chonegyesan Mountain, you can definitely give Ansan Jarak-gil a try! It is one of the most popular barrier-free forest trails in Seoul.
There are several entry and exit points for Ansan Jarak-gil. One of the popular entry points is conveniently accessible from a subway station (i.e. Dongnimmun Station) and you can exit on the other side of the mountain to Yonsei University compound, located in the popular Sinchon district for more sightseeing, shopping and eating after your mountain trail walk.
Facts on Ansan Mountain
Ansan Mountain has an altitude of 296m which is relatively low compared to other mountains in Korea. It has has two peaks, Dongbong (East peak) and Seobong (West peak), resembling the shape of a saddle and where its name comes about.
Summit of Ansan Mountain - Bongsudae
For the more adventurous, you can walk on the dirt road, bypassing the two-storey Muakjeong Pavilion to the summit of Ansan Mountain, Bongsudae. Bongsudae is a beacon fire station where the beacon mounds were used to send military smoke signals during Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
From Bongsudae, you will be rewarded with spectacular view of Seoul with sights of Inwangsan Mountain, Seoul City Wall, Bukhansan Mountain, Han River, Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower and other major landmarks.
Seasonal Highlights of Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
The scenery of the forest trail changes beautifully through the seasons.
An equally breathtaking sight throughout the season is the tall Pine Nut Trees and Metasequoia Trees reaching towards the sky.
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Spring
Spring brings along the popular Cherry Blossoms and yellow Forsythia flowers.
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Autumn
In Autumn, the colourful splendour of fall foliage.
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Winter
Mountain Ansan Jarak-gil Trail is an ideal place for visitors to relax and take in the nature.
Exiting Ansan Jarak-gil Trail at Yonsei University & Sinchon Attractions
When exiting to Yonsei University, do check out its three Gothic-style buildings, a photo hot spot for many visitors to the university. Another university, Ewha Womans Univserity that is within walking distance away and its nearby Sinchon Shopping Street are very popular with visitors to Seoul as well.
It is definitely a great perk to end the walk at Sinchon and explore the various attractions, shops and eateries around the university suburb.
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