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Mountain Ansan Jarak-gil Trail & getting there | Seoul, South Korea

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail & Ansan Mountain - Opening Hours

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail & Ansan Mountain - Admission Fees

Free

Ansan Jarak-gil Trail & Ansan Mountain - How To Go
  • Dongnimmun Station (line 3, exit 4). Turn right upon exit.

Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Exit 4 from Dongnimmun Station
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Exit 4 from Dongnimmun Station
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Exit 4 from Dongnimmun Station
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Sign
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There are signs leading to Ansan Jarak-gil. Walk towards the right side of Lee Jin Ah Memorial Library and follow the signs to enter Ansan Jarak-gil Trail.

πŸ’‘ Alternatively, if you prefer to walk on the road, take exit 5 from the station. Go straight upon exit, turn left at the first junction and walk all the way uphill until you see the long stairs up to Ansan Jarak-gil on your right.

2-2.5 hrs on the 7km circular trail around the mountain. Optional path to summit (additional 30-45 mins).

Ansan Jarak-gil Trail & Ansan Mountain - Official Websites

A 'Hidden' Hiking Gem, Seoul

Ansan Jarak-gil Trail is probably the best-kept secret hiking trail in Seoul! Located in Seodaemun-gu, its nearest subway station is only one stop away from the popular Gyeongbokgung (Palace) Station.

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At Ansan Jarak-gil, 7km of raised wooden deck trail encircles the entire circumference of the Ansan Mountain that can be completed in 2.5 hrs.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Gentle Slopes
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Pine Nut Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil is the country's first barrier-free mountain walking trail with gentle slopes, allowing visitors of all ages, young or old to experience walking through the woods.

 

Ansan Jarak-gil is also accessible to those using wheelchairs and baby carriages entering near Seodaemun-gu Office. A wheelchair charger can be seen at this entrance as well.

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Sign
Sign
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Wheelchair Charger
Wheelchair Charger
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Ansan Mountain Comparing with Bukhansan National Park & Cheonggyesan Mountain

If you have been putting off getting up to the highest peak (836.5m) at Bukhansan National Park holding on to ropes and chains; or the much easier peak (582.5mbut still a tedious uphill hike of Cheonggyesan Mountain, you can definitely give Ansan Mountain's summit a try.

 

At an altitude of 296m, Ansan Mountain is relatively low compared to other mountains in Korea and yet you can still enjoy the sights and scenes of a Seoul's mountain.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - View
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Bird
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - View
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Multiple Walking Trails with Option to Ansan Mountain Summit

There are several entry and exit points to Ansan Jarak-gil raised wooden deck trail.

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From Ansan Jarak-gil, there are again multiple dirt trails leading to the summit of Ansan Beacon Mound (296m) in 30-45 mins. There are trails that are shorter in distance but steeper ascend to the summit, or you can take the longer route with gradual ascend.

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Of course, if height is not for you, you can always stay on Ansan Jarak-gil (raised wooden deck trail) without having to make the ascend to the summit.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Arrows on Path
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Path to summit
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Ansan Beacon Mound Summit
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Suggested Walking & Hiking Courses

For foreign visitors to Seoul, it is recommended to start Ansan Jarak-gil Trail from Dongnimmun Station for its proximity and clear direction signs to Ansan Jarak-gil (raised wooden deck). Also, you can visit the nearby Yeongcheon Market for its many famous food and Seodaemun Prison with its original forms of jail.

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On the trail, you can either return to the same starting point by doing a complete loop walk or you can exit on the other side of the mountain to Yonsei University campus, located in the popular Sinchon Shopping District with subway access.

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Hiking Courses:

a) Food Lovers Course

πŸš‰Dongnimmun Station βžœ πŸ©Yeongcheon Market ➜ πŸŒ²Ansan Jarak-gil βžœ 🍜Sinchon Shopping Street (exit Yonsei University) βžœ πŸš‰Sinchon Station

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b) Korean History Seekers Course

πŸš‰Dongnimmun Station βžœ πŸ•ŠSeodaemun Independence Park βžœ β›“Seodaemun Prison History Hall (Museum) ➜ πŸŒ²Ansan Jarak-gil ➜ πŸŽ“exit Yonsei University βžœ πŸš‰Sinchon Station

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c) Complete Loop Perfectionists Course

πŸš‰Dongnimmun Station βžœ πŸŒ²Ansan Jarak-gil (full loop) ➜ πŸ©Yeongcheon Market (optional but recommended) ➜ πŸ•ŠSeodaemun Independence Park (optional) βžœ β›“Seodaemun Prison History Hall (optional) βžœ πŸš‰Dongnimmun Station

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d) See It All Challengers Course

πŸš‰Dongnimmun Station βžœ πŸ©Yeongcheon Market ➜ πŸ•ŠSeodaemun Independence Park βžœ β›“Seodaemun Prison History Hall (Museum) ➜ πŸŒ²Ansan Jarak-gil ➜ β›°Ansan Beacon Mound Summit ➜ πŸŽ“exit Yonsei University ➜ 🍜Sinchon Shopping Street βžœ πŸš‰Sinchon Station

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'See It All Challengers' Course - Sights, Scenes & Directions

Once you have visited the attractions near Dongnimmun Station (i.e. Yeongcheon Market, Seodaemun Independence Park and Seodaemun Prison History Hall), follow the 'Ansan Jarak-gil' signs to Lee Jina Memorial Library at Seodaemun Independence Park.

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πŸ’‘Not often, however, if you come across any Korean only sign, you can use Google Translate app by pointing your phone at the Korean signage🀳 and use the camera feature on the app for instant language translation.

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Seodaemun Independence Park - Sign to Ansan Jarak-gil
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Seodaemun Independence Park - Sign to Ansan Jarak-gil
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a) Enter the path at the side of Lee Jina Memorial Library

The path is easy to follow as there are signs along the way and there is only one route. The path will eventually lead you to a road. From the road, you will be able see the raised wooden deck ahead, the entrance to Ansan Jarak-gil.

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1. Seodaemun Independence Park - Lee Jina Memorial Library
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2. Seodaemun Independence Park - Side of Lee Jina Memorial Library
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3. Enter path at side of Lee Jina Memorial Library
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4. Path at side of Lee Jina Memorial Library
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5. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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6. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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7. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Signs
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8. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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9. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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10. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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11. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - View
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12. Path to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Road with view of Ansan Jarak-gil ahead
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b) Enter Ansan Jarak-gil Trail

Get on the final flight of stairs and you will reach Ansan Jarak-gil raised wooden deck!🀸‍♀️ Turn right towards Book Cafe Rest Area. Enjoy the forest and scenic view along the way.

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πŸ’‘ Turn left and walk in the clockwise direction of Ansan Jarak-gil will lead you to Neunganjeong Pavilion.

πŸ’‘ Mid-way to Book Cafe Rest Area, there is a Muakjae Sky-Bridge crossing to Inwangsan Mountain.

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Stairs up to Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Signs & Map
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
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c) Book Cafe Rest Area

A break stop at Book Cafe Rest Area with nearby toilet before ascending to Ansan Summit.

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πŸ’‘Continue on Ansan Jarak-gil instead of the ascend to summit will lead you to Jarak-gil Observatory with view of both Inwangsan and Bukhansan Mountains.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Book Cafe Rest Area
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Book Cafe Rest Area
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail -  Toilet & Sign to Ansan Mt. Top
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d) Start Ascend to Ansan Beacon Mound Summit (Total time to summit: 30-45mins)

Follow the sign near the toilet for 'Ansan (Mt.) Top'. This is a shorter but steep route (with stairs) to the summit.

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Trail to Ansan Mountain Top
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Trail to Ansan Mountain Top
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Trail to Ansan Mountain Top - View
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Trail to Ansan Mountain Top
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e) Mid-way View (Downwards)

Nice pleasing view of the buildings (Seodaemun-gu) below and the mountain range beyond.πŸ€—

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The mountain at the center is Inwangsan Mountain (338.2m). On its left is Bukhansan Mountain (836.5m) and Bugaksan (Baegaksan) Mountain (342m) on its right.

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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Summit - View
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Summit - View
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - View
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - View
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f) Mid-way View (Upwards)

From the mid-point, you can clearly see the rocky mountainside trail and the Beacon Mound summit at the top.

 

The journey to the summit may seem a bit daunting from this view point. However, once you continue on, it is not as intimidating as it looks.

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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Top - View of Beacon Mound Summit
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Signs
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit
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g) Final Lap to Beacon Mound Summit

Interestingly, the final lap to the summit is relatively easy.

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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Final Lap
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Final Lap - Sign
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Trail to Ansan (Mt.) Summit -  Beacon Mound in Sight
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h) Summit of Ansan Mountain - Beacon Mound (Altitude of 296m)

The summit of Ansan Mountain is also referred as Bongsudae. Ansan Bongsudae is a beacon fire station where the beacon mounds were used to send military smoke signals in Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). 

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Ansan Mountain Summit - Beacon Mound
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Ansan Mountain Summit - Beacon Mound
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Ansan Mountain Summit - Beacon Mound
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From Bongsudae, you will be rewarded with spectacular view of Seoul with sights of Inwangsan Mountain, Seoul City Wall (Hanyangdoseong), Bukhansan Mountain, Bugaksan Mountain, Namsan Mountain and N Seoul Tower.😍

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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - View
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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - View
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From this vantage point, you can see the rocky mountainside trail between the mid-point and summit.

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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - View of N Seoul Tower
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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Trail to Summit
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i) Descend from Ansan Summit

Next, we shall get down Ansan Summit to the mid point, using the same trail up earlier. This is the first and easy section of the descend.

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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Descend
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Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Descend
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j) Continue Descend on Rocky Mountainside Trail

Beautiful view on the descend.

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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit
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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit
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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit
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Mid-way on the descend, take a slight detour on the stairs up leading to an observatory.

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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Stairs to Observatory
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View
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Another memorable panoramic view of Seoul...πŸ’—

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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View
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View of people getting on the rocky mountainside trail. πŸ§—

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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View of Rocky Trail
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Mid-way from Ansan (Mt) Summit Descend - Observatory - View of Rocky Trail
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k) Continue descend to Mid-point & onwards to Baegam Mineral Spring

At the base of the rocky mountainside trail (mid-point), follow the sign to Baegam Mineral Spring and continue descend towards Metasequoia Forest.

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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit to Mid-point
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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Mid Point
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Descend from Ansan (Mt.) Beacon Mound Summit - Baegam Mineral Spring
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest - View of Beacon Mound Summit
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest - Big Rock
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Ansan (Mt.) Summit descend towards Metasequoia Forest - Rest Pavilion
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l) Metasequoia Forest on the Dirt Trail

Along the dirt trail, look out for a long stretch of stairs, Metasequoia Stairs going straight downwards on your right. The Metasequoia Stairs will lead you to Metasequoia Forest and eventually back to Ansan Jarak-gil (i.e. raised wooden deck).

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At the Metasequoia Forest Rest Area, take a moment to relish the breathtaking sight of Metasequoia trees reaching towards the sky in a most tranquil and unforgettable setting.

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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Stairs
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest & Trail
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest & Trail
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest & Trail
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest & Trail - Rest Area
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest & Trail - Rest Area
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest - Tree Top View
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest - Tree Top View
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Ansan Mountain - Metasequoia Forest - Tree Top View
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m) Pine Nut Trees along Ansan Jarak-gil

Back on Ansan Jarak-gil, continue on your left to Pine Nut Forest.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Pine Nut Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Pine Nut Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Pine Nut Forest - Sign to Next Toilet
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n) Metasequoia Trees along Ansan Jarak-gil

You will get to see the tall Metasequoia Trees along Ansan Jarak-gil trail as well. At times, you may get to see a tree trunk poking out interestingly from the raised wooden deck.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Metasequoia Forest
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Building the wooden deck around the tree trunk
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o) Rest Area & Forest Stage

Along Ansan Jarak-gil, visitors can take a rest on the benches or at the big Forest Stage.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Rest Area
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Forest Stage
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p) Exit Ansan Jarak-gil to Yonsei University (μ—°μ„ΈλŒ€ν•™κ΅)

After passing Forest Stage, look out for signs to Yonsei University. Exit Ansan Jark-gil and follow the dirt trail to the university campus.

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This would complete our Ansan Jarak-gil and summit hiking course.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Exit to Yonsei University - Sign
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail - Exit to Yonsei University - Sign
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Trail to Yonsei University
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Trail to Yonsei University
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Trail to Yonsei University
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Seasonal Highlights at Ansan Mountain & Ansan Jarak-gil

a) Spring

Spring brings along the popular Cherry Blossoms and yellow Forsythia flowers.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Spring
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Ansan Mountain in Spring
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Ansan Mountain in Spring
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b) Winter

Ansan Mountain is a different scene again in winter, offering visitors a distinct experience on each visit and new trails ventured.

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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Winter
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Ansan Mountain in Winter
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Ansan Jarak-gil Trail in Winter
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Attractions Around Yonsei University

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.

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It is definitely a great perk to end Ansan Jarak-gil walk at Sinchon and explore the various attractions, shops and eateries around the university suburb.

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Walking Path from Dongnimmun Station to the start of Ansan Jarak-gil Trail

Walking Path from Dongnimmun Station to start of Ansan Jarak-gil Trail | KoreaToDo

Map of Mountain Ansan Jarak-gil Trail

Map of Ansan Jarak-gil Trail | KoreaToDo

Map of Attractions around Ansan Jarak-gil Trail

Map of Attractions around Ansan Jarak-gil Trail | KoreaToDo

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