Seoul City Wall Hike - Baegak Mountain Trail
(Changuimun Gate -> Sukjeongmun Gate 석정문 -> Hyehwamun Gate 혜화문)
Closed on Mondays. If a national holiday falls on Monday, it will be closed on Tuesday.
Note: Foreign visitors to show their passport at the information center of Changuimun, Sukjeongmun or Malbawi.
You will be given a numbered badge with lanyard to wear around your neck at all times. Return the badge to the next information centre at end of your hike. Photography might be restricted in some areas. There are surveillance cameras, military guards and checkpoints along the wall, especially at the Changuimun section, overlooking the Blue House.
Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3, exit 3). Take Green bus No. 7212, 1020 or 7022 and get off at Jahamungogae Ridge. 5 stops, 11 mins. 2 minutes on foot to Changuimun Gate.
or take a taxi to Changuimun Gate.
Note: Please wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water for the hike.
Hanyangdoseong (Seoul City Wall, 18.6km) was built over 620 years ago on the mountain ridges of Seoul (Mt. Baegaksan, Mt. Naksan, Mt. Namsan and Mt. Inwangsan).
Changuimun Gate, located in Buamdong was one of the gates to Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
The Baegak Mountain Trail (4.7km, 3 hrs hike) runs from Changuimun to Sukjeongmun to Hyehwamun. It crosses Baegak (Mt. Bugaksan), the highest of the 4 inner mountains of Seoul.
Public access to this area was limited for about 40 years after a unit of North Korean Special Forces infiltrated the Blue House (Presidential Office & Residence) in 1968.
It was finally re-opened to the public in 2007.
It is a worthy hike with beautiful views of the city (incl. Seoul Tower), city wall and mountain. You will reach the highest point of the wall, the Baegangmaru Summit at 342m.
You can exit the hike at Sukjeongmun Information Center after Sukjeongmun Gate (& get a taxi), Malbawi Information Center or continue on to Hyehwamun Gate with more transport options.
The path from Changuimun Gate begins on long steep climb.
If you do not wish to begin your hike on steep climb, it is recommended to start the hike from Hyehwamun Gate, Malbawi Information Center or Sukjeongmun Information Center instead.
After the hike, you can explore the many cafes near Changuimun Gate at Buamdong as well.
Along the hiking path, look out for a 200+ years old pine tree that bears the traces of fifteen bullets made during the gun battle between the South Korean military and police with the North Korean Special Forces unit who came to attack Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) on 21 January 1968.
From then, this tree has been called January 21 Incident Pine Tree. From this spot, a wide panorama between Bukhansan Mountain and Baegak spreads out beyond the wall.
Other Start/End Points for the Trail:
1. Hyehwamun Gate 혜화문
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185 | Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si
Hansung Univ. Station (line 4). Some sections of the City Wall near Hyehwamun Gate are no longer present and pass through residential area. Recommend to start/end near Seongbuk Elementary School instead. Note: Search for "Hanseong Univ." instead when using MetroidHD app.
a) Exit 6: Take bus Seongbuk 03, 2112 or 1111 and get off at Seongbuk Elementary School Stop, 4 bus stops, 8 mins ride. Next cross the road to Hyehwa-ro with the City Wall just ahead. OR
b) Exit 5: Walk along Seongbuk-ro and turn left to Hyehwa-ro near Seongbuk Elementary School. 18 mins walk.
2. Malbawi Information Center
Anguk Station (line 3, exit 2). Take Jongno Town Bus No. 2. Get off at the Sungkyunkwan Univ. back gate OR take a taxi to Waryong Park, 6 mins ride. 20 min walk to Malbawi Information Center.
Waryong Park 와룡공원
서울특별시 종로구 와룡공원길 192 (명륜3가) | 192, Waryonggongwon-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 2). Take Jongno Town Bus No. 11. Get off at Samcheong Park. 20 mins walk.
Samcheong Park 삼청공원
서울특별시 종로구 와룡공원길 41 (삼청동) | 41, Waryonggongwon-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3. Sukjeongmun Information Center
Hansung Univ. Station (line 4, exit 6). Take Green bus No. 1111 or 2112. Get off at Seoul Myungsu School. 20 mins walk.
Note: Search for "Hanseong Univ." instead when using MetroidHD app.
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