Bukhansan National Park
Bukhansan National Park is the only national park in the Seoul metropolitan area and is also known as Samgaksan (Triangle Mountain) because of its three peaks: Baegunbong, Insubong and Mangyeongbong. The park’s many granite peaks and gorges are punctuated by crystal clear streams, creating a perfect harmony between the mountains and water. Rich in biodiversity, Bukhansan is home to more than 1,300 species of plants and animals and boasts a wealth of historical and cultural heritage sites as well as over 100 Buddhist temples and hermitages.
A hikers’ paradise
With its many ridges and valleys, Bukhansan National Park is very popular with hikers, offering trails suited to every level of experience, from gentle slopes to steep rugged tracks while the ever-changing scenery each season makes every visit unique.
Temples and hermitages are found throughout the park
Musugol (Valley) on Bukhansan is a popular cycling route
1. Starting from Bukhansanseong (Fortress) ticket office, Baegundae (Peak) trail is not too rough and includes the widest valley in Bukhansan. A round-trip hike takes around three hours.
2. Hyeongjebong trail is popular with families and will interest naturalists and historians alike. Hike through the gorges with their clear streams, and enjoy spotting native flowers and wild animals along the way.
3. Bibong trail is narrow with a tiny stream on either side and is ideal for those hiking alone. On the way to Bibong (Peak), you will come across King Jinheung’s Monument commemorating the Silla’s territorial expansion erected by King Jinheung (540-576), 24th monarch of the Silla Kingdom.
Climbing a granite peak
Path to Dongjangdae, a former military command post
Uiryeong (Ridge) Eco Path is an unpaved 7 km hiking trail through areas of outstanding natural beauty which remained untouched for 41 years during security closures. Walking barefoot is popular with many hikers on this trail.
There is a daily limit of 1,000 people, so making an advance booking is essential. International visitors can book a place by calling the Ui Visitor Support Center (+82 2 998 8365).