Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

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Hailed as the capital's only natural reserve, Bukhansan National Park shelters a rich biodiversity tucked away amid three granite mountain peaks--Baegunbong, Mangyeongbong, and Insubong. Also known as the Triangle Mountain, the national park boasts more than 1,300 species of animal and plant life, as well as an abundance of cultural and historical sites. As you explore the valleys and ridges, you'll come across many Buddhist temples and hermitages scattered all over the gentle slopes. Each season brings something visually unique to the park, so bring your camera and hiking shoes to experience those moments. Always carry extra water with you, and check the weather conditions in order to dress yourself properly for exploration. Put Bukhansan National Park and other Seoul attractions into our Seoul trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • If you are in to walking an hiking this is a great park yo go. Is a really pretty park you will enjoy the nature and the wonderful views that his park has to offer. The weekends is a good time to go a...  more »
  • The highest mountain of the mountains surrounding Seoul, and so more can see diverse mountains. Climbing courses can visit dozens of novelty no matter how many times you can feel is the best climbing courses in Seoul!
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  • Hiking Bukhansan is not as easy as what was written here. I didn't know which track i took as i engaged a guide to bring me up. It was drizzling when we started and got abit heavier along the way. By ...  more »
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  • Beautiful nature in the middle of the bustling city. There are many routes you can take of differing difficulty, just ask at the information counter at the start of the park and the guide there is really helpful and will inform you of the various routes suitable for you! Awesome view and it was wonderful looking at Seoul from a high vantage point :)
  • This park is legitimate! It's an old mountain fortress turned park. The place is mammoth. We did a day hike and were very unprepared. We should have brought more water (we brought 2 liters each) and snacks as well as gloves. This is real hiking. We hiked to highest peak- 5 hours up and 3.5 hours to get back down. Some parts we were climbing using metal railing to get up. Do your research before you go and have a well mapped out plan. There are lots of signs so plan by "gate" markers. The views and experience were once in a life time. Definitely worth it if you can do so safely.
  • Gigantic and one hell of a tough hike, however you will not at all be disappointed by the view throughout the entire walk. If you are lucky, and 'handsome' according to korean standards, you might find yourself taking photos with the locals
  • I saw a lot of older korean climb up the hill. They have a very good stamina and healthy. There's a few road closures because of construction works. View is splendid.
  • Bukhansan National Park : -Review: worth your visit. Especially when leafs change color during autumn or while there is snow. -Location: take metro line 3, get off at Gupabal station, exit 1, take bus 704 in front of Lotte Department store and get off at 북한산성입구 (Buhansan Seong Ibgu). Once arrived the park is just 5-10 min away. -Hiking: there are many hiking trails. Baegundae Peak trail leads you to the highest peak of Bukhansan. Recommended to were shoes suitable for hiking and taking a backpack . Also buy ahead food and drinks or you can get some at the convenient store nearby the park before entering.

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