Eungbongsan Mountain is known for its breathtaking scenery and is even said to have been the general area where kings of the Joseon Dynasty went out hunting. The shape of the mountain, in fact, resembles that of a hawk, earning its name, which literally means “hawk peak.” Also designated as a park for vicinity residents, Eungbongsan Mountain also is a favored trail for Seoulites around the city. On top of that, it serves as a fantastic photo zone that captures the nightscape of Seoul, stretching across from the N Seoul Tower to the Lotte Tower.
Distance 1.2 km
Elevation 81 m
Duration Up to 30 mins
Access Point Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Eunbong Station
TIP! Take some gorgeous snapshots of Seoul’s nightscape backed by the breathtaking Seoul Forest and bridges spanning the Hangang River.
Cheonggyesan Mountain is the most southern of all mountains surrounding Seoul, while its name originates from the trait of the water flowing down from the mountain being so clear. The long, winding trail following the mountainside is also perfect for those seeking quick breathers along the way. Most of the trails leading up to the mountain peak are comprised of staircases, and once the peak is reached, trekkers are rewarded with a remarkable view of the city that is sure to invigorate the soul. This is definitely a course you want to mark down on your itinerary as it’s mild difficulty, not to mention beautiful scenery, attracts visitors all year round!
Distance 3 km
Elevation 582 m
Duration 1.5 – 2 hrs
Access Point Sinbundang Line, Cheonggyesan Station
TIP! It is said that taking three turns around the dolmun bawi, or dolmun rock, and making a wish will see that your wish comes true! So, venture out to the mountainside, and don’t forget to get in some great photos at the photo zones located by mae bawi, or mae rock.
Ansan Jarak-gil is a trail with a wooden walkway slightly raised from the ground, offering up some great sites for trekkers passing through. The relatively low elevation of Ansan Mountain makes it easy for anyone to traverse and has a beautiful metasequoia forest path that is sure to bring some peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This trail is a hidden gem within the city that provides the chance for the mind and body to enjoy some much-needed healing. Taking a stroll through the crisp greenness of the surrounding forest will seemingly transport you away from the city back into mother nature.
Distance 7 km
Elevation 295.9 m
Duration 1.5 – 2.5 hrs
Access Point Subway Line 3, Dongnimmun Station
TIP! Don’t miss out on the stunning, seasonal transformation of Ansan Jarak-gil!
Seoul Hanyangdoseong Trail – Baekaksan Mountain Course
The Hanyangdoseong, or Seoul City Wall, covers a length of nearly 18 km with a history of more than 600 years and was originally built as a protective barrier during the Joseon Dynasty to guard the city from foreign invaders. Among the four mountains surrounding the city during that period, Baekaksan Mountain stands tallest with an aesthetic that is often compared to that of a “peony blossom at half bloom.” This makes for the perfect chance to enjoy some quiet time, while basking in nature’s wonder streaming across from the Changuimun and Hyehwamun gates of Hanyangdoseong. By the way, anyone that can tackle up to this level is automatically deemed an expert of the Seoul mountainside!
Distance 4.7 km
Elevation 342 m
Duration Approx 3 hrs
Access Point Subway Line 3, Gyeongbukgung Station (Take bus nos. 7022, 7212, or 1020 → Get off at Jahamun Gogae stop)
TIP! Be sure to take your ID with you and note that there are no restrooms available on the actual course! Some areas may also restrict photography, as well!
From the Eungbongsan Mountain of level 1 to the Baekaksan Mountain Course of level 4, we hope you get a chance to explore some of the natural beauty that Seoul has to offer, located just a hop, skip and a jump away! Head out into the mountainside and reward yourself with the peacefulness and rest that nature so generously provides. Especially nowadays, we can’t stress enough just how important it is to break away, if not but for a moment, from the endless anxiety and concerns of day to day life. See you out there!