Eungbongsan Mountain is known for its breathtaking scenery and is known 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, thus earning its name, which literally means “hawk peak.” Also designated as a public park for residents of Seoul, Eungbongsan Mountain is a favorite trail among many Seoulites around the city. On top of that, it serves as a fantastic photo spot that captures the ideal nighttime view 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 gorgeous night views backed by the breathtaking Seoul Forest and bridges spanning across the Hangang River.
Cheonggyesan Mountain is the most southern of all mountains surrounding Seoul. Its name originates from the fact that the water that flows down from the mountain is extremely 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 only mildly difficulty, not to mention that 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 if you take turn around the dolmun bawi, or dolmun rock, three times and making a wish, your wish will come 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 fantastic sites to hikers passing through. The relatively low elevation of Ansan Mountain makes it easy for anyone to traverse and it boasts a beautiful metasequoia forest, which is sure to bring a peaceful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This trail is a hidden gem within the city that provides a 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 and 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 City Wall Trail – Baekaksan Mountain Course
The, or Seoul City Wall, or Hanyangdoseong, covers a length of nearly 18 km with a history of more than 600 years as it 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 Seoul's mountainsides!
Distance 4.7 km
Elevation 342 m
Duration Approx 3 hrs
Access Point Subway Line 3, Gyeongbukgung Station (Take bus no. 7022, 7212, or 1020 → Get off at Jahamun Gogae)
TIP! Be sure to take your ID with you and note that there are no restrooms available on the actual course! Some areas may be restrictive of photography as well!
From the level 1 Eungbongsan Mountain to the level 4 Baekaksan Mountain Course, 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 rejuvenation 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!