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Best trails in Bukhansan National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Bukhansan National Park, Seoul? AllTrails has 19 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Bukhansan National Park ranging from 2.3 to 20 miles and from 131 to 2,595 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Bukhansan National Park is one of the more highly trafficked parks in South Korea. It has so many visitors a year due to its close vicinity to urban areas and its accessibility. This park is even listed in the Guinness World Records as the “Most Visited National Park per Unit Area!” This park features two stunning mountains, Bukhansan in the south and Dobongsan in the north. Visitors can expect to see stunning views while trekking up to the peak of the mountains. Keep an eye out for gorges and peaks with clear flowing streams running through them. It's a sight to see! Bukhansan also has a variety of temples, monk cells, and historical sites such as Bukhansanseong Fortress which contains over 2,000 years of history!

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#1 - Bukhansan, Dobongsan, Mount Suapean Summit
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 20 mi • Est. 10 h 43 m
#2 - Bukhansan Direct Peak Ascent
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#3 - Dobongsan Trail
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 3 h
#4 - Bukhansan Direct Peak Ascent via Hidden wall
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
From Bamgol To Baekundae (Peak) Recommend Gloves and Hiking boots Public transportation available Show more
#5 - Mount Baekundae and Yeonbong
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Take the subway to the last station on the UI line. From there hike to Baekundae peak. There is a small store with picnic tables that you can stop at for lunch. The hike to the top is on bare rock with cables to help you along.Show more
#6 - Baegundae Tour
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 55 m
To get to this park entrance from Seoul: Take the dark orange (line 3) to Gupabal station and go out 'exit 2' to the bus station. Take bus #704 or #34. Get off at the National Park - you'll notice all the hikers getting off there as well. This recorded trail offers detours to a couple of the numerous Buddhist temples in the park. The Golden Buddha (Guknyeonsa) hike is highly recommended! On the recorded map, starting from the Information Center it is the third detour on your right that ends below Uisabong Peak. To get to Baegundae Peak you have two options: 1) A strenuous direct route to the peak that is very steep all the way. The route offers good shade but not much in terms of immediate surrounding views. Do this if you just want to get to the top as quickly as possible. Also see other recorded trail on this site - 'Bukhansan Direct Peak Ascent'. 2) A moderately strenuous route that winds down and around to get to Baegundae Peak. This route is more scenic and relaxing. You can stop to explore several temples along the way. If you love being immersed in nature, this route has beautiful forests and several creek beds where you will be very tempted to stop and take a dip. As you make the final approach, you get an amazing overlook of the area surrounding Baegundae Peak. If you have time and want to explore, this route is recommended.Show more
#7 - Bukhansan from Hyoja 2-dong
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Bukhansan-Hyoja-2-dong-bus stop-to-Gugi-Tunnel-3-way-intersection-Gugi-Dong This hike starts from a lesser known entrance on the west side of the national park, the entrance is a couple of kilometers north of the west side's main entrance. From Gupabal Station (구파발역) go out exit 2 and make a U-turn out the exit and you will find the place to get the 704 (blue) bus or the 34 (green) bus to where the hike starts. Going from here on the weekend will probably be packed on the bus with people that are going to the park's west side main entrance, so it may be wise to get the 704 bus from Bulgwang Station (불광역) and go out exit 2 and walk straight. You will see the bus stop at the middle island in the road on your right. Around 5 or 6 stops after where the majority of people get off for the main entrance is where you will start your hike the bus stop name is 효자2통. At the ranger office, there are two trails. Take the one to the left and follow it up to 백운대. The hike going up to the top on the west side is pretty steep in areas, especially the last kilometer or so. When going down, you will mainly follow parts of the city wall along a ridge line. There are many ups and downs, which makes the hike pretty exhausting come the end even though the overall distance is not that far. Towards the end of the hike, you will get some pretty stunning views of Seoul that can't be seen from anywhere else. But going down will require going down some straight up and down rock faces that would be impossible to traverse if wet. Take extreme caution when on these as any mistakes will not end well. You will end up in a very rich neighborhood with some pretty amazing homes as well. Overall, it was a very beautiful hike, but make sure to bring plenty of water.Show more
#8 - Jokduribong, Hyangnobong, Munsubong, and Baekundae Peak
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
#9 - Dobongsan Peak
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#10 - Mangwolsa Trail
Bukhansan National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
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