Seoul is a very busy city indeed, with lots of things to do, bustling with people day and night. But did you know, one of the best things to do is to go hiking in Seoul?  You can, in fact, go hiking in Seoul! Although most of Seoul is filled with such things, some of the mountains in Seoul have been left untouched and have become favorite hiking trails to hikers; Koreans, and foreigners alike.

If you’re looking to find some of Seoul’s famous hiking trails offering you magnificent views, or if you would like to try something other than sightseeing, and shopping, read on to find out about the different places you can go hiking in Seoul!

1. Bukhansan Mountain

First up is Bukhansan National Park, which is nestled in the northern part of Seoul and is a designated national park. Its hiking courses are divided into difficulty levels. People who are not familiar with hiking can take the basic course, and people who hike often can take the advanced hiking course where you can explore more of Bukhansan mountain’s terrain as you can go higher up.

Basic Course

Many people think that Bukhansan Mountain is only famous for Baekgundae Peak, which is 840m above sea level. but there is more to see than Baekundae peak in Bukhansan Mountain. In fact, there are multiple peaks here, beginning with Jokduribong peak, Hyangrobong peak, and Munsubong peak.

When hiking Bukhansan Mountain on the basic hiking course, you will begin at Bulgwang Station (Line 6) and walk up into the mountain itself. The beginning hike up to the first peak on this course; Jokduribong peak will probably be the most difficult journey since you would not be as warmed up in the very beginning. Plus, the terrain of the mountain is not flat and paved out like some other hiking courses around Korea. In fact, the course is very rocky and the incline is quite steep. It takes approximately 30 mins to 1 hour.

Only an hour into the hike and you’ll be able to see Seoul beneath you as you hike. After the first peak, the terrain of the mountain will become a lot easier to hike when you go to the next peak, Hyangrobong peak. The landscape you see up at Hyangrobong peak is extraordinary.

The final hike to the last peak Munsubong peak becomes difficult again, as you have to hold on to cables secured into the rocks when you climb up. It may be frightening, but you can’t help looking back behind you and marveling at the magnificent scenery of tiny Seoul. You can spend as much time as you can once you reach the peak, take many insta-worthy photos, and make your way back down the mountain to finish the course.

Advanced Course

This advanced course will have you meeting up at Bulgwang Station. Then you will take a bus to the base of the very first peak; Wonhyobong peak. After getting off the bus your hike begins! You’ll be hiking up to the ridge of Wonhyobong peak which is no easy hike at all,  so be prepared. Similar to the basic course, the terrain is rocky and steep to climb. Rock climb and traverse the ridge to reach the summit of Wonhyobong peak.

From Wonhyobong, not only can you see the landscape below, but you can also see Baekundae peak; the highest peak in Bukhansan National Park.

Baekundae peak is your next destination and similarly, you will have to climb the ridge of the next peak called Yeomchobong peak in order to reach the highest peak of Bukhansan. Once you reach Baekundae peak recharge by eating some snacks and taking some more photographs to remember your hiking trip, then make your way back down.

Although the two hiking courses may seem difficult, Bukhansan is no doubt a very beautiful mountain regardless of which course you take! Click the link to go on an exciting hiking tour to Bukhansan now!

2. Gwanaksan Mountain

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Gwanaksan mountain is located in southern Seoul and was designated as a city natural park in 1968. you can go rock climbing on Gwankaksan mountain. It stands at 630 m in height, and from the mountain, you can see Lotte World Tower, as well as southern Seoul, laid out in front of you.

Gwanaksan Hiking Course

This hiking course is rocky and rugged, so the course is going to be tiring. But all the rocky and rugged terrain of this course will make it a worthwhile hike, and your fatigue will be washed away when you pass the ridges and reach the base of a waterfall.

Continue hiking up the mountain ridges and climb 6 picturesque peaks. The view of southern Seoul can be seen while you hike the rocky and green mountains. After passing the 6 peaks course, you will be able to make your way back down as you enjoy numerous streams along the way down.

3. Inwangsan Mountain

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Inwangsan is 339 m above sea level and is also known as a rocky mountain characterized by unusual rock formations including Chimabawi (Rock of women’s skirt), Seonbawi (Rock of a meditating monk), and many others. The name “Inwang” is a Buddhist term, and the mountain was named after the Inwang temple that was inside Inwangsan. Access to the mountain was prohibited after a unit of the North Korean Special Forces infiltrated Seoul on 21 January 1968, and it was not reopened to the public until 1993.

Inwangsan Mountain Hiking Course

This course is an easier course out of the two. Being 4 km long, it will take approximately 3 hours to complete the hike. Hiking on the Inwangsan course, you will begin from Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3) This walking course runs from the Site of Donuimun to Yun Dong-ju Hill, via Inwangsan, which is situated to the right of Seoul’s four inner mountains.

4. Bugaksan Mountain

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Bugaksan Mountain Course runs from Changuimun near Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3)  to Hyehwamun, which is close to Hansung University Station (Line 4) and crosses Baegak (Bugaksan, 342m), which was the main mountain of Seoul. The course ends at Changuimun. After a unit of North Korean Special Forces infiltrated Seoul in 1968, public access to this area was limited for about 40 years. It was finally reopened to the public in 2007.

Bugaksan Mountain Hiking Course

Bugaksan course is the more difficult course out of the two, as it takes approximately 4 hours to complete the hike. Although more difficult, the Bugaksan trail is very beautiful. Not just the way up, but the scenery you can see as you hike the trail up the peak as well.

Don’t forget to check out the link below if you want to go on a hiking tour up to Bugaksan!

📍Seoul Night Hiking Tour

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If you want to enjoy hiking in a special way, join this Seoul Night Hiking Tour and follow the enchanting lights of Seoul! You can choose three remarkable destinations from Naksan Park, Eungbongsan, Yongyangbong Peak, Nodeul Island, Banpo Bridge, Hongje Yuyeon, according to your taste. Learn about the history of Seoul at each site from a professional tour guide!

📍Private Sports Climbing Around Seoul & Further Afield

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Experience private sports climbing around the best locations curated by an expert and rise to the challenge! You can choose three routes around Seoul (Hidden Crag/Mae-bawi/Namhansamseong) or further afield (Jobisan/Ganhyeon (Wonju)/Chunkle Ridge). A rope, quickdraw, belay services, and an English/Korean-speaking tour guide are all included.

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6 thoughts on “Seoul Hiking Guide: Must-Hike Mountains in Seoul

    1. Hi Andy! Thank you for sharing the information that you know. We will update the contents and try the best to give you the accurate information all the time 🙂


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  1. Hi There, I am going to visit Seul between 2nd April and 9th April and I want to do trekking or hiking there, Would you please check and let me know if you will be available to guide me?


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