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Seoul Trail

  • Course 1 (through Suraksan and Buramsan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Nowon-gu; Dobong-gu 14.3km 6 hours 30 mins Hard
    Transportation

    Point of departure: Seoul Subway Lines 1 & 7, Dobongsan Station Exit 2
    Point of arrival: Seoul Subway Line 6, Hwarangdae Station, Exit 4

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Dobongsan Station – Suraksan Mountain – Buramsan Mountain – Hwarangdae Station. Both Suraksan and Buramsan are rocky mountains, but the Seoul Trail that runs along them is not overly rigorous despite several hills and valleys.

    Suraksan Mountain

    Suraksan Mountain (638m) forms the border between Nowon-gu, Seoul and Namyangju/Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do. The name “Surak” was attached to it due to the existence of many waterfalls. It faces Dobongsan to the west and is linked to Buramsan to the south. It is regarded as one of the four leading mountains near Seoul, along with Bukhansan, Dobongsan, and Gwanaksan. It is a favorite destination of picnickers all year round. It features many olden-day temples like Heungguksa, Hangrimsa, Naewonam, etc.

    Buramsan Mountain

    Buramsan Mountain (508m), along with Suraksan, forms the border between Nowon-gu, Seoul and Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do. Composed of huge rocks, it has a magnificent appearance. It is said that the name “Buram” was attached to it, as its peak looks like a Buddha with a ceremonial hat on the head. You will see that Bukansan, located to its west, comes into view often while walking on this mountain. It also features many olden-day temples like Buramsa and Hakdoam. Royal tombs like Taereung and Gangreung are located at the foot of the mountain.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Seoul Changpowon

    • Byeogundong Valley (Kim Si-seup Mountain Path)

    • Nowon Valley (Cheonsangbyeong Mountain Path)

    • Stone quarry

    • Ecological Overpass over Deongneung Pass

    • Danggogae Pass

    • Seoul Trail lookout

    • Neopjeok Bawi (Flat rock)

    • Hakdoam Rock

  • Course 2 (through Yongmasan and Achasan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gwangjin-gu and Jungrang-gu 12.6km 5 hours Normal
    Transportation

    Point of departure: Seoul Subway Line 6 Hwarangdae Station, Exit 4
    Point of arrival: Seoul Subway Line 5, Gwangnaru Station, Exit 1

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels through Hwarangdae Station – Mukdongcheon – Mangusan Mountain – Yongmasan Mountain – Achasan Mountain – Gwangnaru Station. The section along the ridge between Yongmasan and Gwangnaru Station commands a particularly nice view. In Mangu Cemetery, there are tombs of celebrities like Han Yong-un and Bang Jeong-hwan. The trail is also host to Achasan Fortress, dating back to the Goguryeo Dynasty (circa 37 BC – 668 AD).

    Mangusan Mountain

    Mangusan Mountain (282m) is located between Jungrang-gu, Seoul and Guri, Gyeonggi-do. One day, King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, looked around the site of his tomb (later called Geonwonreung) and returned home to Seoul. On the way home while walking along a pass, he said, “Now, I can forget one of my big worries.” From then on, the pass came to be called Mangu (literally meaning “forgetting one’s worries)-san, and the nearby village Mangu-ri.

    Buramsan Mountain

    Yongmasan Mountain (348m) is located between Mangusan Mountain and Achasan Mountain. According to legend, a child was born to a household. The child looked to be one of Herculean strength. The parents killed him, concerned that the child might grow to be a rebel. Thereupon, a dragon horse emerged from Yongma Peak and flew away. From that time on, the peak was called Yongma (literally meaning “dragon horse”)-san.

    Achasan Mountain

    Achasan Mountain (287m) is located between Gwangjin-gu, Seoul and Guri, Gyeonggi-do. Some people say that the name Achasan stems from Adanseong Castle of Goguryeo, while others associate the name with Hong Gye-gwan, a famous fortuneteller of the Joseon Period. A mountain range originating from Yongmasan forms Achasan, which extends southward to the Hangang River.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Mukdongcheon Stream

    • Jungnang Camping Forest (family camping site)

    • Mangu Cemetery

    • Achasan Mountain Fortress

    • A ridge in Achasan Mountain overlooking parts of Seoul

    • Gen. Ondal and Princess Pyeonggang

  • Course 3 (through Godeok and Iljasan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gangdong-gu; Songpa-gu 26.1㎞ 9 hours Easy
    Transportation

    Point of departure: Seoul Subway Line 5, Gwangnaru Station, Exit 2
    Point of arrival: Seoul Subway Line 3/Bundang Line, Suseo Station, Exit 5

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Gwangnaru Station – the Hangang River – Godeoksan Mountain – Iljasan Mountain – the Tancheon Stream – Suseo Station. The course extends along the Hangang River, the Seongnaecheon Stream, and the Tancheon Stream; a forest path through the gentle slope of Godeoksan Mountain and Iljasan Mountain; and paths through villages. The paths through downtown areas, villages, and forests contain stories of local history, legends, and villages. It is difficult to cover the entire course in a day and thus it is recommended to make it on two or three occasions.

    The Hangang River

    The name “Han” in the Hangang River, which flows through the heart of Seoul, means “large.” People of the Goguryeo (circa 37 BC – 668 AD) and Baekje (18 BC~660 AD) Dynasties called it Arisu and Ungni, both of which mean “large.” The BukHangang River originating in Geumgangsan Mountain and the NamHangang River originating in Taebaeksan Mountain meet at Dumulmeori near Seoul.

    Godeoksan Mountain

    Godeoksan Mountain (88m) is in Godeok-dong, Seoul. People spoke highly of the loyalty of Lee Yang-jong, who refused to join the establishment of the new Joseon dynasty toward the end of the Goryeo Dynasty. Instead, he hid in a mountain, which came to be called Godeok (literally meaning “high virtue”)-san. The nearby villages came to be called Godeok.

    Iljasan Mountain

    Iljasan Mountain (134m) forms the border between Gangdong-gu, Seoul and Hanam, Gyeonggi-do. The mountain, which extends longitudinally, is shaped like the Chinese character “一” (pronounced “il.”) Thus, it came to be called “Ilja”-san Mountain. Nearby features include Hub Astronomical Park, Family Camp Site, and Sunrise Park.

    Tancheon Stream

    The Tancheon Stream originates in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, flows through Seongnam, and flows into the Hangang River in Gangnam-gu. The name Tancheon derives from Sutnae, which is associated with Sutgol, the olden-day name of Seongnam.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Gwangjingyo Bridge

    • Hangang River

    • Amsa-dong Prehistoric Settlement Site

    • Path at the foot of Godeoksan Mountain

    • Myeongil Park

    • Iljasan Mountain Cave

    • Bangi-dong Ecosystem Landscape Conservation Area

    • Seongnaecheon Stream

    • Jangsa Bawi (Rock) and Yaksu (Mineral Spring)

    • Tancheon Stream

  • Course 4 (through Daemosan and Umyeonsan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gangnam-gu and Seocho-gu 17.9㎞ 8 hours Normal
    Transportation

    Point of departure: Seoul Subway Line 3, Bundang Line, Suseo Station, Exit 6
    Point of arrival: Seoul Subway Lines 2 & 4, Sadang Station, Exit 4

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Suseo Station – Daemosan Mountain – Guryongsan Mountain – Umyeonsan Mountain – Sadang Station. The course follows along a gentle slope, making it an easy course where you can enjoy the beautiful natural landscape. The section along the Yeoeuicheon Stream between Guryongsan and Umyeonsan, Yangjae Citizen’s Forest, and the Yangjaecheon Stream is a flat and cozy path.

    Daemosan Mountain

    Daemosan (293m) is a mountain located to the south of Gaepo-dong and Ilw on-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. It has been called Halmi (literally meaning “grandma”)-san due to its appearance. Upon the formation of Heonreung (the tomb of King Taejong and his wife Queen Wongyeong) to the south of the mountain, it came to be called Daemosan.

    Umyeonsan Mountain

    Umyeonsan M ountain (313m) in Seocho-gu, Seoul was named for its appearance resembling a cow lying down, asleep. People like to walk in the mountain, as it is close to downtown and offers gentle slopes. It has many mineral water springs. Rocks there have interesting and unique names, such as Gatbawi (Hat-shaped Rock), Gorae Jangbawi (Whale-shaped Rock), Beombawi (Tiger-shaped Rock).

    Major Points on the Course

    • Stone Pagoda Lookout

    • Yeollimok (two trees intertwined with each other, looking like one)

    • Bulguksa Temple

    • Yun Bong-gil Memorial Hall

    • Yangjae Citizen’s Forest

    • Daeseongsa Temple

  • Course 5 (through Gwanaksan Mountain)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gwanak-gu and Geumcheon-gu 12.7㎞ 6 hours Normal
    Transportation

    Point of departure: Seoul Subway Lines 2 & 4, Sadang Station, Exit 4
    Point of arrival: Seoul Subway Line 1, Seoksu Station, Exit 1

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Sadang Station – Samseongsan Mountain – Seoksu Station. Gwanaksan Mountain offers many rock-climbing courses, but the part of Seoul Trail that goes through Gwanaksan is formed along the path at the mountain foot. The path offers the scenic beauty of nature, featuring many historic and cultural sites along the path. Most of the section goes through forests and is a rather rigorous course. The course is a good fit for nature lovers.

    Daemosan Mountain

    Daemosan (293m) is a mountain located to the south of Gaepo-dong and Ilw on-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. It has been called Halmi (literally meaning “grandma”)-san due to its appearance. Upon the formation of Heonreung (the tomb of King Taejong and his wife Queen Wongyeong) to the south of the mountain, it came to be called Daemosan.

    Umyeonsan Mountain

    Umyeonsan M ountain (313m) in Seocho-gu, Seoul was named for its appearance resembling a cow lying down, asleep. People like to walk in the mountain, as it is close to downtown and offers gentle slopes. It has many mineral water springs. Rocks there have interesting and unique names, such as Gatbawi (Hat-shaped Rock), Gorae Jangbawi (Whale-shaped Rock), Beombawi (Tiger-shaped Rock).

    Major Points on the Course

    • Gwaneumsa Temple

    • Mudanggol Valley

    • Nakseongdae

    • Seoul National University (SNU)

    • A picturesque viewpoint

    • The tomb of Yun Gil

    • Hoapsa Temple

    • A forest aromatic bath site at Hoamsan Mountain

    • A deity’s path

  • Course 6 (through the Anyangcheon Stream)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gangseo-gu, Guro-gu, Geumcheon-gu, and Yeongdeungpo-gu 18㎞ 4.5 hours Easy
    Transportation

    Point of departure : Seoul Subway Line 1, Seoksu Station, Exit 2
    Point of arrival : Seoul Subway Line 9, Gayang Station, Exit 4

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Seoksu Station – the Anyangcheon Stream, the Hangang River – Gayang Station. This is a rather long section of the Trail, but most of the section is a flat path along the stream. You can enjoy the beautiful sight of the Anyangcheon Stream and the Hangang River, which changes along with the seasons.

    The Anyangcheon Stream,

    The stream rises from Anyangsa Temple at Samseongsan Mountain, passes Gwangmyeong, Geumcheon-gu, Guro-gu, and Yeongdeungpo-gu, and flows into the Hangang River to the west of Seongsan Bridge. The stream has been reborn as an eco-friendly stream in an urban area with the improvement of the water quality. It has become a place visited by small fish and birds like herons. Walking paths, bike roads, artificial swamps, stepping stones, and resting places have been installed along the stream.

    The Hangang River

    The place where the Anyangcheon Stream flows into the Hangang River used to be filled with boats serving the route between the West Sea and Yanghwa/Mapo Ferry. Most of the scenes of the Hangang River appearing in the pictures painted by Jeong Seon (penname: Gyeomjae) while serving as Yangcheon Administrator are the places near here. Here you can see Haneul Park (Sky Park) located in the World Cup Stadium Park.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Cherry blossom path along the Anyangcheon Stream

    • Walking and bike path along the Anyangcheon Stream

    • Covered baseball park in Gocheok-dong

    • Changpowon; buckwheat fields

    • Stories about Mok-dong

    • Where Anyangcheon Stream flows into the Hangang River

    • Stories about Yeomchang-dong

    • Hwanggeumnae Neighborhood Park

  • Course 7 (through Bongsan and Aengbongsan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Mapo-gu and Eunpyeong-gu 16.6km 6 hours Normal
    Transportation

    Point of departure : Seoul Subway Line 9, Gayang Station, Exit 4
    Point of arrival : Seoul Subway Line 3, Gupabal Station, Exit 3

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels through Gayang Station – the Hangang River – World Cup Park – the Bulgwangcheon Stream – Bongsan Mountain – Aengbongsan Mountain – Gupabal Station. The Bulgwangcheon Stream – Gayang Station section is a flat path and the Bongsan Mountain – Aengbongsan Mountain section is a gentle slope through a forest. At the World Cup Park – Bulgwangcheon Stream section, you can enjoy the pleasant calm of a well-restored eco-park.

    World Cup Park

    On the occasion of the work carried out to build the World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, Seoul in 2002, the trash dump site in Nanjido Island was turned into five theme parks: Peace Park, Noeul Park, Haneul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park. They have now become eco-parks representing Seoul.

    The Bulgwangcheon Stream

    This stream rises from Bibong Peak, Bukansan Mountain and flows into the Hongjecheon Stream. It is also called the Yeonsinnae or Yeongseonae. The names are associated with a historic episode: During the rebellion to dethrone the sitting King Gwanghae (r. 1608~23) and replace him with Prince Neungyang (later King Injo), Yi Seo, a retainer, did not arrive at the pre-appointed place until the designated hour and the concerned Prince Neungyang came here to greet him.

    Bongsan Mountain

    The name Bongsan (209m) is associated with the presence of a beacon mound. It is also said that the name is associated with its appearance, similar to a phoenix. Suguksa Temple is also here, built to pray for Crown Prince Euigyeong, the eldest son of King Sejo.

    Aengbongsan Mountain

    This mountain (235m), together with Bongsan, forms the border between Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul and Goyang, Gyeonggi-do. It was also called Hyogyeongsan or Oriole Peak. The name Aengbong has the same meaning as Oriole Peak.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Gayang Bridge

    • World Cup Park

    • World Cup Stadium

    • The Bulgwangcheon Stream

    • A colony of Korean Whitebeam trees at Bongsan Mountain

    • A beacon mound at the top of Bongsan Mountain

    • Suguksa Temple

    • Beolgogae Pass

    • Seooreung Royal Tomb

    • Eunpyeong Incineration Plant

  • Course 8 (through Bukansan)

    Region Distance Time Difficulty Level
    Gangbuk-gu, Dobong-gu, Seongbuk-gu
    Eunpyeong-gu, and Jongro-gu
    34.5km 17 hours Normal
    Transportation

    Point of departure : Seoul Subway Line 3, Gupabal Station, Exit 3
    Point of arrival : Seoul Subway Lines 1 & 7, Dobongsan Station, Exit 1

    Detailed Course Information

    This course travels along Gupabal Station – Bukhansan Mountain – Dobongsan Mountain – Dobongsan Station. This section of the Trail features dense forests, beautiful scenery, eco-parks, olden-day temples, Seoul Castle Wall, and royal tombs. Viewpoints along the trail command a fine view of Seoul and nearby mountains. This is the longest section of the Trail and it is advisable to set up a plan to visit the section on several occasions. The course contains many stories and offers many things to see.

    Bukhansan Mountain

    Bukhansan (836.5m) is the highest among the mountains surrounding Seoul. It extends through the northern part of Seoul, Gogyang and Yangju, Gyeonggi-do. It has 40-plus peaks including Baegunbong. It is one of the five leading mountains (in addition to Baekdu, Jiri, Geumgang, and Myohyang) on the Korean Peninsula. The mountain has many spots of scenic beauty: cultural heritage sites/objects like Bukhansan Fortress, a monument marking the King Jinheung’s inspection of strategic points, and olden-day temples lile Seunggasa and Jingwansa. It is one of the most popular destinations in Seoul. In 1983, along with Dobongsan, it was designated a national park. In 2003, it was designated a leading Scenic Spot.

    Dobongsan Mountain

    Dobongsan Mountain (739.5m) stands opposite Bukhansan, with the Uiryeong Pass located between the two. It forms the border between Dobong-gu, Seoul and Yangju/Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do. The name Dobong was attached to it because of a large rock-formed path comprising the entire mountain. Peaks like Jaun, Manjang, and O boast spectacular sights. Valleys like Dobong and Mangwolsa are magnificently picturesque. It is also host to many olden-day temples like Cheonchuksa, Mangwolsa, and Huiryongsa. It is located in Bukhansan National Park, along with Bukhansan itself.

    Major Points on the Course

    • Gureum Jeongwongil Skywalk

    • A viewpoint

    • A hidden entrance to Tangchundaeseong Castle

    • Pyeongchang-dong

    • Myeongsanggil Viewpoint

    • Solsaem Spring

    • Guream Jeonmangdae Viewpoint

    • The tomb of Patriot Yi Jun

    • April 19th National Cemetery

    • The tomb of Son Byeong-hui, an independence activist and Bonghwanggak Hall, built by him

    • The tomb of King Yeonsan

    • The tomb of Princess Jeongeui, a daughter of King Sejong

    • Twin viewpoints

    • A rock with the engraved letters Dobong Dongmun, indicating the entrance to Dobong Seowon, a Confucian school