Put on your walking shoes and come join us on Sunday morning (Aug 24) for a leisurely stroll along Namsan Trail through the heart of Seoul.
Located in the center of the city, Namsan Mountain—along with the Hangang River—is one of the main tourist attractions in Seoul. Despite its low elevation of only 265m, Namsan is characterized by the geographical aesthetics typical of Korean mountains, and it holds within its folds an array of historical and cultural treasures, including Guksadang*, Beacon Mound*, and old walls lining the trail. At the peak of the mountain is the famous N Seoul Tower, where walkers can take a break and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city. Also, there are three main tunnels through the mountain that allow traffic to bypass some of the more mountainous areas.
*Guksadang: A place where the people held jesa, a ceremony held in the spring and fall until the mid-Josean Dynasty to pay respect to the ancestors
*Beacon Mound: The last mound of Bongsuje, a traditional communication system that used fire signals to send urgent messages across the city in times of distress
The 442nd Hankook Ilbo Turtle Marathon will be held on August 24 under the theme “Namsan Trail Walk-A-Thon with Foreign Tourists”. Participants will start off by meeting at the National Theater of Korea and proceed along the north circular route towards Seonggwak-gil (a fortress wall running along the road), giving walkers a panoramic view of the city. The August event not only gives tourists a chance to interact with the local people, but is also a more active approach to enjoying Seoul’s natural ambience, cultural heritage, and historical depth.
Prior registration is not necessary to participate in the event. Just come to Culture Square at the National Theater of Korea by 7:30am on August 24 in comfortable walking attire. There is no participation fee, and beverages will be provided free of charge.
The Turtle Marathon began as part of the Namsan Walking Campaign. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the Hankook Ilbo has hosted it every month for the past 36 years. Currently, about 5,000 Seoulites participate in the event and walk the entire seven kilometers of the trail as part of their effort to keep fit and healthy.
There will also be plenty of gift giveaways for foreign participants, including a Samsung Galaxy Tab, 50 to 100 Korean brand cosmetic sets, tickets to “Drum Cat,” a drumline performance, and round-trip tickets for the Namsan Cable Car.
Start your day the healthy way and join your fellow Seoulites for this unique opportunity to experience Namsan’s breathtaking natural environment first-hand.