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Address: Seoul, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: One of the most popular pastimes in Seoul is hiking and this stunning...
One of the most popular pastimes in Seoul is hiking and this stunning national park just outside the city is a local favorite. Aside from a variety of hiking trails for every skill level, you’ll also see lots of flora and fauna, temples and ancient fortresses.
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Climb, not a walk in the park

We took up this recommendation from a Korean couple in Jeju - e met them while climbing Hallasan. Got some info from KTO. We took the subway dark blue line 1 to Dobongsan - quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We took up this recommendation from a Korean couple in Jeju - e met them while climbing Hallasan. Got some info from KTO. We took the subway dark blue line 1 to Dobongsan - quite a long ride - last stop too. Exiting the station, we kinda got lost and ended up in the little park next door. Anyways, exit... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

There are so many trails to hike and it's beautiful year round. Hike on a weekend to forgo the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

How do I get to the beginning of the trail for the highest peak with public transportation?I'll be coming from Seoul (hongdae). What stop do I get off at? Are there places on the way to purchase or refill water? How long will it take?

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I lived in Suyi-ri near the 4.19 Monument and entered Bukhansan Park at the top of the hill at Academy House (which has a lovely restaurant and coffee bar, BTW!). We hiked all the time, usually in the early morning, sometimes with baby boy in a podaegi on my back. Hikers galore, badminton players by the dozens, yahoo-ers at the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The National Park website is right on. Taking bus 34 or 704 from exit 1 of Gupadol (line 3). That takes about 10min. There are a bunch of hiking shops in case you need to change gear some what. The park ranger office is helpful. Maps are for sale @ 1000 won each. BE VERY CAREFUL that the time estimate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The National Park is easily accessible by Seoul by the metro station. The location is a tranquil and scenic escape from the city. There are plenty of hiking trails and they are well maintained. At the entrance to the park, paper maps can be obtained.

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Baegundae is the highest peak. Start at Doseonsa (Doseon Temple), which is a great temple, and hike up to the peak. There is a house with beer, makkoli, ramen, and other drinks and snacks near the top. Great views and it only takes 3-4 hours round trip for moderately paced hikes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I was able to get out and take a short hike in the middle of winter (-1 degree and snowing) and the paths were well maintained and more helpful, well marked with distance and names in English. Fairly easy to get to via public transportation too. It was a wonderful moment and way to experience fresh air in a quiet... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Love hiking these trails! The views provide a great break from the cityscape of Seoul. Two notes for foreigners: 1 . Koreans make hiking into a fashion show -- chances are you're underdressed. Don't sweat it, move on and enjoy nature (and the fashion show!) 2. Wear the right shoes -- hiking/mountain climbing shoes. Running/tennis shoes will not suffice and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We took a tour via Viator to the National park. It was quite a nice (not easy) walk up the mountain with a big Buddha face carved up the mountain and a temple. it was fun despite the cold weather.

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