Namhansanseong Fortress

Namhansanseong Fortress, Gwangju

Namhansanseong Fortress
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Brian J
Philadelphia, PA8 contributions
Our tour guide suggested this as an alternative to the more well known Suwon Fortress. Very glad we listened to his advice. The history, views, and scenery are all incredible. It’s a more intensive hike than at Suwon Fortress but well worth the effort. There are several restaurants near the trail head and parking lot if you want to stop for lunch.
Written July 7, 2022
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea21,579 contributions
C ( 20.11.18 )
The Fortress was one of historical place, and good road to around Namhansan. The road was very good place to walk with good view and air. The inside of fortress was developed with many facilities and famous restaurant. It was very good walk around this fortress.
Written November 18, 2020
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psculka201
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg26 contributions
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A bit hard to reach by public transport but totally worth it. The fortress covers a huge mountainous area, so be sure to wear hiking shoes. If the weather is nice, you can see a large part of Seoul from the walls. You can choose from among several walking trails. In the valley in the middle of the fortress there are plenty of cafes and restaurants.
To get there, take subway no.8 to Sanseong station (not Namhansanseong!) exit 2, and then bus no.9-1. You can also reach it by bus 9 it takes longer and has more stops.
Definitely worth visiting!
Written April 15, 2017
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Siva Mallya
Bengaluru, India38 contributions
An excellent destination for those who wish to explore the historical monuments around Seoul city.

We reached the location taking a taxi from our hotel in Pangyo. Taxi dropped us at the visitor center. It was great relief to find an officer there who could speak fluent English language, who was extremely helpful in walking us through the entire map of the area and suggesting us the best trail. There was a map of the area in English as well.

We took the trail that led to North Gate. From there to West Gate - South Gate and back to Visitor center. It took about 2.5 hours for us to cover this on an easy walk. Views from Seoul city around West Gate is just awesome. Palace was another attraction. Entire area is well maintained.

I could also pursue my other hobby of Bird watching and photography. There are quite a lot of endemic birds that one could see during the walk.

Getting a taxi from this location is quite challenging and the wait could be very long. The officer at the visitor center had suggested us to take bus from the location to Sanseong metro station and then take metro to reach hotel. This turned out to be a good option. Language being a challenge, we decided to take a cab from Sanseong metro station to hotel.

One must tender exact cash as bus charges. Bus drivers do not carry change for refund. It was 1500 KRWs per person for travel from Namhansanseong to Sanseong Metro station.

One must carry sufficient water and simple snack like biscuits before entering thee trail. We could not find any place on the trail for these. There are good number of restrooms and there is no matter of concern from this perspective.
Written December 23, 2019
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iche
QC246 contributions
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One of my favorite hiking sites to date...
I'm loving hiking here in Korea, even summer time can make you feel happy...
Nice view feom the top and you'll get to see the city view, if air quality is favorable, you'll see lotte tower too...
It only took less than two hours to take the old walk way course.
Hike for free.
Written June 17, 2019
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Paul E
Seoul, South Korea573 contributions
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I finally went out to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site, and I'm so glad we went. It has easy and more challenging trails. We took a bus from Sanseong station to near the top of the mountain to have an easier time. We walked to the North Gate and then up the mountain just a little bit to the West Door.

We walked around just a little bit more before heading down. There were enough signs along the trail indicating where to go for what. Looking at the map was a little bit confusing, but the signs that pointed down each trail saying what was which way made it easy to figure out where we wanted to go.

Be sure to eat lunch somewhere near the North Gate! There are a bunch of restaurants and cafes. We had a nice coffee right near the fortress palace and then a really delicious lunch of smoked duck, bibimbap, potato pancakes, and bean paste stew.
Written March 25, 2018
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fsphx
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg15 contributions
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First of all, if you have time to see only Namhansanseong or Hwaseong(the other unesco listed fortress in the area - in Suwon), most definitely go to this one. The time it takes to get to either of them by public transport from downtown Seoul is roughly equal, but this one has more hiking, more views, more information, and generally more of everything. Do see both of them if you have the time though.
Plan for a full day if you can, half a day if you must. The shortest suggested hiking route from the bus stop area is marked as taking about an hour.
The fortress is in the provincial park, or the provincial park is in the fortress, can't really tell. Anyway, it's a large forested and hilly area surrounded by a wall with a village (mostly restaurants and cafés) at the centre and some pretty temples and military buildings all over the area.
Tourist information isn't marked super well: from the last bus stop head towards the roundabout the bus just crossed and look for two small houses with thatched roofs some 200 m further out and slightly to the left. Once there you can get all the info about the area as well as buy tickets to see the fortress's "emergency palace" (guided tour in English at 14.00). There's also an info booth just at the roundabout, but here they only ask you how much time you have, hand you a map and say go this way and that way and bye bye.
We came there for half a day, completed half of trail no 1, half of no 2, did some sightseeing at the palace and loved it all very very much. And we plan on coming back to see the rest.
Written April 16, 2017
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insideaway
Singapore, Singapore114 contributions
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It’s a little out of the way from Seoul, but totally worth the visit. Easy to get to as directions are quite clear, and in doubt you can follow the many elderly folk going there too. It gives you a different feel from the bustle of the city, and the air is cool and crisp. Lovely trip.

At the base of the fortress there are also many restaurants and cafes which offer good food at affordable prices. Well worth a visit to do something different if you’re going to stay in Seoul.
Written July 2, 2019
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Kyle C
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Locals and tourists flock to this fortress and the city inside of it.

Take the #52 bus from Namhansanseong station, or the #9 bus from Sanseong station.

The city inside the fortress is filled with restaurants. The palace was recently reconstructed. This palace includes beautiful views from the mountain of the town below.

There are many different walks or hikes you can take from the town to tour the fortress, ranging from simple to challenging.

For a challenging hike, walk from the Namhansanseong subway station about 1.5 km to the park. Then, take another 1.5 km hike up the mountain in a beautiful valley. Locals come to this area to picnic, relax, and exercise. The route gets steeper as you go. Toward the top are natural springs you can refill water bottles from. At the top you reach the South Gate of Namhansanseong Fortress. This is the most photogenic of the fortress entrances.

My 9 year old son and I did the above hike. From the South gate, we walked the perimeter of the fortress to the North gate, then down into the town. By the end, we were exhausted. It was a rewarding experience.
Written June 5, 2017
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Mr C
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The World Heritage listed Namhansanseong fortress can be reached from Seoul in about an hour. Catch the metro to Sanseong, then the bus to the fortres. Set in the hills the fortress is a great place for hiking. The walls are about 12km long. The fort has several gates, crennulations and watch towers. A good half day out.
Written August 15, 2019
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