Seoul City Wall
Seoul City Wall
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Historic SitesAncient RuinsObservation Decks & Towers
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • ElisabethCalif
    Castro Valley, California15 contributions
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    Be sure to also visit the msueum!
    My son and I walked along different areas of the wall and loved every moment. I highly recommend visiting the Hanyang doseong Seoul City Wall Museum where you'll get a lot of useful and fascinating history behind the building of the wall and what a tremendous engineering feat it was. The staff at the museum are super-helpful and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the wall construction and about hiking the entire length. The museum is located just above Heunginjimun Gate.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • all
    San Jose, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent city hike
    The Seoul City Wall dates to the 1300's and wraps around the center of Seoul on an 18+ KM romp over the mountains surrounding the city. The wall itself is amazing as are the views from the summits. You pass through several city gates and military reservations along the way, but be forewarned, there are 1000's of stairs (1000's and 1000's). It can be done in a day if you are fit or just do parts, like the bit on the mountain boasting the Seoul Tower (that part of the wall is not as magnificent as other parts are though). There are a few places where the wall is incomplete, but people in Seoul are incredibly helpful and even if you don't speak Korean, they will try to get you back on the right track!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Hoadjie
    Gisborne, Australia307 contributions
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    Steep climb in some sections
    Nice walk along the wall. It's amazing just how well it is built since it was built so long ago. A nice footpath runs beside it. There are a couple spots where you can walk through the wall to get to the other side. The climb is steep. (I should be used to that by now 😂) There are plenty of seats along the way and also exercise equipment if you want to further your exercise
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 11, 2024
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,206 contributions
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    4 km Exciting Hike on Seoul's Beautiful City Wall
    Just like the more famous Great Wall of China that runs through Beijing, you can hike on the 800-year-old city wall that surrounds Seoul. And it’s a fantastic experience (much more exciting than the city's palaces and museums!). We took the Baegak Mountain Trail & Bugaksan Mountain - a 4 km route that goes from Changuimun Gate to Samcheong Park. From there, we continued through the upscale Samcheongdong area with its lovely cafes and galleries and then to the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace. Bus 7212 runs from downtown Seoul to Changuimun Gate, where many locals start their hike on the city wall. Before we started, a man came running and gave us a map of the area so we could follow along as we walked. The first kilometer is challenging, with countless stairs that go up, up, up. The trail and stairs are of good quality, with no technical challenges, but it’s hard work to hike straight up to nearly 400 meters high before the trail descends again. Hiking shoes and plenty of water are recommended for the roughly 2 hours of exertion. As mentioned, we left the wall at Samcheong Park, but if you’re up for more wall hiking, you can continue much further.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2024
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San Jose, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Seoul City Wall dates to the 1300's and wraps around the center of Seoul on an 18+ KM romp over the mountains surrounding the city. The wall itself is amazing as are the views from the summits. You pass through several city gates and military reservations along the way, but be forewarned, there are 1000's of stairs (1000's and 1000's). It can be done in a day if you are fit or just do parts, like the bit on the mountain boasting the Seoul Tower (that part of the wall is not as magnificent as other parts are though). There are a few places where the wall is incomplete, but people in Seoul are incredibly helpful and even if you don't speak Korean, they will try to get you back on the right track!
Written January 3, 2024
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ejkb
Grand Rapids, MI459 contributions
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Nov 2021
We have hiked the wall in previous visits and hiked the Bugaksan Mountain portion this year. They have loosened entrance restrictions but still need to wear a badge, handing it in at the end of this section. Lots of steps of course, but great views and just a nice workout!
Written December 5, 2021
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Beijingfolks
Beijing169 contributions
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May 2020
We started in the east, walked south the Namsan and then finished for the day in the west. Top of Nanshan was about 1/2 way and perfect for a break and coffee at top (plenty of choices of cafes). The southern section is the most tricky to follow as little of the wall remains and signs are few in places. Approx. 9km.
Day 2 we picked up where we left off, heading north and getting a peak done and then coffee in the valley then up the main hill. Nice cafes in the final 2 km.
Suitable for kids who can walk well and those that enjoy stairs! Fine for folks who are worried about heights - no nerve-wreaking sections here. Some exposed sections so hat needed and take care in wind.
Written May 3, 2020
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Abovetheclouds
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May 2022 • Solo
To be honest, pick and choose depending on your fitness levels and what you want to see.  My plan was to follow one of the trails.  Instead, I walked part at one end and another section of the wall in a different area which was a good combination of 'old' and 'new' plus quiet and busy.  It was lovely.  The views were nice.  The trail is easy and you don't need good shoes unless you plan to do a major hike.  I took a guide with on part of the walk.  This is a good idea as there is so much history and I would not have noticed half of the things if she was not with me.  Clean.  Not too busy on the trail.  Carry a bottle of water with you.  Safe.  Also good to get an overview of the city. As I said it depends on you. You could spend half an hour here or half a day.
Written May 30, 2022
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Hoadjie
Gisborne, Australia307 contributions
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May 2024 • Solo
Nice walk along the wall. It's amazing just how well it is built since it was built so long ago. A nice footpath runs beside it. There are a couple spots where you can walk through the wall to get to the other side.

The climb is steep. (I should be used to that by now 😂)

There are plenty of seats along the way and also exercise equipment if you want to further your exercise
Written May 12, 2024
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Tracy T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia180 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Family
Went with my 63 year old mother, which she found the trail is not taxing even though the trail started with steps, followed by one steep slope. The path is well paved and there are plenty of are to rest when tired.
Try to reach early in the morning to avoid scorching sun as some part of the path is open, not covered by trees.
This path is like the "back alley" of the villages, so try to be silent when we walk by.
After 15 mins walk, you will reach Naksan Park where you can you can have an bird's eye view of the city. Another15 mins you will be the famous Ihwa Mural Village.
Here you can also able to view Namsan Tower. Try to be here early to avoid crowd.
Continuing downward path, you will reach Dongdaemun.

Exit Hansung University Station exit 4. Don't cross the road till you see Hyehwamun Gate. After exploring, then cross the road. The start of 2.2km Naksan Mountain Trail starts with flight of stairs heading up where you can see the city wall prominently.

Estimate to spend 3-4 hours including exploring Naksan Park and villages.
Written December 8, 2016
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Cristina Perez
South Korea5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Wherever you look there is a hidden piece of history. In the heart of Seoul you can find Hanyang Doseong, a 600-year-old fortress that once protected the powerful Hanyang, Seoul’s name during the Joseon dynasty. Comprising 18.6 km, the fortress extends across the four main mountains in Seoul: Bugaksan Mountain, Naktasan Mountain, Namsan Mountain and Inwangsan Mountain Currently 12km of length are displayed as a touristic site.

Hanyang Doseong was built under the order of the first king of the Joseon dynasty, Taejo of Joseon. The wall worked as fortress to protect his palace and the new established capital in Seoul. Many walls have been taken down since then; mainly because of the modernization of the city, the construction of the subway lines or because of the negligence of the governors during the Japanese Colonization. Thankfully, in 2012, Seoul Metropolitan Government established a department exclusively responsible for the wall, Hanyangdoseong Division, which manages the restoration and preservation of this historic landmark.
Whether you enjoy hiking trails, sightseeing, learning about history or you just simply want to wander around nature and let your thoughts flow, Hanyang Doseong is the perfect place for you! The best part about it is that there are many trails you can choose from. Depending on the historic sites you want to visit or how far you want to test your limits, the following are the courses Hanyang Doseong has been divided into.
1. Baegak Mountain Trail
Trail: Changuimun Gate – Hyehwamun Gate
Distance: 4.7km
Duration: about 3 hours

2. Naksan Mounain Trail
Trail: Hyehwamun Gate - Heunginjimun Gate
Distance: 2.1km
Duration: about 1 hour

3. Heunginjimun Gate Trail
Trail: Heunginjimun Gate – Jangchung Gymnasium
Distance: 1.8km
Duration: about 1 hour

4. Namsan Mountain Trail
Trail: Jangchung Gymnasium – Baekbeom Square
Distace: 4.2km
Duration: about 3 hours

5. Sungnyemun Mountain Trail
Trail: Baekbeom Square – Site of Donuimun Gate
Distance: 1.8km
Duration: about 1 hour

6. Inwangsan Mountain Trail
Trail: Site of Donuimun Gate
Distance: 4km
Duration: about 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can find this and more information in the official website for Hanyang Doseong!

You should as well check out the different historic sites you can find while strolling around every trail. As I hiked the Naksan Mounain Trail, I was able to see the Hyehwamun Gate, the Naksan Park, the Jangsu Village and the Heunginjimun Gate. Depending on the course you follow, you could either get to the famous Namsan Tower or Namdaemun Market.

I had the opportunity to visit this historic site thanks to Funday Korea Networks, a platform that brings foreigners together to promote Korea’s historic heritage, food and festivals. If you are a foreigner living in Korea or you’re a traveler passing by, I totally recommend visiting their website and participating in their events. You will live a unique experience and meet new friends!

As you can see in my pictures, visiting Hanyang Doseong along with friends is a really fun idea! Even if you happen to stumble upon a cloudy Seoul as I did, you can have lots of fun learning about history, enjoying the remains of an ancient location without leaving the city.

Once you reach the Heunginjinmun Gate, which means you finished the Naksan Mounain Trail, you can easily find the famous shopping center Dongdaemun Market. Once there, some of the nearby landmarks of Seoul you can find are: the Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Pyounghwa Fashion Plaza and . This fusion between the past and the present is right where history meets the modern city!

For visiting Naksan Mounain Trail you can take the subway up to Hansung Universty Station Exit 4 or Hyehwa Station Exit 1. The course ends in near Dongdaemun Station Exit 10, where you can take the subway to go home or to continue your next adventure in Seoul!
Written August 9, 2020
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traveler54601
Wisconsin78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Seoul City Wall (also called Hanyangdoseong) is an 18 km structure surrounding the city. Much of the wall has been preserved or rebuilt but there are sections that are absent. My wife and I hiked along the wall from the Heunginjimun (East) Gate in Dondaemun to the Changuimun Gate. It is 7 km long, took almost 4 hours, and was our favorite part of our stay in Seoul. Beautiful, moderate hike.

First, bring your passport as the last half of the hike from the Malbawi Information Center to the Changuimun Gate is a restricted military area on account of it overlooking the President's House. You need a passport to enter. This section of the wall opens at 9 AM. It is closed on Monday.

Second, I would follow our direction from the East Gate counterclockwise as the end of that route has many, many, many stairs - down going counterclockwise, up if you go clockwise. I would not have wanted to start the hike with hundreds of stairs.

From the start at the East Gate, you can choose to take the path inside the wall or outside. I would recommend starting on the inside where you will pass the City Wall Museum and have access to a side visit to the Iwha Mural Village and the Naksan Gallery as you ascend Naksan Mountain. Once you pass the peak of Naksan Mountain, you will start downhill and soon reach a street that traverses the wall. At that point, I would switch to the outside the wall path. We went on the inside path and got a little lost as we lost sight of the wall. We eventually made it to the next Gate (Hyehwamun) but it is much easier to find from the outside the wall path. Just past this gate you will come to the Hanyangdoseong Exhibition and Visitor Center. You can stop, get a rest and get a map if you do not already have one. They open at 9 AM. If not open, follow the signs (or the little medallions in the street) to continue the hike to the next part of the wall - fairly easy to find. Then you follow the wall to Waryong Park.

From this Park it is a gradual climb along the wall to the Malwabi Information Center where you will be given a pass and enter the restricted military area. From here, no photos to the South are allowed. A fairly steep incline leads you for about a kilometer to the summit of Baegaksan Mountain. Then down many steps to the final gate. Again, you can enter the hike from that gate (Changuimun) but have to contest the many stairs in the up direction. We stopped here and walked back to our hotel in Insadong or you can take a City bus. Or you can continue along the wall over Inwangsan Mountain (closed Monday).

The hike was beautiful with great vistas, pine forests, interesting views of the wall up to 8 meters high, and other flowers and birds. We started on Sunday morning at 7:30 AM and got to the restricted area around 9:15 AM. Not very crowded. Dondaemun Subway station, Line 4, Door 9 brings you right to the East Gate (Heunginjimun). City Wall Museum opens at 10 AM.

Bring some water and enjoy. Just keep to the wall and follow the signs. You will be glad you did.
Written August 3, 2018
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mmrie
Liverpool, UK27 contributions
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Feb 2017 • Solo
I started off at Dongdaemun station, from where the path is very easy to find. After a while you can visit Ihwa village on the left-hand side, which is very recognisable when you lots of cafes and people with selfie-sticks. Once you've visited the highest point in Naksan Park, it's best to take the path on the right-hand side of the wall (I had to retrace my steps).

I had planned to walk to Changuimun Gate but the paths towards the Malbawi information centre and the Sukjeongmun Gate were completely covered in ice, which I couldn't manage in the shoes that I was wearing. I ended up taking the road down a bit, followed by a walk in the Samcheong Park, which was also very nice, although I couldn't tell if there was an alternative way up to the next gate. I was ready to have lunch so I descended to Bukchon village but I will definitely continue my walk the next time I visit Seoul.

Apart from the icy conditions, the paths are often paved, well-maintained and covered in mats in places to make them less slippy (which doesn't stop the ice in the shade though). The trail is also well signposted, even in places where you can only see traces of the wall. You need to be reasonably fit to do this because there are a few steep sections but it's also easy to do the path in sections.
Written February 7, 2017
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tigger2594
Cranbourne, Australia2,167 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Solo
Found the walk by accident as I was doing an unplanned work through the city.

The walk is old and follows a ridge line to protect the old city. It is broken in line meaning you can find the wall then loose it again as you walk it’s line.

I did think the wall was in good condition and must have had further defences however now it’s just the wall.

It’s not the Great Wall but just a barrier.
Written August 23, 2019
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