Bukhansan National Park
Bukhansan National Park
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Popular among hiking enthusiasts, Bukhansan National Park is located just outside the city of Seoul. Embark on the popular and easiest Bukhansanseong Course to Baegundae Peak, which is the park’s highest point. Seasoned hikers can take on the more challenging Uisangneungseon Course to Nahangon Peak. Otherwise, take the short but steep course to Uisanbong Peak. Plan your visit for autumn, where the park comes alive with stunning fall colors. The trails are well demarcated but, if you’re afraid of getting lost, opt for a private hiking tour, with the option to relax in a sauna after the hike. – Tripadvisor
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  • Heather F
    Potomac, Maryland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bukhansan what a magical hike mahalo
    July 30 2023 This is a beautiful hike. It is long. The mountains so beautiful with water streams and waterfalls everywhere. It was a perfect day for me. I went up at 1:00. I am very slow I stopped met people made friends. It was a dream come true. Some areas at top are scary if you are afraid of heights. I was fortunate to have the clouds cover me. Less feeling of exposure. So beautiful. Enjoy. I went after three days of rain. So might have been more waterfalls.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 August 2023
  • RichardTanChaiBoon
    Singapore, Singapore742 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My longest and most challenging 6 km walk
    My advice for first time visitors should be First stop to the Visitors’ Centre to ask for direction and advice on which route to take. We were told to take the easier route to Daeseongmun Gate which is about 3 km and take about 3 hrs on a full trip back. Considering that my partner and I are quite fit, we thought it will be a piece of cake. But 45 minutes later, we found the route very challenging with steep slope laid with stones and the route became tougher with steep steps. We took 1 hr 45 mins to reach Daeseongmun Gate. And another 1 hrs 35 mins to return to base. Total : 6 km. I must say that we were shagged and our legs muscles sore. Being part of nature does not come easy. The efforts were worth it as the hike was very peaceful with plenty of fresh air and shades. Do bring along your own bottle of water.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Rob Nesbit
    Warsaw, Poland4,062 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good exercise and well worth the effort, but it was a hard climb.
    Hiking to the top was long and hard. Even though we started quite early and was on the trail by about 8, it still took us a few hours to get to the peak. Many stone and rocks to be climbed over and it is quite steep at times. At the top there is quite a few people so it can take a little while to actually reach the peak as some of the trail gets narrow. Coming down we were happy that we got up early to do it, as we found the crowds going up were quite big. I can imagine starting it in the middle of the day would take much more time, as you also have to factor in waiting for people to move along. As for the sights, they were great from the top. The peak is a bit hairy as well, if you don't have a good head for heights it might not be the best mountain to climb to the top. The day we did it it was quite windy so a little tense at the very top. Some people were braver than us and going to the edge of the large rocks and slabs of stone......we were happy to keep within the ropes and chains. Good exercise and well worth the effort, but it was a hard climb. (to add: crowds were due to the weekend and it was also a national holiday weekend)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 October 2023
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 km Hike to Songchu Falls
    Bukhansan National Park is a paradise for hikers. There are hundreds of trails with varying levels of difficulty, offering views of both mountain peaks and waterfalls. Buses heading out of the city to various park entrances are filled with hikers decked out in what looks like professional gear. So don’t worry - you won't be alone on the trails. Two days ago, we did a 4 km trail on the city wall that took us to the top of one of Bukhansan's relatively low mountain peaks. It was a sweat-inducing affair. Yesterday, we hiked a 2 x 2.5 km route to Songchu Falls. You can find the trail on AllTrails dot com. The difficulty is moderate; only the very end of the trail becomes somewhat challenging, but most people in good shape will be able to complete it. If 5 km sounds a bit short, there are several marked trails so you can pass Songchu Falls and go higher up in the park. Try googling the Obong Loop.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
My partner and I did the hike to the peak and back down again via the same route. I recommend using the Koreatodo website, as we found this super useful. We did the moderate rated route to Baegundae Peak which took around 3 hours to get to the top. My partner isn’t physically fit, so this can be done in a much shorter amount of time. We stopped to take photos along the way too.
You absolutely need to purchase some spikes from the outdoor shop outside, particularly if doing the hike in winter like we did. Also bring gloves to hold onto the ropes at the top. Without the spikes, you would really struggle to get to the peak. The spikes are around 9,000 WON in the shops before the entrance.
The peak itself is beautiful and breathtaking, and well worth the walk to get there. You can get some unbelievable pictures and views of Seoul. Definitely would recommend doing this hike.
Written 9 January 2023
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Bukhansan National Park is a paradise for hikers. There are hundreds of trails with varying levels of difficulty, offering views of both mountain peaks and waterfalls.

Buses heading out of the city to various park entrances are filled with hikers decked out in what looks like professional gear. So don’t worry - you won't be alone on the trails.

Two days ago, we did a 4 km trail on the city wall that took us to the top of one of Bukhansan's relatively low mountain peaks. It was a sweat-inducing affair.

Yesterday, we hiked a 2 x 2.5 km route to Songchu Falls. You can find the trail on AllTrails dot com. The difficulty is moderate; only the very end of the trail becomes somewhat challenging, but most people in good shape will be able to complete it.

If 5 km sounds a bit short, there are several marked trails so you can pass Songchu Falls and go higher up in the park. Try googling the Obong Loop.
Written 26 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TippyBird
Kunming, China13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I arrived into Seoul at the New Year celebrations and found that the transport was fully booked and everything in Seoul would be closed. the lady at the hotel recommend this place. I went more for something to do while waiting for my flight the next day but was so pleasantly surprised. Its a beautiful National Park with really really nice hiking. The top rock scrambling is also fun if you aren't afraid of heights. it ended up being one of the highlights of my trip! If you like nature then I really recommend it.
Written 1 February 2020
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jobes888
Hong Kong, China10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I have hiked 1000 kilometres in Bhukhansan over the past year with my 6 year old.

Park rangers have threatened us with arrest and yelled at us for:

Eating lunch in a hammock
Taking pictures near stream
Putting feet in stream
Taking off shirt by stream
Inadvertently waking out of bounds
Randomly falsely accusation of drinking

You can see Korean enjoying all of these activities unmolested. The park ranger staff is extremely racist and on the hunt for confrontations with foreigners.

Beware
Written 23 September 2023
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Rob Nesbit
Warsaw, Poland4,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Hiking to the top was long and hard. Even though we started quite early and was on the trail by about 8, it still took us a few hours to get to the peak. Many stone and rocks to be climbed over and it is quite steep at times.
At the top there is quite a few people so it can take a little while to actually reach the peak as some of the trail gets narrow.

Coming down we were happy that we got up early to do it, as we found the crowds going up were quite big. I can imagine starting it in the middle of the day would take much more time, as you also have to factor in waiting for people to move along.

As for the sights, they were great from the top.
The peak is a bit hairy as well, if you don't have a good head for heights it might not be the best mountain to climb to the top. The day we did it it was quite windy so a little tense at the very top. Some people were braver than us and going to the edge of the large rocks and slabs of stone......we were happy to keep within the ropes and chains.

Good exercise and well worth the effort, but it was a hard climb.

(to add: crowds were due to the weekend and it was also a national holiday weekend)
Written 17 October 2023
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World9,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
...I'm 62 and did it. Well, as much as I wanted to do. Some places are steep, but the trail is well maintained and it's certainly doable. I just went to the first two temples. I am so drawn to the Buddha. I think I'm gonna read again what Einstein said about Buddhism. Bukhansan was really a good place to be this day. I hope you go too. The walk to the start of the trail from the metro station is pretty special as well. Geongguksa Temple near the train station is beautiful. I can't describe it as I felt not saw its aesthetic. The kind of a stream from there to the visitor center that has what's called a board that was also amazing to walk. Kids were in the water with fishing nets looking like they were having the time of the lives. They are.
Written 13 September 2022
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xxinxx
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It is a relatively easy hike even for those without hiking experience. The trails is easy to navigate, it should take not more than 6 hours (return trip) for beginners. The only difficult part is near the peak due to steep climb.

Went there in late October when the leaves started to turn red and yellow. It was very windy at the peak, I'd suggest to bring extra layer of cloth for comfort. Although I hiked alone, I wasn't lonely because along the way, there were many people (especially friendly ahjummas) offered me food and started a conversation despite the language barrier.
Written 17 February 2020
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Meander67420578585
South Korea1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
이곳은 대한민국에서 높은 산입니다.자연과 숲 그리고 전경이 아주 좋습니다.
운동화는 꼭 안전한 걸 들고가세요.어린아이는 올라가기 힘들 수 있습니다.

This is the highest mountain in Korea. The nature, forest and views are very good.
Make sure to go for safe sneakers. Young children can have a hard time climbing.
Written 16 November 2020
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Shogunempeor
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Good place to clear the mind. I took the hard route up which was the fastest. Lots of climbing so a good hiking pole is needed if you wanna save your knees going up and especially on the way down. Peaceful and serene, do go on weekday mornings to avoid the crowds and prepare to spend an entire day there if you're there to appreciate nature. For fitness buffs, its perfect running up and down in a couple of hours.
Written 17 January 2023
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Ben O
Tallinn, Estonia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Bukhansan is simply breath-taking. An absolute must if you're staying in Seoul. We ended up completing a ~12km hike through the park, and the views from near the peaks were spectacular. We did get a little turned around at one point, so definitely grab a map and double check your route. Other than that, it was incredible.
Written 17 October 2022
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