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, Maryland1 contribution
    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, Singapore732 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, Poland4,015 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
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Chau T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Thanks Bobby! Even though there was some hiccups with tour members not of your fault you'd dealt with it swiftly and well. The group was appreciative with all that you've done and you deserve a raise. Amen.
Written 2 April 2024
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its_like_that
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
For those looking for a timeline, I hiked from the bottom to Bogungman Gate in the wet and it took 1h15min and it was fairly easy.
Written 28 March 2024
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Taehyung Jeon
Seoul, South Korea57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A breathtaking experience. I recommend going with a professional that knows the place but it is so worth the walk. Not fit for disabled persons however
Written 15 January 2024
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its_like_that
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
For those looking for a timeline, I hiked from the bottom to Bogungman Gate in the wet and it took 1h15min.
Written 28 November 2023
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.

Rob Nesbit
Warsaw, Poland4,015 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
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.

Katy K
Buford, GA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Beautiful park not far from Seoul. Baegundae peak is such a fun hike. It’s a little challenging (scrambling up a bunch of rocks), but worth the views from the top!
Written 3 October 2023
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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
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.

RichardTanChaiBoon
Singapore, Singapore732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 2 September 2023
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.

ukrandomtraveller
uk491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I really enjoyed Bukhansan park....so much I went 2 days in a row! It was quite easy to get to...I used metro line 3 to stop 320 gulpabal and from outside there were buses 34 and 704 to bukhansanseong fortress entrance. If you need to buy any hiking gear, there are numerous outdoor shops at this entrance

There are a huge variety of trails, from simple walks in the woods to some a little more hardcore. In some areas the tracks go over quite smooth slabs of rocks which have handrails....it makes it possible...but by no means easy on a wet day! In other places full staircases are in place ...otherwise it would be full on climbing! Hidden away there are also some small temples.

I had a wonderful enjoyable time
Written 17 August 2023
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.

Heather F
Potomac, MD1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 9 August 2023
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.

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