Mei are I were in Seoul for a short trip and felt that we wanted to check out some local trekking. Seoraksan or Jirisan would have been great places to start but we were a bit hesitant and were afraid that we could be chewing more than we could swallow. So we decided on a “baby” hike closest to the city. We decided on to check out Baegundae Peak at Bukhansan National Park.
Did some research on the internet and found instructions to the Bukhansan National Park was pretty straight forward. Take the Seoul Subway Line to Gupabal Station. Use Exit 1 and look out for bus-stop. Take Bus No 704 and get off at the Bukhansan Mountain entrance bus stop. Did exactly that and found the bus-stop about 50 meters from Exit 1. Saw a couple of locals wearing trekking attire (one thing about Korean trekkers, they all dressed like pro trekkers) and asked whether they were heading for Bukhansan. When they answered yes, we were relieved and will just follow their cue. Bus No 704 came promptly and within a short ride of about 20 minutes, we were deposited at the Bukhansan Mountain entrance bus stop.
From the drop off point, we could see some peaks in the distance of a suburban street lined with shops and restaurants. Walked towards the peaks and soon we reached the Bukhansan National Park Entrance.
At the trailhead, with the mountains in the background.
The trails were well maintained and clear.
There were maps along the way.
The first hour was a walk in the park, without too much gradient.
Then we begin to climb, gradually at first and then it went steeper.
There were also steel stairways to ease the climb.
The last leg was a challenging climb up the rock face with the help of steel cables.
The Korean Flag marks the peak.
The Peak at 836 meters
It was a great feeling at the peak looking down towards Seoul.
A panoramic view of the peal.
Bukhansan was a lovely experience for us. Nice day hike to enjoy nature in Seoul.
Total time taken was about 4 1/2 hours.