The triple peaks of Seoul's Bukhansan mountain seen from the Jindalle Ridge

Climbing Bukhansan

By Jeremy, December 3, 2014

Bukhansan National Park is huge and there are many trails that you can choose, but I’m just going to introduce one of my favourite ones.

Start by taking the subway to Suyu Station (Line 6) and then catch a public bus to the foot of the mountain. (Directions from the official Visit Korea website) At the final bus terminal, lots of hikers will get off the bus so just follow them and you’ll find yourself on a proper road heading up towards Dosonsa temple. Look out for a gate on the left leading up a steep slope into a forested area with a dirt track.

A little waterfall amidst the greenery of the valley below the Jindalle Ridge on Seoul's Bukhansan mountain.

We leave the crowd behind here and take the Jindalle Ridge (진달래능선), which gives us a cool breeze and great views of the surrounding peaks. After an hour or so, you’ll reach a fortress gate which you can pass through and then turn right towards the triple peaks of Bukhansan.

After scaling the peak (if you wish), there’s a restaurant where you can grab a bite. They serve ramyeon (instant noodles) and some other noodle, and also cold drinks.

The wooden cabin-like interior of the mountaintop restaurant on Bukhansan, Seoul.

Mountaintop meal of Korean ramyeon (instant noodles) and kimchi.

Instead of heading back the same way, I usually make a quick hike down to Dosonsa temple, where there is a free shuttle bus that brings me back to the bus terminal. Leave a 1,000 won donation at the temple if you like.

Here’s my route with the bus journey in red and the hike in yellow (click on the image for high resolution):

Bukhansan hiking route.

Here’s the original map:

Bukhansan hiking map

Here’s the rock climbing map:

Bukhansan rock climbing map.

Read about other hiking places in Seoul (including easier ones!) here.

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  1. Lei Nore says:

    What’s the height of Bukhansan?

    • Jeremy says:

      Bukhansan has three main peaks clustered tightly together, called Baegundae, Mankyungdae and Insabong. Baegundae is the highest at 836m and can be climbed via staircase, while Insabong is popular with serious rock climbers for its sheer granite face.

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