Koreans decked out in expensive hiking gear at the Namhan Sanseong fortress wall below towering pine trees in summer.

Hiking at Namhan Sanseong

By Jeremy, February 10, 2015

Want to catch a breath of nature’s fresh air without breaking a sweat? Namhan Sanseong is one of the easiest hiking areas in Seoul, as it’s possible to take a bus up the mountain and save your strength for exploring the fortress wall and other attractions.

First, get yourself to Sanseong Station (Line 8) in Seoul’s southeastern quarter. Leave by Exit 2, walk straight and catch bus 52 that brings you up the windy mountain road and into the fortress. Alternatively, you can hike from the train station all the way up the mountain (it took me about an hour) along a quiet wooded path.

Once you’re inside the fortress, there are lots of things to see as well as restaurants and snack shops. Here’s my route in red (click on the map for high resolution):

My hiking route on the Namhan Sanseong map.

And here’s the original map if you’d like a clean copy:

Namhan Sanseong map.

If this hike’s too easy for you, check out my list of Seoul hikes.

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Prices provided in Korean won or US dollars.


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