My 15 Best Hikes in Seoul [Mini Guide]

Hi, In this article, I will share my 15 best hikes in Seoul and mini-guide of hiking these beautiful mountains near Seoul. I’m not native so, Please consider my poor English.

It’s been over two years, I’m living in South Korea and most of my free time I spent hiking Korea’s mountain. In my country there are not many mountains and if you want to hike one you have to take 5 hours bus ride. That’s why many don’t go hike and also don’t get a chance to mingle with nature. 

So, after coming to Korea, I hiked my first mountain with Climbing in Korea group and I enjoyed it very much and fell in love with hiking and Nature. After that, I searched on google about what are the best hikes in Seoul and made a list to hike all of them.

hiked dobongsan peak

Korea is filled with beautiful mountains and the easiest way to access them via the subway. All of the famous mountains near Seoul are well connected with the subway. That’s why it’s so easy and Many people hike the Korean mountains. 

When I first come to Korea. I didn’t know much about hiking. As I wrote above that I did my first hike with a group called Climbing in Korea. Since then I’ve hiked over 20 scenic mountains and almost all of the mountain near Seoul. 

Korea is a country of mountain and us foreigners don’t know which one to hike or not in a short visit. As I hiked many of them I think this post would be your go-to guide of Best hikes in Seoul.

I will share with you the mountain I hiked and how can you hike them too with mini-guide and sharing my experience.

Here my 15 Best Hikes in Seoul and Mini Guide.

1. Hiking Bukhansan Mountain.

bukhansan national park

Bukhansan was my first hike in Seoul, South Korea. Climbed up to the highest peak of Bukhansan. The highest peak is Bagundae (836m). We were hiking in a group of 80 people from different countries.

It took us about 4 hours of hiking to the top. It was a fun and challenging hike. I had the best day of my life on the first hike. 

How to get to Bukhansan National park?

Take Subway line number 3 and Get off at Gupabal Station. Exit 1. Take 8772 bus from Gupabal station to the Bukhansan national park entrance. 

Check out details guide of Hiking Baegundae peak of Bukhansan National Park: How to Hike Baegundae Peak of Mt Bukhansan [The Definitive Guide]

[Read More: Hiking Bukhansan National Park(북한산국립공원) ( Full Guide)]

2. Gwanaksan Mountain Hiking.

gwanaksan top view
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir

Gwanaksan is in the southern part of Seoul and Easily accessible by Metro. This hiking also was with the hiking group of Korea.

The view was beautiful and I think the hike was not that much tough like Bukhansan but it was worth a hike for the view. This is one of the best hikes in Seoul that you would enjoy.

How to get to Gwanaksan mountain: Gwacheon station line number 4 ( Exit 2)

[Read Details guide of hiking Gwanaksan here: Seoul Hiking Guide – Five Must Hiking trail in Seoul.]

3. Hiking Inwangsan in Seoul.

“Whatever’s headed your way, you can handle it. You’re a hiker!”~Hiking For Her

If you are looking for a short hike with the beautiful mountain and Seoul view from the top then it is one of the best hikes in Seoul that you would enjoy definitely.

Mt Inwangsan(338m) and Bugaksan(342m) are a beautiful neighboring mountain in the center of Seoul. From the top, you can see the Blue House( Presidential House) and the main place Gyeongbokgung.

How to get to Inwangsan mountain? Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.

Go straight 90m to the Gyeongbokgung Station bus stop. Take Jongno Bus 09 and get off at Ogin APT. Walk approx. 660m to Inwangsan Mountain.

See more at the official Visit Korea site:

4. Hiking Suraksan Mountain.

suraksan hiking in south korea
“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.”~Diane Spicer

Suraksan is a great hike in near Seoul with a less crowded trail. I got a clear view of Seoul from the top. In the trail, you will meet a beautiful waterfall and temple.

The popular hiking course of Suraksan starts from Danggogae station. To see azaleas blossoms you can visit in the spring. 

I hiked Suraksan twice and I just loved the view. The top view is stunning and If you love adventure then try some other trail of this mountain. The below video of my last time hike in Suraksan.

How to get to Suraksan Mountain: Take line 4 and get off at Danggogae station Exit 1 or 4 or Suraksan Station( Line 7) Exit 1 or 3. It’s only a few minutes to the trail form exit.

[Check out: Suraksan Hiking [7 Photos] – All You Need to Know.]

5. Baegundae Peak Hiking.

bagundae peak
“Old hikers don’t die … they just trail away.”
~Hiking For Her

Hiked up to the highest Baegundae peak of Bukhansan for the first time. The trail was challenging with rocky and steep section. Took about six hours for the hike.

The view was fantastic. Took a nap up there so it was comfier and relaxing to get down from the mountain than going up. I would suggest you hike in the Summer or spring. The view is amazing at that time of the year.

How to hike Baegundae Peak?

Bukhansanseong >> Gorge Trail/Nature Trail >>Bukhansan History Museum(북한산 동업자) >> Dae-Seong-Mun ( 대성문) >> Baegundae Peak

How to get to Bukhansan National Park?

Go to Gupabal Station (구파발역) on Line number 3 Exit 1. Find the nearby bus stop. 34, 704, and 8774 bus go to Bukhansan national park. Take any of these buses to Bukhansanseong Ipgu.

6. Hiking Juwangsan Mountain:

“One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.”
~Merle Shain

Ahhh👋 did it, hiked 21 km to Juwangsan mountain though my feet are hurting badly. There were three main peaks to climb and also some beautiful waterfall to see.

The highest peak was 882m. I felt amazed by the nature of this mountain. Top view was stunning. Meet with three small snakes, they were adorable, though I felt terrified by sudden meet. Hiking for life.

7. Hiking Dobongsan Mountain:

“Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.”
~Mark Twain

Dobong mountain, you are true rocky. Short 4 hours hike up to the Dobong mountain. It was demanding hike and damn tiring but really worth it. The top peak is 724m, the view was fantastic. Overall, I enjoyed the view, had a free full-body workout on the way up.

How to Hike Dobongsan and More details, Check out this article: Dobongsan Mountain (도봉산) Hiking Guide [6 Photos]

8. Hiking Gwanaksan Mountain.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than what we could learn from books.”
~John Lubbock

I spent a hectic day by hiking and climbing to Gwanak mountain. The trail was about 12 km and the highest peak was 629m. Enjoyed the sunny day, the view was stunning.

Got Exhausted by hiking. Btw I’m seeing things that I really wanted to see. Korea you are true beauty with nature, Every mountain I climb I see the different beauty of nature. 

9. Hiking Jirisan Mountain.

“The head does not hear anything until the heart has listened. The heart knows today what the head will understand tomorrow.”
~James Stevens

Top of Jirisan mountain (peak -1915 m) for the first time. The journey was wildly adventurous. The total trail distance was 20km.

The hiking we started around 3:30 pm, as we started our hike lately, we had to hike 80% of the trail in the night with the headlight on, Can’t explain how hard and dangerous the trail was.

Reached the shelter at 8 pm, slept only 3 hours and started our second part of the trail at 2:50 am. Again hiking begins into the total darkness, this time the trail was more rocky and steep.

We had only 3 hours left to reach a peak if we won’t see the sunrise. We hiked fast and finally got to the top. The wind was blowing so fast and the temperature was -2 at the peak, also we hadn’t enough warm clothes.

We couldn’t stay long in the peak, the sun was covered by clouds, bad luck for us, Can’t see the sunrise but saw the clouds moving so fast over our head, fantastic view of the mountain.

I took some pretty photos on the top. Overall we had the most fun on hiking then reaching to the top.

10. Hiking Munsusan Mountain.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hiked to Munsu Mountain (376m), Oct 7, 2018!
Easy hike with climb and descent of 376m (total length 3km and time of walk 2 hours).

We started our hike in the afternoon so, we could enjoy the sunset 🌄. it took only a 1-hour hike and we were top of the mountain. I enjoyed the peaceful evening with a beautiful sunset view.

Our second part of hiking down was in the night. We turned our mobile flashlight on and began hiking down. After one hour of hiking into the total darkness, I completed the trail and head back home happily.

11. Hiking Gamaksan and Walked Suspension.

“A determined woman can conquer anything.
One foot in front of the other!” ~Hiking For Her

Hiked to Gamak Mountain (676m), Oct 9, 2018.
Moderately difficult hike with climb and descent of 676m (total length 5km and time of walk 4 hours).

Autumn Hiking – Delicious Autumn, I like you the most. You are indescribably beautiful in autumn with your colorful hills. Love hiking, Go hike more in autumn, Enjoy the stunning scenery of various colorful trees before winter comes.

Gamak Mountain Address: Jeokseong-myeon, Paju-si and Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

12. Hiking Seoraksan Mountain.

“Whatever’s headed your way, you can handle it.
You’re a hiker!”

Hiked to Seoraksan Mountain, The third highest and the most beloved mountain of South Korea.

Hiked to Seoraksan Mountain (1708m), Nov 04, 2018!
Tough hike with lots of steep sections and descent of 1708m (total length 17km and time of walk 12 hours).

Recommended Hiking course for this peak is 2 days/ 1 night but We did it within 12 hours. Started our hiking at 3 AM and finished at 3 PM. Absolutely stunning view, Words can’t describe how beautiful. Took some cool photos, check them out.

Seoraksan National Park Hiking Guide and How to get to Seoraksan National park. Check out this full details article: Seoraksan National Park Hiking Guide

13. Hiking Deogyusan Mountain.

“Whatever you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving them.” ~Zig Ziglar

Hiked to Deogyusan Mountain, One of the most beautiful mountains to hike in winter. This is my third mountain hike in 2019 and more to come.

Deogyu mountain (1614m) hiked on Jan 5, 2019. Tough hike with lots of steep sections and descent of 1614m. Weather was so windy and cold, the temperature was around (-9). We were 17 amazing people hiked this mountain together and enjoyed all of it.

Absolutely stunning view, Words can’t describe how beautiful the view was. Took some cool photos, check them out.

How to get to Deogyusan mountain national park?

Take a direct bus which leaves from Nambu Bus terminal to Muju.

14. Sobaeksan National Park Hiking.

I live to hike, i hike to live – trailhikr

Sobaeksan mountain is one of the most beautiful mountains in South Korea. After Hiking Sobaeksan for the first time, we arranged a tour from our FB group Travel in Korea.

25 HIking Loving brother joined us to hike this beautiful mountain trail. Few of them were new but was self-esteemed and hiked to the top Birobong Peak (Danyang-gun) and get satisfied by seeing Sobaek’s top beauty.

“Go where you feel most alive.”

Sobaeksan National Park HIking Guide.

We started our hike at 11:20 am on the Aiguk (어의 국) trail, this trail was about 5.1 km long. We walked slowly as some of the group members were new to hike. On the way to Birobong Peak (Danyang-gun 1439m), we took so many beautiful photos and reached the top at 2:40 pm.

The structure of the Sobekasan top is different from other mountains. The top is completed flat and covered with green grass. The top view is indescribable. I took lots of photo at top of this fascinating magnificent mountain.

We got down very fast because everyone had to come back home. After, Finishing the hike we went for a quick shower in the beautiful water stream. When we arrived at Darien Falls (안 안 폭포) next to Chondong parking, it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. We all had dinner together at Danyang train station.

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.” -Dag Hammerskjold

How to get to Sobaeksan National Park from Seoul ?

You can go by bus or Train. The train is faster and cheap. Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Danyang Station. You can take Mugunghwa, Itx, or KTX we took Mugunghwa and the fare was 10600 won.

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” -Greg Child

You can also come to Danyang bus terminal from your area bus station or Dong-Seoul Bus Station. From Danyang, You can take or bus to the Sobaeksan national park entrance.

Happy Hiking in South Korea. If you have any questions please comments below.

Best Hikes near Seoul Video Guide.

Hiking in Seoul FAQ

Where to Hike in Seoul?

If you are looking for short and easy hike then Inwangsan, Ansan, Buramsan are the best options. If you are already into hiking or in a good shape then Go hike the Baegundae Peak of Bukhansan, Dobongsan and Suraksan. You will thank yourself after seeing the Stunning top view of Seoul City.

What is the highest Peak in seoul?

Baegundae peak ( 836.5m) of Bukhansan National Park is the highest point of Seoul. Dobongsan and Suraksan also has the highst peak of above 600m.

How do I get to Namsan Tower?

You could hike to the top of take bus from Myeongdong station. Get off at Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and Exit 4. You will see a bus stop at exit 4. Take bus number 5 and get off at last stop. I highly suggest to hike to the top to see the park beautiful view.

How long does it take to walk up to Namsan Tower?

It takes about one hour’s top from Myeongdong station. Take a steady walk to the top and enjoy view you would love it.

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