Dobongsan Mountain (도봉산) Hiking Guide [6 Photos]

Last month, I hiked another mountain which is Dobongsan, and it’s also under Bukhansan National park. If you are an adventure lover and love hiking, then you would love hiking Dobongsan near Seoul.

I will share with you in this post the details guide to conquer Dobong mountain and also share some fantastic photos that I took on my last hike. I’m sure you are going to hike this mountain after seeing the images.

dobongsan top view
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk – Raymond Inmon

Why Hiking Dobongsan Mountain?

Dobongsan is also a very popular and scenic hike after Bukhansan Baegundae Peak. This mountain is famous for it’s most significant rock formation.

You will see many rock climbers are climbing on the most prominent rock. The view you will see at the top is fantastic. The highest peak is Juanbong Peak(Dobongsan Peak), which is 740 meters (2,428 feet) high.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

How to get Dobongsan from Seoul Station:

In the Seoul metro app ( I use Kakao Metro App) Search Dobongsan station Which is the line (number 1). Which is only 44 minutes ride from the Seoul Station. Get to the Dobongsan station and Exit via 1.

Cross the Street and walk through the big shop and small store which all are selling hiking and mountain-related products.

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

dobongsan mountain top
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity – John Muir

If you get confused, then follow the Ajoshi and Ajumma (Older people) who are heading for Dobongsan. So many people hike at the weekend, so it’s hard to be lost. Also if you don’t like crowded trails then avoid the weekend hike.

hike dobongsan juangbong peak
Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realize you’re working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.- Jamie Luner

Get a trail map from the park information center. Most of the park’s assistance understand English very well. So, Ask him if you have any further questions or want to know more about the trails.

They are so friendly and kind. Even sometimes they walk me to the entrance of the trail.

[Read More: Seoul Hiking Guide – Five Must Hiking trail in Seoul ]

HIking Dobongsan Mountain Trail.

The most popular hiking trails of Dobongsan are the following.

Main Trail : Dobong Ranger Station – Geumgangam – Dobong Shelter – Cheonchuksa (temple) – Madangbawi (rocks) – Dobongsan peak [summit] – Seokguram (hermitage) – Rescue Centre – Dobong Shelter – Geumgangam – Dobong Ranger Station

how to hike donbongsan mountain
You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers – Amit Kalantri

Or You can get to the Juanbong Peak(Dobongsan Peak) and descend from the opposite direction which is leading to another beautiful Podae ridge and Podae peak.

Follow the signs to be sure of the route. The route is also going towards Mangwolsa Temple. At the end of this trail, you can go to Mangwolsa Station (line number 1) and head back home.

Duration of HIking Dobongsan:

If you are active then it would take only 2 hours to the peak and 2 hours to get down for slow and steady hiker 5 hours max. Be careful while hiking and don’t be in a hurry.

The difficulty of HIking Dobongsan:

The trails are moderately tricky with rocky and some steep sections.

korean top on dobong mountain
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt – John Muir

Extra helpful tips to follow on Hiking Dobongsan:

  • Appropriate Footwear and Clothing are the musts. If you need any hiking accessories that you can buy from the Dobongsan park entrance.
  • Bring enough water with you. If You hike in summer then you must bring 2 liters or more water with you. You will be exhausted by hiking, and You would need more water to keep you hydrated. Water is very crucial in the hot day’s hiking.
  • Don’t forget to pack snacks and lunch. You can buy Bibimbap, Water, Snacks and some other foods that you like from the main entrance.
  • Pack an ultralight backpack. Don’t make your bag heavy. It will be harder for you to hike with a heavy backpack.

More Helpful resource on the web of HIking Dobongsan Mountain:

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Happy Hiking. Hike for life.

Dobongsan Hiking Video Guide.

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Dobongsan Hiking – FAQ

What hotels are near Dobongsan Mountain?

There are many hotels where you could stay near Dobongsan. The populare hotels are Hotel Amare – Uijuengbu Howon, Island Castle Hotel, Laon Hotel and Dobong Hotel Bay 204.

How to Get to Bukhansan National Park to hike Dobongsan?

Get off at Dobongsan Station (subway metro lines no 1 or 7) exit no 1. It will take about 10 minutes walk to the park entrance.

What is the Address of Dobongsan?

132-010  Dobong-dong vicinity, Dobong-gu, Seoul  

What is the highest Peak of Dobongsan?

The highest peak of Dobongsan is JUANBONG PEAK( 740 meters ) (2,428 feet). This is one of the best place to enjoy the magnificent top seoul city view.

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