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BUKHANSAN NATIONAL PARK
Address
Dobong-gu District, Ui-dong, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul

Description
"Procession of Large Granite Rocks Create a Superb View"

Mt. Bukhansan, situated in the northern part of Seoul, is beautiful throughout the year.  Designated a national park in 1983, the mountain is 78.45km wide, has 6 districts and extends out into Gyeonggi-do.  The name Bukhansan means "big mountain" in the north, and it is also called Mt.Samgaksan.  
Mt.Bukhansan has such smooth curves that the large granite rocks sometimes look as if they would slide down the mountain, and the sharp peaks provide contrast to the dozens of valleys and rivers flowing below. The mountain's main peak is Baekunbong, and it has many different kinds of peaks. The granite peaks blend in well with trees, and there are about 1,300 kinds of animal and plant life living on the mountain.  Among the granite peaks, the best one is Insubong Peak's Giam. The world famous granite rock peak Insubong is over 200m above sea level, and there are about 100 mountain paths leading to the rock.  When you stand on Baekundae and look down, sometimes you can see clouds and Seoul and the Hangang River all together.  
Mt. Bukhansan has a rich history as well, not lacking in the cultural treasures it possesses.
From the King Jinheung's Sunsubi on Bibong Peak, the Bukhansan seong Fortress built along the mountain's ridges, Sangunsa Temple built by the monk Won-Hyo, and numerous other temples occupy the mountain areas.  Bukhansan seong Fortress is also a must-see tour site if you are visiting the mountain.  Bukhansan seong Fortress was built with about a 8,500m long wall, built specifically to stop foreign invasion, and is one of the representative mountain fortresses of the Joseon Era.  In the fall, especially, the view you can get from the fortress of the mountain is exquisite. Temples also are representative of Mt. Bukhansan's cultural heritage, and among the many of them, Seungasa Temple on the east Bibong Peak, where Seokgayeorae Ma-aebuls are carved onto 5m granite rock, and Munsusa Temple, located halfway up the Munsubong peak, have famous mountain water dripping from the ceiling of Munsugul Cave.  Thus, Mt. Bukhansan, with its granite rocks, and Bukhansan seong fortress, is perfect for hiking for all seasons.  In the spring, all kinds of flowers bloom, and in the summer, thick forest and valleys spread out. hiking path along the valley is perhaps the best summer mountain climbing course there is.  The fall is an especially fit time for visiting the temples and the pavilions in their autumn colors.  In the winter, the snow-covered mountain scenery is very beautiful.
Bukhansan National Park has many mountain tour attractions and beautiful sceneries, and near enough to the city, that many come to visit. The average number of visitors to this place is about five million which has the honor of being on the Guinness Book of World Records for being the national park with the highest number of visitors per square foot.  It is especially crowded during the weekends.

Travel TIPS
If you are new to Bukhansan or new to mountain climbing, the best path to take is to follow the regular road. It is wide, and easy to climb. But the road has restaurants and other stores in the middle of the mountain, and the cars keep coming on the road. The noise of the cars and car emission could take away from the pleasure of mountain climbing. If you take the valley route, you can enjoy the mountain and the valleys more. The Valley route follows the valley where Bukhansan swimming pool is also located, and in the summer you can rest at the valley river well.

Local Transportation
  • Dobong Area: Take Seoul Subway Line 1, get off at Dobong Station, and go to Exit No. 2. Then, walk 10 min or get on a bus No.141.
  • Bukhansan Fortress: Take Seoul Subway Line 3, get off at Gupabal Station and go to Exit No. 1. Then, take City Bus No.704. and get off at the entrance of Bukhansan Fortress. (10 Min. Intervals, 20 Min. Travel Time)
  • Ui Area : Take subway No.4 line, get off at Suyu station and go to the exit No. 4. Then, take City Bus No.130, 1217. Get off at the Doseonsa Temple at Ui-dong bus stop. (10 Min. Intervals)

  • Detailed Info
    Inquiries: Bukhansan Mountain National Park Administration Office
    Tel. +82-2-909-0497~8 (Korean/English)
    Website: http://bukhan.knps.or.kr (Korean/English)
    Admission:
    Classification Age 19 or older Ages 13 ~ 18 Ages 7 ~ 12
    Individual 1,600 won 600 won 300won
    Group(30 or more people) 1,400 won 500 won 250 won
    * Group: 30 or more people
    ** Age 6 or younger, Age 65 or older: Free
    Hours: From Sunrise to Sunset
    * Admission fee is collected during the ticket box is operated.
    Ticket Box: Weekdays 7:30 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. / Weekend & Holiday 7:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.
    Closed: None
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