Located in the far southern end of Seoul is the mountain of Gwanaksan, a popular hiking destination that’s easily accessible by public transportation and welcomes an average of five million visitors per year. The mountain stands at about 630 meters and features multiple trails that begin at various points around its base, starting from the Seoul neighborhoods of Sadang and Sillim-dong, and the cities of Gwacheon and Anyang in neighboring Gyeonggi-do Province. Gwanaksan is home to numerous temples, both small and large, its most famous being the cliffside Yeonjuam Hermitage, an iconic temple with a history going all the way back to the 7th-century during the Silla Dynasty. The summit of the mountain provides spectacular views of Seoul that can’t be matched anywhere else.
There are multiple hiking courses, some more difficult than others. The most popular one leads from an entrance right next to Seoul National University’s main gate and is one of the least difficult trails, although it requires a bus to get there. There are also plenty of other routes located near subway stations, with entrances to the mountain near Sadang Station on Lines 2 and 4, Gwacheon Station, Gwacheon Government Complex Station, and Indeogwon Station on Line 4, as well as Seoksu Station and Gwanak Station on Line 1. The course near Sadang Station is by far the most difficult, with certain sections requiring rock climbing, and is not recommended for hikers with little experience. The rest of these courses are fairly light, and the mountain can be scaled in about two hours. There aren’t many facilities on the mountain, although larger temples in the area may provide food during lunchtime, and there are vendors selling snacks, drinks, and various hiking equipment at the base of the mountain, and even further up along some of the trails. The mountain can get very crowded during the weekend, especially on warm, clear days, so it’s best to go on a weekday.
|Company Name||Gwanaksan (관악산)|
|Category||Outdoors & Adventure Tour & Sightseeing|
Gwanaksan, Jungang-dong, Gwacheon-si Gwanaksan
Take Line 2 to Seoul National University Station and go out Exit 3. -> Transfer to Bus No. 5511 or 5513 and get off at Seoul National University. -> Walk straight for about 550 meters and you will reach the entrance to Gwanaksan. Take Lines 2 or 4 to Sadang Station and go out Exit 5. -> Turn right into the first alley and then turn left past the 7-11 about 20 meters ahead. -> Walk straight then turn right into the next alley. -> Walk straight about 50 meters then turn left. -> Walk straight about 100 meters until you reach a road then turn right. -> Follow the road for about 300 meters and you will reach the entrance to Gwanaksan. Take Line 4 to Gwacheon Station and go out Exit 7. Take Line 4 to Gwacheon Government Complex Station and go out Exit 11. Take Line 4 to Indeogwon Station and go out Exit 7. Take Line 1 to Gwanak Station and go out Exit 2. Take Line 1 to Seoksu Station and go out Exit 1.