I’ve only been to Bukhansan (Hangeul: 북한산 – the mountain north of Han River) only once. It was sometime in January of 2004 and I didn’t have a digital camera that time. The mountain was covered with snow and we hiked for about three hours. I remember sweating despite the winter cold, so I had to take off my down jacket. That same day, a man died when he suffered from a heart attack. We didn’t attempt to go up the peak because it was late — and the sight of the body bag discouraged me.
From our apartment, I have a nice view of Bukhansan. It would have been a perfect view if the two high-rise apartments were not there.
Bukhansan is a popular spot in Seoul for hiking and rock-climbing. Mining activity is zero
If you’re planning to hike a mountain, but you don’t have enough time to travel outside Seoul, think about going to Bukhansan. It’s easily accessible by subway and bus.
From eastern Seoul, take the subway line 1 or 7 to Dobongsan Station. Get out from exit 1 and follow the people wearing hiking clothes ;p Seriously, take bus 10, 39 or 48 and get off at the next stop. Walk towards Bukhansan National Park.
From western Seoul, take the subway line 3 to Gupabal Station. Get out from exit 1 and take bus 704 to Bukhansanseong Fortress. Get off the entrance to Bukhansan National Park.
It’s best to visit in the spring or autumn ;p