North of the capital, straddling the border between Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, you'll find the ever-popular Bukhansan National Park. It's not every day you get the opportunity to explore 80 sq km of wooded mountains, Buddhist temples, gorges and waterfalls overlooking a metropolitan population of 10 million people, so we recommend taking full advantage of it. Just do the world a favor be sure to mind your ecological impact, as five million annual visitors have a way of wearing down a natural habitat.
And just what is there to see and do in this massive urban green-space? Well, like most parks in South Korea, hiking is the name of the game here. Trails like Samobawi (4.3 km along the Gugi Gorge), Bukhansanseong (3.4 km past Borisa Temple and up Baegundae Peak) and Bibong (3.8 km past the King Jinheung Monument and up Bibong Peak) are perfect for day excursions and tend to top out at just a moderate level of difficulty. If you're feeling a bit more ambitious, Bukhansan is also home to some great rock climbing options, including multiple routes up Insu Peak and the Yeumchobong Ridge. Check out the National Park Service website below for more helpful info.
Location:Seoul, South Korea