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It's been said that Suraksan is not the prettiest belle of the ball when it comes to Seoul's surrounding mountains, but don't let that in any way diminish your appetite for checking it out. "Pretty" or not, the views from the flag-posted 638 m summit are as stunning as any you'll experience as you hike around the city, plus its series of Buddhist temples (Heungguksa, Hangnimsa, Seoklimsa, etc.) and waterfalls (Geunnyu, Eunnyu, Ongnyu) means you'll have plenty to investigate along the way.
Depending on where you start (Surakgol, Nowongol or Dongmakgol entrance) there are multiple routes ascending Surak. Don't let the stairs and gradual inclines at the bottom fool you, either; as the trails converge towards the top of the mountain, the rock face becomes noticeably steeper. We're not talking sheer-cliff-face climbing or anything, but the strategically placed rope-pulls and cables should tell you something. Thankfully, you'll likely encounter a few enterprising (and overpriced) water/Gatorade vendors here as well, so at least you won't be thirsty. Then all that's left to do is kick back for a few minutes and reap the scenic rewards of your physical exertion.
Location:Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Note:Should you make the mistake of hiking Suraksan on a weekend (especially a summer Sunday), several side peaks are available to help you avoid the inevitable line to get your picture taken at the summit.