Umyeonsan might not seem like much from below, but don't make the mistake of writing off this relatively mild, 293 m "mountain" too quickly. Located south of the city center, what it lacks in height it makes up for with more than a few unique attractions, including the unmistakable Aqua Art Bridge (gateway to the mountain's trailhead), the quaint Mt. Umyeon Natural Ecological Park, and the small but extremely beautiful Daeseongsa Buddhist temple. Off to a pretty good start, right?
But you know us better than that. Worthwhile as its cultural attributes may be, Umyeonsan has another trick up its sleeve for all you South Korean adventure seekers (and we're not just talking about the standard hiking trail to the top, although the views from the summit are completely worth the hour-long trek). The southwest portion of Mt. Umyeon is home to some of the best mountain biking trails around Seoul - well maintained, equipped with plenty of up-and-downhill challenges, and not nearly as rocky as other slopes around the city. On the down side, you'll likely have to share at least a few of the paths with the occasional hiker; however, since most of them know the routine well enough by now, they usually won't bat an eyelash stepping out of the way to let you pass. Take a look at our links for some off-roading motivation, then get out and enjoy another one of Seoul's beautiful surrounding mountains.