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Bukhansan Mountain: Must-Visit Hiking Spot In Korea

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Bukhansan Mountain is surrounded by cities and stretches along the northern edge of Seoul. “Bukhansan” is a name that means “north of the Han river.” This famous river runs through the middle of Seoul and is a major landmark.

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Since hiking is so prevalent in Korea, it’s not surprising that over 5 million people visit Bukhansan National Park every year. It’s a must-see for anyone going to Seoul.

There are different levels of hiking trails, from Easy to Expert. These trails are suitable for all hikers or people who want to spend a day in nature in Seoul.

Bukhansan Mountain is made up of big granite rocks with sharp peaks. These peaks can be seen everywhere in Seoul, depending on how dirty the air is.

At 836m, Baegundae Peak is the highest point. Insubong (810m) and Mangyeongdae are the next two highest points (787m). Even if you don’t hike often, you should still put Bukhansan on your Korea bucket list because it’s a great place to spend a day. After hiking Bukhansan, you can treat yourself to some Soju and a Korean BBQ.

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If you ever doubted that hiking is one of Koreans’ favourite things to do, go to Bukhansan Mountain on the weekend. It’s amazing to see how serious Koreans are about their outdoor activities. They have the latest gear from head to toe and the attitude that “you can never be too ready.”

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You name it, they have it: hiking poles, Gortex jackets, wide-brimmed hats, the newest North Face hiking boots, and enough food and snacks to keep them going for days.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bukhansan National Park is the “Most Visited National Park per Unit Area” because it gets about five million visitors each year. Bukhansan National Park is currently one of the most popular places to go hiking in Korea and may be the most loved mountain in Seoul.

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Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.

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