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Inwangsan Mountain And The Seoul City Wall: Best View Of Seoul Korea

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Inwangsan Mountain is a rocky mountain with only one main hiking trail along its ridges, up one side, over the top (338.2m), and down the other. This trail follows the Seoul City Wall.

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Since most of the hiking on Inwangsan Mountain is along Seoul City Wall, it’s helpful to know more about this historic city wall. Hanyangdoseong, or the Seoul City Wall, is the 10th Historic Site. It is 18.6 km long. It was built around Hanyang in 1396 to protect the capital during the Joseon Dynasty.

Aside from Inwangsan, the Seoul City Wall also goes by Bugaksan, Naksan, and Namsan, which are all big mountains. Along the Seoul City Wall (Baegak Mountain Trail), 15 bullet holes can be seen in an old pine tree. Only in 1993 did Inwangsan reopen to the public.

Unique Hiking Experience at Inwangsan Mt.

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Inwangsan Mountain is different from other Seoul mountains because it has many hiking trails that go through the forest, valley, or rivers to reach the peak.

a) A clear look at Seoul’s mountains

The granite ridges of the Inwangsan Mountain hiking trail make it possible to see Ansan Mountain, Bukhansan Mountain, Bugaksan Mountain, and Namsan Mountain in a way that has never been seen before.

b) View of Seoul’s Main Attractions

From the Seoul City Wall, you can also see Cheongwadae (Blue House) and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

c) Unique Rock Formations

People know about Inwangsan Mountain because it has a lot of interesting rock formations. There is “Train Rock,” “Skirt Rock,” “Rock of a Meditating Monk,” “Buddha/Face Rock,” “Skeleton Rock,” “Snail Rock,” and “Hat Rock,” among others.

d) Inwangsan Mountain Summit (Altitude of 338.2m)

At the top of Inwangsan Mountain, you can see a comprehensive view of Seoul.

e) Rest Day for Signs and Mountains (Every Monday)

Mountain Rest Day is every Monday from midnight to midnight, and hiking is not allowed. This is to protect nature.


f) Hiking at night

At Inwangsan, hikers can go out at night to see how the city lights up the beautiful landscape. Bring your headlight so you can hike safely at night.

Fall Scenery at Inwangsan Mountain

Even though you won’t be walking under tall canopy trees on Inwangsan Mountain, you’ll get a great view of the fall foliage across multiple mountains (like Ansan and Bugaksan) and Seoul.

Inwangsan Mountain is in Seoul, between the districts of Seodaemun-gu and Jongno-gu. Jongno-gu Office is mainly in charge of tourism information about Inwangsan Mountain and how to get there.

Still, Seodaemun-gu is near three subway stations on line 3: Dongnimmun, Muakjae, and Hongje. From these stations, interesting forest trails lead to different parts of Inwangsan Mountain and its peak.

There is even a bridge called Muakjae Sky-Bridge that connects Inwangsan Mountain and Ansan Mountain on the other side of the road. This makes it easier for nature lovers to see the beauty of both mountains.


From Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3) and Seodaemun Station (line 5), the closest subway stations to Jongno-gu, it takes longer to walk to Inwangsan Mountain than it does from Seodaemun-subway gu’s stations.

Inwangsan Mountain (Inwangsan Mountain Trail) and The Seoul City Wall

Location: 서울특별시 종로구 인왕산로1길 29 | 29, Inwangsan-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Operating Hours: The park is open 24 hours a day, and you can hike at night.

Closed to all hiking on Mondays. If Monday is a Public Holiday or Government Holiday, closed on Tuesday instead.

Admission: Free



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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