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Bukhansan National Park

Explore this gorgeous national park, where mountain trails lead to a summit that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Seoul. 

Bukhansan National Park is Seoul’s only national park. Sometimes nicknamed “Samgaksan,” meaning “Mountain of three peaks,” the park has a hilly terrain featuring three high peaks as well as many beautiful valleys and trickling streams. Join the millions of locals and tourists who flock here each year to enjoy this idyllic landscape in the heart of an urban area. It will quickly become clear why this park is so popular that it featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most visitors per square foot of any national park in the world.

Look for signs of animal life as you wander the trails of Bukhansan National Park. The area provides a habitat for over 1,300 animal and plant species. Not only is the park rich with natural charm, it is also peppered with historic sites. Stop at some of the more than 100 Buddhist temples and hermitages scattered across the park. Visit the east Bibong Peak to admire the vast stone Buddhas carved into the rock face close to the Seungasa Temple. Head to Musubong Peak to see the Munusa Temple, which incorporates a natural water feature using dripping water from Munsugol Cave. 

Follow the popular hiking route that leads to Bukhansanseong Fortress, a relic of the Joseon era. Parts of the fortress wall run alongside the trail that leads up to Baegundae Peak, the highest peak in the park. Bring a camera when you embark on this trip, as the views of Seoul from the summit of the peak are among the best in the region. Although the hike is uphill, it is possible to reach the top in just over 2 hours or a little longer for those who take frequent breaks to admire the many beautiful sights along the way.

Admission to Bukhasan National Park is free. Visit in various seasons to discover new sides to the park. In spring and summer, the landscape comes alive with flowers, while autumn brings a carpet of colorful leaves and winter sees the dramatic peaks blanketed in snow.

Popular Activities at Bukhansan National Park

It's worth giving yourself lots of time at Bukhansan National Park. Below are the most popular activities:

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Rich Diamond Hotel CA $86
Rich Diamond Hotel

Rich Diamond Hotel

500-18, Samyang-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, Seoul
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Gangbuk-gu, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Cheonggyecheon and Kyunghee University are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is 20 minutes by foot and Ssangmun Station is 25 minutes.

    Hotel Bay 204 Dobong CA $85
    Hotel Bay 204 Dobong

    Hotel Bay 204 Dobong

    710, Dobong-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dobong-gu, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 9 mi (15 km). Banghak Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dobong Station is 15 minutes.

      Design Hotel Daniel Campanella CA $50
      Design Hotel Daniel Campanella

      Design Hotel Daniel Campanella

      6, Opaesan-ro 79-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Gangbuk-gu, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is only a 2-minute walk and Mia Station is 18 minutes.

        Fourseason
        Fourseason

        Fourseason

        46, Opaesan-ro 77-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, Seoul
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Gangbuk-gu, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is only a 4-minute walk and Mia Station is 16 minutes.

          Solarium City
          Solarium City

          Solarium City

          111, Deongneung-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, Seoul
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Mia-dong, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is 7 minutes by foot and Mia Station is 14 minutes.

            HOTEL April 2nd CA $41
            HOTEL April 2nd

            HOTEL April 2nd

            25, Dobong-ro 73-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, Seoul
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Gangbuk-gu, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is 9 minutes by foot and Mia Station is 11 minutes.

              Suyu Yaja Hotel
              Suyu Yaja Hotel

              Suyu Yaja Hotel

              28, Deongneung-ro 28-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Mia-dong, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Changgyeonggung Palace. Changdeokgung Palace and Dongdaemun Market are also within 6 mi (10 km). Suyu Station is 9 minutes by foot and Mia Station is 11 minutes.

                Lonestar Hotel CA $62
                Lonestar Hotel

                Lonestar Hotel

                37, Madeul-ro 11-gil, Dobonggu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dobong-gu, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Korea University and Kyunghee University. Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km). Chang-dong Station is 10 minutes by foot and Nokcheon Station is 14 minutes.