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Stop At: Bukhansan National Park, 262, Bogungmun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02700 South Korea
In 1968, 31 Special Forces of North Korea (North Korean Spy Commando) infiltrated into downtown Seoul to assassinate then President of South Korea.
When they approached up to 400 meter away from the presidential residence, they were detected and exchange of gunshot occurred, thereby 29 of 31 being killed, 1 surrendered, and 1 ran away back to North Korea.
Since then, South Korean government closed this route North Korean spy commando invaded along for past 50 years for security reason. On the background of recent easing political circumstances between 2 Koreas, however, South Korean government has in 2018 decided to open up this route again to the hikers, trekkers or travelers.
While trekking, you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the Presidential palace, Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace and landscape of downtown Seoul among others. Related story will be told by your professional English-speaking guide all the way along the trekking route. After end of this trekking, you will be escorted to a nearby traditional old market to enjoy Korean food as per traveler's choice, such as Korean BBQ, Pajeon (pancake) and other local meals.
You will enjoy viewing the sunset and night landscape of Seoul during this trekking tour and so this tour begin at 2 PM in summer to avoid the peak time heat and, in the meantime, 12 PM in winter given the shorter daylight time. You will walk and climb a bit longer on the mountain slope. This tour ends after 8 hours walking and trekking. We are offering a 6 hours beginner course tour for the people who couldn't do walking and trekking so long in other product line-up. We provide pick-up and drop-off service from the hotel to you.
As told above, Special Forces of the North Korean Army (Spy Commando) invaded down the road to Seoul along the mountain trails. Customers visit the underground pits (preserved) where the Special Forces of the North Korean Army hided themselves just before attempting to attach presidential residence. You will enjoy temple lunch at a Buddhist temple en route to the peak.
Optionally, after end of this trekking tour, you could go as far as a fish market in Norangjin which offers a special experience as good as Japan's Tsukiji fish market.
What you can expect
We pick you up from your hotel and first drive you up to Bukak Mountain, which has been considered to be the main mountain of Seoul for a long time and just lies behind the presidential office.
There is Palgakjung Pavilion at the peak of Bukhansan Mountain, which is one of the most admired place to see the night view of Seoul city downtown.
After that, we walk up to Ho Kyungam pavilion. The course is called the Kim Shin Jo Route, which is named after Kim Shin Jo, the only surrender out of the North Korean Spy Commando group. The bullet marks are found around rocks and pine trees which were remains of the battle between the North Korean Special Forces and South Korean forces.
You can see the beautiful scenery of Seoul from the top of Hogyeongam rock. Climbing from Palakjeong to Ho-Kyungam is about 1 hour one way.
And then we drive you to another point of the mountain to experiece hiking and trekking.
Trekking along the slope trail back and forth is about 3 hours. On the way up, you will visit Buddhist temple to try temple food (lunch). And further up, you will touch upon the underground pits (preserved) where the Special Forces (Assassination Squad) of the North Korean Army hided themselves just before attacking the presidential residence.
Also you can feel and smell around the heavily armed military base still guarding presidential house and the Seoul city itself against any possible attack.
After enjoying the night view of Seoul, you will go to one of the three traditional old markets. You can choose between Yeongcheon Market, Huam Market, and Noryangjin Fish Market.
Noryangjin Fish Market costs $ 15 per person in addition. On the way to the traditional market, we stop by 7017 Seoul road which benchmarked The Highline park in New York.
Duration: 9 hours