Bugaksan Seoul Fortress
Bugaksan Seoul Fortress
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a beautiful step into nature, a short distance from the city.

The walk was fairly easy, although there were a number of steps and a few steep areas.

There were lots of lovely flowers and trees, including cherry blossoms when we were there in April, and plenty of bird life. The top offered great views over the city towers and there also an impressive old fort wall and gate for a long stretch near the top.

Free to access and a great experience.
Written 7 April 2024
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rholmes39
Rochester, NY39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Suprised there aren't more reviews...this was a nice hike and a good way to step away from the City atmosphere a few hours. It was definitely steep and a good workout - and I would not recommend the hike after a snow unless you have crampons and poles of some sort. We were there on a clear day and loved it
Written 24 February 2024
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Lee S
44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The security doors are still there, but there are no more security checks and no policemen on patrol.

The scenery is beautiful, with snow that stayed even though it didn't snow in the city area. However, it also means that there were snow / ice on many of the steps; some of the places were slippery, and we slipped a few times, so come prepared in winter even when it didn't snow the day before in the city area.

From the Malbawi management office, it is at least 40 minutes walk to Samcheong Park and the bus stop with the bus that led us back to city hall so do factor that in when you are planning your walk.

The staff on duty actually told us about 1 hour. He can only speak Korean (and we don't) so there was problems understanding the directions he gave to Samcheong Park. The path that we took was also not cordoned and slippery in certain sections which slowed us down. It will be good if Malbawi has information or map of the directions in different languages; more signages will help too. Luckily, we bumped into some kind souls who accompanied us to the bus stop.
Written 19 January 2023
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea9,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This is about 90~120 min wall walking on Bugaksan Mountain. It's really good walking(or easy hiking) on the mountain. But, with some restrictions, I think Inwangsan Seoul Fortress gives a better satisfaction.

- This is the part of Seoul Fortress securing Hanyang(former name of Seoul in Joseon Dynasty). Severely damaged and rebuilt actually.
- West End: Changuimun Gate / East End: Sukjeongmun Gate
- Since starting/ending points are uneasy to reach by public transportations, there aren't many visitors. I recommend starting from Changuimun Gate (bus #1020 #7022 #7212) and ending to Sukjeongmun Gate. And it's about 15~20 min walk to the bus stop (bus #1111 #2112).
- Wall walking is not that exhausting nor risky. But, it has some secured sites nearby. Visitors must present ID cards at the entrances. Visiting time is limited. Taking photos/videos toward them is not permitted. Cameras are watching and they'll come to you soon if you don't follow. On the other hands, Inwangsan Seoul Fortress has almost no restriction. So, I recommend Inwangwan for more comfortable time.
- Good viewpoints: Baegakmaru(peak), Cheongwoondae and Gokseong
- This is obviously the main course of Bugaksan Mountain. But, Bugaksan also has other nice areas such as Bugak Palgakjeong Pavilion, Bugak Skyway, Kim Shin-Jo Route(hiking route of terrorists' invasion), etc.
Written 26 January 2019
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Bitzy B
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Firstly, come here only if you want exercise and views and nothing else.

We came for the historical part of it and was disappointed. The bullet ridden tree was such a let-down. They had removed all the bullets, applied cement over it to close up the hole, then painted a very fake looking red and white bulls eye over the supposed bullet holes.

Didn't see no soldiers guarding the place.

And yes - the stairs are really quite grueling!

We carted up 1.5L of water per person based on other reviews. We drank at most 1L each. And we went on a hot summer day at noon. Most of it is quite shady thanks to the trees

Would I recommend this to anyone? NO! Unless you enjoy hiking 2 hours to look at fake bullet holes. View was quite nice tho but you get the same thing at Namsan Hill with a fraction of the effort
Written 3 July 2018
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jasonteh7
Singapore, Singapore277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We had a good trek up the fortress walls and were rewarded with a great view of the surrounding town and good exercise.

Recommended to come here in the morning to avoid potential crowds and also to work up an appetite for lunch later
Written 30 April 2018
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luv2trvl2012
Las Vegas, NV148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
I probably should have done my homework a bit better and read other reviews that recommended climbing Seoul City Wall beginning at the western part of the wall at the Malbawi Information Center. Instead I started my ascent at the Changuimun Gate. As others have said, this is a restricted military area and one must show a resident card or passport and sign in. You will be given a badge to wear for the duration of your climb, and boy what a climb it was. I cannot say I am in the best shape so this was very strenuous and hard on the knees. At points I thought it was never going to end but the views were worth it and I met many nice people along the route. It also was not very crowded. I started my journey around 1330 and ended up at Samcheong Park around 1600. Make sure you bring plenty of water. There are no restrooms or facilities along the way. Pictures of the city are restricted in many areas, with the 121 bullet tree a stark reminder of why this is a military zone. I will say the tree was further away from the Blue House than I thought it would be. I took a picture of it as I doubt I will be adventurous enough to try this walk again...even if I began from the other direction!!! I probably should have exited from Waryong Park but was told it would be easier to catch a cab by Samcheong Park--that was a good 1/2 trek from the Malbawi Info Center, but luckily it was largely downhill. In the end I found a bus as I exited the park that dropped me off in front of the Sajong Performing Arts Center and picked up the metro from there. Altogether I am glad I did this but boy were my legs aching the next day.
Written 28 August 2016
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
My son and I did a day trip to visit all the remaining gates of seoul fortress. We started at the Malbawi Information Center and hiked to the Changuimun Information Center. This course was easier than hiking from the Changuimun Gate.Depending on your level of fitness, the hike may take between 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The steps should not be underrated as they are very steep in some areas. There are no toilet or garbage facilities after reaching the Malbawi Center, so ensure that you have sufficient water and carry your garbage with you until the end of the hike.

Malbawi Information Center may be reached by taking subway line 3 to Anguk Station, then bus # 2 to Sungkyunkwan University Rear gate. There is no visible bus stop at the university, but it will be clear that you are at the last stop. It is the stop after the entrance to Waryog Park, and is a steep climb uphill. I think that it was the 8th bus stop from Anguk. Continue to walk uphill for 5 minutes and the Seoul Fortress wall will be seen. Walk along the path next to the wall for 600 meters, always keeping the wall in view on your left, and you will reach Malbawi information Center. It should be noted that there are few signs in English , and at one point a small foot bridge is passed and a really steep staircase that when climbed takes you over the wall. When on the other side of the wall, the malbawi Information center is a 5 minute walk away.

Passports have to be provided for inspection and a form filled out, after which an ID tag will be received. This tag is placed around your neck and will have to be returned to Changuimun/Malbawi Information Center after your hike is completed. Guards are posted at regular intervals along the trail, and photos may only be taken at the following areas: Sukjeongmun gate, Baegakmaru, Chatdaebawi Rock, 1.21 Pine Tree, Baegak Rest area and Dolrae Rest Area. If in doubt, ask the guard if you can take a photo.

The hike offers beautiful views of Seoul, and the North and Northwest gates of Seoul Fortress. At the Changuimun Gate there is a bronze statue and memorial stone for soldiers who died during the 1.21 incident. Buses to Gwanghwamun Square can be easily taken by crossing the road at Changuimun gate.
Written 25 August 2016
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convinceable
Seoul, South Korea84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
My wife, 5 year old son and I did this hike from Hyehwamun Gate to Changuimun Gate over a duration of about 4 hours. My son is very active, a strong hiker, and had no problem with the physical challenge. My wife and I are fit but nevertheless our legs were quite sore by the end of the hike. From the direction we came (East to West) there is a very steep 300m decsent at the end of the hike which was difficult on the knees. The views of Seoul are fantastic. The view looking down on the royal palace is interesting. This hike was not available to civilians until it was opened in 2012. This is a military zone due to the proximity to the Korean presidential residence and photos are restricted. Bring your passport (visitors) or alien registration card (residents) if you are not a Korean citizen.
Written 8 July 2016
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Joel Yip Z
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
In the area of hyehwa, it's supposedly known for buskers and street performers. While finding a park, my friend and i chanced upon this uphill battle and realized it was a hill. It's not high, but has a great view of Seoul city.

The remnants of the fortress allows you to take nice pictures too. However, sunset does not look too good on the hill..

If you want, you can walk towards Sindang. You'll come across the mural village that was featured in Running Man (the one where they kicked their shoes up the stairs).

It is a far walk though.
Written 2 July 2016
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