With three popular mountain peaks, hiking is a big deal in South Korea. There is no shortage of good hiking trails, but it can be challenging to know how and where to start. Don’t worry though. Whether you’re a complete hiking novice or a life-long hiker, Korea has the perfect trail for you. Here are the 3 must hike trails in South Korea!
Remember, Safety First!
If you’re new to hiking, remember to take it slow. Choose an easy hike to get acclimated. Always pack water and a snack, consult trail maps, and bring a buddy. If the hike feels too strenuous or it’s starting to get dark, turn around and try another day.
1. Namsan Seoul Tower
If you are new to hiking, this is a perfect place to start. Located in the center of Seoul, the hike up to Namsan Seoul Tower takes about 30-40 minutes. Once you’re at the top, you can take in the panoramic views of Seoul, add a love lock to the fence overlooking the city, and even go up to the top of Namsan Seoul Tower. I recommend starting near Hyatt Hotel, so your hike takes you through the Botanical Garden.
2. Umyeonsan Mountain
Located in the Seocho neighborhood of Seoul, Umyeonsan Mountain is a moderate hike. It’s perfect if you’re looking to level up your hiking experience and still stay in Seoul. This hike is roughly 4.3 kilometers long point-to-point, and it starts near the Seocho Arts Center. Here’s a video clip to see it live.
3. Bukhansan National Park
The views from Bukhansan National Park are epic. With jutting mountains and steep inclines, this hike isn’t for the faint of heart but is well worth the climb. The hike to the top of Bukhansan is roughly 7 kilometers or about 4-6 hours round trip. I highly recommend bringing trekking poles to help with this rocky trail, and a friend to share the views with is always a good idea.
Hopefully these 3 must hike trails in South Korea are a good start to your mountain hiking journey in Korea!
Diana Richtman is a writer and ESL teacher living in Seoul, South Korea. Originally from Savannah, Georgia in the United States, Diana holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in English & Women’s Studies. After receiving her TEFL certification, Diana moved to South Korea where she works at one of Creverse’s April Institutes. When Diana isn’t working, she loves exploring Korea, drinking warm cups of tea, and scaring away her friends with her karaoke performances.