Hiking is one of Koreas most popular free time activities. No matter if young or old – a lot of people escape into nature when the city and everyday life gets too busy. There are a lot of hiking options nearby and around Seoul, so of course I had to try it for myself and went on a hike to Namhansanseong Fortress, which is close to Jamsil.
You can take the bus, which will bring you to the closest spot nearby the mountain. From this point you start walking towards the mountain through a little street, that is surrounded by old, little shops, cafes and restaurants. Especially a lot of older people come here to enjoy their hiking, so the places are targeted towards that age group.
When you follow that street, you’ll also come across a Buddhist temple. I can highly recommend to make a short stop here and check it out. It’s a super pretty and a calming place!
Arriving at the foot of the mountain, you’ll see the last public restrooms before going up. There’s also an area to clean your shoes when you come back. The hike will lead you through a forest with a stream. As a beginner myself I had some struggles going up the stairs (around 1400) to the top later.
Once you made it to the top you have an amazing view over Jamsil. The fortress is also right here, but when I went there the doors for public visit were closed. I guess I was just unlucky. Nonetheless it’s a great experience! You can walk down the same way you came up.
All in all, the hike took around 90 minutes. It’s a good route for beginners as well!
Address: 661 Sanseong-ri, Jungbu-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Do you enjoy hiking? Would you come here? Let me know in the comments!