Walking the Seoul City Wall (Hanyangdoseong): Naksan and Baegak Mountain Trails

Seoul, South Korea

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  • Start or End: I started at Heunginjimun Gate (Google Map Directions), which is located near Dongdaemun Station (Lines 1 and 4), and finished at Changuimun Gate (Google Map Directions), which is right next to the bus stops on Changuimun-ro (Google Map Directions).
  • Length: 7.3km (4.5mi) in about 4hr
  • Grade: Medium. Not a long walk in terms of length, but plenty of ups and downs on well serviced paths.
  • Date Walked: 10th of October 2019
  • Note: The Baegak Mountain Trail includes the Mount Bugaksan Restricted Area, which is a military installation. Between the Malbawi Information Center and Changuimun Gate the trail passes through this sensitive area. At each end is a checkpoint where you are provided with an ID tag attached to a lanyard, which needs to be worn at all times. The ID is returned to the checkpoint at the other end of the trail. The signs state that you need to bring your passport (or Alien Registration Card), which I did, but it wasn't required the day I went. I suggest you bring your passport anyway.
    Also, I put the camera (both the DSLR and the smartphone) away as there are numerous "no photography" signs. At a rest point, there was a recording in English stating photography was allowed, but only in designated areas. I have no idea about the location of these designated areas. I thought it was better to play it safe and put the camera away (I really don't want any trouble from the South Korean armed forces).

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A hike along the Seoul City Wall (Hanyangdoseong) from Heunginjimun Gate to Changuimun Gate with history, panoramic views, military installations, identification passes and watchful "guides".

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