Over view Bukhansan Mountain is the national park located closest to Seoul and is considered the most frequently visited mountain in Korea. Key sights along the trek are Bugak Skyway Octagonal Pavilion Observatory, Seunggasa Temple and ‘Rock of North Korean Spies’. Classified as an easy course, Gugidong is suitable for beginners. Trekking time is between 2 – 4 hours subject to individual pace. Highlights • Half day trekking in Bukhansan National Park with an experienced mountain expert. Extended or shorten trekking possible • Trek past the granite peaks of Mt Bukhan to a mountain stream and Seunggasa Temple • Pass the notorious rock where North Korean spies were ambushed during the 1968, Jan 21st raid • Savour a delicious, traditional Korean lunch • Korean-style Spa or foot massage
This tour brings you to one of the many peaks of Bukhansan Mountain, an immersion into one of Korea’s most famous national parks, Buddhism culture, North Korean espionage, local cuisine and wellness, all in one day. We start the day early with Bukhansan Mountain, the Big One of the North, which sets itself apart over the Seoul capital with its monumentally smooth granite rocks and sharp peaks. The valleys and rivers below are home to several species of wildlife. Easily accessible by road, a short distance from the city center, the mountain range makes a prime destination for passionate hikers, photographers and naturalists. Bukansan boasts of iconic sites such as The Shilla King Jinheung Sunsubi’s Monument on Bibong Peak, Seunggasa Temple on the east of Bibong Peak and Bagundae at 836m being its highest peak. These sites can be reached through multiple trailheads which are open every season. The fresh blossoms of spring, glistening green of summer followed by the rustic fauna of autumn await the millions of visitors that come its way. If you fancy braving white slopes in a day in winter, this is the place for you too. On January 21, 1968, North Korean infiltrators passed through the mountain on their way to the Blue House in the assassination attempt of President Park Chung-hee They sought refuge behind one of the rocks which we will pass along the mountain trail. The trail that will be selected will be subject to the tour participant’s ability and preference. Although some challenging sections should be expected, the climb is by no means technical and would suit all abilities. After the trek, there will be the opportunity to taste some deliciously, authentic Korean “mom’s” cuisine and to pamper yourself with local hospitality at a muscle and mind-relaxing Korean style spa with sauna and foot massage. All you need to get set for this adventure is sturdy walking shoes, season-relevant outdoor attire and enthusiasm for nature, history and Korean culture.