Seoul City Wall

Seoul City Wall

Seoul City Wall
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Observation Decks & Towers
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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ejkb
Grand Rapids, MI452 contributions
Nov 2021
We have hiked the wall in previous visits and hiked the Bugaksan Mountain portion this year. They have loosened entrance restrictions but still need to wear a badge, handing it in at the end of this section. Lots of steps of course, but great views and just a nice workout!
Written 5 December 2021
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Cristina Perez
South Korea5 contributions
Jul 2020
Wherever you look there is a hidden piece of history. In the heart of Seoul you can find Hanyang Doseong, a 600-year-old fortress that once protected the powerful Hanyang, Seoul’s name during the Joseon dynasty. Comprising 18.6 km, the fortress extends across the four main mountains in Seoul: Bugaksan Mountain, Naktasan Mountain, Namsan Mountain and Inwangsan Mountain Currently 12km of length are displayed as a touristic site.

Hanyang Doseong was built under the order of the first king of the Joseon dynasty, Taejo of Joseon. The wall worked as fortress to protect his palace and the new established capital in Seoul. Many walls have been taken down since then; mainly because of the modernization of the city, the construction of the subway lines or because of the negligence of the governors during the Japanese Colonization. Thankfully, in 2012, Seoul Metropolitan Government established a department exclusively responsible for the wall, Hanyangdoseong Division, which manages the restoration and preservation of this historic landmark.
Whether you enjoy hiking trails, sightseeing, learning about history or you just simply want to wander around nature and let your thoughts flow, Hanyang Doseong is the perfect place for you! The best part about it is that there are many trails you can choose from. Depending on the historic sites you want to visit or how far you want to test your limits, the following are the courses Hanyang Doseong has been divided into.
1. Baegak Mountain Trail
Trail: Changuimun Gate – Hyehwamun Gate
Distance: 4.7km
Duration: about 3 hours

2. Naksan Mounain Trail
Trail: Hyehwamun Gate - Heunginjimun Gate
Distance: 2.1km
Duration: about 1 hour

3. Heunginjimun Gate Trail
Trail: Heunginjimun Gate – Jangchung Gymnasium
Distance: 1.8km
Duration: about 1 hour

4. Namsan Mountain Trail
Trail: Jangchung Gymnasium – Baekbeom Square
Distace: 4.2km
Duration: about 3 hours

5. Sungnyemun Mountain Trail
Trail: Baekbeom Square – Site of Donuimun Gate
Distance: 1.8km
Duration: about 1 hour

6. Inwangsan Mountain Trail
Trail: Site of Donuimun Gate
Distance: 4km
Duration: about 2 hours and 30 minutes

You can find this and more information in the official website for Hanyang Doseong!

You should as well check out the different historic sites you can find while strolling around every trail. As I hiked the Naksan Mounain Trail, I was able to see the Hyehwamun Gate, the Naksan Park, the Jangsu Village and the Heunginjimun Gate. Depending on the course you follow, you could either get to the famous Namsan Tower or Namdaemun Market.

I had the opportunity to visit this historic site thanks to Funday Korea Networks, a platform that brings foreigners together to promote Korea’s historic heritage, food and festivals. If you are a foreigner living in Korea or you’re a traveler passing by, I totally recommend visiting their website and participating in their events. You will live a unique experience and meet new friends!

As you can see in my pictures, visiting Hanyang Doseong along with friends is a really fun idea! Even if you happen to stumble upon a cloudy Seoul as I did, you can have lots of fun learning about history, enjoying the remains of an ancient location without leaving the city.

Once you reach the Heunginjinmun Gate, which means you finished the Naksan Mounain Trail, you can easily find the famous shopping center Dongdaemun Market. Once there, some of the nearby landmarks of Seoul you can find are: the Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Pyounghwa Fashion Plaza and . This fusion between the past and the present is right where history meets the modern city!

For visiting Naksan Mounain Trail you can take the subway up to Hansung Universty Station Exit 4 or Hyehwa Station Exit 1. The course ends in near Dongdaemun Station Exit 10, where you can take the subway to go home or to continue your next adventure in Seoul!
Written 9 August 2020
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Alana
Hanam, South Korea9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Hanyang Doseong, Seoul City Wall, was built over 600 years ago. The historic wall can reach up to 8 meters high and winds around (within) north Seoul for 18.6 kilometers. Over seventy percent of the wall is originally preserved, and bears witness to four centuries of Korean history. I learned about the rich history of what the wall meant to the people of Korea from reading our booklet. In the past, anyone that died had to be buried outside of the wall.... for the wall was considered to be a sort of circle containing life. People journeying to Seoul could see the wall as a landmark and many scholars would venture along the whole length of the wall. The wall has six unique trails to venture along, each with unique, breathtaking views of Seoul city from different angles. I would recommend taking all six trails to feel the deep history of the wall and do take in new views of Seoul. You can also enjoy beautiful artwork and sculptures on your way down the trail. You can travel alone to embark on a thoughtful journey or with friends to enjoy a refreshing excursion among the wall. Either way you can join a cultural and historic journey and also enjoy seeing the modern bird’s-eye views of Seoul.. It’s a must-see... visit Hanyang Doseong, where you can feel the heartbeat of historic and modern Korea.
Written 20 July 2020
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Beijingfolks
Beijing176 contributions
May 2020
We started in the east, walked south the Namsan and then finished for the day in the west. Top of Nanshan was about 1/2 way and perfect for a break and coffee at top (plenty of choices of cafes). The southern section is the most tricky to follow as little of the wall remains and signs are few in places. Approx. 9km.
Day 2 we picked up where we left off, heading north and getting a peak done and then coffee in the valley then up the main hill. Nice cafes in the final 2 km.
Suitable for kids who can walk well and those that enjoy stairs! Fine for folks who are worried about heights - no nerve-wreaking sections here. Some exposed sections so hat needed and take care in wind.
Written 3 May 2020
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ian s
Yorkshire, UK5 815 contributions
Mar 2020
The city wall walk is only 18km about 12 miles but there is a lot of us and downs. Not very easy to follow in places so the information sheet is very useful to keep you on the right trek.
Written 3 April 2020
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BillNabilah
Sepang, Malaysia271 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Hanyangdoseong was built to safeguard Hanyang (Seoul) in Joseon dynasty. It was guarding the city for more than 500 years. Worth a visit.
Written 15 March 2020
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Haliza Ali
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia29 contributions
Sep 2019
Came here from Ihwa Mural Village on my way to Dongdaemun by foot. I was there almost towards the end of sunset and it was beautiful. Got a good exercise climbing up to one of the spot to take photos and it reminded me of the last scene of K-drama Memories of Alhambra~ :)
Written 4 March 2020
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Diviva
Singapore, Singapore3 247 contributions
Nov 2019
Visited the Naksan to Dongdaemun section of the wall. The views were amazing and we were able to see a quieter side of Seoul. this section is an easy walk suitable for people of all ages.
Written 4 March 2020
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sarracene
Seoul, South Korea14 contributions
Apr 2019
because of the obsessively stubborn cultural korean way, you may regret going in this 'excursion' if having small children; once you start your walk on the perimeter, they won't let you out & also even check your passport at some point when going by the blue house (the korean white house)..
Written 13 February 2020
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Meander800093
14 contributions
Oct 2019
Did a fair bit of the walk and found it really good and as you walk higher up you get great views. You will find nice little cafes and viewing points for great photos.
Written 8 January 2020
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