Mountains are Korea’s defining topographical feature, and hiking is a national pastime. On weekends, mountain trails are swarmed with groups of friends kitted out in brightly coloured hiking gear. Situated on Seoul’s northern border, Bukhansan offers dozens of trails leading to hidden Buddhist hermitages and lookouts that provide endless views over the city. It’s accessible too; numerous trailheads are just minutes from the nearest subway station.
Mountain trails near Seoul’s northern border