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.
First and largest royal palace built during the Joseon Dynasty
Neighbourhood filled with urban arts and indie music
Landmark building and culture hub
Exhibitions tell the history of the Korean capital