Written by Samuel Grieszl & Paula Rivera
Seoul has many different amazing places to visit, which is why today we will take you on a hike with us to Inwangsan Mountain. We’ll also go through the Gwangjang Market, walk through Hullyeonwon Park and explore the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
First of all we met at Gyeongbokgung station exit 3 where we walked for 3 minutes along the street to reach the bus stop. At the bus stop you can either take the bus number 7212, 1020 or 7022 to reach the starting point of the hike.
After a 10 min bus ride we arrived at Jahamun bus stop where we started our hike.
First, you have to follow this street until you reach the stairs which will lead you to the top of the mountain. You will pass many different signs on the way but always follow the signs which say “Inwangsan mountain trail” or “ Inwangsan Mountain top”.
After many stairs we reached the top. What an amazing view!! Forget Namsan or Lotte Tower. If you want to have a real breathtaking view over Seoul city, hike to the top of Inwangsan mountain! It takes only an hour and is free of charge.
The descent down follows the former city wall of historical Seoul and gives another opportunity for some awesome views.
Follow the way to Sajik Park
After some more stairs down you will reach Sajik Park which leads you to the end point of the hike right in front of the seven-eleven convenience store.
When we finished our hike, we went to the Gwangjang Market, where we saw many shops selling clothes, fish, meat, house items and best of all, street food.
There were so many food stalls that it was difficult to decide on one, because they all looked delicious. We ended up having tteokbokki and makgeolli, which were amazing.
After eating tteokbokki we went for a walk to Hullyeon Park. Did you know that you can find the famous Admiral Yi statue not only at Gwanghwamun square but also at Hullyeon Park? After all, the park was a really good place to get some rest and enjoy the peaceful environment.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
For our last stop we went to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Next to the building you can find the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, the History Museum and Stadium Memorial, which are free of charge. There, you can enjoy cool and futuristic artworks. Also, you can take the subway or the Seoul City Bus Tour from there.
All in all, you can enjoy various things in the center of Seoul besides the big main palaces and hanok village. Why not try exploring Seoul like a real Seoulitte and go hiking and dive into the markets?