April 9, 2015
Gear: Sony A7
Lens: Tokina Plastic Fantastic
Bukhansan - Baegundae Trail
If you're looking for a beautiful mountain view in Seoul, then Bukhansan is your mountain range. This is a beautiful national park area, with several trails to suit your landscaping desires.
Not surprisingly, this is a popular destination for tourists and Seoulites alike. The benefit of this is that you'll be able to find the paths easily, they're all clearly marked. The disadvantage is that it can be overcrowded depending on the time of day and season you decide to hike up.
The overall hike will take about 3 hours to reach the summit. On our hike, we decided to take the Baegundae route since we had little time until sunset. Here's a map taken from the Korea National Park Service which outlines all the trails and points of interest:
If you look in the middle, you'll see a red marker where you'll run across the rocky mountain face. Fret not, it is not a difficult climb up, however if you struggle with acrophobia, this may give you the butterflies.
Here's another map showing a 3D landscape. It's difficult to really pin point where the top of the mountain is on google maps as it does not render the map too accurately. If you look at the star in the map below, that is the starting point. I did my best to point it out for you:
Here are a couple of other maps with field notes and one with bus route information:
For the average Joe, the climb shouldn't be challenging at all until you reach the last 100 meters or so. Not to fear, when you reach the top, you'll be greeted with a beautiful view and this:
If you're an adventure photographer and you're in Seoul for a couple days, I highly encourage you to take one of the paths on this mountain. It offers beautiful views of downtown Seoul and the surrounding area. It is well worth the hike up and the view at the top.
I hope you found this information helpful or enlightening in some way. I also hope you find your way onto this mountain sometime. As always, safe journeys and happy shooting! If you found this information helpful at all, feel free to subscribe for upcoming content or leave a comment below.