Naksan Mountain / park is located near Hyehwa station on line 4. It is located inside the Seoul Fortress Wall and the mountain’s beauty was enjoyed by the Jeseon Royal family. During the Japanese occupation of Korea most of the mountain was destroyed to make way for urban planning. On June 10th, 2002 Naksan was designated a park in order to save any natural beauty that was left. In January 2011 a new trail was opened on Naksan Mountain. A section of the Seoul Fortress wall was rebuilt and repaired making the total length of the wall 2km in this area. The Government of Seoul hope to bring more tourist by completing a trail along the Seoul Fortress wall by the end of 2012. The trail will follow the 20km route of the wall and show a path full of history and culture.
Naksan mountain is just over 100 meters high. To get to the top you can take two routes. The winding route with a gradual slope or the stairs which go straight up. At the start of the trail you can find Naksan Gallery (open 9 – 5), a small stage area, a parking lot, a shop and some benches to relax on. On the trail up the mountain you will come across a lot of trees, flowers and exercise machines. Half way up the mountain you will find many pavilions where people have picnics and take in the wonderful view of Seoul.
At the top of the mountain you can see the Seoul Fortress Wall. This wall was built in the Jeseon Dynasty to protect from invasion. From here you can get a great view of Seoul City.
How to get to Naksan Mountain:
Take line 4 to Hyehwa station and leave exit 2. From there you can find signs pointing towards Naksan Park. It takes about 10 minutes to walk there.
The park is open 24 hours.
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