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[English/Malay] Historical Trail in Bukhansan
  • Date 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Min 3
  • Max 5
What you'll do
Explore the hidden historical gems of Korea in the famous Bukhansan mountain area!

 Language: English, Chinese 
 Time: 5 hours 
 Approximate walking distance: 6 km 
 5 stops 

Did you know that there is a historical neighborhood in the bustling city of Seoul hidden in the mountains? Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bokchon, Seochon are not the only traditional historical places to visit in Seoul…These are all well-known tourist attractions. But there is also Seongbuk-dong which is not so well known among the tourists. 

Seongbuk-dong is a village at the foot of Bukhansan Mountain, located in the north of Seoul, nestled in the hills overlooking the city. A large proportion of the residences are owned by wealthy households. It is also where many ambassadorial residences are located. Bordered by the Seoul fortress wall, the neighborhood has temples, homes of famous historical figures to visit, as well as plenty of delightful restaurants, and tea houses serving Korean delicacies to enjoy whilst taking a rest.

In this walking tour, we will visit Gilsangsa Temple, the former residences of some Korean historical figures, and some historical places in Seongbok-Dong. We also will have a Korean traditional teatime in late Korean author Lee Tae-Jun’s House. At the end of the tour, we will go to Seoul City Wall Trail and see the amazing city view in Seongbuk-Dong


Tour Route:

1. We meet at the Hansung University Station Exit No.5 and begin our journey. 

2. Choi Sunu House
We will walk to the Choi Sunu House together from the subway station.
The Choi Sunu House is the old residence of Hyegok Choi Sunu (1916-1984), who lived in this house from 1976 until the day he passed away. The house is designated as Korea’s Registered Cultural Property No. 268. Choi Sunu was a leading art historian who served as the director of the National Museum of Korea. The house has been open to the public as the Hyegok Choi Sunu Memorial Hall since 2004.


3. Gilsangsa Temple
After visiting Choi Sunu House, we will take the town shuttle bus to Gilsangsa Temple.
Gilsangsa Temple is a temple located in the center of the city. It was priorly a restaurant owned by Kim Yeong-Han. Kim donated the area to Venerable Beopjeong, a Buddhist priest, who later changed the place to a temple. The temple includes the Hall of Paradise, Jijangjoeon Hall, and the Lecture Hall. The temple also features a library to read books about Buddhism.


4. Sangheo Lee Taejun’s House (Suyeonsanbang)
After visiting the temple, let’s have Korean Traditional Teatime in late Korean author Lee Tae-Jun’s House! Suyeonsanbang, a traditional Korean tea house located in Seongbuk-dong, was originally the house where the late Korean author Lee Tae-Jun wrote many of his books. Now, his estate has opened Suyeonsanbang’s doors to the public in the form of a charming and peaceful tea house. 


5. Simujang

After having Korea Traditional Teatime, we will walk to the Simwoojang.
Simujang is a house built by Manhae Han Yong-un during the Japanese colonial era. Its name is derived from 'Simu', which literally means “looking for a cow” and refers to a Buddhist process in which people restore themselves to their original nature. Han Yong-un passed away in the house while resisting the Japanese 

6. Seoul City Wall Trail

After visiting Simujang, let’s walk to our last station–a place that can see a very nice city view in Seoul!
The Fortress Wall of Seoul, or literally the Seoul City Wall is a series of walls made of stone, wood, and other materials, built to protect the city of Seoul against invaders. The wall stretches 18.6 km along the ridge of Seoul's four inner mountains, Bugaksan, Inwangsan, Naksan, and Namsan. We will walk a short section of the city wall and you can take beautiful photos here!


Come and explore the less known historically rich area of Seoul surrounded by nature with me :)


Hi~ I am Yoana from Malaysia. I’ve been living in Korea for more than 2 years, and currently studying at Chung-Ang University majoring in Art Management. I have known Korea since I was a child because of K-dramas and K-pop. Because I was born in a tropical country, so I am curious and really love Korea with these four distinct seasons. I love to explore traditional and historical places, and also like to find secret places that foreign travelers don't know. If you’re interested in Korea Traditional Tour, please come and explore with me together! :)
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Gathering in Hansung University Station Exit No.5
1:05 pm - 1:45 pm Visit Choi Sunu House(30mins)
1:45 pm - 1:55 pm Take the town shuttle bus to Gilsangsa Temple
1:55 pm - 2:20 pm Visit Gilsangsa Temple(30mins)
2:20 pm - 2:35 pm Walk to Sangheo Lee Taejun’s House
2:35 pm - 3:35 pm Korea Traditional Teatime in Sangheo Lee Taejun’s House(Suyeonsanbang) (60mins)
3:35 pm - 3:50 pm Walk to Simujang
3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Visit Simujang (20mins)
4:10 pm - 4:25 pm Walk to Seoul City Wall Trail
4:25 pm - 5:00 pm Walk along Seoul City Wall Trail
The tour includes :
-  5 hours of a walking tour that includes visiting 5 different historical spots
- Town shuttle bus ticket
- Korean Traditional Tea & Danhobak Bingsu (shaved ice with sweet pumpkin)
Things to keep in mind
- Wear comfortable sports shoes
- Bring warm clothes & gloves (depending on the daily weather forecast)
- Carry your water bottle
- Transportation cost from the meeting place to the temple is included (1 bus ride)
- No private parking space
- Dietary preferences should be stated in advance
- Only tea and snacks are provided on the tour. Please have your meal before coming since we will be walking a lot :)
Cancellation / Refund Policy
- Cancellation 7 days prior to the selected date: No refund
- Cancellation 8 days prior to the selected date: 100% refund

Address :

1. Take subway line number 4 (light blue line) to Hansong University Station 한성대입구역 4호선
2. Come out at exit 5
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