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Cheonggyesan | Hiking in Seoul

September 24, 2012

Cheonggyesan (청계산) is a beautiful mountain that extends over Seocho-gu district and stretches all the way down through Gwacheon, Uiwan and Seongnam. Intersected by a pristine 2km fresh water valley, it is said to be one of two guarding mountains in Seoul; the other being Gwanaksan.

Despite its height (620m), the hike to the top is pretty steep in parts, but overall it’s relatively easy going. The unspoilt surroundings certainly don’t hurt and are a great distraction from those aching calves when you’re nearing the summit.

There are several trails to choose from at the entrance; I opted for the Maebong (2200m) course.

One my way down, I stopped by Cheonggyesa Temple (청계사), which is very close to the main entrance.

The hike left me a little stiff, but it was nothing a little tofu, kimchi and makgeolli couldn’t fix.

Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Yangjae Station. From there, get on the newly opened DX Line (Shinbundang Line); this will take you right to Cheonggyesan Station. Get out Exit 2 and follow it all the way to the underpass market.

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