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A stroll in Seoul, Hyojaro (효자로)

Seoul has been a capital of Korean history since 600 years ago. Although it’s a modern city which has many developed, and entertainment places around, it still keeps historical & traditional values in some places well, where can be good places to stroll, such as Gyeongbokgung (경복궁, means happy & fortune palace).

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The place to introduce today is Hyojaro, where includes Cheongwadae(청와대, means a blue house, the president’s office), and the entrance to travel Bugak mountain (북악산). I started this pleasant walk, from National Palace Museum (국립고궁박물관), near from #5 exit of Gyeongbokgung station (orange line of Seoul MRT). 
You may refer the actual location using the this link,
http://g.co/maps/7uy2s

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Gyoengbokgung station, Exit #5
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National Palace Museum

The street to access Cheongwadae(office of the president) from National Palace Museum, is Hyojaro. It’s a beautiful street to walk, along the Gyeongbokgung.

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If you arrive Cheongwadae, the end of Hyojaro, it can be a good idea to proceed to Changuimun-ro, to visit Changuimun, which is the entrance of Bugak mountain. Note that they allow travellers to enter Bugak mountain until 3pm.

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Cheongwadae
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Changuimun, the entrance of Bugak Mountain
http://g.co/maps/37ags

 

Once you decide to travel Bugak mountain(북악산), it may take about 3 hours for stroll the park around, and you don’t need to come back to the same place that you started, cause there’re a few entrances for the mountain after your walk. I don’t say ‘climbing’, because it’s a small mountain, just a bit bigger than a small hill in a town. 

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At the peak of mountain, you can enjoy watching the whole cityscape of Seoul, if the weather allows. Unfortunately, it didn’t allow for me.

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When I came down, I took a different way, to visit Samcheong-dong (삼청동), where has many restaurants & cafes. It’s easy to find this way – by following the sign – Samcheong park(삼청공원) from the peak.

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On the way to Samcheong Park
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Samcheong-dong
http://g.co/maps/d8q93


As a result, I spent about 5 hours from National Palace Museum, including snack breaks. FYI, Samchoeng-dong is near from Insa-dong where has big traditional markets, will cost a few dollars by taxi, or take just several bus stops away.

# Here’re suggestions for you,

Preparation – A bottle of water, sports shoes.

Schedule – No reservation required, Select a find day to see the cityscape from the peak. To enter Bugak Mountain, it should be before 3pm.

Access to the park – (1) Hyojaro, http://g.co/maps/7uy2s at Gyeongbokgung station exit #5, or (2) Changuimun, http://g.co/maps/37ags

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