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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).


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,

Gyoengbokgung station, Exit #5
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.

Changuimun, the entrance of Bugak Mountain


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.

On the way to Samcheong Park

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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