Namsan Circuit Walk: Fortress Wall Trail

After randomly coming upon part of the Seoul fortress wall a few months ago with J, it’s been on my list of things to do in Seoul. I finally got more information about the wall and convinced J to go on a 3 hour hike with me. We decided to take advantage of Hangul Day and walk the Namsan circuit that would do part of the Fortress Wall Trail as well. We decided to start in Myeongdong and set off in the direction of the cable car to go up Namsan – but instead find the trail that would walk through Namsan.

There are two circuits to the Namsan walk – the north and the south. From what I can tell based on the route on the map, we walked both circuits that day. Not too shabby for two somewhat out-of-shape people.

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It was hard to tell where we were at times because of all the trees and nature around us. I tried to use the Namsan tower as my beacon – but at times we couldn’t see the tower. Or when we did, it seemed like we were getting further away. Apparently, we really were walking away from the tower and then looping all the way back around.

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Finally reached the bottom of Namsan Tower. But the walk does not end here.

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The following stretch is a reconstructed replica of the original walls. It was beautiful to walk along here around dusk.

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Finally reached Namdaemun (officially called Sungnyemun) as the end location of the hike. I got one of the four stamps for the Fortress Wall Trail here. It’s now my goal to get all four stamps and to walk through as much of the Seoul fortress wall as I can.

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