Seoul Fortress Wall: Hyehwamun to Bukaksan

This is going to be my last Seoul Fortress Wall trail post. In this last leg of my walk along the fortress wall, I started at Hyehwamun, which is right by Hangsung University subway station. This gate is unlike a lot of the other gates in the city – sort of hidden and on the side – completely surrounded by the development of the city.

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In walking along the Seoul fortress wall, I was apparently also doing a part of the alley walking course in Hyehwa-dong. One could follow this walking course and see a lot of culturally and historically-important buildings in the surrounding area.

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The view is quite spectacular and how I always pictured the Korean neighbourhoods. I feel like my neighbourhood consists of mostly high rise apartment buildings and this felt different – being able to see all the rooftops and the buildings being built along the slopes of the landscape.

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Finding a little piece of home. This area has many embassies and the diplomatic residences are all around here.

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Almost like an official pathway on the fortress wall trail. Good thing too since I was starting to feel a little lost at this point.

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After many stone steps, icy paths right beside the walls, and wooden stairs that never seemed to end, I came to a pretty spectacular viewpoint of Seoul.

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But I still hadn’t reached my destination. I kept walking and I was a little intrigued by the traditional building I saw in the distance. Which I would eventually end up at. (Check out my later post about Samcheonggak.

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A little further ahead was the Malbawi Information Center, where I got my last stamp and commemorative badge for the Seoul Fortress Wall. I decided to also enter the Seoul City Wall of Mt. Bukaksan. In order to enter this section of the wall, you need to submit your id as this is a military-supervised area. I had no idea of the history behind this area before I came here. Long history shortened: North Korean troops invading to assassinate the former South Korean president on the other side of Bukaksan.

I decided to end my short walk of the Bukaksan segment of the city wall at Sukjeongmun.

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Seoul Fortress Trail stamp tour, completed. This has been a great way to challenge myself to see the city in a different perspective. And while I didn’t walk the entire trail – walking around the entire city is very daunting – I still feel a sort of accomplishment. For anyone interested in this, you can pick up the map from any tourist information centers around the city. There are only four stamps to collect: Heunginjimun, Donuimun, Sungryemun, and Sukjeongmun.

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