Seoul's mountains fall into two categories: the inner mountains and the outer mountains. Deokyangsan falls into the latter category, the outer mountains. The mountains, sometimes also written in English as "Deogyangsan", rises 124 meters above the Han River just west of Seoul.
Deokyangsan is rich in history. It is home to the centuries-old Haengjusan Fortress. Although there is not much left of the fortress today, there are still plenty of monuments and historical markers that provide great opportunities to learn of the mountain's historical significance to Seoul. Connecting the mountain's many sites is a series of roads and paths that are easy to follow.
The Scouting Report
Deokyangsan is not a tall mountain. It tops out at a mere 124 meters. Although it can be hiked up from the base, a road goes partly up the mountain and knocks approximately 40 meters off the climb.
If you choose to climb the mountain from the parking lot halfway up the mountain, you must pay an entrance fee. Also, there is a small fee to park in the parking lot. On the other hand, if you choose to hike from the base and choose a trail that skirts around the entrance, there are no fees to pay.
Deokyangsan (Deogyangsan) does not have an abundance of athletic facilities. It is primarily enjoyed as a place of historical significance. The great views of the Han River are also a popular draw.
Elsewhere on the Web
- Railway Update and Holiday Wanderings - by Gusts of Popular Feeling
- Haengjusanseong Fortress Wall on Deogyangsan Mountain - by The Soul of Seoul
- Haengjusanseong Fortress - by Visit Korea
- Haengju Mountain Fortress - by Bicycle Happy Sharing
Explanations of the sites on the mountain do exist in English, but they are quite limited. A good understanding of Korean would benefit those truly wanting to learn about and appreciate this mountain.
Deokyangsan is a popular destination from which to watch the sunrise on New Year's Day.
How To Get There
Where: Gyeonggi-do, Goyang-si, Deokyang-gu, Haengjunae-dong
-Bus #85-1, Maeul Bus #012, or Maeul Bus #011 to Bus Stop ID 19-040.
-Bus #85-1 or Maeul Bus #011 to Bus Stop ID 19-041
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Originally posted January 17, 2015
Updated December 3, 2015