According to the Korea Forest Service, Seoul has 43 official “mountains”, some of which are incredibly daunting to hike, while others are small hills that are a breeze to walk on. I climbed all of them. But there were other equally notable mountains that in my experience were greater in both height and history.
In the course of this project, I realized that mountains, in fact, do disappear because of human intervention. For example, several of those I hiked have been turned into hospitals, universities, parks, and apartment complexes. The majority of mountains have been repurposed into “backyard gyms”—most are equipped with exercise machines.
Here are the mountains I hiked, in the order by which I hiked them:
Yongmasan near Daebang
Gaeunsan / Anamsan