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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mountains and Peaks in Seoul, Part I: Mount Surak

Mount Surak (Hanja: 水落山) is a mountain in South Korea, extends across the precinct of Sanggye 3.4-dong, Seoul Nowon-gu, commune of Byeollae-myeon, Namyangju and JangAm-dong, Uijeongbu in Gyeonggi Province. It has an elevation of 637.7 m (2,092 ft). Mount Buram is located to the south of Mount Surak and Mount Dobong rises up to the west. Mount Surak is easily accessible via public transportation and is a popular daytrip for residents of Seoul.

Along with the other great mountains near Seoul, Mount Surak has its own unique beauty throughout the year. Its cluster of small peaks is reminiscent of Mount Seorak in Sokcho, Gangwon Province or Mount Wolchul in Yeongam County, Southern Jeolla Province and among its valleys and peaks, a number of treasures unfold. As you explore the mountain and the surrounding area, you’ll discover Geunnyu, Eunnyu, and Ongnyu waterfalls, Heungguksa Temple (Silla Kingdom), Seongnimsa Temple (Joseon Dynasty), and Gwaesanjeong Pavilion. 

One of the most popular hiking courses on Mount Surak is the one that starts from Station 409: Danggogae Station (Northern Terminus of KORAIL-Seoul Metro Line 4) and passes Hangnimsa Temple and Yongguram Hermitage. In the springtime, the ridge between Mount Surak and Mount Buram is covered with gorgeous royal azalea blossoms.