Golden Buddha Hike in Bukhansan – Directions and Photos

The Golden Temple of Bukhansan Mountain is an awesome hike that is great for a photo op, as well as an escape from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. It is a great and easy exercise that offers some beautiful views of the city. Getting to the Golden Buddha in Bukhansan can be a bit challenging, but doesn’t need to be. We’ve put together a list of photos to use as landmarks to get yourselves there which can be seen below. The hike will take you about an 45 minutes to get to the Golden Buddha, 20 more to get to the summit, and 40 to get back down.

How to Get to the Golden Buddha

To get there go to Gupabal station go out exit 2 and turn around. The two best busses to take are the #704 and #34 buses. They both get off at the same stop.. You want to get off the bus at National Park (all the hikers will get off here.) Head left from the stop and make your first right turn. It will say Bukhansan National Park. Follow that for about for about 10 minutes [hard to say as we stopped for some snacks and magkeolli on the way ;)] You’ll eventually come to a sign post that has a map of the hikes. Go left, after about 5-7 minutes you’ll come to this fortress gate. We got here at 3:15.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Pass through the first Fortress Gate.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

You’ll see this on the right hand side.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

You’ll see this on the right hand side.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

You’ll see this sign post just ahead and you want to be heading toward Daenammun (Castle Gate) for now.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Next thing you’ll notice is this Buddha and the staircase. Head up the stairs and you’re next turn awaits.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

This signpost is a bit tricky. If you look directly to your right, you’ll see two shacks in the photo below and this sign. The route is through the path of them. Easy to miss!

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Just walk down the path and you will see a stair case continuing the hike. If you’re lucky like us you’ll see Mr. Meow-Pots to lead the path.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

From now until the Golden Buddha, this is the signpost (Guknyeongsa) that you are looking for. It took us approximately 30 minutes to get here.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

You’ll pass this bridge shortly. You’re about 10-15 minutes away from the Golden Buddha!

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Some signposts you may see on your way up there. Keep in mind, the path splits a couple times, don’t worry they both lead to the same spot. If it helps, we stayed to the right!

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Just keep an eye out for these signs. You’re almost there!

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Whoop there it is! Congratulations, you made it. It took us about 45 minutes in all to get here. We stayed here and took photos for about 30 minutes, pet the dogs, and drank some Magkeolli.

Check here to check out our photos.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Hungry for more hiking? We’ll let us take you to the top! Otherwise, go back down the same way you came up!

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

To go to the top, you need to look for these signs. They are located to the right of the Buddha statue. To the left of the temple. The sign says Dungsaro.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

There’s a new signpost to look out for. Just make sure you’re following the arrow pointing up. 

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

We went to the sign pointing towards the Daennamun gate. (Although we didn’t go all the way to it.)

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

There’s a couple steep paths on the way up to the top. But you’ll be able to manage.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Keep an eye out for these signs. Tambangro is the new route! There is only about 10 or so minutes left. The routes get a bit steep so we didn’t take any photos. But you’re almost to the summit! See some pictures below.

Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan
Road to the Golden Buddha at Bukhansan

Overall the hike was one of our favorites. We plan on going back to this area over and over this summer so if you are into hiking be sure to like us on facebook or follow us on twitter for updates. You can also check out the photos we took along the hike here.

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