On my many trips to the airport, as I passed over one of the westernmost bridges on the Han River, I have often looked back north to notice a hill by the river with a pagoda on top. On my many trips to Ilsan I had also noticed signs for the Haengju Mountain Fortress. I only just realized recently that these two were the same place.
Just beyond the main gate is statue of General Kwon Yul, who led his force of 3,000 against some 30,000 Japanese troops. His remarkable victory is depicted in relief in four panels behind his gold-toned statue.
If you are looking for a quiet afternoon walk, with a commanding view of Seoul and the Han River, Haengjusanseong might be the answer.
Just some more pics of one of my favorite parks in Seoul. Click on “Sky Park” in the “Parks” section above for videos and more pictures. I’d recommend a fall visit because that’s when the sky is clear and at its most dramatic.
On this particular visit, I was able to see all of Seoul’s five tallest buildings. Looking back east, Yeouido and Gangnam is visible while Ilsan is off on the western horizon. To the north of the park is Seoul World Cup Stadium and Bukhan Mountain and across the river is Mokdong and Seoul’s second tallest building, Hyperion I.
There used to be a city bus that ran up to the top of Haneul Park and then on over to Sunset Park, but now there is just limited shuttle service from the base of the mountain. On weekends the wait can top 30 minutes, so just taking the stairs may be a better bet.
Getting there: Take Line 6 to World Cup Stadium Station. All three of the exits are about equidistant from the park. Make your way around to the opposite side of the stadium. There you’ll see the stairs that lead up the flat-topped mountain that is Sky Park. The stairs are quite a walk — wouldn’t recommend visits during summer.