You might be surprised to find out that one of Seoul’s most scenic running routes is located in Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden. Once a royal garden with admission open only to the king and his family, the garden is open to the public and offers beautiful running courses on over 78 acres. However, since the garden is a major tourist attraction, it is best avoided during the peak hours. Runners find it the quietest in the early mornings and in the late evenings.
South Mountain Park, also known as Namsan, is located in the heart of Seoul and offers runners plenty of room to challenge themselves. On over 10 km of paved pathways, beginner runners will be able to challenge themselves, while the more advanced runners will appreciate the 2 km climb up to the Seoul Tower. Whichever you prefer, you can be sure to get a great workout when visiting Namsan Mountain.
One of the most challenging routes to conquer in Seoul is Bukhansan Mountain, the highest peak of the city. This is one of those runs that are worth the struggle as you will be rewarded with amazing bird’s eye views of the city. Start at Bukhansanseong Hiking Support Center near Gupabal Station. It will take about three hours to reach the top. Be sure to bring lots of water and your phone or a camera for those “at the peak” selfies.