Thinking how to enjoy the hot season in Seoul? Why not try a lovely summer day out at Suseongdong Valley at the foot of Inwang Mountain near Gyeongbukgung?
If you are looking for a quiet place and closest to nature but won’t make you tired to death, Suseongdong Valley is the one for you. This is the shortest and easy path that I’ve visited Seoul.
Suseongdong Valley (수선동계곡) having a path of 0.5 kilometers is can be found at the base of Inwangsan or Inwang Mountain. A beautiful and significant site in Seoul. The historical valley has been rediscovered during the demolition of the Ogin Sibeom Apartment in 2008. It was opened to the public on July 11, 2012.
Upon researching, Suseongdong Valley was restored according to the “Eight Scenes of Jang-dong” painting of Gyeomjae Jeong Seon (1676~1759), the master of “true-view landscape paintings” during the Joseon dynasty.
The valley’s landscape is consists of almost 18,000 twisted pine trees. Rocks and paths were made to allow visitors to visit and rest for a moment in this picturesque valley. In addition to that, Suseongdong Valley is actually the original source of the Cheonggyecheon Stream. The famous recreation space in Seoul which is a 10.9-kilometer-long that has been cleaned and developed during the reign of 2003 Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-bak.
Summer Day Out at Suseongdong Valley
So if you are looking for something different for your summer day out, this place is highly recommended. With a beautiful and plentiful place where you can enjoy not just during summer but throughout the season.
You can bring food and eat while sitting on the rocks or at the Pavillion but observe cleanliness. Plus this is just a few miles away from Gyeongbukgung and Gwanghwamun Square.
The route is a very easy and short paved walking path that you can take about 10 minutes. To make the visit more exciting, don’t take the bus going back but choose to walk like what we did. And we found pretty good cafes and restaurants at the Seochon Okin-gil.
Suseongdong Valley is also the starting point if you wanted to go hike at Inwangsan.
How to get here?
Take the Seoul Subway Line 3 going to Gyeongbukgung and get out at exit 3. You can walk if you desire or take a shuttle bus #9 and take off at the last station which is the Suseongdong Valley.
Address: 서울 종로구 옥인동 185-3
- You can go down to the rocks, sit and put your feet on the running water but don’t go near the steep rocks to avoid falling.
- Admission is free.
- You can bring food and eat while sitting on the rocks or at the Pavillion but observe cleanliness.
- Never leave your children unattended.
- Visit after the rain to experience deeper water.
- Bring a friend with you to capture beautiful memories of course.