Gwanaksan

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Gwanaksan
Seoul.Mountain-Gwanaksan-01.jpg
Elevation 632 m (2,073 ft)
Prominence 632 m (2,073 ft)
Location
Location South Korea
Range Gwangju Mountains
Coordinates 37°26′44″N 126°57′49″E / 37.44556°N 126.96361°E / 37.44556; 126.96361Coordinates: 37°26′44″N 126°57′49″E / 37.44556°N 126.96361°E / 37.44556; 126.96361
Climbing
Easiest route Gwanak Station, Anyang
Korean name
Hangul 관악산
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gwanaksan
McCune–Reischauer Kwanaksan

Gwanaksan (Korean for Mt. Gwanak; 632 m[1]) is a small mountain in southern Seoul, South Korea. Portions lie in the Gwanak-gu and Geumcheon-gu districts of Seoul; other portions lie in the neighboring cities of Anyang and Gwacheon.

The name gwanak means "hat-shaped peak," and refers to its gat-like profile. Thus Gwanaksan literally means "mountain of the hat-shaped peak." Currently it is referred to as "Gwanak," since san already contains the meaning of "mountain."[2] Together with Songaksan in Kaesong, Gamaksan in Paju, Uaksan in Pocheon, and Hwaaksan in Gapyeong, Gwanaksan was long considered one of the five representative peaks of Gyeonggi-do (gyeonggi o-ak).

The main campus of Seoul National University is located just northwest of the mountain, and the Gwacheon national government complex lies to the east. Also nearby is the Anyang Resort Area, a popular local tourist attraction. On the mountain itself lie numerous Buddhist temples, including Wongaksa. Most of the mountain slope is protected land. The mountain is very popular with older climbers, since it can easily be reached by Seoul's public transportation. Annual hiking traffic is close to 5 million people.[3] The Seoul side was designated a city park in 1968.

Trails[edit]

Seoul National University Entrance (11.3km, 4 hours) Siheung-dong (11km, 3 hours, 30 minutes) Anyang amusement park (12km, 4 hours, 30 minutes)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources give 629 m
  2. ^ (Korean) "명칭의 유래". Gwanak-gu website. Retrieved 2006-05-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ (Korean) "Com Trends". Retrieved 2010-08-21. 

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