Coordinates: 37°26′44″N 126°57′49″E / 37.44556°N 126.96361°E / 37.44556; 126.96361
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People on a peak of the mountain (2007)
Highest point
Elevation632 m (2,073 ft)
Prominence632 m (2,073 ft)
Coordinates37°26′44″N 126°57′49″E / 37.44556°N 126.96361°E / 37.44556; 126.96361
LocationSeoul, South Korea
Parent rangeGwangju Mountains
Easiest routeGwanak station, Anyang
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGwanaksan

Gwanaksan (Korean관악산) is a mountain in southern Seoul, South Korea. Portions lie in the Gwanak District and Geumcheon District districts of Seoul; other portions lie in the neighboring cities of Anyang, Gyeonggi 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".[1] 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.[2] The Seoul side was designated a city park in 1968.


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



  1. ^ 명칭의 유래. Gwanak-gu website (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2004-12-07. Retrieved 2006-05-28.
  2. ^ "Com Trends" (in Korean). Retrieved 2010-08-21.

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