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This is a great place to take a dog because not only is it less crowded for some reason, but it also has some sites of historical interest, allowing Kongi to learn something about the history of her homeland.
For instance, the western edge of the park features a scenic stretch of the old city wall, also known as Seoul Seonggwak.
Also, one section of the trail known as the "Kim Shin-Jo route" (in red on the map) passes by the site of the famous 1968 gun battle between South Korean security forces and a group of 31 North Korean commandos who had snuck all the way down from the border, intent on assassinating the President (this episode is most memorably depicted in the movie Shilmido). Kim Shin-Jo is the name of the only commando who was captured alive, who was later rehabilitated into society and became a Protestant minister. The site is dominated by a large rock formation pockmarked by bullets from the gunfight. Each bullet mark has been helpfully highlighted in white paint.
The trail generally winds uphill as it moves northeast, passing through a series of valleys and climbing several long Escher-esque staircases. Each landing features a nice wooden bench, tempting frequent breaks. This is a great spot in which to crack open a beer and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
At the northern end of the park, just before the Haneul-Gyo bridge, there is a scenic lookout picnic area with nice views of the mountains to the north of Seoul.
There is also a workout area with exercise equipment for people who still aren't tired out from climbing all those stairs.
From there, the trail joins the Bukaksan Skyway road. There is a nice walking path along this road that offers some good views of Seoul. This can be followed east all the way back down to the 1162 bus stop near the Haneul-Hanmadang and Seongbuk Park, another of Kongi's favorite hangouts.
Stay tuned for more adventures with Kongi in the near future!