Start: Sadang Station
Distance: 12-15 km
Both as a traveller and a runner, this run is definitely one of my favorites in Seoul. This run is a challenging two-hour, hilly run that takes you past some temples and other cool sights.
Start at Sadang Station exit 3. Continue straight for about 100m. Keep your eyes peeled for the orange and blue signs and the street signs that mark the way. 100m after coming out of the station, turn right to cross the street (a street sign will be up on a lamp post to your right, and on the left side of the sidewalk there is a map of Seoul Trail). Turn right over the small hill after crossing the street. Shortly after going over the hill, you will find signs pointing you left up a long hill on a narrow street. The orange and blue markers will continue up until you near the trail portion of the run. Follow the signs for Seoul Trail up an incredibly steep road to a temple. At the top of this hill, Seoul Trail will branch off to the right.
This section is well-marked, but keep your eyes peeled for either orange ribbons or the orange and blue signs (pictured above) at forks in the trail. Keep pushing through a hilly, challenging beginning for the first several kilometers before you come out at a beautiful, quiet temple in the city.
After checking out the temple, follow the signs to cross the street. Continue up the small side road where you cross the street. There is another brief trail section before you come out at Seoul University. Head down the hill until you reach the bustling bus stop.
This is a good place to call it quits and take a bus out if you’re tired, or you can continue for about 6-7k more of running. Navigate the initial madness near the bus stop, and keep your eyes peeled for the fork for Seoul Trail that will be on your right.
Head past these guardians, and enjoy a pretty unique-looking part of Seoul Trail, as well as a slightly less hilly section of this run.
Continue for a few kilometers until you hit this temple. You’re only 3k of downhill from Seoksu Station.
This section took me almost 2 hours of focused running – well, other than the stops at the temples and the strange advertising photo shoot I was pulled into. A snack is definitely nice, but probably not necessary, especially since you can grab things near Seoul University. I had about 1L of water in my running pack, but there are springs and convenience stores along the way, so you can choose to bring just a hand bottle.