- Mountains -

"The mountains are calling and I must go."
- John Muir -



Information current as of August 01, 2016

Wanna catch a glimpse of North Korea? The city of Paju offers several ways to see North Korea. Hiking to the top of scenic Simhaksan not only provides a nice work out but also a chance to see North Korea.

Continue Reading

The Scouting Report


Empty Mugs of Coffee

Empty mugs of coffee

An empty mug of coffee is not a mug of coffee. Is it?

Simhaksan is not tall. In fact, it is only 194 meters high. It can easily be climbed in less than 30 minutes. It is also rather inaccessible, especially if you are coming from Seoul. And, besides hiking, there just isn't that much to do on the mountain.

So why even bother with the mountain?

As mentioned above, one reason for visiting Simhaksan is to see North Korea. See the picture above. That's North Korea. Way back there in the distance on the other side of the river.

It's not a close view. There are better ones to be found. However, there is a sightline nonetheless. It helps if it is a clear day. North Korea is barely visible---and perhaps even not visible---whenever the air quality is bad. If you are climbing Simhaksan for the purpose of catching a glimpse of North Korea, be sure to do so on a clear day.

Things To Do On Simhaksan

  • Hike
  • Catch a glimpse of North Korea


"Korea Tour. PaJu SimHakSan YakCheonSa Temple in July (revisit)..." - J at Seoul

The view from the top of Simhaksan. North Korea can ALMOST be seen across the river.

Elsewhere On The Web

How To Get There

Where: Gyeonggi-do, Paju-si

There is no subway access to this mountain. It is best if you have a car. Just drive there yourself.

Otherwise, take bus 2200 from Hapjeong Station to Lotte Premium Outlets in Paju. Once you get close to the outlets, you will see Simhaksan. Get off at any point along the base of the mountain and find your way to the top. Good luck.

Leave A Comment

Sports, Parks, and Recreation in Seoul