Featuring historic temples, bustling markets and mountain climbing excursions, Uijeongbu is a modern city on the northern outskirts of Seoul. It’s home to vibrant traditional markets and a lively dining scene and sits on the doorstep of mountain-top temples.
Things to do in Uijeongbu
Want to see one of South Korea’s most spectacular temples? Journey to Mangwolsa, or “Watching Moon Temple”, which is nestled on the slopes of a rocky mountain near Uijeongbu. It was built in 639AD as a place for people to pray for the royal family and nation while gazing at the full moon, which is symbolic of the Buddha’s enlightenment.
Outdoor enthusiasts can tackle the walking trails of Surak Mountain, where rugged peaks are interspersed with lush valleys to the south of Uijeongbu. Go trekking to the Ongnyu waterfalls and Silla-era Heungguksa Temple, with royal azaleas igniting the landscapes in spring.
If you want to experience a traditional Korean market, visit the Uijeongbu Jeil Conventional Market in the heart of the city. Soak up the lively atmosphere and browse everything from the latest fashions and homewares to Korean delicacies.
The slopes of Bukhansan Mountain rise to the south-west of Uijeongbu, with the Bukhansanseong Fortress perched atop a prominent ridge. Follow one of the many walking trails that lead to the famous granite peak of Insubong, where you’ll find expansive views all the way to Seoul on a clear day.
Getting around Uijeongbu
Uijeongbu is a 45-minute subway ride from the centre of Seoul or around two hours from Incheon International Airport. Buses access most areas of Uijeongbu and there are plenty of taxis available.