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Namhansanseong Submitted on November 4th, 2006 by climbhigher14k Print
Type: Rock Climbs Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Seoul
Park: Namhansanseong Park Rating: 5.8 - 5.13 Style: Sport
Views: 49700 Photos: 13 Photo(s) - Add Photos Maps: 4 Image(s) - Add Images

Namhansan sports aprox. 15 routes, ranging from 5.8-5.13. The rock is very interesting. I'm not quite sure what it is, but "crappy granite" may be the best description. Your hands will understand what I mean after you have climbed here! All of the climbs are about 10 meters long. About 2/3 of the climbs are slabby, and the others are somewhat overhung and very strenuous. Due to the "uniqueness" of the rock, onsighting the more difficult routes is not easy (read: I got schooled)!

The location of this crag is EXTREMELY scenic. You don't get a great view of the area when you are climbing, but the approach is gorgeous (especially in the fall).

The directions are a little tricky. I think there is a bus that runs near the area, but it is infrequent. There is a subway stop on the pink line called "Namhansanseong." I know that a bus connects from there to the park, but I am not sure of the details.

By car: Enter Namhansanseong from the west (from Seoul). Go through Sanseong tunnel (you will have to pay 1,000 won/person plus 1,000 won for your vehicle) and continue until you reach the roundabout. At the roundabout, take your first right. Continue on the road until you reach Buldang-ri. Turn right into Buldang-ri and cross the bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right. There is a gravel area on the left next to a field where you can park.

The next part of the directions get really difficult to explain, so I am attaching some pictures, which show you where to go.

Basically, you follow the road by where you parked until you get to a bridge which is on your left. Instead of going left towards the bridge, take a right past a large, vertical green sign, up a hill. When the trail branches, take a left toward a traditional Korean gravesite, and continue up the steep trail. After a few switch backs and more gravesites, you should see the crag on your right.

Safety Concerns
Namhansan is well bolted, but the anchors are made of clamped-wire "death triangles." Not my cup of tea, but the seem ok.

Gear to Bring
8 draws and a short rope should do ya'.

Additional Comments
Water and a variety of Korean food can be found in the area. You should probably stop somewhere along the way (once inside the park) to load up. There are no springs at the crag. I have been there twice, and only on Saturdays. The times that I have gone it has been busy but not crowded. If you get there early you pretty much have the place to yourself.

Comment added by hooks on May 8th, 2008
Some new info on the approach trail: when coming to the vertical green sign, a new path has been mowed down that leads you way off to the left. Instead of taking that first left, at the first gravesite you see (there are many around) walk uphill along the right and you find a narrow trail in that top corner that leads you directly there. When I went last month the place was a mess, trash everywhere and the topo sign and route listing were not to be found.

Comment added by Sanirang Dot Net on June 30th, 2010
Line #8(Pink Line) to NamHanSanSeongIpgu Station(남한산성입구역/#822). Go out Exit #1(currently under construction, take Exit #2, and do an about-face) and continue straight, keep straight across a 5-way intersection to a bus stop in front of the ChungHo Building(청호빌딩) or also in front of a KB Bank. At this stop(상원초등학교), catch Bus #9 and get off at NamHanSanSeong rotary. This is about a 10~15 minute ride. Here, catch Bus#15-1 down to Bundangri and de-bus. Follow the aforementioned directions and navigation photographs via the other posts from here. It is no more than a five minute hike from the tomb-site.

Currently, there is no tunnel toll-gate fee charge. Buses from the rotary stop running shortly before 11:30 pm.


Comment added by killakalle on September 27th, 2014
Went to the crag today. All routes had a proper anchor with chains and hook - no death triangles.

Every route had a cute little tiger symbol at the bottom indicating the name and grade.

The routes were
2x ungraded and easy on the left
1x 5.8
1x 5.9
0x 5.10a
1x 5.10b (with a very hard start)
and above that a few routes each per grade

Comment added by alpingoat on February 25th, 2018
A few updates for 2018...

- There is a new blacktop parking lot at the entrance of the village with restroom facility.
- The view from the parking lot no longer looks the same as climbhigher14k’s photo.
- There is no longer a vertical green sign at the trailhead and some of the buildings up the trail look different from climbhigher14k’s photo.
- Once you start up the trail, you can go straight or left at the greenhouses. Go straight. From there, follow the beaten path toward the crag. There are little trails that break off toward various grave sites, but if you generally head uphill you will get there.

Safety concerns
- It looks like most of the anchors have been modernized, but a couple old ADT wire anchors still persist.
- Locals top rope off of open gate hooks on the anchor, but you might want to bring sling/cordelette material to build your own anchor.

- Parking lot: 37.458152°, 127.215738° / KakaoMap Link: 경기 광주시 남한산성면 불당리 26-7 http://dmaps.kr/85uz8
- Trailhead: 37.457277°, 127.212332° / KakaoMap Link: 경기 광주시 남한산성면 불당리 86 http://dmaps.kr/85u5f
- Crag: 37.459255°, 127.210900°

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