|Built in 1396 many are calling it Korea's Great Wall. The wall surrounds the entire vicinity of central Seoul.|
|Marie Webb at the Malbawi entrance of the wall.|
None of my Korean friends, co-workers, or students have ever talked about vising the Fortress Wall. This is most likely because the area was off limits for so long. According to the Seoul Fortress Website the area around Mt. Bukaksan was closed for 38 years to the public, and was only a military security area. The military presence still remains, mostly because portions of the wall go back along the mountain directly behind Cheong Wa Dae (The Blue House) which is equivalent to America's White House.
|The steps here are not as steep as China's wall.|
Seoul Magazine published an article stating that the wall was built in order to satisfy the old 9th century philosophy of Feng Shui. With the mountains in the North, South, East, and West, the fortress wall truly is a perfectly balanced structure meant to protect the main city of the Joseon Dynasty as early as 1396.
The physical structure of the wall varies throughout the mountains because of destruction from wars, rebuilding throughout the years, and current renovations being made. The Korea Tourism Org. has gone as far to say as it is a ruin comparable to The Great Wall of China. This can be debated at later time, but the wall and trails around the mountains do offer great views of the downtown city of Seoul, and spectacular moss and ivy covered stones which make up the quite magnificent scenery of the wall itself.
|Here the steps get steeper!|
Warning!!!!!: Be sure to bring your passport and a few bucks. There is a section of the wall that requires identification because it goes so close to Cheong Wa Dae. Without identification you will be forced to leave the trail!
|Some of the military buildings present on the wall.|
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