Wednesday, 27 November 2013

12 Oct 2013 - Getting to 북악스카이웨이 (팔각정)

I am not very sure how to get to Bugak Skyway Octagonal Pavilion 팔각정 but I think I can reach there from Sanmotoonge 산모퉁이 at Buam Dong. Many online comments suggested taking a taxi from Gyeongbokgung Station 경복궁역, exit 3. I will try to avoid taking a taxi becos I wanted to see more things. Therefore, I clarified my doubts with KTO and their reply was, "It is 2.26km from Sanmotoonge 산모퉁이 to Bugak Skyway 북악스카이웨이 and takes about 35 minutes". Great! Hence, I took the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station, exit 3, followed by taking bus no. 7022 and alight at 부암동주민센터 Buam Dong Community Service Center. Directions to Sanmotoonge as given in my earlier post, "Getting to Buam Dong".

Saw this building everytime I come but did not know it was the popular Club Expresso...

Didn't see this cafe in my previous trip.

CHEERS fried chicken is gone for sure ㅠㅠ

They are mother and daughter. The mother asked me how to get to Baekasil Valley 백사실. Ermmm....this is a place That I failed to go during the past few trips in Buam Dong...미안합니다. I have to apologise to them since I am not very confident of the directions.

Making my way to Sanmotoonge 산모퉁이. Facing the cafe, I turned right to get to Bugak Skyway Octagonal Pavilion. Anyway, the is only one route from the cafe.  It was 11.22am when I reached the cafe. 

Not long later, you will see these signboards. 
Look out for the word "북악산길산책로" and follow the direction as shown by the red arrow.
Directions to Baekasil Valley 백사실 as shown by the yellow arrow.

I took the route on my right as shown by the arrow. 
The mother and daughter took the route on my left down to Baekasil Valley 백사실. For my return trip from the skyway, I made my way back here and took the left route to the main road. I always missed out Baekasil Valley and I don't know why...

1.8 Km to go before reaching 팔각정 Palgakjeong (Octagonal Pavilion).
There will be directional signs along the walking trail.
Some of them are only in Hangul...

Follow the signboard.

Walk straight .
You will see a zebra crossing at the end of the bridge.
Cross the road and take the walking trail from there as shown by the arrow.
I believe this bridge is the one on the map shown above (as indicated by the red arrow in the map).  

Oh, this is the entrance to 북악산길산책로 Bukaksan walking trail. I think one can also reach the Octagonal Pavilion by walking straight ie to follow the cyclist's direction.  I am not too sure though.

I took the walking trail.

Me, myself and I.

북악산길산책로 Bukaksan walking trail.

I still cannot figure out why Koreans like to work out in the middle of a hiking trail.

Follow accordingly.

1.45 km to go!

Follow the signboard..

Keep on walking.

Its not easy to cycle your way up the slope....화이팅!!

Getting closer!

The entrance to the pavilion will be on your left and the main road will be on your right.
You won't miss it.
It was 11.53am when I reached here.
It took me 31mins from Sanmotoonge 산모퉁이 to reach here.

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