Seoul’s subway line 6 connects the northwest and northeast corners of Seoul in a roughly U-shaped manner. It’s also one of the few Seoul subway lines that happens to not cross the Han River.
From the northwest corner, outdoor enthusiasts will want to get off of Dokbawi Station and transfer to a bus or walk to reach Bukhansan, Seoul’s tallest peak. At 836.5m high, it’s definitely not a small hill so make sure you’re in comfortable climbing shoes and equipped with water. Along the way to the peak, you can check out waterfalls, old fortress remnants, or even quaint temples like Mangwolsa while the views of the city from the peak, on clear days, are top notch.
From Gusan Station, hop on a bus to get to Seooreung, one of the numerous Joseon Dynasty royal tombs that are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Among the many Joseon tomb grounds, Seooregung is the second largest and the enormous grounds is well known for holding a wide variety of royal tomb types.
A few stops away, the DMC Station and World Cup Station are recently developed areas that hallyu and sports fans will want to remember. The DMC Station is home to various public and cable networks and is where many popular Korean dramas and variety programs are recorded. The World Cup Station is home to the Seoul World Cup Stadium which was built for the 2002 World Cup games. In addition to regular soccer matches held here, the stadium also frequently hosts concerts and other events here. Don’t forget to check out the World Cup Park nearby which was developed from a massive landfill into the ecological park it is today.
Another park worth checking out is the Seonyudo Park at Hapjeong Station. This park was developed from an old water treatment plant and its unique setting and romantic atmosphere is a popular site for couples. It also helps that the nearby Hapjeong neighborhood is also filled with hip restaurants and cafes. History buffs can also check out Jeoldusan nearby. This historic hill was once the site of a mass persecution and martyrdom of Catholics and you can learn about this time at the museum here, visit the beautiful church, or stop by the Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery, one of the oldest cemetery for foreigners in Korea.
Sangsu Station is where the trendy neighborhood of Sangsu is and where you can find popular places to shop, eat, and drink. At Hyochang Park Station, you can visit the beautiful and history-rich Hyochang Park which is also home to the Kim Koo Museum & Library and where you can learn about the revered Korean independence leader. Through Samgakji Station one can visit the War Memorial of Korea, one of Seoul’s top attractions and best resources for learning about the Korean War with real memorabilia, equipment, and artifacts from the war.
The stations of Noksapyeong, Itaewon, and Hangangjin all make up the greater Itaewon region which is now one of Seoul’s most popular neighborhoods with access to popular neighborhoods like Haebangchon, Kyunglidan, the main Itaewon strip, and Hannamdong. In addition to the ample international cuisine found here, the main Itaewon area is also famous for its nightlife though Hangangjin Station also provides access to Namsan, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and some fantastic cafes for those who prefer quieter scenes.
Sindang Station is where you’ll want to get off to check out the famed Ddeokbokki Town or catch a show at the Chungmu Art Center while at Dongmyo Station you can visit the nearby Dongmyo Shrine or the famous Dongmyo Flea Market. Near Korea University Station is one of Korea’s elite universities, Korea University, but also nearby is the King Sejong the Great Memorial Hall where you can learn about the revered king. And speaking of royalty, Dolgoji Station will bring you to the royal tombs of Uireung while Hwarangdae will bring you to the royal tombs of Taegangneung