Aside from 9.82 million people, and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see -- Seoul also has a great mountainous National Park right within the city limits! In fact, you can actually take the subway up to get to it! How crazy is that?
We have been itching to get outdoors for a while now - but the heat and the humidity and the MOSQUITOES (Holy giant Korean mosquitoes, Batman!) have precluded us from doing so. With the weather cooling off recently, we thought it'd be a perfect way to spend our Holiday weekend.
Getting there is pretty easy via subway (no driving). Just take Subway Line 1 to Dobongsan or Mangwolsa - and as we were told: follow the crowds wearing hiking gear (specifics here). Seriously - Bukhansan National Park is crazily well traveled. It's not the sort of place you go for a quiet, peaceful sort of hike if you don't like crowds. It is crazy crowded and Koreans are pro hikers and will pass you like you're standing still, even on the thinnest of paths.
In any case - we chose the Dobongsan entrance for our excursion and headed up towards the top of Dobangsan. The path starts out easily enough. It's actually paved at the bottom. Before long, it turns into stone steps. Then rocks. Then slippery sand. The higher up we went, the rougher the trail got.
Initially, we wanted to hike up to to the top of Dobangsan; however, after coming across a particularly rough patch (very steep slippery sand, no rocks to climb), and seeing a woman who had just fallen from this very patch being rescued by park rangers , we decided to turn back. It was just too risky. So, we turned back and headed up towards Cheonjinsa Temple and had a picnic of Kimbap & spiced tea instead.
Of course, the view wasn't as nice as if we'd gone higher; however, we got to explore a gorgeous (still active) Buddhist Temple.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday and the scenery was just spectacular all the way up. If there's time, I'd like to go back up again on another less dangerous trail, and definitely during the week. While there were some children around (mostly lower), this was definitely not something I felt comfortable doing with my children. I suppose watching a medivac helicopter come in to rescue that very same person we saw fall will do that to a person.
Wild Maple leaves turning high up Dobongsan (Mt. Dobong) in Bukhansan National Park. So pretty! #fallleaves #fall #autumn #daytripping #bukhansannationalpark #bukhansan #seoul #korea #naturewalk #nature #getoutdoors #hiking #southkorea #asia #explore #travel #naturegram #mountains #photooftheday #picoftheday #igers #tflers #wanderlustography #latergram #orange #mapleleaf