In May we met up with a few friends to head to Bukhansan National Park in Seoul for a hike. Ryan had been to the park once before and had an awesome time previously, so we were both excited for the trip. Bukhansan is situated in the middle of Seoul. It’s still so crazy how, with such an overwhelming amount of people and buildings, these mountains just spring up from the middle and are so quiet, clean, and peaceful.
We ended up taking an entirely different route than Ryan took before. I was a little bit terrified of the steep, slick rocks on the way up, but after being assured that we weren’t going to take the same route on the way back, I felt better. Going down would havebeen really difficult. We used ropes attached to the rocks to haul ourselves up. There were less people than some other hikes we’ve been on here in Korea, and it was a really fun and challenging hike up.
The day was a little hazy so we didn’t get those beautiful views of the city stretching forever before us, but got great views of the mountains surrounding us.
Our new friend Hyuna had done this hike countless times. On the way up we had some good chats about yoga, being vegetarian in Korea, and hiking, sneaking in a few yoga poses at the top.
On our way down we came across a giant Buddha situated in the valley floor. We could see him from nearly the top of the mountain and slowly made our way down the valley. Our route took us right on by.
And then there were these little guys…