Exploring Seoul Part 2 – Finding My Own Little Mountain


What really got me attracted to exploring Seoul was my own little, local mountain. Back in 2005 I lived next to Bongwhasan, which means Beacon Mountain. At the time I was living there I would go up there at least two or three times a week, and even during the middle of winter and summer. Before long I had learned my own routes to follow and where, more or less, I would arrive when I took a particular pathway down. As I said before, if I got lost on the mountain, I could just walk down and follow the mountain around and I would find somewhere I recognised sooner or later. To this day when I move somewhere I always look for the nearest mountain. Bongwhasan has much to do with this.

When I arrived in Seoul first, I didn’t really notice whether the city was hilly or not. In the beginning, my immediate sphere – from my apartment to work, Emart, and Bongwhasan station – didn’t involve too many hikes. What was certainly more obvious was how built up the city was. This affected me more than anything.

This is the kind of countryside I am used to

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Things to do in November when you can’t stay in bed


I found a blog post about things to do this November, notably, get out and enjoy November. Anyway, I thought about half the posts nothing really to with November, or at least not the November I’ll be having …

My ideas of November are a lot different to the lady who wrote these, mostly because I’m male, I’m married, I have different tastes, considerably different tastes, but that’s what makes us different right?

I reckon this November I’ll try to do more than just go to Seoul and get drunk (which is what I did for most of October). November is a great month for the outdoors here in Korea, it’s now coldish but it doesn’t rain heavily so some places are less busy, also it’s getting closer to Christmas so that’s always an excuse for some early celebrations, right?

Well anyway, here’s a list of some of things I might do this November here in Korea…

  1. Get outdoors and do some hiking: With the autumn comes the changing of the leaves, it’s also cooler so the mountain won’t be so difficult to hike now that it has cooled down a lot. Of course the problem with this is it’s Korea’s busiest season on the hiking trails.
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