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Monthly Archives: June 2009

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I decided last week that I would go to Suraksan (수락산) again this weekend. I couldn’t have chosen a hotter time to go. It was up to 32 degrees and humid today. I’m pretty sure I lost a lot of water weight today.

I was up at 5am for no apparent reason again, so I decided to laze around a bit and get out there early. One thing lead to another and I ended up at the foot of Suraksan around 9:30am.

This isn’t my first time at Suraksan. I have been there once before, but this time I decided to take a different route. I was walking through thick forest for about 2.5 hours. I never realized how the trees keep the humidity in, and the wind out. I was sweating buckets.

Once I got to the top, I was greeted with this:

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Just a little humid.

Anyway, I had a great time. It’s a pretty challenging mountain at certain parts. I think I need to invest in a decent pair of hiking boots. My old Adidas just aren’t doing the job on the mountains. I saw this one old man climbing rock faces like a spider. It was insane. I made a video of it which I will upload in a bit. I attempted to do what he did while he was around me, but I’m simply not that brave. I was hugging that rock like it was my mother.

This rock, actually:

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Photos don’t really show its true size. There’s nothing else in the frame to compare it to. Let’s do the measurement in school bus units. The rock was about 3 school buses tall, and about 4 wide. It was absolutely massive.

After I got to the peak, I relaxed there for a bit, then headed down. I made a wrong turn, and ended up walking an extra 45 minutes or so to get to the subway station. I swear I walked at least 10km today.

I only applied a little bit of sunscreen, and so I have a nasty burn on my shoulders and face. To top this off, while I was walking home, an old lady stopped, smiled, yelled something in Korean, and slapped my sunburn. I think I got her message.

Oh, Korea…

Photos here.

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Namhansanseong is a fortress that originated in the year 672 to protect from the Chinese. I decided to check it out last Sunday because I had nothing to do. It took about an hour by subway, and another 45 minutes once I got there, since I had to take a bus all the way up the mountain, which is about 500m above sea level.

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The park houses 3 gates, left over from around 1636. I was pretty impressed by this place. It felt like a mini Great Wall of China… although I’ve never actually seen the Great Wall.

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I was actually out of Seoul, but I was still able to get some pretty incredible views of the city. I was up pretty high and I could see Namsan tower, which is pretty damn far from where I was. It definitely wasn’t as rigorous a trip as Dobongsan, Gwanaksan, or Suraksan, but I got a pretty good workout. At the end of the day, I found a gorgeous shrine which was unfortunately closed. It was immaculate. There was a spring water well beside it too, which I desperately needed after my long hike with only 500mL of water:

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I grabbed some cotton candy, and a bus to the subway station. After that I accidentally got drunk, and came home. The end.

Photos here.