Blogs from Seoraksan, Gangwon-do, South Korea, Asia - page 2


Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan September 29th 2008

Beste mensen, Ik weet niet echt waar ik moet beginnen met wat er de afgelopen drie dagen is gebeurd, dus begin maar bij het begin. In de planning voor dit weekend stond een bezoek van 2 dagen aan Seoraksan park vanaf zaterdag tot zondagavond. We besloten echter om op vrijdag op stap te gaan en waren dus vet laat thuis en na 2 uur slaap bleek dat het misschien niet zo slim was om alsnog naar Seoraksan te gaan om te hiken. Er werd, tot mijn teleurstelling, besloten om de volgende dag te gaan, waardoor we eigenlijk maar 1 dag konden gaan. Ik vond dit zwaar klote want ik had deze trip voorgesteld en wist dat we zowiezo 4 uur moesten reizen om daar te komen, waardoor we eigenlijk maar 1 middag daar konden doorbrengen. Maar ... read more
Lekker proppen in de lift
Uitzicht vanuit het terras

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan September 15th 2008

Chuseok being a South Korean version of Thanksgiving, or so I'm told. At any rate, the important thing is that the ESL teachers get Monday off, so even though we have to have make-up classes on Wednesday, we still got to enjoy a three day weekend. Bright and early on Saturday morning, I hopped on a bus - which turned into a series of buses - and went to visit Seoraksan National Park on the northeast coast. The Sea of Japan reminded me of Maui, but no pictures because I only saw it from the bus. Saturday night I did a temple stay in a place called Baekdamsa (or Baekdam Temple) at the park's less-crowded western entrance. I'm not sure I can put into words how incredible the whole experience was, but I'll give it a ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan May 15th 2007

Seoraksan Hike, Day2Darrell and Cathy As is typical our our nights in the tent, we managed to get about 12 hours of sleep until at 7am we were woken by a sound something between a loud scratching and a bark from just outide the tent. As I slowly got my bearing and remembered we were high up in the mountains I realised how out of place the sound was. After banging on the side of the tent and shouting a few times, I unzipped the door in time to see a bear about 2/3 of my size running away. When he got about 30m away, he stopped, turned, let off a few more bark/growls and then headed back into the woods. Awesome. We had been told about the bears, but had not really expected to run ... read more
Wet to the bone
The river we were following down the mountain
Our Korean benefactor

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan December 10th 2006

Still glowing from the joys of Mo’vember, we set out to conquer the tallest peak in north South Korea…Daecheongbong, in Seoraksan National Park. We made a noble attempt at this same peak early in November, but having expected an 8-hour round trip, we found out at the beginning of the hike that it was just 8-hours to the top (and 6 hours back down), which was simply not do-able in late autumn daylight hours. We had to give up 1 km from the top or risk dying on a mountain-side. While some of our photos may suggest that we’re hell-bent on meeting precisely this end, we’d like to reassure you all that we do it for the views, not for the glorious demise! So this time…(yes, further into the freezy months, we know), we decided to ... read more
"Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires"
On the rocks
Worst nightmare

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Seoraksan August 14th 2006

This weekend, I went to Seoraksan National Park (in the northeast corner of South Korea) with about six other Fulbrighters for a day hike. We had a fabulous time. It was a beautiful place, and the hike was nice and relaxing. It started out with a very bumpy ride, though. We almost missed our 7:30AM bus out of Chuncheon, but fortunately we caught it right in time. However, we were stuck in the back of bus, and it was very bouncy and windy as we made our way through the mountains. So, needless to say, we had a case or two of motion sickness. We wondered if the journey would ever end. But it did, eventually. We transfered buses in a city called Sokcho, and once we got to the national park, it was smooth sailing. ... read more
Buddhist Temple
More cool mountain shots

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