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Asia » South Korea » Seoul April 3rd 2016

Geo: 37.5323, 126.957DMZ. De - Militarizations - ZoneThis was the high light of the holiday.We arranged a tour through the hotel.YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT FOR THIS TRIP.... read more
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Fun with the guards at the DMZ
In the DMZ

Asia » South Korea » Busan April 2nd 2016

2nd April: We travelled overnight and arrived at Busan in the early morning. I hadn't slept on the bus, so was in a terrible mood. Most people got off the bus to watch the sunrise, but I couldn't be bothered. I got up a little while later and found a coffee shop that was open. It was more of a hole in the wall joint than an actual coffee shop, but it was open at 7 am, which is lovely, you never find that in Seoul. Armed with my coffee, I took a wander along the beach and was surprised at how busy it was. There were people out running, biking, and walking. In the sea there were people swimming and surfing. We were at Songjeong Beach, which I thought I had been to years ago ... read more
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Asia » South Korea » Seoul April 2nd 2016

Geo: 37.5323, 126.957April 2ndNamdaemun Market.The market was within walking distance of the hotel. You could find almost everything here. Hats, fabric, food, belts, clothing, paper goods hair accessories and the list goes on. There were lots of small sit down restaurants too.Next to the market is Sungnyemun Gat... read more
Sungnyemun Gate
Sungnyemun Gate round about.

Asia » South Korea » Seoul April 1st 2016

Geo: 37.5323, 126.957Friendship pushed to the limit.Friends for life after 6 crazy days of togetherness.Six adventurous Nanjing Ex-pats cruising the cool and artsy streets of Seoul - South Korea. April 1st, 2016... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Seoul March 19th 2016

Finally, I am getting to hike Bulamsan! I have wanted to hike this mountain for ages and have attempted to a couple of times, but never found the trail head. We took the subway to Gongneung and came out of exit one. We walked the streets to the start of the trail. I wasn't really paying much attention, too busy chatting, so I don't know which direction we went in. I think there maybe easier ways to reach the trail head. When we got there, I saw signs for the Dulle Gil, so it might be easier to use one of the subway stations on their trail. It was a gorgeous day, very warm and sunny. It definitely felt like spring had arrived. The trail was very easy to start off with. It was quite flat ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu March 12th 2016

Al weer 142 dagen op reis! De tijd vliegt als je het naar je zin hebt :-) Op naar het half jaar! In de afgelopen maand heb ik het wat rustiger aan gedaan, zo ben ik in Japan alleen in het zuidelijke gedeelte geweest om de kosten wat te drukken aangezien Japan ontzettend duur is om te reizen. Gelukkig kwamen mijn vrienden die ik onderweg had opgedaan mij hier te hulp waardoor ik mijn accomodatie kosten laag heb kunnen houden. Hierdoor ben ik wel meer in dezelfde omgeving verbleven en heb ik in feiten tijdelijk in Japan "gewoond". Ik heb dan ook nog lang niet alles van Japan gezien, maar heb in grote lijnen de cultuur wel kunnen opsnuiven. In mijn eerste twee weken ben ik in Fukuoka verbleven (mijn thuisbasis) vanaf waar ik de omgeving ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gwanak-gu March 12th 2016

Gwanaksan is a popular hiking spot in Seoul. There are many trails and it is easily accessible from various subway stations. I started from Sadang station and came out of exit six. I took the same route I had done previously, when walking the Seoul Trail, and headed up through the streets of small apartment buildings to reach the start of the trail. Last time the steep driveway up to the temple was a killer, but this time it wasn't too bad. I headed past the temple and instead of heading around the base of the mountain headed upwards. The mountain is only 629 metres high, so the trails aren't too long. The trail we took up was quite steep and rocky. However, it wasn't too bad. There were some cool rocks that had a lot ... read more
Army Bunker

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Odaesan National Park March 1st 2016

I had visited Odaesan National Park a couple of years ago in the autumn and it became my favourite national park in Korea. It was just so beautiful and the hiking wasn't too difficult. When I saw that there was a winter hike planned I really wanted to go back and experience the park in a different season. We left Seoul early as always. The traffic seemed pretty light, not too many travelling on a random Tuesday, even if it is a holiday. The bus journey wasn't too long maybe two and a half hours. I dozed for most of it. When I woke up properly, I looked out of the window and saw that everything was white. There was so much snow about, I was shocked, I really didn't expect to see that much, as ... read more
Odaesan National Park
Odaesan National Park
Odaesan National Park

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Mapo-gu February 27th 2016

Today's trail would take me from Gayang Station to Gupbal Station. The trail is 16.6 kilometres long and it is estimated to take 6 hours and ten minutes. It is rated at a medium level of difficulty. It would take me through the Mapo and Eunpyeonggu districts of Seoul. It is divided into two sections: Gayang Station to Bongsan Entrance, which is 7.3 kilometres and Bongsan Entrance to Gupabal Station, which is 9.3 kilometres. I came out of exit three at Gayang Station. I remembered this bit form last time I was here and knew where the first stamp box was located. I quickly got my stamp and took the ramp up to the bridge. The first part of the trail isn't very nice as you are walking across a very busy bridge, Gayangdae Bridge, and ... read more
Sun Trying to Break Through
Spot of Archery?
Wintry Trees

Asia » South Korea » Chungcheongbuk-do February 20th 2016

Minjujisan is a mountain I had never heard of before, so I was excited to head there for some hiking. It is a slightly less popular and not so well known mountain, close to Deokyusan National Park and Muju ski resort. This down from Seoul was quite long. Well over three hours if I remember correctly, we had come really far south, a lot further than I thought we would. The bus dropped us in the car park and there were a couple of other buses there, not too many hikers about. perfect. We headed away from the carpark to the start of the trail. There were a few stalls along the route selling local stuff, like homemade makgeolli and produce. There was a small temple next to the start of the trail, but we didn't ... read more
Snowy, Muddy Trail
Snowy Trail
View From Minjujisan Peak

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