두 번째 날 – Day 2 – Seoul – Bonghwasan Mountain 봉화산

My plan for the second day was to go to Kondae again and walk around.  I figured Seoul is mainly good for shopping anyways …

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I was walking towards the train station in suburban Seoul when I saw many mountains surrounding it.  As I walked closer to the train, I saw a hiking path!  The nature loving me, which rarely comes out, decides to go explore this path.

 

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walking to the train station — there is a blueberry farm along the way!

 

The mountain is called Bonghwasan and it is just 160 meters high.  I actually stayed close to Bonghwasan Station, but it is on the brown line that goes through Itaweon.

I think they also have a local garden set up but I didn’t go in there to check, and there is probably nothing there at the moment since it is winter.

Along the way, there were many road signs pointing you to the direction you want to go.

For the most part, it was pretty much empty.  Aya makes her Seoul debut here!

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At 10 AM, most of the people probably finished their early morning exercise already. Therefore, a lot of the exercise machines were free!

The view through the trees…

Along the way, I seriously wished there was more lookout point but this is probably a local attraction .. made for locals.  However, there is one gorgeous lookout point at the top!

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The gray stuff in the sky isn’t morning fog but pollution  Apparently, it comes from China, China is creating pollution inKorea (and they let me hear about it, even though I am not from China .. ).  However, I don’t think that’s the only cause … can it?

The top also has a beacon tower perched up at the very top, it is known as Achasan Bongsudae.  I think it was put there in 1994 but Seoul has a history of using smoke signals to communicate between villages and towns in the past.

I decided to take another road down the mountain and through this road, I was supposed to see a hot spring and a temple.  I might have gotten lost because I did not see the hot spring but I did see the temple, but I did not go in.

I did get to see a squirrel in action though …

The other side of the mountain is still part of the district known as Shinnae but it doesn’t have any trains here!

I decided to go and eat at a kimbap restaurant and think about it later.

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Morning of day 2  – completed morning exercise.

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