Hey everyone! Are you ready to work up a sweat and eat some more delicious food in Korea with me? :)
One thing that we wanted to experience while in Seoul was its beautiful mountains. But we weren’t gonna be doing anything too strenous here, people. We’re on vacation! =P
So, on the recommendation of the truly wonderful receptionist at our hotel, off we went on the bus to check out Bukhansan Mountain.
Bukhansan Mountain has a trail called Dulegil which goes around the foot of the mountain, so it’s a relatively easy trek. This is where the bus dropped us off to start our journey.
Before the trail begins (and actually, throughout the trail as well), there are exercise machines if the hike ain’t enough exercise for you already!
Signs on the trees tell you what type they are. There’s some kind of ecological centre near the beginning of the trail — I think they study and even plant some of the flowers and plants around here.
Okay, let’s begin the hike! :)
The ajummas (older ladies) were out in full-force in their visors and hiking workout suits.
Not sure what’s going on with my face here.
At some point along the trail, there was a lookout with a hazy view of the city.
Every so often, we’d see one of these signs with inspirational poems or quotes along the trail. I totally fell in love with this one. Eyes front, head high to the finish. See it through!
Having a grand ol’ time.
I think I was actually pretty tired at this point!
Towards the end of the hike, there was an observatory deck that gave you a spectacular view of the city buildings and mountains.
More deep thoughts, this one by Nelson Mandela.
That a way to the finish!
Y’all know what all that hiking meant …
The best kalbi jjim in Seoul!!! Oh my word.
The meat just fell off the bone. It was PERFECTION in a bowl.
We ate with a friend who was also visiting Seoul at the time and cheered to some makgeolli with Sprite — yum!
After dinner, we checked out a bar where the bartenders were doing awesome stunts and fire shows with their bottles and shakers!
Our last day in Seoul! We wanted to check out a restaurant specializing in bibim bap, which is a Korean dish where you mix rice with a bunch of different veggies and meat (you can add an egg) in a stone pot.
So … hard … to … finish … all … of … it.
Hm, I don’t remember the name of this shopping district, but I DO remember that it was PACKED.
We met up with my nieces to end the trip with one last Korean BBQ dinner.
One thing I’ve been getting into as part of my world travels is enjoying the experience of watching a movie in another country. (This photo was actually taken the day before at another theatre where Dark Knight Rises was sold out.)
This night, we managed to get seats and sat in the “sweet box.” It was like watching the movie from the comfort of your own home ;)
The next day, we said our farewells to the Motherland and got one more glimpse of Korea in the airport before flying off to Toronto :)
– Cafe <3
P.S. Speaking of hiking, I am currently on Day 5 of my 9-day hiking trip in Killarney Provincial Park (no, I’m not blogging in the woods :). Leave me some love in the box below and I’ll holla back at you when I return!