Life in South Korea

Hiking in Korea

I figured I’d make the first “real” post in this blog about one of the biggest perks about living Jeonju – hiking.   Living near the mountains means I have a chance to do quite a bit of hiking, and I’ve taken advantage of that chance a few times.  Since it’s fall here, the scenery is really beautiful, and it’s still warm enough in October and November to hike pretty comfortably.   

 I’ve been to two different mountains (Korean “san”).  One is called Moak San, which I’ve been to 3 times.  Once with a really nice couple who have sort of adopted me, once with Orbach (a high school friend for those who don’t know her) (or Rebecca as she’s known here, and who lives only 45 minutes away from me), and once with the teachers at my school.   It’s a really nice mountain and there is a Buddhist temple on the far side, which makes for a really cool hike.  It takes about 3 or 4 hours to get from my side to the temple on the other side, depending on your pace.   

The view from Moak San

The view from Moak San looking South

From the top of Moak San looking North

From the top of Moak San looking North

The other mountain I went to is called Daedan San.  It’s about an hour away, but it blows Moak out of the water.   It has this staircase/ladder up the side of the mountain that must be at least 200 feet that is really cool.  Also they have a cable car, which we took.  I went there with a friend from my school, her kids and two of her friends.   There isn’t a whole lot to say about this one.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
On the way up in the cable car

On the way up in the cable car

view from the top of Deadan San

view from the top of Deadan San

So there you have it.  Bottom line is that hiking in Korea is awesome and I hope to do a lot more of it before I leave here. 

3 Responses to “Hiking in Korea”

  1. i would like to go to deadan san when i am in korea.

  2. Andrew – I’m reading your blog. It’s exciting. I don’t have much more to say except for that I’m jealous and would love if you posted some pictures that included your handsome face! Now that we are in the blogosphere – expect more of this type of communication:

    ur da gr8est.
    miss ya bffaeae.

    noms 🙂

  3. i think i’m gonna have to agree with ms. noms. lovely pictures but there’s no replacing that handsome face. you should take a pic with all your kids. or something like that.


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