Tag Archives: Hiking

Adventures in South Korea: Bonghoasan Samcheok and the Rose park

10 May

I should have posted back when the cherry blossoms were blooming but I didn’t (either way you would have to wait until next year to see a hill full of cherry blossoms).

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This is right next to the hill where my house is at the moment except I could not tell you the street of where this hill is (mostly because street don’t work quite the same or at least I have not gotten the hang of them yet).

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Mean while just look at the surroundings so you can make it thee.

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The walk was beautiful and the loose cherry blossoms made great hair accessories.

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Now we did not go up this path we took the other side of the fork on the road (however this side is supposed to take you to a gazebo that overlooks the city).

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We made it all the way to the top of the path and then began to make out way down the other side of the hill. And it felt like a quest in a fairy tale.

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Eventually you make to the other end of the city and can go to the rose garden (the roses haven’t made it in yet).

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Great hike and worth taking plus there is a nice little coffee shop in the rose park called Daily Coffee.

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Adventures in South Korea: Mureong Valley, Donghae, South Korea

17 Aug

Mureong Valley, if you want to cab her you can say Mureong chegok (because they will not understand valley). There is an option of taking the bus here but I did not do that so you may have to go to the information center in Donhae (yes this valley in the town of Donghae in the Gangwondo area. A 1.650 won bus ride or you can just cab to the valley). 

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So once you get off the taxi you will see the shops all around, good place to get souvenirs along with places to eat and drink. 

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After you are walking for a while you will get to the area where you can buy your admission tickets which are not at all expensive. Once you have passed the gate feel free to wander around the valley. 

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There is a couple of rivers so you can pack a bathing suit and towels (most Koreans had tubes and other bloating devises along with tents they do not kid around with comfort they will carry all this stuff around). You may also want to have a change of clothing because well you never know when you may thing you can make it to the other rock in the middle of the river and then you don’t. 

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There is a temple where people can come and stay to enjoy the nature and what not else of the valley.

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These are rather small but they find strength in numbers so be prepared to work out your thighs. 

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This was the chosen spot for a break/ picnic a small but deeper than my legs are long led me to believe I could make it across with out having to get my clothes wet (It did nit workout so well for me). 

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After finishing the rest of the hike it was time to see what the shops outside of the valley entrance had to offer and came upon Makgeolli (in it’s truest form and we had it with a Korean soft drink called Cider because it tasted better). 

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The following is what they call a Korean pizza, which is essentially a giant potato pancake (it was great and even though the amount of hiking did not equate the caloric intake it did not matter).

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When the day came to an end a taxi took us to a tore where wine was bought to be enjoyed at the Donghae beach (it was also a bit rainy yet the summer heat was very real). 

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Happy travels and drink responsibly!