Korea is 70% mountains, and Seoul is surrounded by 37 mountains that are suited for hiking and rock climbing.  The tallest of them all is “Bukansen”.

We made the hike with hundreds of well equipped Koreans who arrived in trains and buses.  At the foot of the mountain, we were greeted by enthusiastic Buddhists who sent us on the way with hot soup and rice balls.  It took 3 hours to cover the 3.9 km. trail which was particularly beautiful because of the fall colors.

IPO conquers Mt. Bukansan near Seoul

IPO conquers Mt. Bukansan near Seoul

After rice balls and an apple, we returned to the bottom and caught the bus back to the hotel just before dark.

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