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Kiwi in Korea 14 - lost on Geumjeongsan

I went tramping (that's hiking if you don't know) yesterday.  I headed for Geumjeongsan (san is mountain) which is in Busan and according to the Lonely Planet, some of the best tramping in Busan.   It was overcast and when I was on the tops it was cloudy but I really liked it.   I had intended to go to a bath house after for a good soak but I took an adventurous route, got disorientated and ended up being a couple of hours longer that intended.

I started at Beomeosa (the temple I have previously blogged about) and the trail went up into the clouds to the North Gate of Geumjeong Fortress, it is not really a fortress but a wall that is the remains of a fortress and gates.  It was built after Japanese and Chinese invasions in the 16th and 17th centuries.  It was destroyed during the Japanese occupation from 1910.

As I said it was cloudy and I love tramping in the mist:  It was all up hill to the North gate, but imo, worth it.  North Gate  Looking through the East Gate (all the gates were similar so I wont post pictures of them).  After reaching the South Gate (about 8.8 kms from the Nth Gate) I went in search of Seokbulsa temple which is described as off the beaten track and worth the effort to get there - and it was too, though I don't know if anything written in the Lonely Planet can truly be called off the beaten track.

 it was all down and then all up to get to

 this let me know I was close  I know it's a buddist symbol but I always think of Nazis.    part of the temple was carved into rock  local mountain bikers (who must have thighs of steel) were up there too.  After I left this temple I took a little track off the path in the spirit of getting away from it all.  Of course you can see the city from many spots in this place, here you can just see it through the cloud.

  It was just after taking this photo that I took a wrong turn, I followed the trail up and asked a fellow tramper at the top of this hill (where this structure was).... if I was on the way to the Cable Car, he smiled and said yes.  Later I realised he was just being polite and probably couldn't speak English.   Thankfully I met this Korean family who took me the right way.  I wasn't sure they were going in the right direction cause I thought they were referring to Namman (a little village on the way to Seokbulsa) but they were actually referring to Nam Mun - the South Gate. doh.  The son offered to carry my bag (because I looked so tired) but it was drenched in sweat and he had such a nice crisp white shirt on I had to decline.  So I spent 5 hours climbing up and down undulating mountain paths.  I felt as shagged as I look.  The parents look grumpy in the photo but they were actually very sweet and kind.  Woot resting my feet on the cable car down, the city is still only viewable through cloud.

Despite taking a wrong turn and not having time for a bath house, I really enjoyed my tramp.  I may have to see what tramping clubs are around.  K doesn't like tramping so now is a good time to get in what I can. 

Hope you have all had a good weekend - and survivied Narom's onslaught of blogs - haha

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This path looks mysterious with mist hanging over.
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blurry but a nice shot =p
over 12 years ago
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I love mist , I find it relaxing. Looks a beautiful area to trek in.
over 12 years ago
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Yeah my friend saw the one on the Golden buddha at Po Lin, she was convinced it was the swaztika, actually the tourguide pointed it out and explained about it, as a lot see it as similar on first glance.
over 12 years ago
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wow, what a magnificent view
over 12 years ago
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I like the little buddhas surrounding it. Nice
over 12 years ago
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aw, what a lovely family. It's nice when you come across such helpful people
over 12 years ago
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BEAUT-I-FUL shot! I looks so romantic.
over 12 years ago
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Ah...love the green and the nature.
over 12 years ago
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nice pic.
over 12 years ago
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thanks, really great blog. you should publish a kiwi's korean guide book :D
over 12 years ago
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That route looks seriously ambitious!
over 12 years ago
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Very cinematic. I guess this is exactly why they add mist to all those movies. Much more dramatic.
over 12 years ago
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I wonder what route the bikers took? Over the rocks? You're right, thighs of steel.
over 12 years ago
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Is this place still occupied or is it just historic?
over 12 years ago
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Oops. Wrong Turn. But the idea of a trekking club could be fun. I love the Lonely Planet Hiking books and hiking suggestions
over 12 years ago
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Sounds like an exhausting but wonderful day Jaine. You look flush with achievement not knackered.
over 12 years ago
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WoW. Love all you sent and wrote about this topic its incredible interesting! Thanks so much for sharing!
over 12 years ago
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Did you bang the gong?
over 12 years ago
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oh wow........ it looked like a really nice walk..... and the pictures are so pretty tooo
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great pics love
over 12 years ago
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i love placeful .. Jaine
over 12 years ago
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This look like my place --honey ... weather very cold in the winter
over 12 years ago
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ha ha ..whose that tall woman ? he he he
over 12 years ago
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That's one heck of a hike .. sounds & looks great, tho' ^^
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every beautiful pictures different buildings ,, history swell ,,
over 12 years ago
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wow... it's beautiful from up above... hahaa.. =)
over 12 years ago
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wow.. this feels like a path to mysterious land.. hahaa.. misty and kinda "dreamy" like... hahaa...
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I love these kind of pics! =)
over 12 years ago
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Awesome! Didja get to ring it?
over 12 years ago
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Nice adventure! =)
over 12 years ago
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oh wow, beautiful photos.. glad you ended up OK even with the long detour!!! =/
over 12 years ago
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I'm really loving all your Kiwi in Korea blogs. Hiking is good exercise and your route looked nice despite your off road adventure :)
over 12 years ago
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nice and misty
over 12 years ago
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was this a shrine of some sort?
over 12 years ago
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cool view!
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What an adventure! Great photos. :)
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I like climbing mountains in the mist too , haha you look so tall in the group , whats ur height ?
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btw , I noticed there r Chinese characters on that big stone
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Oh, Jaine. The pictures are just breathtaking, and are a balm to my soul. Thanks so much for sharing them. I have to get there someday! Thanks for supporting Jeremy's desire to quit. He'll start Chantix soon. Hugs, Elena
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Is that fog? I love the scenary...
over 12 years ago
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You look tall here =)
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Great pics you got here btw! At least they look more interesting than mine! :P
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Hahaha, I love it when you say it reminds you of the Nazis! Truth is the swastika was an ancient symbol of peace for both Indians and Buddhists. The Nazis reversed it to symbolise war.
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In case you want to know, the Chinese character here means Buddha :) It has two trees stuck in the middle with a snake crossing over it. Funnily enough it also resembles a lot like the US dollar sign! :p
over 12 years ago
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i love the mistiness! would want to have a walk here someday.
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