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.
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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