I went hiking at the Bukhansan National Park today since I was really bored and felt like doing some proper exercise. (...And of course, I wanted to inform people about the place.) This was my second time climbing the mountain although it's only 15 minutes away from my house. The weather wasn't super nice, but I think it was better than sunny weather for hiking.
At the entrance of the national park, you can see traditional Korean houses, Hanok. (Most of them are newly built. I think the government is building more Hanok to give a “traditional” vibe to the national park.) They are mostly cafes or convenience stores for visitors. And I don't know why, but there is also a gym under construction.
If you pass the "Hanok Village (It's not the one in Bukchon)" and go near the mountain, you can see Jingwansa Temple, a Buddhist temple built in the mid-17th century. Apparently, many people visit the temple for a "Temple Stay" program.
After about an hour of hiking, I finally reached one of the peaks I don't know the name of. (Bukhansan Mountain has five peaks, and the highest one is 835.5m high.) I couldn't enjoy the view that much since the weather wasn't perfect, but I really liked the feeling that I achieved something today.
I will try to take better pictures of the Bukhansan National Park when cherry blossoms bloom in a couple of months. I've heard that it is absolutely more beautiful during the spring and the fall.
I definitely recommend visiting the Bukhansan National Park if you are a fan of climbing and nature.
(On a side note, as I mentioned in the other post before, Bukhansan is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Visited National Park per Unit Area" with nearly 5 million visitors each year.)