A couple of weeks ago I went to the Bukansan National park in Seoul for a mountain hiking experience. Bukhansan is a huge expanse of mountains and for an entry fee of $2, its all yours to explore!
The park has many steep rocky cliffs and precipitous mountains, dissected by many deep valleys. Overall, hiking here is a very thrilling experience. Most of the trails are pretty safe and they are all lined by ropes for support. Hoewever, there are a few trails which are challenging and are not for the weak hearted.
Believe it or not, one is bound to see many aged people hiking at this park. The fitness levels of the general public here in korea is amazingly very high.
We successfully climbed two peaks – Baegundae and some other peak whose name i forgot ;(. Being totally exhausted after climbing the peaks, climbing down proved to be a much difficult proposition. Also, there are a lot of temples along the trails.
The next pit stop was at the Namaste Indian restaurant in Dongdaemun. Here, we did all those things that we possibly can do to get back all those calories spent during the hike!
Here in Korea, we had a long weekend last week because of a festival called chuseok. It is pretty much like our harvesting festival, called sankranti in South India. The koreans also do perform a ritual called thanksgiving, wherein they pay homage to their ancestors. A pretty nice ritual, but what i am more interested is on the five days of holidays these festival do bring along with them. As always, i had made some eleborate plans to visit some exotic places around Korea. But fate had an other story to tell and i ended up being in office on three of those five days ;(
On monday, i hauled my SUV out and drove to a nearby island called Wolmido. The drive was very soothing and i was pretty surprised at not seeing much traffic on a holiday. I had the whole highway for myself and my SUV and we both literally burned the rubber. Wolmido Island is not an exotic place by any stretch of your imagination. But it is very well maintained tourist spot with lots of hotels, pubs (tempting but wifey had a firm grip on me), souvenir shops, small fountains and what not.
Me and wifey had a great time and of course a sumptous lunch there. Btw, did i tell you that there is a small theme park nearby. But we decided that it is ill advised to sit on those thrilling rides with our fully loaded stomachs.
On tuesday, we went along with another desi family to a popular water park called Carribean Bay. Had a great time in the Wave Pools, Spas and Saunas. The water slide is the most exciting. The one in carribean Bay is a pretty long one and it takes you through a dark tunnel for around a minute or so. By the time you reach the ground Zero and splash in the pool you would be thoroughly thrilled and exhausted.
The remaining few days were spent in watching the 2020 live cricket matches, cricket highlights and of course discussing with friends about what Dhoni’s strategies should be, about the field placings, the batting orders, the bowlers etc etc.. 😉