All posts tagged: mountain

Taejongdae | a brief guide

Beautiful views. Cool breezes. The smell of pine and ocean together. Taejongdae offers all these things and is a great little getaway in Busan. I was thoroughly impressed with the beauty and atmosphere offered here. Just like every tourist place in Korea, there were hundreds of people at the base of the mountain in the shops, buying souvenirs and coffee and  waiting to take the trolley up. But, if you walk up on foot, which is a reasonable incline but not taxing (I did it in flip flops), it is wonderfully peaceful (something rare and beautiful in Korea at times) and you can get much better views for a much longer time. The blue ocean views from the cliffs were very calming and we seemed to be the only visitors to the small temple on our way up. It is a charming place altogether. And one I would recommend. Taejongdae To get there: From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop. Other buses bound for Taejongdae: No. 8, 13, 30, 88, or 101. …

A Brief Guide to Gamcheon | Busan

The colors. The COLORS. Gamcheon Village, located in sunny Busan, is a beauty and conundrum to behold. Built into the sides of a mountain, the former slum is a kaleidoscope of pastel colored Tetris pieces, painted in 2009 to entice spectators and tourists up one hell of a steep slope. And it is worth it, if only for the spectacular views and creativity. Tourists have access to so many places in Gamcheon, walking around what feels like people’s private properties. One might wonder how they get the necessities of life into the cozy, cement houses nestled so close to one another. I caught a glimpse inside one residence to see a full size refrigerator, the likes of which I don’t have, and could not stop thinking about what they had to do to maneuver that beast up the mountain slope and through the nonexistent “streets” the rest of the trip. I was at once both envious and confused. Gamcheon is dotted with galleries, street art, street food and cafes.  I loved all the colors, the vibrant feel, the artisanal quality of …

Apsan Mountain | Daegu

Up on top of a mountain I had no idea I was climbing that day, is a very nice view of Daegu City in South Korea. But, you have to get there by cablecar. I have to admit I didn’t really want to do it. I wasn’t prepared to hike up even part of a mountain. I was wearing inappropriate clothing and unsupportive shoes. I was lugging around an overnight bag. And, more importantly,  I am now uber terrified of all safety procedures, measures and faux precautions taken in Korea as there are WAY too many deadly accidents. Right before we went up in our tin-car of terror, 12 poor souls had just died at a concert in Seoul by falling through a street grate to a parking garage under the ground.  It’s all I could think about. I am just not that convinced Korea knows anything about safety. So the trip up was dramatic for me. Luckily it was uneventful.  The view is of the entire city of Daegu and it is quite nice.  It …

Achasan Mountain|Top of Seoul|

So it’s not literally on the top of Seoul, there are bigger mountains in this city, but it does have some beautiful views of the Han River and the south…and I made it up there. Small miracles.  A bit of a hazy day, as it seems to always be in Seoul these days, but it has a great look, fresher air than the basin of Gangnam, and lots of people in full out hiking gear (snicker). It’s a good little climb. I didn’t expect it to be quite as steep…but it only takes 30-40 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. There is more to see than I found today but it was already getting warm and I am tragically out of shape. Mountain climbing can only get easier, right? Directions: Take Line 5 to Achasan Station and go out exit 2. Turn left at the first intersection and then turn right at the first T in the street, Left at the second T. You will be going up a noticeable hill now. We just …