For Chuseok this year (the Korean autumn harvest festival), Kate and I went on a short hike up Mt. Umyeon. It’s located near Nambu Bus Terminal, which is only one subway stop from my house. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
It was a very leisurely hike, and only took about an hour to get to the top. Despite the short climb, the view at the top was pretty spectacular. And the best part was, it wasn’t crowded! It was a very peaceful climb, and we only saw a few people, and one terribly behaved little dog on the trail. Maybe it was so empty because of the Chuseok holiday, but I’ll take it. Overall, it was a great way to spend a relaxing day. There was even an old man selling honeydew melon flavored ice cream at the top!
There’s also a few things to do at the base of the mountain if you’re so inclined. The Seoul Arts Center is just a short hike along the trail. I didn’t get a chance to check it out when I went, but I’d like to see what it’s all about. Also, there’s an interesting water feature right near the entrance of the trail. A little odd and out of place, but I liked it.
I can’t believe I’ve lived right next to Mt. Umyeon for two years now, and never been. I’ll definitely be heading back.