Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sunset over Inwangsan: Part 3

Click here to read Parts 1 and 2 of this post if you haven't already.

We saw some breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains while the sunset coloured the landscape orange.
Climbing a trickier part of the trail by rope.

Standing on the summit surrounded on all sides by incredible views of Seoul and its outskirts.

As it was getting dark we decided to quickly make our way down the mountain, but via a different path to the one that we ascended.
It was very icy and slippery so we were thankful for the ropes and railings.

The trail took us down into some pitch-black woodlands near the feet of the mountains.

We passed this rather creepy shack and briefly worried that we had entered a Korean version of Deliverance.
More treacherous ice.

We finally re-entered civilisation, where we passed this cool-looking house.
We ended our adventure with some well-deserved cafe lattes and cheesecake!
I find it difficult to describe just how special this day was. Inwangsan felt like some enchanted, hidden retreat, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. And discovering it ourselves, without the aid of any travel books or websites, made it that much more magical. I think this was the first time I really began to feel myself falling in love with Korea, and I can't wait to see more of the natural landscapes this country has to offer, especially once winter is finally over!

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