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[Travel] Gwanak Mountain

The only mountain located nearby my neighborhood. Get out of Seoul National University Station Exit no. 3 (please don't get confused between Seoul National University with Seoul National University of Education Station), go straight and you'll see a bus stop, you can take any bus from here and stop at Seoul National University Bus Stop. For me, I took bus no. 5513 and then you can get off on the 4th stop after you take on the bus. =)

Once you get off the bus, things can get very confusing. There's no sign at all on where to go to get to the entrance of Gwanak Mountain. Ah, there's a sign, but the sign only written in Korean words which I believe most of foreigners won't understand. So, the simplest way is there's a CU convenience store right behind the bus stop, if you're facing the CU convenience store, turn to your right side and go straight forward along the road, and you'll see the entrance. ^^

Now, all you have to do is just keep walking up, since there's no sign where you'll have to go.
There's actually several hiking course you can choose here, from the easiest one to the hardest one, but there's no sign or information on where to go to choose which path you'd like to go through. I think the Korean Government or local government or whoever is taking care of this place should pay more attention on these things. If you're a frequent hikers you might won't have any problem, but as for me since it's a first time I came here, it's kind of scary. I even hesitate on whether to go on with the trip or not before I decided to give it a try, which I think a lot of first time visitor will feel the same as well.
If you're someone who love to go through an easy way, once you say this on your right hand side, there's 2 path to choose. First is go right through the stony road, or keep going straight on the pavement. Choose the second option for the easier road.

Walk slightly a little bit more, and you'll see a public toilet on your right hand side. I'm not a fan of public toilet, so I didn't get inside to see, but normally public toilet facility around Korea can be considered pretty okay. =)
As you keep walking forward, you can see a lot of things...
They even provide exercise facilities here... (O_O)
Walk down a little bit and you can take pictures near the little stream flows...
And there's these cute little garden flower, which I bet must be super pretty during spring~
Over with the little leisure by the stream, you'll have to move up through the stairs a little bit, keep moving forward and you'll see this stone, which written "Gwanak Mountain Lake Park"~
Well, but don't expect to see some pretty beautiful things over here lolz~ As it more look like that the lake garden is not being taken care too well enough for me...
I don't know whether it's to preserve the nature of the lake garden that they choose to leave the lake garden in this shape, but I think it should have get a little bit prettier and tidier than this right?

Ah, and from what I read through the internet you can see a strange looking stone around this lake garden in Gwanak Mountain, which I believe must be referring to this one...
I admit this stone does look amazing to me... lolz... And another view of the lake garden which I though could come out a lot better than this if it's being taken fully care of~
And another proof that this garden is not being taken care well enough of~ Do you all see the huge spider webs around this thing~ (o_O")
Another unique thing about Gwanak Mountain is there is a lot of hidden temples around here. lolz. I was planning to go on the further one, but since I'm getting out of energy and time, I choose to go the nearest one which is called Seong Ju Am. So you'll be able to choose between 2 path again. To the left will be the further temple and the harder hiking course track, to the right is the up hill way to go to the Seong Ju Am Temple.
Once you choose the right pathway, you'll immediately be able to see this stone... Go moving up a little bit and you can see a vegetables field~
The way to the temple is super super super steep, I was exhausted and have to rest down every time I see a wooden stool lolz. Therefore, I'm not able to take lots of picture along the way upwards. It's just a 400 meters distance, but it felt more difficult compare to the few kilometres way I walk to get to the entrance way of this pathway.
After a long and difficult walk, I finally get to see the sight of the temple...~! Oh yeah~!
I just have to walk a few more steps.... and... HERE I AM!!!!
And I'll have to get on the stairs to get to the temple, but it's nothing compare the steep up hill road that I've just gone through.
It's not really big size for a temple but it's really quite and peaceful~
Plus, the scenery from up here is super beautiful, I'm not good at taking pictures, so I bet it doesn't turn out really well in the picture below. BUT, one thing for sure, this place is definitely going to have a wonderful scenery once the leaves turning red / orange. Therefore, I'm planning to go up here one more time during that period. ^^
There's also a statue of Goddess Kwan Im, which most of Buddhist people believed and prayed to...
 Another scenery from the temple~~
When you go to the right side of the main building, you'll see a little stairs, and once you go up through the stairs you'll find this place...
Last but not least... Greetings from me with the background of the temple parking lot~ LOLZ~! See you in my next post~ <3


  1. bagus ya, terutama itu pohon-pohonya bikin teduh

    1. iya apalagi uda lagi mau masuk musim gugur di sini~ jd adem banget pas lagi hiking hehehe =)


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