Have you had a great time with sakuras? As the charming beauty of cherry blossoms slowly withering away, here comes another spring flower that’s bathing the peninsula in pink. The azaleas! This flower’s charm spring in different colors and pink is predominant that made a few mountains in Korea looks prettily and exciting especially for mountain hikers.
For sporadic hikers like me, wandering this mountain is just fine and will be the same even for first timers for sure. No sweat. Nice and easy, literally.
Though we had traveled almost two hours from Seoul, it’s definitely worth the time as the view promises a thousand pictures. LOL! That’s what we foreigners are up to right?
After getting off the bus, we followed the crowd considering that I knew everybody’s heading to the same direction (so don’t worry you’ll not get lost!). We made a left turn to the first corner (it’s right after a cow farm) and walk straight until we reached an intersection and continued walking to the left again.
Way going up, you’ll know you’re near if you’ve seen the temple and a small community of locals. You’ll see stairs that will lead you to a short cut to the top yet there is another narrow road behind the temple. Whichever means you take it will both brings you to a the spectacular view of Goryeo mountain.
Certainly, rather as expected there’s a huge crowd of locals and foreigners overlooking the beauty of this nature. They’re mostly ending up in picnic style after the long walk. The direction we headed took us about 30 minutes to the top. While it took us an hour going down because we chose to try another direction, that was the main road and which was the road took by most of the hikers.
A clear sky and a great hike! Really enjoyed the myriad of pink azaleas. Want to see it too?
Here’s how to go: (From Seoul) Take Subway Line 2 to Sinchon station and head to exit. Walk to the nearest bus stop and get on bus 3000 (an express bus) to Gangwha Intercity Bus Terminal (that’s the last stop actually). From the terminal, take bus #1, 23, 25, 27, 30 32 or 70 and get off to Gangwha History Museum.
Kind of a suggestion: For taking the right bus to from Gangwha during the festival, buses going there has banners/posters of the festival and just follow the crowd they’re heading there for sure.
Enjoy your hike too!