As my time comes to an end in Korea, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots in Korea. The places that I have returned to again and again, the places I recommend everyone visit, the places that will always remind me of my favorite days in Korea.
I’d say about 65% of the reason I love Namhansanseong is because it is so stinking fun to say. I like to push all the syllables together and push the word out in one fast breath. I like to think of it as our friendly neighborhood fortress. It’s a perfect place for an afternoon hike, and has great views of the city. Jared and I have walked various parts of the wall several times, and spent a few cold evenings waiting for a twilight picture of the city. We probably would have utilized it more if they allowed dogs on the trail. We probably never would have visited Namhansanseong if we didn’t live south of the river. It’s popular among Korean hikers and was recently made into a UNESCO site, but a lot of people seem unaware of its existence.
There’s a small village at the top of the mountain with traditional restaurants; however, we didn’t visit the village that often. We would usually enter at the south gate and walk until we were halfway tired and turn back. We mostly visited in the fall, but my cousin and I hiked in the summer and it was equally beautiful. Some of my favorite fall pictures from Korea are from Namhansanseong.