Spring in Korea – 한국 봄 2019

Eventhough the winter of 2018-2019 was not very cold, it was somehow unpleasant. Maybe because days were short and trees were naked without leaves. No flowers were blooming during this time. But suddenly in March I could notice the first signs of spring…

It begann with the magnolia tree I saw in the Yonsei University’s campus. It was full with those little white buds, but not yet opened.

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Magnolia on Yonsei University’s campus

Some days later, I couldn’t remember anything else than the golden hedges over Seoul. They were colored beautifully by the yellow blooming fosythia.

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Forsythia over Seoul
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Happy 1st Birthday! 🎂

It has been exactly one year since this new chapter of my life has started in Korea. Since then I have been able to get to know more about this beautiful country, visit many wonderful places, try to learn its difficult language and interesting culture, as well as meet a lot of lovely people.

After a year, I thought I have seen most of everything. But Korea still surprises me with many new things everyday.

Thank you very much for following me on my adventure in Korea, which will not over soon… 😘

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Thank you!

Outdoor rock climbing walls in Seoul – where are they?

The winter in Seoul is almost over. I can feel it in the air. It gets warmer, days are longer, and the spring flowers start to bloom. That also means, that the outdoor climbing season will soon begin. Finally!

However, it’s still too windy to go to the mountain in April. But there are many artificial outdoor climbing walls in the city. Have you tried them out yet? I’ve been to two of them: Danggogae park and Eungbongsan. For me, these are best locations to meet and greet Korean rock climbers.

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Eungbongsan climbing park

Why to go to artifical rock climbing walls?

There are many reasons why I love those places:

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Climbing & Bouldering @ Discovery Climbing Square [Incheon]

There are not so many options to survive the winter in Seoul for rock climbers. I mean, while boulder gyms seem to be easy to find, in door rock climbing walls can rarely be found in the city. Currently only the Dyno Wall and K2 are on the list. And unfortunately, K2 gym will be closed forever from 2019 February 28th 😭.

However, if you don’t mind to go to Incheon, I have another good option for you: the Discovery Climbing Square (DCS ICN).

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One of the bouldering room at DCS ICN

How to find the gym?

Address: Discovery Climbing Square ICN, 70 Wanjeong-ro Seo-gu Incheon

Naver Map: Link

Closest subway station: Majeon Station (Incheon Line2), Exit 1

Operation hours: Mon.-Thu. 10:00~23:00; Fri.: 17:00~23:00; Sat.: 10:00~22:00; Sun. and public holidays: 10:00~19:00

Entrance fee: Day-pass: 20.000₩; monthly pass: 120.000₩; Belay test (once): 2.000₩

Home page: Discovery Climbing square ICN (only in Korean)

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Things to do in Seoul’s winter

The winter in Korea is simply cold and windy and it’s going to be even colder. But at least the sun shines everyday. Don’t worry if you already plan to come to Seoul during the winter time. There are a lot of interesting activities to discover the city as well. Here is my list of things to do for you, just in case…

Watching Seoul from an observation deck

I love to go to a higher place and watch over everything moving below. It always amazes me, how beautiful, complicated but also tiny everything looks from above. In Seoul there are many observation decks you should visit, especially when the sky is clear:

Lotte World Tower

The Lotte World Tower is location on the south side of the Han river but you can see it from almost everywhere in Seoul. Because this is the highest building in Korea and the 5th tallest (2018) in the world.

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Lotte world tower from under
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