A Multiple-day Hike on Jirisan 1 – [Gyeongsang][Jeolla]

지리산 – Jirisan National Park is designated as the first and the largest National Park of South Korea. Located in the south, it spreads across three provinces – South-Gyeongsang (Gyeongsangnam-do), North-Jeolla (Jeollabuk-do) and South-Jeolla (Jeollanam-do). Many Korean and international visitors come to Jirisan to enjoy its wonderful sceneries, walk on the stunning hikes through a lot of valleys and mountains, as well as to reach the highest peak in Korea mainland – the Cheonwangbong (1915m).

I was there on Jirisan with my friends from Germany – Kerstin and Sven. After spending 3-day-2-night there, we‘ve not only seen the beautiful landscape of Korea, but also experienced the friendliness and warm hearts of the Korean people. What an unforgettable hiking tour!

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Jirisan

Our plan for Jirisan

Kerstin and Sven came from Germany to Korea for the first time to visit me. We were climbing mates back then in Germany and all love mountains. That’s why, my first thought of what to do with them was: Let’s plan a cool hike!

But where to? Jirisan, Seokraksan, Bukhansan? All supposed to be wonderful. But the highest one is on Jirisan! Go for it!

For the preparation, we‘ve found a lot of useful information online, such as on the blog of Juno Kim (2017) or Elicia und Thomas (2014). The blog entries described everything in detailed with amazing photos. Reading and looking at the pictures we just wanted to be there immediately!

Based on the information we found we decided to hike for 3 days and 2 nights on the „Jirisan Ridge Hike“, which is also named as “Jongju (Traversing) Course“ on the Korea National Park Homepage.

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Jongju (Traversing) Course

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Autumn in Korea – 한국 가을 2018

This is the first time for me to meet the Korean Autumn. Eventhough I already read on the Internet or saw on TV that this is a wonderful time here, I still can’t help but fall in love with it 😍.

The weather is not hot anymore, rather cool. You can feel the autumn breeze and also see it taking all the colorful leaves with it. Day by day  you can see the color of your surrounding is changing – on the streets, in the parks or on the mountains. From green to yellow, to orange then red… Then maybe you only see a naked tree left, without any leaf.

Everyday is more beautiful than the previous day…

I went around, enjoying this fabulous scenery and try to capture it with all devices I have. But I only feel helpless, because the reality is much more lively, much more colorful, much more fantastic… No word, no picture can describe the beauty of the autumn in Korea. You have to come, to see and breath it by yourself.

Well, despite that fact, I still would love to share some pictures of my autumn collection with you to give you more motivation to come to Korea in autumn ☺️.

All of them were taken between end of September and end of October 2018. The whole collection as well as the locations I’ve been to can be found here.

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Bukhansan
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Bukhansan
Korea, Autumn, Fall, Herbst, Reisein Korea, Travel in Korea, Natur, Nature
Bukhansan

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A hike on Seoul city wall – 한양도성 (Hanyangdosong)

A wall was built in 1396 around Seoul to protect the city. It was about 5~8m high and 18,5 km long. Until yesterday, I could only remember to see the famous gates in the city, such as 남대문 (Namdaemun) or 동대문 (Dongdaemun), but no wall. But yesterday, we’ve made a 10km long hike along the northen part of the Seoul city wall from 혜화문 (Hyehwamun) to 남대문 (Namdaemun). The wall of this trail is so well maintained, that you can walk almost the whole time on the wall.

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One round on the Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon

For a short break from the city life, today we made a half-day-trip in Suwon, which was around 1h driving to the south from Seoul’s center. Our main purpose was to visit the Hwaseong Fortress, an UNESCO World Heritage, that was built at the end of the 18th Century. We started our 5.5km walk on the fortress at the Hwahongmun Gate and finished after 3h.

A perfect location to escape the city and to shoot!

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