Looking north across the DMZ into North Korea on a very rainy day.
I’ve been to South Korea twice and the thing that strikes me about the country is the mountains. They’re absolutely everywhere! Often obscured by the smog, they’re always beautiful and are the homes to many of the country’s great temples. The great metropolis of Seoul yields to its many mountains — its many districts are defined by the steep and uninhabitable mountains that provide a natural border between the neighbourhoods.
A district of Seoul as seen from Bukaksan.
View from Bukaksan of the wall around Seoul.
Wall detail as seen from Bukaksan.
A rocky peak as seen from Bukaksan.
View from my in-laws' apartment in the Nowon district of Seoul.
Yet another view from my in-laws' apartment in The Nowon district of Seoul. The Samsung logo on the pink building means that it was built by Samsung's Construction division. The building I'm taking the picture from carries the Hyundai logo, which made it easy to find my way home after exploring the area.
Sunset from the in-laws' apartment.
Zooming in on "my in-laws' mountain".
The view looking south from near the western part of the DMZ.
Posts for drying fish in north-east South Korea.
A cemetery in Gyeonggi-do. Note the mounds on top of the graves. Followers of Korea's traditional religions believe in reincarnation so the mounds represent the Earth's belly swollen in pregnancy, preparing to give re-birth to the departed.
Another view of the Gyeonggi-do cemetery.
Gyeonggi-do cemetery, one last time.
An inscription on this gate in a mountaintop Buddhist temple says that by passing through one leaves all earthly troubles behind.
And this is Baekdamsa Temple. Apologies to those who have already seen this photo posted elsewhere on my blog.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little gallery of Korean mountain photos. If you enjoy hiking, mountain or rock climbing, or even just sitting on a resort’s patio with a great view of mountains, or valleys if the resort is on a mountain, I highly recommend a trip to South Korea!