Climbing on big rocks is definitely my thing.

Last weekend I met up with a teacher at another school and a number of his friends and acquaintances to hike along Seoul’s old fortress wall! This ring encompasses Seoul’s inner area, and was built to defend the old capital against invading Mongols and other armies.

Our first stop along the way was at a shrine dedicated to Dangun. According to mythology, he was the first man in Korea, and descended from bears!

IMG_1811 Lunch break, at the peak of Bugaksan behind Gyeongbokgung Palace. You can see Seoul tower on Namsan in the distance. IMG_1824 Hello, my name is Holly and I like climbing on really really big hills!IMG_1826 IMG_1828 I was definitely out of breath when I reached the top of some of these stairs!IMG_1829 IMG_1834 One of the old fortress gates. IMG_1838 IMG_1839 IMG_1840 IMG_1849 Excellent view from the top of this boulder! Junsoo, an awesome middle-aged Korean man in our group, is visible in the left corner. He brought snacks, and makgeolli, or traditional Korean rice wine, for us to drink! IMG_1850 IMG_1852 This could probably sum up Alex and Junsoo’s personalities fairly well 🙂 IMG_1859 Just being creepy with my deer friend. Nothing to see here. IMG_1860 Seoul is massive!IMG_1864 Afterwards, we wandered around the area at the base of Inwangsan, and found a delicious Japanese buffet for our feasting delight.IMG_1870 IMG_1871 Finally, Alex, his girlfriend Mina, and myself ventured to City Hall to check out the Seoul Drum Festival taking place that weekend. We were treated to a lovely sunset.IMG_1872 Nanta- these guys were great! They performed elaborate, theatrical pieces using various kitchen equipment, particularly sharp knives. Flying chopped vegetables were a regular feature.IMG_1880 IMG_1887 A Mongolian group playing traditional percussion instruments. This may have been my favourite performance of the evening. IMG_1889


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