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.
Lunch break, at the peak of Bugaksan behind Gyeongbokgung Palace. You can see Seoul tower on Namsan in the distance. Hello, my name is Holly and I like climbing on really really big hills! I was definitely out of breath when I reached the top of some of these stairs! One of the old fortress gates. 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! This could probably sum up Alex and Junsoo’s personalities fairly well 🙂 Just being creepy with my deer friend. Nothing to see here. Seoul is massive! Afterwards, we wandered around the area at the base of Inwangsan, and found a delicious Japanese buffet for our feasting delight. 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. Nanta- these guys were great! They performed elaborate, theatrical pieces using various kitchen equipment, particularly sharp knives. Flying chopped vegetables were a regular feature. A Mongolian group playing traditional percussion instruments. This may have been my favourite performance of the evening.