Garden of the Morning Calm – Seoul Hiking Group

After an exhausting day and faux-rescue on Wunaksan it was time to relax at Korea’s Garden of the Morning Calm.  This colorful light show reminds many foreigners of Christmas and is fitting to visit in the winter.  Multicolored lights adorn trees and bushes throughout the massive garden.  Its a popular spot for Korean couples who can be seen frolicking hand-in-hand and posing for romantic photos.

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They have everything from love-struck bow & arrows to giant mushrooms, butterflies and other crazy concoctions.  The brilliant display mixes a rainbow of colors with our imagination to create a fantasy wonderland.  Its best to go after sunset so you can get the full experience of tunnels & lighted pathways.  Give yourselves an hour or two to explore but you don’t need all night.  It really is the perfect way to relax after spending your day on the nearby mountains.

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Spring biking through Gyeongju – Seoul Hiking Group

After a wonderful morning on Namsan mountain we picked up our bikes and rode around the historic South Korean capitol, Gyeongju.  I decided to follow Warren’s group rather than explore on my own.  After a quick ride down the bustling streets we found ourselves at festival.

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Throughout Gyeongju we saw horse drawn carriages.  They weren’t your ordinary horse and buggy though.  Apparently here carriages come equipped with sound effects, including an electronic “neigh” and some k-pop.  Some were even decked out with Christmas lights and bedazzled sides!  As awesome as these were we all opted to keep our bikes as we rode through the blossom-less cherry trees.

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Before long we took a break at a magnificent flower field.  There were vast yellow expanses of yellow and well groomed gardens of tulips.  We broke here and wandered between the spring flowers and traditional Korean games with the occasional Korean couple  in hanbok (traditional formal dress).

 

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