butterfly

a butterfly having a snack

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bamboo coats

bamboo trees bundled up for the winter cold of Korea

 

On the way to the Leeum, Danielle and I  passed by this sight. I’ve since seen it in other parts of town. It gets really cold during the winter in Korea and apparently bamboo trees need an extra layer to stay nice and warm. Maybe I should take a page out of the trees’ book the next time I’m shivering in zub-zero temperatures.

view from (near) the top

a couple of guys enjoying the view from Bukhansan

 

Like I said, the views from Bukhansan are pretty awesome. We were lucky in terms of the weather. The sun started to break through as we approached the top.  Even so, the pollution rising above the city cuts down visibility of the “communist-style” (thanks James) apartment buildings in the northern part of Seoul.

queue

a line of hikers making their way up Bukhansan

 

Hiking…you know, it’s that thing you do when you want to “get away from it all”. You throw on your boots, pack some snacks, and head out into nature. Oh, how nice it is to be alone in the woods, or on a mountain top, just you and your thoughts…Well if this is your idea of hiking, I suggest you stay clear of Bukhansan. To say it’s a crowded hike is an understatement. However, the views are pretty amazing, and if you don’t mind crowds, then by all means! I will say that I’m glad I went, but I will likely look for a less “popular” hiking destination in the future.

framed

trees, leaves, roofs

 

Another shot from Changdeok Palace. This one is not from the gardens, but rather the Palace area which is what you see first when you enter the premises. There are some more garden and palace pictures on my flickr page, feel free to take a look! http://www.flickr.com/photos/davedom/

written in stone

writing etched into a rock in a hidden part of the secret garden

 

This was one of the last stops on the tour. Unfortunately my Korean skills at this point are not good enough to decipher the writing.