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Standing in the Breeze of Cheonggyesan Mountain

Written by : Bon Voyagers

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dance on a windy day”Shira Tamir.

I love this quote. I feel like it summarizes everything about autumn.

Autumn is the season of colors. One of the most common things I like to do in autumn is hiking. It’s a perfect season for going onto the mountains because of the cool weather and the colorful trees along the hiking trails.

So recently, I went to Cheonggyesan mountain, which is located in the Southern Seoul (Cheonggyesan station on the red line) for hiking with some of my friends. There are many mountains that are in the surrounding areas of Seoul which are very easy to access to by inside city metro. Cheonggyesan is one of the closest to the center of Seoul.

What I love about this mountain is that when you walk out from the subway, you immediately have this feeling like you are outside the busy areas of Seoul even though the station just few subways away from Gangnam Station which is known to be one of the busiest areas in Seoul.

The area feels more like countryside. It’s quiet and the sight of the mountain gives it a whole lot different feeling. Beside that on the entrance of the hiking, there are many cute and outdoor coffee shops and restaurants perfect for a rest after a long hiking.

I took us from morning 9 AM to 4 PM to finish the hiking, but we enjoyed every bit of it. The scenery was breath taking, I felt like I was in a winter wonderland. Reaching the top felt like a sweet victory after a long journey. I always feel more connected the source when I stand on high places and looking down always makes me feel how small our troubles can be.

And like my friend always used to tell me, “stand in the breeze of your mountain, write on the leaves, and let the wind take them.”

So, to walk you through my hiking experience in Cheonggyesan, I took some pretty pictures, grab a warm cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountain with me.

Writing and photo credits: Ash

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