Best Places for Spring in Korea

Spring is one of the best seasons in South Korea as cherry blossoms come out and national parks come alive with color.  This is my 3rd collaboration with other expats on the best things to do in Korea.  You can find the best of winter in Korea and best of fall in Korea on my site Read More …

A guided hike up Dobongsan, Bukhansan National Park – South Korea

Bukhansan National Park is my favorite place for hiking in South Korea.  Korea has better views in Seoraksan or on Saryangdo but with a half dozen entrances near subway stations Bukhansan jumps ahead of the pack.  A few weeks ago I got the idea of hiking Dobongsan again.  I’d been in the park 5 or 6 times Read More …

Hiking in Bukhansan – a photo walk

Last weekend I led a hike in Bukhansan National Park with some of my coworkers.  This makes 5 times in Bukhansan and still love it!  The first Spring Sunday made for a delightful hike despite the crowd and some hazy views.  Along the way we saw beautiful forests, temples and some climbers even crazier than us!  The temple was Read More …

Lunar New Year on a mountain in Bukhansan

When Seoul shuts down for a national holiday the first thing I think of is “where should I hike?”  Lunar New Year followed my Chuseok and Christmas traditions and brought me to an empty Bukhansan National Park.   My plan was to hike up Juanbong like my first hike and then cross the ridgeline into Read More …

Sneak peek from my latest photo shoot

Lunar New Year  brought me back to Bukhansan National Park.  I took my usual path up to Juanbong but found a new trail along the ridgeline and down the backside of the mountain.  It was a great hike and I got to shoot sunset in the mountains!  Enjoy this sneak peek from Juanbong peak, the Read More …

A mildly snowy Christmas in Bukhansan

Brian and I woke Christmas morning ready to hike Bukhansan National Park!  We met in the subway and half slept through our 70 minute ride to Dobongsan station.  The plan was to hike up the same path I took in my first excursion to Bukhansan National Park and then head over to Jubong and come down Read More …

Top 10 Favorite Travel Photos of 2013 #3

2013 took me to 5 National Parks in 2 different countries coupled with a few state parks and a handful of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  I visited palaces and fortresses, hiked mountains, summited 6 peaks, backpacked along ridge lines and through canyons.  The extraordinary views on my adventures provided a plethora of pictures to choose Read More …

Back to Bukhansan National Park

Ben and I decided that our last big excursion would be to Bukhansan National Park.  He had visited earlier in the week doing the same hike I did on my first time in Bukhansan.  We were excited to see if any of the fall foliage was popping its head and planned on heading to Songchu Read More …

A day in the mountains

Hiking is a popular pastime in Korea.  So popular that Bukhansan National Park was awarded the guiness world record for most visitors at a national park per square foot.  They get about 4 million hikers each year and the trails are always crowded.  Today is Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving and a holiday where everyone goes home, Read More …