One of my favorite parts about being in South Korea was that I could hike mountains whenever I want. Seoul is full of mountains with pleasant trails that lead to beautiful peaks, and I always meet at least a few strangers during my morning hikes who talk to me about where I’m from and why I’m here. What has surprised me the most is that I almost never meet people on the mountains under 65, although that may be because I always go very early in order to be back before class starts. There have been a few times when I definitely wished that I had brought actual hiking gear instead of running shoes, but I managed to not get hurt nonetheless. The views from the top always made the long hike worth it! The pictures below are from Yongmasan Mountain and Bukhansan National Park.