On November 20th, with early Christmas carols ringing on the streets in Korea, 3 YG members and 3 exchange students visited Namsan Tower located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. Since it was a time when the coronavirus had increased again, we never took off our masks except when we took pictures. In fact, the official name of Namsan Tower is Namsan Seoul Tower, which Koreans usually call Namsan Tower....
Our first Leisure Sports program of the semester was held on October 1st. We went to the Inwangsan mountain for hiking.
We gathered in front of the main gate at Yonsei at around 10:00 in the morning. We each got our snacks and bottled water for the hike and was informed of our schedule of the day. After a quick photo session, we headed to Dongnimmun (the Independence Gate) station by bus. We got on the bus 7737 at the Yonsei University bus stop and we arrived at the destination around 10:30. It only took about 15 minutes.
There were about 25 international students and 6 YG members. Since we weren’t such a big group, instead of dividing into separate teams, we decided to climb up the mountain as a whole. We head up a small hill from the station to the starting point of the trail.
We went up the mountain alongside the old fortress walls that surrounds the city of Seoul. Though the sky wasn’t very clear, the view was beautiful even from the start. We could even see the Namsan Seoul Tower.
We went up in a single line, taking a rest in between. Since it was a quite tough hike, it was important that we took rests in between. But the climb was very enjoyable because of the fantastic view. Also, since we got to talk to each other during the whole time, the hike was even more fun.
After an hour and a half, we finally made it to the top of the Inwangsan mountain. Though it was a shame that the sky wasn’t very clear, the view was spectacular even so. Also, the fact that we made it to the top of the mountain was very rewarding itself.
We took a different trail coming down from the mountain and the trail downwards took less than 30 minutes. Since the trail we took was headed towards the Gyeongbokgung Palace, we could see all the palaces and the skyscrapers at the center on Seoul more closely. It was a great trip and I got to see the city from a whole new perspective. Thank you, Yonsei Global!