Hiking is a very challenging activity. Many daredevils would venture rocky and steep mountains carrying large gears in exchange for what they believe, a very promising and bold mountain experience. But an auspicious hiking experience doesn’t have to be extra dangerous to be considered ‘worth it’. All it takes is a little patience and perseverance. Bukhansan National Park, a Guinness Book of World Records title holder for being the Most Visited National Park per unit Area, is a perfect picture of a harmonious human culture and nature merged to become one. It is because the park is made up of fascinating granite peaks, rich vegetated areas, valleys, clear water running from rivers and streams and historical Buddhist temples. About 1,300 species of both plants and animals are said to be thriving in the mountain. The famous Bukhansanseong Fortress is a must-see site. The fortress was built with a wall spanning about 8,500m, specifically to stop a foreign invasion. Aside from that, many other thousands of years old Buddhist temples can be found in their well-preserved state, just around the mountain. The National park is a perfect destination in whatever season, be it summer, when the bright summer days make hiking extra sweaty; winter, when the lush vegetation is covered in pretty sparkling snow; or fall, when the surrounding is screaming in contrasting autumn colors; and in spring, where the rich vegetation is bountiful and flowers bloom from all corners. Whatever season it may be, the ceaseless beauty of Bukhansan never fades but only gets more beautiful.
*photo source: https://blog.naver.com/stov2080999/80186911493