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    • Day 203

      Randonnée à Bukhansan

      September 29, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Une belle Coréenne expansive qui n'avait jamais randonné mais s'en sortait bien - tout en poussant régulièrement de petits cris et en se jetant sur les pierres, jouant la pin-up épuisée ! Un grand Coréen taiseux qui à l'inverse avait marché jusqu'à Saint Jacques de Compostelle, un Coréen américanisé, photojournaliste hyperactif, passionant mais avec tellement d'idées à la minute qu'il en perdait le fil, une Francaise designer textile, amoureuse du Japon et qui fait le tour du monde en Land Rover, une Indienne qui n'avait pas trop la forme et a du rebrousser chemin, un petit chien affectueux mais interdit, qu'on a donc du cacher dans le sac à dos...Telle était l'équipe de Bukhansan. Randonnée pas si évidente et qui a demandé un peu de varappe sur les rochers. Couronnée en tous cas par une vue panoramique sur Séoul, sous un soleil radieux, puis par la visite d'un temple en redescendant. En dépit de la foule de marcheurs qui a eu la meme idee que nous en ce samedi, j'ai adoré !Read more

    • Day 7

      Parc national de Seoul

      October 25 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Il se trouve à 20 minutes de bus du centre, 80km2, des dizaines de temples et de chemins de randonnées et d'escalades.
      Mais ça se mérite, nous avons fait une vingtaine de km et monté 800m de dénivelé.

    • Day 54

      Day 54, Palm Sunday Seoul

      April 2 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

      Beautiful day to experience Palm Sunday in Seoul. We started the day at JK, Esther, and Daniel’s church where Daniel translated the sermon for us on understanding your purpose (based on Esther). We then had lunch at a beautiful resort, followed by a walk to see how Koreans celebrate cherry blossom season (beot -kkot) 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸
      Our time in Tokyo included many rides on the subway (which we liked). However, our transportation in Seoul is in a Maserati!🌟🌟🌟
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    • Day 162

      Seoul H3 50th Anniversary

      June 11, 2022 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      In the Spotlight – Seoul
      Special Edition for the 50th Anniversary of Hashing in South Korea (1972-2022)
      By Ed “Hazukashii” Howell
      11 Jun 2022

      Although Mother Hash is now coming up on 84 years old, and Father Hash is 60 . . . The greater world of hashing is also coming of age, with many clubs celebrating their 50th Anniversary of setting trails.

      Expanding on my earlier writings on Hashing in South Korea, this enhanced article celebrates 50 years of the Seoul H3, and a bit more.  As you will read in the article, I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of the Seoul H3 earlier this year, and getting his story.  I also had the pleasure to meet and get the story of the founder for the second hash club in Seoul, which was the first Harriettes hash club in Korea.  Lots to read about, and you can see it all at


      As you will note if you read the article in the link above . . . is that I have met the founder, Ian Young, and he sent the following to me to relate to the all of you on the occasion of the 50th anniversary . . .

      “For the Seoul Hash to have thrived for the last 50 years there obviously have been many others who successfully directed the Hash’s well organized chaos. These include my co-founders, Robbie Douglas and Tony Parry and another enthusiastic, and still active, early hasher Jim Whitely. While for the Seoul Hash it is 50 and counting. For the four of us it is 80 and counting. Wishing you all a great celebration. Have a down down for me.”


      To recap the trail for the 50th anniversary . . . it was a classic run around Namsan, with plenty of UP UP UP.  What has changed is, that the old trails we used to run (single track dirt trails, with rocks and roots) are now smoothly carpeted (yes, carpeted with woven rope matting) twin track trails.  The rest is neatly paved or covered with stairs . . . bottom line, the old “land of the not quite right” is now . . . quite right in all regards. 

      As far as the boys in orange, they still have the same vigor as always, but the circle has changed.  Gone is the fire, by public decree.  What used to be an organized circle, where all were silent unless (putting your mug over your head) you requested to speak . . . is gone.  The circle was a solid mixture of private parties and outbursts of comments. 

      No longer are you required to sing a song or tell a joke when it is your turn for a splash . . . and the sacred bedpan (maybe mostly due to COVID) was sparsely used, and when not in use . . . carelessly set on the ground where it was bumped into or tripped upon. 

      I am not complaining by any means, but the old traditions have been lost.  I only say this, because the Seoul H3 circles have always been some of my favorites over my 38 years of hashing.  I have run with nearly 400 hash clubs around the world, and Seoul H3 has always been one of the most unique in all hashdom.     

      But I understand that times change, people change . . . and hashing changes.  “As Hashers, we owe no allegiance to any Kings, Queens, Popes, potentates, or any other futhermucker, only to ourselves … TO THE HASH!”  RIP Shitonya, and the many other Seoul bruddas we have lost.
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    • Day 343

      Seoul hat Soul

      June 27, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Meinen ersten Tag in Südkoreas Hauptstadt habe ich in ihrer grünen Lunge verbracht. Die Peaks im Bukhansan Nationalpark legen mir Seoul zu Füßen und lassen mich vergessen in einer Großstadt zu sein. Danach, am Tag der Kultur umsonst (wie passend!), ging es zum Palast in der City. Alles ist hier voll mit schnuckeligen Cafes und Restaurants.

      Nach dem guten Start kann ich Südkorea schon recht gut leiden 😊
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    • Day 17

      Tag 16-Bukhansan National Park

      March 5, 2018 in South Korea ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

      Heute haben wir uns für ein sehr beliebtes Hobby in Korea entschieden-wandern. Im Norden von Seoul, über mehrere Metro Stationen mit der Stadt verbunden, ist der Bukhansan National Park der an schönen Wochenenden wohl völlig überlaufen ist. Heute war es aber ok :)
      Es gibt viele verschiedene Routen die man zu den 3 gipfeln wählen kann. Wie haben uns vom Ranger beraten lassen und sind bis zum Dobongsan gewandert. Es war anstrengend, aber die Aussicht von oben über ganz Seoul ist super!
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    • Day 2

      Hello Seoul

      May 3 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Losing a day with the time change, I'll recap my flight experience. Initially lucking out with an empty middle seat, an older Korean couple asked the lady on the aisle to switch seats, there beginning a little game of musical seats. The husband would end up in that aisle seat and his wife in the one in front of him.

      He was a funny sweet grandpa who insisted I use sesame oil and gochujang (chili paste) on my bibimbap. After declining politely, I finally gave in and added a little bit. Well, it made him proud and guess what, not as spicy as I imagined. If anything, the food needed it. Later on, he would be call me out to wipe/clean my hands before our second meal.

      The middle seat didn't stay empty for long though. His wife came to join our row as he moved over. Reason? Turns out she needed to massage his legs and feet for circulation. Propped on the pull down table, it was a weird sight, but sweet the same time. Ah love.

      With our second meal, they also got me an additional tube of gochujang from the flight attendants for me to take home. I tried to decline and ended up packing it. It looks like a tube of toothpaste but I have a funny feeling I probably will use it when I get home.
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    • Day 3

      A Tourist in Seoul

      May 4 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      My first day on my own and I'm going to play tourist. After lining up for a scrumptious breakfast at Isaac Toast, it was off to Gyeongbokgung, Seoul's main palace. I'd chosen to come on a week day hoping for a smaller crowd, but it was still a decent size. (When I left, it was even crazier, so go early).

      Numerous folks were dressed in hanboks and traditional costumes. A few guys even wore hanboks, but hey, it's 2023. A part of me was tempted to rent one, but alas, they look beautiful in photos and when you're on your own, most of the photos you'll take are selfies, unless you use a timer.

      The palace was fairly large but easy to roam around and check out the various buildings for a glimpse of my first Korean palace. A walk around and then catching the tail end of the changing of the guard, before hitting up my second spot of the day: Bukchon Hanok Village.

      Bukchon Hanok Village is a cute area where people still live in traditional houses. Some of the streets are picturesque and you've seen these on Instagram. It's important to keep your voices low though to respect the residents. There's a couple of shops near the entrance to the village, but the beauty is exploring a piece of architectural history.

      From there a quick jaunt to Cafe Onion where a line up awaited me. Seems I will have to get used to lines in Seoul as this was my 2nd of the day already with breakfast being the 1st. This particular location of Cafe Onion is set in a hanok, not far from hanok village. It has a beautiful selection of baked goods both savory and sweet and I would've loved to try more than 1 item, but alas, one of the downsides to solo travel, you are unfortunately limited to the size of 1 stomach when it comes to ordering variety.

      Despite the rest at the cafe, my feet have still yet to get into vacation mode. I love walking but it was getting tiring. Hopping on my 1st bus, I made my way to Ihwa Mural Village. (Thank you Naver for giving me the confidence to take a local bus with limited English signage). The number of murals in Ihwa are dwindling as local residents have been unhappy with it given the number of visitors they draw. It's another area to be respectful and keep voices down.

      One of the reasons for the murals was to brighten up the neighbourhood and bring back life to it, but alas it sounds like the government is still planning to tear it down and rebuild. It's disappointing but most of the residents have either moved away or are elderly. None of the young people want to live there as it's also quick a trek from public transportation instead.

      Nearby, I head to Dongdaemun to meet up with my night walking tour that I found on AirB&B. They take you walking along the fortress walls, have a drink overlooking the city and then to Korean BBQ, which really is great for the solo traveller since you can't really BBQ on your own. The walk was split into 2 before and after the cafe drink. It was a dream come true as we sat down in a cafe I'd noticed earlier while in Ihwa. Why? The view looked amazing but I'm sure I wouldn't have come on my own after dark.

      The BBQ was great fun as well, though it turns out they cook the meat for you. Definitely a group experience and I'm glad I joined in as it rounded out a pretty full day.
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    • Day 4

      Catching up

      May 5 in South Korea

      Rain. The weather was not ideal for exploring, but when you're catching up with an old friend, we just have to work with what Mother Nature decided to send our way. Started today off with a japchae hotteok (pancake) from Namdaemun market and oh WOW it was SO delicious! I only ordered one, but really you want more than one.

      After that, it was onto a bus bound for Yeoido Station to meet my friend Stephanie from my accounting program. She moved back to Seoul a few years ago with her parents and has been here since. Our initial plan was going to be outdoors, but with the weather warnings, we played in safe by going to the mall.

      The mall you ask? Well, it's a pretty cool one, The Hyundai Seoul. Touted as one of the hottest and hippest places for locals. The 1st floor is a food floor that you'll probably spend the most of your time and the restaurant floor on level 6. It was nice to just walk and talk in between taking in a delicious lunch and dessert x2. Lunch was an abalone and meat set while dessert featured ice cream and then cakes from Layered Cafe, carrying out my cafe spree.

      Seoul has a huge themed cafe presence, from Cafe Onion yesterday to Layered today, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Instagram. As the trip goes on, they're a daily fixture on my itinerary - though it was challenging to keep up in Jeju.

      After desserts, we headed over to COEX, another mall locals frequest. This one is known for the beautiful Starfield Library that also graces Instagram. It has it's own cafe as well, and the library is full of visitors taking in the place. For a split second I wonder whether it's a bookstore or a library. I don't quite see a check out desk but I suppose it's an honor system. Silent though, it was not, with the number of people milling about.

      A break in the rain, it was off to round 3 of dessert - gotta have Bingsu! Shaved Korean ice milk fyi. We headed to a place called Sulbing and ordered a mango pineapple shaved ice to share. I kid you not, pretty much everything here seems meant to be shared. Luckily we agreed on a flavor as it really would be too much for 1 person otherwise.

      One more stop on the itinerary - Bonguensa Temple. I read it's best to visit after sunset as all of its numerous lanterns would be lit. What they fail to say is that the lanterns are not lit when weather warnings are issued - at least that's what I'm going with since the lanterns were not lit. The temple was still beautiful, but I imagine would've been stunning with lit lanterns.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Gangbuk-gu, 강북구

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