Mt. Inwangsan | Hiking in Seoul
Still familiarizing myself with the new surroundings. Decided to hike up Mt. Inwangsan yesterday to make the most of the beautiful weather. I hopped out Dongnimmun Station (Exit 2), wove my way up past Inwangsa Temple right up to the 338m summit, and then worked my way down through Sajik Park on the other side.
Often referred to as ‘Benevolent King Mountain’ and ‘White Tiger Mountain’, the latter due to the sightings of tigers crossing its cliffs long ago and the fact that it sits to the west of Gyeongbokgung (the colour corresponding to the west is white, animal is tiger), the steep granite escarpments of Inwangsan are home to the country’s most important shamanistic shrine.
For more information, I recommend checking out David Mason’s excellent write-up.