We stayed over at Daegu 大邱 대구 in order to go to Bisulsan to see the beautiful wild Azalea 杜鵑花. The Azalea blossom from April to early May and that’s why we took this side trip from Busan. We took a local bus from Daegu to Hyunpung 玄風 현풍 and it was a long ride (over an hour) since it made so many stops in between. We tried to find buses going up to Yugasa 유가사 瑜伽寺 but since it was a weekday there was no bus going up to the country park. We were lucky to met 3 ahjuma, who were also going to hike up Bisulsan, and they shared a taxi with us to go up Sojeasa 소재사 逍災寺. They also told us to meet at the park entrance in 4 hours so that we could go back to Hyunpung bus station with them. So we just did the same route up and down. I believe it was 3.7km one way but the hike was quite steep at times so it took us about 2 hours getting up to the field of Azalea.
This is the route we took.
The 3 ahjum, who shared the taxi with us, getting ready to start hiking.
The route was basically non stop going up. Thus we got a really nice view of the down below when we were almost at the top.
After some steep hike, we reached this stone tower 大見寺址 대견사지.
And the sea of Azalea was over the hilltop.
We hiked up Hallasan using the Yeongsil 靈室 영실 trail and came down through the Eorimok 御里牧 어리목 trail. Yeongsil trail is the shortest trail (5.8km) going up Hallasan, and it is supposed to be the trail with the best scenery. But it was sooooo foggy that all we saw was white.
Although the trail seems short, it was quite a steep walk up the hill. It took us 3 hours to get to the resting area where cup noodle was sold. Note that everyone had to bring their garbage downhill, back to the parking lot.
Downhill via the Eorimok trail was really quick (about an hour) since it wasn’t that steep at all. If you need to go back to Yeongsil entrance for your car, you could get a taxi at the Eorimok parking lot or you could walk down to the main road to catch a bus, do check out the schedule of the bus at the resting area up in the hill or at the parking lot.
This is where the Great Wall of Seoul lies. Bukaksan is right behind the Blue House, Cheongwadae 靑瓦臺 청와대, home of the president. It has been off limits for civilians for quite some time because of security reasons. But it has been open to the public in the past several years. Although the official websites says one must register to hike there, we somehow manage to hike without registering (probably because we didn’t go all the way to the Blue House). But do keep your passport with you if you go there, just in case.
We took Bus #8 from Hywhwa Station 惠化驛 혜화역 (420) Exit 1. After a 5min ride, we got off at the terminal and took the stairs to the entrance of the park.
Once you enter the park, you will see these ancient city wall. The trail is basically alongside the wall.
It’s quite interesting to see houses built right below the wall.
As the trial get closer to the Blue House, the commercial area comes into view.
We basically just walked for 30min along the city wall.