Subway: Nambu Bus Terminal (Line 3)
Distance hiked: 5.72 km
Umyeongsan is a deceptive woman. You will never know that through the innocent loveliness of schoolchildren on a field trip, ajummas on a picnic, the beautiful views of the city, and the mountain’s proximity to Seoul Arts Center, that there are parts of her fenced off because they may contain land mines. But I keep walking, and am pleasantly surprised, almost to the point of tears, at each forest opening up to a misty field of flowers before closing up again into forest. This went on at least three times, until I lost count. She is a lady who was once betrayed and hides her secrets, but still has unlimited beauty to spare.