40 – Geumhwasan

40 - Geumhwasan

Geumhwasan 금화산
The Ugliest Mountain in Korea
Subway: Seodaemun (Line 5)
Distance: 327.25 m
Time: 19.18

If there was a mountain that’s about to disappear, this one will be it. I ask three different people where Geumhwasan is, and I finally make my way to what I think is the alleged mountain by worming my way through back streets that have seen better days. When I finally find something to hike, I come across an abandoned building with two construction workers napping. Further on, I see the makings of a man-made park for a nearby educational institution, and here I pause. At this point, I feel a bit frustrated and sad at such a dismal adventure. Even the soil felt fake in my hands, and I wonder, are some mountains dispensable, especially since this country has so many?

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