The Mountains

According to the Korea Forest Service, Seoul has 43 official “mountains”, some of which are incredibly daunting to hike, while others are small hills that are a breeze to walk on. I climbed all of them. But there were other equally notable mountains that in my experience were greater in both height and history.

In the course of this project, I realized that mountains, in fact, do disappear because of human intervention. For example, several of those I hiked have been turned into hospitals, universities, parks, and apartment complexes. The majority of mountains have been repurposed into “backyard gyms”—most are equipped with exercise machines.

Here are the mountains I hiked, in the order by which I hiked them:
Choansan
Opaesan
Byeogosan
Bonghwasan
Achasan
Yongmasan
Ansan
Baebongsan
Yongmasan near Daebang
Ujangsan
Sumyeongsan
Inwangsan
Naksan
Kkachisan Park
Eungbongsan
Daemosan
Guryongsan
Baengnyeonsan
Bongjesan
Umyeongsan
Jeoldusan
Namsan
Daehyeon Park
Buramsan
Geumhosan
Gohwangsan
Suraksan
Gaehwasan
Cheongryongsan
Samseongsan
Gwanaksan
Maebongsan
Bugaksan
Gaeunsan / Anamsan
Cheonggyesan
Cheonmasan
Iljangsan
Nogosan
Wausan
Geumhwasan
Baramsan
Jeungsan
Gungsan
Bukhansan
Gaeungsan
Inneungsan
Geunmaebong
Guneungsan
Gureungsan
Mangusan
Dobongsan

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