A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

Who Wouldnt Want To Wake Up Here!! πŸ’‘πŸ’ŽπŸ‘’

S.K. in S.K.

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From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall.

Inwangsan is mostly in Seoul's Jongno district (shown on this map), though part of the mountain is also in the Seodaemun District. Inwangsan is mostly in Seoul’s Jongno district (shown on this map), though part of the mountain is also in the Seodaemun District.

I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I had a flight to catch that evening) so I went straight to the highlights. I admit this was not the best spirit for exploration, but what could I do? It was now or never.

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Possibly the most famous and memorable sight on Inwangsan is Seonbawi, shown above. Shamanists regard it as a sacred site, and it has also been a subject of Joseon poetry.

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Speaking of the Joseon era, Inwangsan is the subject of a famous Joseon painting.

A black-and-white painting showing black mountain ridges with a white background and white mist creeping around the base Inwang-jesaekdo, by Jeon Seon

I first walked through…

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