It was the last day of summer, and we had no classes because of the Korean holiday Chuseok, which is rather like their version of Thanksgiving and is generally celebrated by honoring departed ancestors and eating amazing food. So we celebrated it by hiking the mountain that's a mile from my apartment.
Another great spot to get away from the city, on Jangsan the trails are crowded with hikers, but you still get a peaceful sense of being "outside" instead of trapped in the cycle of daily life.
Checking out the views of Busan down below.
When you think of something that's smack in the middle of a big city, is this the image that pops into your head? The hills are alive!
Droppin' that victory thing again, hoo boy...
Jangsan was used as a critical lookout point during the Korean War because, as you have noticed, it provides excellent views of the city. So it had to be fortified. And naturally, like so many other spots in Asia I've visited (Laos comes to mind), they can't be sure that they've removed all the artillery. So, it's mandated that you stick to the path. I think I will.
And, of course, a Chuseok dinner.
Well, actually, this is nothing like what a typical Chuseok meal should look like. But it was yummy!