Since arriving here in the beautiful port city of Yeosu in Jeollanamdo in April, my wife Elicia and I have done our best to get out and explore as much of South Korea as possible. We’ve been blessed with great jobs teaching English, wonderful friends, and plenty of opportunities to get out and experience Korean culture through hiking. To say the least, we’ve really grown to love hiking and we’re giddy with anticipation and excitement each time we think about our upcoming trips.
Elicia and I are now destined and determined to visit each of Korea’s sixteen (16) mountainous national parks and four (4) marine national parks.
We owe the inspiration from our good friends Patrick & Alyssa who taught here in Korea for two years, as they set this awesome idea into motion first! Now, the torch has been passed and Elicia and I are focused to make this lofty goal an eventual reality! If you’ve been following my blog or if you have a few minutes to click-around, you’ll see that we’ve been fortunate enough to visit eleven (11) mountainous national parks already, along with three (3) of the four marine parks. Furthermore, Korea has one historical national park in Gyeongju that we will surely visit
someday (visited April 5-6, 2014). Here’s a nice map to summarize (from http://www.english.knps.or.kr):
This past weekend I was reflecting on all our journeys to the eight national parks we’ve visited, how uniquely beautiful they are, and how much we’ve grown to love the national parks here in Korea. I will continue to add pictures to this post as we continue to accomplish this bucket-list item… but in the meantime, here are pictures from the summits of the mountainous national parks we’ve been lucky enough to see so far. Feel free to click the picture and it will link you to my blog post about the park where you can see more information and pictures. Enjoy!