June 29, 2009 12:26
New Zealand's Milford, Peru's Machu Pichu, and Canada's Victoria have in common that they have world-famous trekking trails. Soon, Seoul will also get a 137 km-long circular trekking trail, with work to connect both Seoul's inner mountains and its outer mountains that surround the city starting this month. The project is to be completed in two years.
For a capital city, Seoul has unusually many mountains. Mt. Ansan, Mt. Daemo, Mt. Guryong, Mt. Umyeon, Mt. Namhan, Mt. Inwang, Mt. Acha, Mt. Yongma, Mt. Bukhan, Mt. Dobong, Mt. Sapae, Mt. Gwanak, Mt. Samseong, Mt. Bulam and Mt. Surak are all easily climbed and offer great views. And they are close enough together to justify trekking from one to the next in a day. The Seoul trekking course project, named "Green Trekking Network," is an attempt to exploit Seoul's assets and beauty.
The inner course is a cultural and historic route that connects Mt. Namsan, Mt. Inwang, Mt. Bukak and Mt. Naksan with the ancient gates of Gwanghwamun, Dongdaemun, and Sungnyemun plus City Hall downtown and the Seoul Fortress. The trail is 20 km long and will take about 13 hours to complete.
The outer mountain trekking course connects Mt. Gwanak, Mt. Deokyang, Mt. Bukhan and Mt. Yongma with Yangjae Stream, Mt. Umyeon, Mt. Acha, Mt. Surak and Anyang Stream. A total of 117 km long, it will be made into an ecological trail and will take 55 hours to complete.
On completion in 2011, Seoulites will no longer have to fight heavy weekend traffic to enjoy a nature outing. The trekking course is expected to play a role in attracting foreign tourists.
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