Mt. Gyeyang in Incheon Offers a Pleasant Hike

As hot and humid weather has gone and autumn brings a gentle breeze, it will be a great season for hiking. Just thinking about walking along a well-shaded trail to the top of a mountain is pleasurable. But it would be tough for beginners to climb a tall and steep mountain.

In that sense, Mt. Gyeyang is perfect for novice hikers. It is just five minutes away from Gyeyang subway station in Incheon and only 395 m high. The monotonous trail allows hikers to comfortably climb the mountain, and the scenery can be a great escape from the hustle bustle of daily lives.

The trailhead leads to a pavilion just near the peak of the mountain with strangely-shaped rocks in the background. The pavilion is a good spot to look around the surroundings of the mountain.

After passing by the pavilion, hikers reach a rest area and steep stairs, where the real hiking might begin. If getting tired, the stairs provide the perfect seat to enjoy the scenery.

The top of the mountain is at the end of the stairs. Hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the area from the top.

On the way down the mountain, there is a park surrounded by forest and lush landscape. It is a good place to wrap up the day's hike with a drink of mineral water and a quick rest.

As for those who look for other activities instead of hiking, there is also a museum which is located in the opposite direction of the trailhead.

The museum is for children, so it is often visited by families. The three-story museum, devoted to science and technology, has five exhibition halls, a theater and a performance hall. The museum also offers various hands-on programs for children.

englishnews@chosun.com / Sep. 02, 2014 10:31 KST