|Mt. Namsan Mountain - Heo Kyeong Min, Mt. Namsan Mountain expert|
|'How can I introduce Mt. Namsan Mountain to more people?'
His mind is always full with the thought of Mt. Namsan Mountain even when he is eating. Ever since he first got to know about Mt. Namsan Mountain in 1996, he has collected information about it for six months and made an English internet homepage (http://www.geocities.come/CollegePark/Quad/3738).|
|He studied about the history and spectacular places of Mt. Namsan Mountain and recorded them to introduce it to as many people as possible. He is receiving various questions from many people in different countries including America and Japan. He said that he can see and feel everything about Seoul when he is on top of Mt. Namsan Mountain. Let's have a trip to Mt. Namsan Mountain with his wonderful guide.|
Why I like Mt. Namsan Mountain
There are many wonderful places to visit in Seoul, but Mt. Namsan Mountain is the only place in Seoul where you can get the whole view of the city. You cannot find a place like Mt. Namsan Mountain anywhere in the world. This mountain is located in the middle of the capital city which makes it unique and special. Therefore, you can't say you've been to Seoul before you climb up Mt. Namsan Mountain. It does not have only spectacular views but also some traces of Korean history. These traces simply help you understand Korean history better. The walking path up to Mt. Namsan Mountain is nice and clean. It's a good course for jogging and also a good materials for studying nature. Global World Museum in Seoul Tower makes Mt. Namsan Mountain even more interesting and special.
Enjoying Mt. Namsan Mountain 100 times more
There are two ways to climb up the mountain. If you have enough time, get off at Dong-guk University station(subway line # 3) and walk toward Sila Hotel along Jangchungdan Park. Gingko trees along the road make the place more beautiful in autumn, and fresh air from the trees are good for health. There is an arbor called Seokhojeong where you can enjoy archery. It seems to keep nation's pride as the best archery nation in the world. Korean National archery team won the bronze, sliver and gold medals in Sydney Olympics.
If you don't have enough time, riding a cable car is recommended. As you walk from Myeong-dong station(subway line # 3) to the hotel, the road is divided into roads. Take the one on your right, and continue walking for about 5 minutes. You will arrive at a place where you can get a cable car. When you get off from the cable car, a nice walking route of Mt. Namsan Mountain will be in front of you. As you walk along the route, you might get a chance to see squirrels welcoming the tourists. On the right side, there is Woryongmyo which is interesting enough to get your attention. There are ten natural mineral water springs where you can quench your thirst.
After you pass Beakbeom square and cross the road toward Sowol-gil, you will find the memorial hall of a Patriot, An Jung Geun.
There is also a fire signal tower. It will be a good memory to get up there and talk with someone you love. Fire signal was used as medium of communication in the past when communication system was not advanced. Five pillars of fire could tell five different situations. One pillar of fire meant 'peace'; two pillars meant 'enemy appearance'; three pillars meant 'enemy approaching boundary'; four pillar meant 'enemy intruding boundary'; and five pillars meant 'engagement with enemy'.
Heo Kyeong Min says he will continue his hard work to learn more about Mt. Namsan Mountain. His purpose is focused on the study about Mt. Namsan Mountain now, but he says that he is always welcome to provide all the information he can get for the visitor who want to visit and learn Korea. If you have questions about Mt. Namsan Mountain, sending a E-mail to him will be a good idea. You can get useful information and a good friend.