The other day a group of us decided to tackle Wolchulsan in Yeongam in the early hours of the morning. Thanks to its mountainous landscapes, hiking is one of the most popular national sports in Korea hence its trails are highly populated by brightly multi-colored ahjummas and ahjussis.

The results although satisfying, was quite shameful.  We having not been exercising frequently in our daily lives were short on breath quickly as the older generation of climbers whisked by with total ease.  Despite the brief agony it was so refreshing to get away from the city and to breathe in the untainted air one again.

I am constantly amazed by the power of middle aged people in Korea.  They seem to have considerably more strength and willpower than other people in the world don’t have.  I constantly compare them to my mother who usually plays the agony card to prevent herself from doing outdoor activities… while a teacher I worked with lifted a large table with her bare hands, WHILST she was pregnant.  Legend.

Sorry western mums, but you need to come here and see how it’s done.


24 Comments on “Wolchulsan

  1. I am quite active, but I don’t really go hiking. My brother goes sometimes but he goes with his friends and I fell dumb just tagging along. I can hardly find a group in my town that would prefer walking over riding cars. In my country some people are so shamless that they will ride their jeeps up hill and pretend they went hiking.
    On another note, I would love to go hiking in Korea. The energy is there! ^^

  2. The thing that sticks the most in my mind about my time in Korea is how distinct (and sudden!) each of the seasons is. You’ve captured it beautifully. Awesome.

  3. Not only western mums, the same goes with my mother. a Malaysian. I’m so full of envious with the middle aged Koreans. I hope I have the same stamina when I’m older.

    Beautiful photos by the way. 🙂

  4. i am definitely ashamed of not having the stamina like how the korean ahjumahs and ahjusshis do. Wolchulsan has always been on my list and this post just gave me more reasons to go!

  5. O mg that’s some great pictures and the places , the view it’s breath taking .
    i knew the Koreans are full of energy and hiking is one of their common sports but i didn’t really see this places till now, just another reason to love Korea even more , i wish i’ll visit Seoul someday 🙂

  6. *______* amazing! I would love to see mountains. The land where I come from is very flat…

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