Hallasan: Hiking the Highest Peak of South Korea

Hiking this ancient mountain in Korea leads one traveler to an unforgettable adventure.

A view from Hallasan. Photo by Laura Tarpley
A view from Hallasan. Photo by Laura Tarpley

When Daniel returned from the bathroom, I told him my story. “What if I can’t find her at the bottom?” I panicked. “She’ll never get her pants back!”

Daniel grinned and lovingly put his arm around my waste. “Honey, she knows you won’t be able to find her. She has no intention of getting them back.”

I didn’t understand why these people carry cake when they exercise. Or why they overdress to the point of being miserable. Or splurge on fancy gear. Or openly mock strangers in public.

But I could open my heart to a people who give away their possessions with no expectation of having them returned. And for the first time, a deep fondness for the Korean culture budded inside me.

If You Go

Trails and tourism in Hallasan National Park: http://www.hallasan.go.kr/english/

Activities around Jeju Island: http://www.ijto.or.kr/english/

Author Bio: Laura Grace Tarpley is a native Arkansan who obsesses over traveling the world. Currently, she is planning to a trip to Iceland with her husband-to-be before they move to South Korea. Laura Grace also recently completed her first non-Netflix-related marathon, finished the Harry Potter series for the first time at age twenty-four, and started learning the art of barista-ing. Find her at lauragracetarpley.pressfolios.com.
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