An activity from the weekend I spent in living the monastic life in Beomeosa Temple was trekking in the mountains near the temple. We did the trek in about three hours, with a monk and one of the temple volunteers. I was a bit tired because we woke up at 3 am, but the reward was an extraordinary view of Busan and the entire surrounding area from the top of Mount Godangbong. The road is on an incline practically all time (and on the way down you break your legs), through a completely bare forest alongside a river, until it reaches a rised area and from there the rocky path is well signaled.
Named in 1983, Bukhansan Mountain National Park was the last one to be named of 15 in South Korea. It is 79.9 ㎢, near Seoul National Park, and completely surrounded by urban areas. It's known as the green lung of the city, with over 5 million visitors each year. The park has many granite peaks and gorges with streams of water (or ice when I visited). There are more than 1300 species of flora and fauna here, and the weather can be pretty variable, so be well prepared! There are some heavily exposed areas, and there are areas where you have to raise or lower large granite boulders clinging to ropes or iron railings. The park also has many historical and cultural sites such as the Bukhansanseong fortress, with over 2,000 years of history. There are also over 100 Buddhist temples, Sunggasa stands out.