I accidentally went for a three hour walk today, and it was a wonderful experience. If there’s one thing Korea does really well, it’s parks. Their outdoor landscaping is truly on point, with many cities speckled with lots of cleanly kept, well organised parks. If you`re looking for a place to walk in Bundang, South Korea, look no further than the Tancheon – the river heading through the city.
Right beside my house is a small branch of a river, joining up to a larger one running directly into Seoul. I could walk on it for days if I really so intended – and maybe one day I’ll make the hiking journey into Seoul and catch the metro home. When I started out, it was a clear day, but by an hour into the hike, it had started snowing.
I could appreciate the true beauty of the Korean countryside (if you can call it that) in that snowstorm. Everything was blanketed in white, the traffic sounds were muffled, and the regular hiking crowds retreated indoors. It was a nice break to think, and feel less guilty that I ordered McDonald`s delivery twice yesterday.
For a country so urbanised, I’m always amazed by the amount of people I see out enjoying nature – even on days like today. I guess when you’ve got parks like these, you may as well take advantage of them.
I’m lucky enough to live in a suburb of Seoul – designed for business people to commute in and out of the very popular Gangnam district, so I’m not right in the middle of the city. My small city has however no shortage of skyscrapers. Catching a glimpse from a well placed observation tower in the centre of our city, there are rows upon rows of identical apartment complexes as far as the eye can see, so any break from the monotony of the city is welcome in my opinion. I might just have to go for winter walks more often.