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Posts tagged Mount Mudeung National Park

Pungam Jeong

Pungam Pavilion between bolders

When I was in Korea several summers ago I did two walks through Mt. Mudeung National Park, each in different directions. On the first one I ended up at this rest stop, a lovely place along the river I was walking by. Mudeungsan (無等山) is known for its rocks, but you don’t have to be anywhere near the top to find some pretty cool-looking boulders like these.


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Before going to Korea a few summers ago, I tried to learn some Korean. Nothing was sticking in my old brain. One of the few things I did pick up while there was this basic greeting. The day I mastered it was the day I took this photo. Along my ascent and descent of Mount Mudeung, everyone said it to me so I started saying it back. By the end of the day I had said it hundreds of times and it finally permanently stuck. That was all I could communicate to the man resting in today’s picture as I came upon him at this rest stop.

Chungjangsa burial mound

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10-photo photomerge of ancestral shrine of Chungjang-gong


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I really miss blue skies in Asia during the summer. The humidity makes them rare. On this unusual day between storms I headed up Mt. Mudeung and enjoyed this lovely place mostly by myself.

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Description of Chungjangsa Shrine in Mount Mudeung National Park
Bus 1187 has a stop at Chungjansa.

My one wish is that I’m NOT made a “Minister of War” after my death.

The Japanese invasion described at this shrine was the one led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. His desire to concur China via Korea ultimately led to the weakening of his finances and power to the point that Tokugawa Ieyasu was able to control Japan, become shogun, and begin the 250+ year Edo Period.

Gwangju from one of Mt. Mudeungsan’s rock pillar peaks

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Mount Mudeungsan’s rocky peaks

Mt. Mudeungsan (1,186 meters in height) features three rock peaks called Cheonwangbong, Jiwangbong, and Inwangbong. These peaks are also known as the “Jeongsang Three” and can be seen on all sorts of logos in Gwangju. I’m not sure which of the peaks I took today’s photo through this time last year, but it was one of my most memorable days in Korea.

Mudeungsan wine

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Korean wine

One year ago today I was flying to Korea. Today’s photo comes from a few days after that arrival in Korea. I rarely knew what I was purchasing at Korean grocery stores or restaurants, but this item had a bit of English and Japanese on it. 無等山 means the mountain without equal, and I knew that was the name of Gwangju’s mountain. I climbed it a week or two later in an all-day adventure and made it to the rocks shown on this beverage. However, this “wine” was pretty nasty, and I didn’t bother to finish it.