Spotting Blooms On Ujangsan
You probably pass by them without realizing it. They sit along roads and byways and if you’re walking with your nose in a phone, book or some other gadget or gizmo, you’re bound to walk right on by the hills that sit this way and that in almost every neighborhood with paths that lead up to scenic view points, exercise equipment and benches. These hills provide respite to the weary soul looking to get away from the busy streets and if you walk right on by, you’re missing out on quiet locations to catch a breath and well, just breathe some of that fresh air that trees are pumping out. Twice a week I head to Gangseo-gu and have noticed a few times this hill that sits just beyond some bigger buildings and apartments. Finally this week I had some extra time in my schedule and I skedaddled up there. Of course, I asked a helpful looking older Korean woman if I was heading in a good direction and she told me I was headed just the right way and had a great idea to spend 30 minutes on the hill because that’s all I’d need to get up and down with plenty of time to spare.
The name Ujang originates from the ritual for rain that the governor held in Yancheon during periods of drought. The mountain doesn’t seem to be lacking in water as the plants were lush and all of flowers were blooming. From the road, the cherry blossom trees tower and beckon visitors to come in. Unfortunately, these cherry blossom trees are huge and once beneath the canopy the flowers are too high up to really enjoy save a few smaller trees here and there. What I was surprised with though were the beautiful pink flowers that were all over the place. Their bushes weren’t nearly as lush, as they’re quite covered by the canopy above, but they were all over the place adding a pink flare to the surroundings.
Some of the cherry blossoms were better appreciated at the peak along with a monument with benches and the requisite exercise equipment. I appreciate a good wander and these hills that are everywhere are always a good place to get a quick wander in before a meeting, appointment or work. Don’t look at your shoes while you walk but instead look up and see if those bushes along the street are actually connected to a hill that you can step into to get away.
You never know what you’ll find above.
Ujang Park (우장산근린공원)
서울특별시 강서구 화곡로 302 강서구청
Gangseo-gu Hwagok-ro 302 Gangseo-gu Office
Subway Line 5 Ujangsan Station(walk 10 min.)
Bus 604, 5622, 6629, 6655. Get off at Gayang-gu Office Bus Stop. (walk 10 min.)