Ansan Draws a Small Crowd for Cherry Blossom Blooms
I mentioned that I was considering heading to Yeouido or Namsan to see some of the cherry blossoms in their last hurrah and some of my Korean mom friends prompted me to instead go to Ansan. I’ve hiked Ansan numerous times as it’s just down the street from my house but apparently I missed it every spring because I did NOT know that the base is COVERED with cherry blossoms on the side nearest to me.
Monday Ansan met me with beautiful blooms in their blushing white hues getting ready to drop but hanging on for just a few more days.
Near Hongje Stream (Hongjecheon 홍제천) a waterfall is the first sight to few and that is just the beginning of the great sights to behold on Ansan Mountain. On the hillside just behind the waterfall sits all of these beautiful cherry blossom trees and the crowds were not nearly as large as you’d expect for a grove this beautiful.
School children picking up the petals as they dropped, couples on romantic dates and older Korean women dressed to the nines in their hiking gear sat enjoying picnics beneath the trees. There were also tulips and other flowers just peering out on the curated hillside that was just redone a couple years ago with plots of herbs, a concert area and benches. Continuing up the mountain, Ansan has even more to offer in terms of views. The cherry blossom trees make way to more paths that take hikers through metasequoia trees and pines. You can hike all the way up to the peak for a spectacular view of the city but there’s also a path midway up the mountain that loops the entire way around and offers some of the best. Straight up and down wouldn’t take much more than an hour or hour and a half if you book it, but the loop would take a couple of meandering hours. Trails lead off of the loop to overlooks with built in picnic tables or platforms with hammocks strung up for anyone to enjoy. There is a lot hidden in the summer when the leaves are lush and I recommend taking a wander to enjoy the mountain thoroughly.
From this mountain, you can also take a walk down to see Bongwonsa Temple, Seodaemun Independence Park and prison or the waterfall that spills into Hongje Stream. There’s plenty to enjoy on the mountain from the peak to the paths and everything in between.
It’s never too late to get out and enjoy the views though from spring to winter, the mountain is beautiful and worth the trip.
서울특별시 서대문구 봉원동
Bongwon-dong Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Amenities: parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, hammocks, exercise equipment