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.
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Near Hongje Stream (Hongjecheon 홍제천) a waterfall is the first sight to view 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. A few years ago, the climb on this side was redone by the local government so instead of just a hiking path up, it became a gorgeous garden. Now, this little valley area has plots of land that are cared for year round and not only can cherry blossoms be found, but also herbs, tulips and other flowering shrubs and plants. There are places to picnic and gazebos to lounge in as well.
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. It was the perfect place to take in spring.
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.
Want to stay in this area with great cafes, restaurants and a night life of live music and art? Stay in the Hongdae district. This district is known for live music venues, restaurants and art. One place that you should check out is L7 Hotel. It’s easy to get to from the subway and has all of the amenities you would want in a chic stay. Lotte Hotel is renowned for its quality services and friendly staff, and L7 Hongdae lives up to expectations. Another great option in the area is Nine Brick Hotel. Not only is this hotel chic, but gorgeous inside and out and a bit different than many spots to stay in the area. Also easy to find on the main road and near a subway station. Guests can choose from 94 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony.
서울특별시 서대문구 봉원동
Bongwon-dong Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Amenities: parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, hammocks, exercise equipment