Sangdang Sanseong Fortress

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The view from the top

The morning after the night before we woke up with sore heads but determined to attack the Mountain that over looks Cheong Ju the site of a 1500 year old Baekje fortress the place is called Sangdang Sanseong and although little remains of the Fortress itself the walls are still there and the sites of the city Cheong Ju below are truly fantastic. We managed to get a taxi to the mountain after another trip to Paris Baguette (Fiona really loved this place!) to pick up some sandwiches for lunch. We walked along the walls treading the same steps as oriental warriors had all those years ago and in the heat along with our dehydration it was a challenging experience. There was a rope to help people ascend the most challenging part of the walk. One of the best things about Cheong Ju is that it does lack tourism and the few tourists that you do come across are generally Korean.

Bus stop!
There were many hiking groups walking around the mountain and of course they all stopped to say the one English word that everyone knows whenever they came across our path, “hello”. At various spots around the mountain fake buildings are positioned to give some respite from the heat and they also do look good from a distance. We eat our lunch while overlooking the views which was very pleasant as we sat on benches in the shade of trees. When we arrived at the mountain that had been a man selling larvae as a snack and I had planned to purchase some on the return much to Fiona’s disgust but unfortunately I forgot and an opportunity to eat strange things that even the Korean’s probably turn there nose’s up at was missed!

 

The return journey involved us catching 2 buses one into Cheong Ju and the second to a stop near to where Fiona’s flat was. We were incredibly lucky with the first bus as it was waiting for us when we got back down from our climb. The 2nd bus had an LCD TV showing various adverts and it struck me how modern Korea is especially considering that I thought it was quite behind the UK in terms of economics and technology.
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The view from the top
The view from the top
Bus stop!
Bus stop!
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