Last weekend, I joined up with the Climbing in Korea group. A cool mix of Korean and foreigners who go hiking and rock climbing every weekend. My first hike with the group was on a mountain called Gwanaksan (Gwanak mountain). Gwanaksan is located between Suwon and Seoul and I see it every time I take the bus “to the big city”. I was thrilled to finally get the chance/motivation to explore this place.
The group I went with likes to do things the hard way. And that’s fine with me. Halfway up the mountain, we decided (took a wrong turn) to try a more “adventurous path and ended up doing some bushwhacking and rock climbing. It was grand. Hiking in Korea is usually a really crowded ordeal. There are loads of people in full hiking gear going up and down at all times. It was refreshing to go up the mountain on a road (much) less traveled.
Once we reached the top (after a pretty intense way up and getting lost a few times), we met with the other members (we got separated on the way up a few times…). Once I got on top, I realized this mountain wasn’t an ordinary mountain. I realized that it was in fact….
AN EVIL SECRET LAIR!
Let me present my evidence.
If the monorail isn’t enough, here’s another piece of evidence.
Before you discount my proof as “speculation” and “lunacy”, please note that I’m well qualified to judge things as evil lairs. I’ve seen many movies with eccentric bad guys and I’ve read plenty of comic books. I think that gives me the equivalent to an honorary doctorate in lair detection (Harvard, you can leave a comment about that diploma and I’ll get back to you).
If you’re in the mood for exploring an potential obvious villain hide-out and you also want to hike up a great mountain, I highly recommend Gwanaksan. Personally, we got off at the Government Complex Gwacheon station on line 4. I don’t know where we went after that, I was just following the other group members, but I can’t imagine it’s too hard to find. Just look for the mountain and walk in that direction.