{Travel} Chapter 6 Seoul: Food for the soul

Fresh homemade tofu wouldn’t be everyone’s breakfast of choice, but it certainly gave a great jump start to our day. Especially when we were going to ascend a mountain. Gasp.

The menu was a choice of different sets and we decided on the three most popular ones: spicy tofu stew, plain tofu with soy and fish broth, all served with hearty bowls of white rice and bottomless side dishes.

Opting for the fish broth myself, I found it savoury and refreshing, swimming with chunks of dried pollock and tofu. The spicy tofu packed a hot kick and was definitely a belly warmer in the freezing weather. The plain tofu with soy reminded me of cooked oatmeal. As compared to the other two dishes, this particular one was perhaps overshadowed in terms of attractiveness and taste but it was a substantial breakfast nonetheless.

After breakfast, we made our way to the Seoraksan National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area was idyllic and absolutely beautiful, with its majestic trees, traditional architecture and the mysterious mountains. However, after two hours of uphill climbing in the drizzling rain, the sheen of nature’s enchantment wore off as we were progressively drenching our thick winter clothes with sweat and feeling our sinews protesting.

Taking the track to the Ulsanbawi, we stopped at the Buddhist temple as it would take another hour and a half to the peak. No way. As it was, the panorama was breathtaking. After taking a while to rest and say a prayer at the temple, we made our way down. Of course, it was a less strenuous trip so we took more time with pictures and relaxing.

A worthwhile trip, but if you are planning to visit Seoraksan, checking the weather forecast beforehand would be a splendid idea to avoid being suffocated in a poncho while struggling to protect your camera from the rain. 🙂