I love mountains, which is probably not surprising, as I grew up in Switzerland. One of my favourite places to visit is South Korea, a country that reminds me of Switzerland. The Koreans are keen hikers, the train system is excellent and there are lots of mountains. When I first visited the port city of Tongyeong in the South Gyeongsang Province a few years ago, I took a cable car ride to the top of Mireuksan mountain. From here you have one of the most spectacular views in South Korea. In clear weather, visitors can even see Tsushima Island (in Japan), Cheongwangbong Peak in Jirisan, and Dolsando in Yeosu.
I promised myself, that the day when my good friend Marcel Meier comes to visit Korea with me, I will take him here. That day finally came last year, as the two of us spent one week in the county for a photo project. I was really looking forward to revisiting the mountain and to show off some of Korea’s finest views. Time was short and we only had one day in Tongyeong. Unfortunately the mountain cable car was closed for maintenance and would not be opened for a few weeks! I was very disappointed but there was nothing we could do about it. We took our cameras and headed for the local port near our hotel. It was here that we discovered another mountain range. You won’t find these hills in any guide book!