[WaPo] Take a hike: South Korea’s latest craze

July 29, 2014

Apparel retailers say South Koreans wear, on average, $1,000 worth of garb for a summer hike. (Korea Times file)

[THE WASHINGTON POST] South Koreans are weekend warriors. The sport of choice? Hiking.

Mountains are everywhere, and most can be climbed in a day. You need only the following prerequisites: a love of nature, multi-course meals packed into Tupperware, several bottles of rice wine and high-end gear.

Hiking has long been a South Korean pastime, but it has become more like a national identity. In a typical month, about 1 in 3 Koreans goes hiking more than once. The mountainous national park north of Seoul attracts more visitors annually than the Grand Canyon. [READ MORE]