Songisan is a mountain town for Korean tourists, and has a lot of unique food. Our first meal in Songisan had four different kinds of roots, three kinds of mushrooms and something like six kinds of plants to eat, all in small plates. In the left-hand corner of the photo are, no joke, deep-fried leaves and twigs. I don’t know if I’d eat them regularly but they were fun to try.
We spent Saturday hiking. Songnisan is lush, beautiful, and very hilly. I've never seen a hike more full of ups and downs. It was definitely worth it, though. The weather was perfect, I got to use my Korean (well, at least anyeonghaseyo) with the hikers we passed on the trail, the view was gorgeous, and I got a thigh workout my tae kwon do master would be proud of. Plus, at the beginning and ending of the trail there were "public fountains." The water was from natural springs in the mountains, and brightly colored ladles were chained to a rock for anyone to drink out of. I'm not sure if it was sanitary, but I liked the idea and the water tasted great.