Unfortunately, it was this weekend that my mind chose to alert me to the severely introverted side of me that likes to come out on the weekends. (If you already knew that, feel free to gloat now.) I'm still hesitant to fully label myself introverted, but I'm definitely seeing the tendencies. So, the Friday night 2-hour dinner and 노래방 (Which is very nicely defined on this page after hitting control/apple-F and searching "norebang') proved to be my definition of stress. However, the Saturday morning hike up 선운산 (산 means mountain, 선운 is its proper name) was almost perfect. I would have preferred it to involve a lot less chatter, but I'm finding that my Korean friends have a lot to say. I'm debating if that's a cultural thing or if it's a my-friends thing. I'll get back to you on that if I come up with a decision.
As with many mountains here in Korea, the hike ended at a Buddhist temple, and I found my friends to be correct: once you've seen one Buddhist temple, you've seen them all. This one was not nearly as peaceful as the other, though, and I was struck by how many Hindu symbols were all around. I'm beginning to think that the two have gotten mixed here, as Buddhism was turned from a lifestyle into a religion. But I'm no Buddhism expert; I'm just making an observation.
All that being said, I think my photos (which will enlarge when you click on them) can speak for themselves from here. ;)