Royal azaleas in bloom on Hwangmaesan Mountain, South Korea
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Positively purple peaks. Azalea flowers on Hwangmaesan Mountain, South Korea
On the sides of South Korea's Hwangmaesan Mountain, vast colonies of royal azaleas paint the sides of the mountain a vibrant purple colour. These colonies formed naturally over generations, as dairy cows and sheep ate all the grass and plants, leaving behind only the poisonous azaleas that spread to cover the mountain. The mountain also features massive rock formations and a stunning view from the summit. It’s a popular hiking and camping destination, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are many climbers from all over the world attracted by the legend that anyone who prays at the summit will have their wish granted. It reaches an altitude of 1,113 metres, which isn’t too bad of a hike, but make sure you’re prepared with water and snacks. The royal azaleas bloom in May, which is a great time for a hike, but it still gets chilly up at the summit.