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Geumosan Prov. Park, Gumi, Gyeongsang buk-do

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

The park is just a short taxi or bus ride from downtown Gumi. There’s a tourist village with dozens of restaurants – that’s just above a lake where one can rent duck boats. Above the tourist village, the road leads to a parking lot for the cable car. Here one pays 600 won (about 60 cents U.S.) for adult admission. A short walk up to the cable car, and from here or from the upper terminus, trails continue on up to the summit. Geumo Mountain is 976.6 meters high. Besides its natural features, the park also features several temples. One, Haeunsa, is just a short walk from the upper cable car terminus. Most of these photos were taken in January; a couple in the Spring.

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Gyeongpo Provincial Park, Kangwon-do

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Gyeongpo Provincial Park is in Gangneung City, Gangwon-do. It lies along the coast and includes Gyeongpo Lake. Its area is 9.471 square kms and it was established on June 26, 1982. I visited this park on November 9-10, 2005.

Gyeongpo Lake is 4.35 kms. in circumference. Here’s the lake looking south from the walking trail along the west shore:
Kyeongpo Lake

A chain of statues along the trail tell a traditional story:

statue, Kyeongpo Lake

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Woraksan National Park – Deokjusa to the mountaintop

Monday, December 19th, 2005
This is a description of a trip I did at the beginning of May in 2005: On Monday I got a bus to Chungju (no, that's not the same as Cheongju where I went last week, even though it's in the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Songnisan National Park – Hwayang Valley

Friday, December 16th, 2005
As the autumn days shortened and the leaves thinned on the trees I accelerated my travel schedule to visit as many places as possible before winter set in. At the end of October an overnighter to Hwayang was one ... [Continue reading this entry]

Songnisan National Park: Songni Valley; Beopjusa

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
This year I've been to the Songni Valley twice: in Spring blossom time and in Autumn leaves time. This from my April diary: I got an early bus from Cheongju and got off at the tourist village below Popchusa, a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Jung-do Park, Chuncheon

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
Jung-do is an island in the lake on the west side of Chuncheon. There are a couple of restaurants, and there's cabins for rent. The south end is wooded, farther north there's a maintained lawn. We stayed ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mungyeong SaeJae Provincial Park

Friday, November 4th, 2005
I took the local bus to the tourist village at the South end of the park. Mungyeong SaeJae is a Provincial Park located right on the western border of Mungyeong-shi, in Gyeongsang buk-do. I walked up through the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Juwangsan National Park

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
This was just a short trip- stayed in Cheongsong overnight and then went up to the Juwangsan National Park. This is one of Korea's more isolated and less-visited parks. Started up a valley after a visit to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Welcome to Wild Korea

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
South Korea has twenty National Parks. There are also Provincial Parks, forest recreational areas, local parks, and interesting and scenic area with no particular protected status. There are hundreds of interesting islands off the coasts, ranging from tiny ... [Continue reading this entry]