Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Gorgeous Mountain Hikes in Korea| Palgongsan Mt. Sutaegol Valley

ATTENTION ALL HIKER!  You have hiked Apsan Mountain and Mount Biseulsan, but have you ever thought of Mount Palgongsan as the new hiking hotspot? Mount Palogongsan is very famous for its temples and giant Buddha statue, however tucked away in a lush forest is Sutaegol Valley. Though this area is not too well known to Daegu’s foreign community, Sutaegol Valley is quite popular with native Daegu citizens for its beautiful scenery filled with shady trees and streams flowing with clear water.

The scenery alone provides enough reason to visit. Not far from the entrance of the hiking trail, there are beautiful crystal clear streams in the valley. Gentle waterfalls and gigantic moss covered boulders decorate the valley making almost every corner pleasing to the eye. The plentiful trees in the forest provide an escape from the sun, so feel free to visit here even during Daegu’s hot summer months!

Sutaegol Valley is the perfect hiking trail for beginners and experienced hikers alike. There is only one main path to follow so you do not have to worry about getting lost or taking a wrong turn.  Be prepared for some high inclines with big steps. For experienced hikers, this trail shouldn’t be too difficult, but for beginners or people who have never been hiking before, it can be a little challenging sometimes, but definitely not impossible to hike.

Hiking all day can make anyone hungry. Check out one of the many restaurants and cafés in the area. Most of them are located near the main entrance to Mount Palgongsan, but there is a row of cafes and restaurants closer to Sutaegol Valley as well.

While you are free to spend as much time as you want hiking the trail, please keep in mind that camping, picnicking, and getting in the water here is not allowed. I know it will be tempting to get into the beautiful fresh water, but remember that in order to keep this area as beautiful as it currently is, we sometimes have to just simply enjoy viewing certain places instead of interfering with them.

In conclusion, we may live in Daefrica, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the summer months. So don’t just lay around in your house and raise your electricity bill by leaving your   A/C all day, get outside, enjoy nature, and embrace all four seasons of the year.

It is very easy to get to Sutaegol Valley whether you are driving or taking public transportation. If you are driving, you can park at the parking lot right in front of the entrance to Sutaegol Valley. Take the Palgong 3 and depart at Bunisa Geonneo. From here you will be directly in front of the parking lot.