Walk on the wild side in S. Korea's mountain valleys
HIKING is a common pastime for many South Koreans, with about 70 per cent of the country's land covered by mountainous regions.
During summer, they often visit the mountains and spend time in the valleys and riverside to escape the heat and daily grind.
Here are some popular valleys to check out if you are visiting South Korea:
This valley at Mount Bangtaesan in Inje, Gangwon province, is famous for its trekking course.
It got its name because you can plough the fields only in the morning ("achim"). The sunshine lasts for a shorter duration, as the valley is located deep in the mountains.
Achimgari is well known for its hiking course of about 12km. The course takes five hours to complete. Some of its main charms are the natural paths, rather than man-made roads.
There are also areas near the valley where people can go rafting.
Those looking to escape the summer heat and humidity can find themselves a natural air-conditioner at Eoreumgol.
Located at Mount Cheonwangsan near Miryang, Gyeongsang province, Eoreumgol means "ice valley", a reference to its freezing temperatures even during summer.
Visitors can feel a cool breeze and even see ice between the rocks.
There is a cable car that visitors can take to see the valley from above.
MOUNT GWANAKSAN NADEUL ROAD
There are also mountains and valleys that people can visit in Seoul.
Mount Gwanaksan, which stretches across Seoul and parts of Gyeonggi province, has numerous hiking trails.
One of its courses is the Mount Gwanaksan Nadeul road, which begins at the mountain entrance and follows various streams in the mountain valleys, passing by a lake garden and mountain spring in the process.
The trail is 5.58km long and easy for people of all ages to walk on as it has very little in the way of slopes, unlike other hiking courses in Gwanaksan.
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