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Hiking at Apsan Mt.

Near my home in Daegu is a mountain called Apsan.  It’s a great spot to get in a hike and see an overview of the city.  On Saturday a co-worker and I decided to head that way and take in the views.

I was really surprised with how much was there.  It was more than a simple mountain.  There were several temples, a cable car,  a war memorial, and at the top was an old fortress wall.

We picked a great day to go as well.  The sun was out, but it wasn’t too hot.  It turned out to be a great day for a hike.  Before we proceeded up the mountain (via cable car), we went to check out the war memorial.  It was small but worth the trip.

In the Apsan area there are 3 temples.  Two of them are an easy hike at the bottom of the mountain before you take the cable car up and they are very pretty.  We went to Eunjeoksa Temple which is near the bottom of the mountain and they were decorating for the upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday.  It was quite a site even for such a small temple.

After taking the cable car up, we proceeded to take in the views of Daegu.  It really is stunning, yet I got an eerie feeling after seeing the haze that sat over Daegu.  It is amazing how dirty the air is in the city.  We are in a valley surrounded by mountains and everything just seems to sit on top of the city.  That is why it is always nice to get out of town and into the mountains for some fresh air.

Overall, the day was great.  I got to see some nice sites, breath some fresh air, and get in a little hiking.  All in all it was a fun outing and I look forward to going back in the fall when the trees start to turn.  Below are some pictures.  If you enjoy them and would like to see more, check out my Flickr page.

Daegu from Apsan Mt.

On Apsan Mt.

Daegu from Apsan Mt.

Eunjeoksa Temple

Eunjeoksa Temple

Apsan Mt.

Temple on Apsan Mt.

Snake in a bottle

Nakdong River Battle Museum

Nakdong River Battle Museum

Nakdong River Battle Museum

Nakdong River Battle Museum

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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