This past weekend Dave and I didn’t have any plans so my Korean tutor recommended we go to a two places: Jusanji (주산지) and Juwangsan (주왕산). She said she goes every autumn and it’s really amazing. She couldn’t have been more right!
We woke up at 3:00am and drove 3 hours to get there. I knew it was up in the mountains so I took a motion sickness pill before we left. During the drive I tried to stay awake as long as possible, but around the halfway mark, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer and I slept for the rest of the drive. I felt terribly guilty, but Dave was such a good sport about driving while I snoozed.
In our experience in Korea, the earlier you get somewhere, the less people will be there. This is not the case at Jusanji. When we pulled up around 6:30am, were shocked to find the overflow parking lot to be almost completely full. We parked, bundled up and then followed the crowds to the reservoir. The walk took about 10-15 minutes. It is relatively flat for being up in the mountains, but there is a slight incline for most of the walk.
Once we got to the reservoir, we squeezed in among the masses for that perfect spot to take photos.
Dave and I both took turns taking photos. It was so peaceful with the fog lingering and the sun tucked just behind the mountains surrounding us. Even though waking up early on a Saturday was tough, it was completely worth it to witness the beauty of Jusanji. You have to click through the photos below… this place is just too beautiful to not look at it.
After the sunrise, it started getting colder and the fog started getting thicker so we decided to head back to the car.
The entire area surrounding Jusanji is full of apple orchards.
Even the bus stops were shaped like apples!
After Jusanji, we went to Juwangsan National Park (15 minutes by car) and walked around.
We didn’t do any hiking, but Juwangsan is famous for its beautiful hiking trails. If you want to hike, the admission is 2,800 won for adults and 600-1,000 won for children. Parking at Juwangsan was 5,000 won.
We decided to drive through Pohang to get home and we passed by a waterfall.
It was the perfect ending to a really amazing day.
Jusanji (주산지) Address: Gyeongseongbuk-do Cheongsong-gun Budong-myeon Ijeon-ri Jusanji / 경상북도 청송군 부동면 이전리 주산지
Juwangsan (주왕산) Address: Gyeongseongbuk-do Cheongsong-gun Budong-myeon Sangui-ri 406 / 경상북도 청송군 부동면 상의리 406