4.5 based on 11 reviews
In stressed out South Korea, everyone needs to get away from it all once in a while! Deokgu Spa World and the attached/interconnected Hotel Doekgu Oncheon (Hot Spring complex) is the ticket .. .if you're willing to drive around 4 to 5 hours from Seoul to the far eastern coast. The hotel is a bit old-fashioned and hokey (reminds me of the Budapest Hotel movie), but decent and even serves a Western style breakfast. The SpaWorld though makes up for it with over a dozen types of in-water massage therapies - strong water jets geared to massage sore necks, arms, legs, backs, you name it. They've got your body covered. You can also retreat to the indoor hot baths for some soaking (up to 43 C! as well as cold "jade stone" water), stand under gushing Waterfalls, venture outdoors for a soak, and so on. I'd recommend at least an overnighter to get the full effect. The hotel has an "E-Mart" where you can stock up on provisions, and there's a nice hiking option up the valley from where the water comes from. The area is a secluded valley way over by the ocean, a long slog from Seoul but a lot closer from Daegu.
4 based on 11 reviews
The road up from Uljin to the temple is picturesque, in particular in autumn. The temple is located another half hour by foot from the parking lot/bus stop. The location, as so often with temples, is the main attraction.
4 based on 12 reviews
It's eight hundrend seventy meters long but opens to the public around three hundred meters. It's solutional cave with columns, draperies, stalactites, and stalagmites, aged more than two hundred fifty milion years old. It has spacious halls and narrow passages I had to stoop low. I felt a bit scary walking trail over ponds.
It looks damaged and dried up by many tourists. But I and my kids could have fantasy to be explorers for a while.
4 based on 10 reviews
송강 정철이 강원도관찰사로 부임해서 부중을 둘러본 일을 기록한 글이 관동별곡입니다. 그 관동별곡에서 관동 8경인 망양정에 올라서 동해바다를 내려다 보는 내용이 나옵니다. 망양정은 지금도 울진 바다 옆 야트막한 언덕 위에 있습니다. 한적하고 여유롭습니다. 올라서 동해바다를 바라보기에 좋습니다.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
I am a person of quiet natural places! After the fast pace of Seoul this area was refreshing to the soul! We arrived September 2 so all vacationers had left! There is a wide path along the river far up into the hills that is easy to walk. We did not have time to reach the waterfall sad to say. Great rebuilt examples of Hanok homes and another traditional type with large flag stones on the roof! The local restaurant was one of the cleanest I had experienced in Korea and the food was interesting and fresh. Coming from a farm background we enjoyed experiencing harvesting of the apple crop and meeting a Korean beef animal! The people were more than helpful! While waiting for the bus to return to Seoul the village manger drove us up the windy mountain road stopping often to allow us to take photos of the surreal mountain vistas! There is bus service to the area but expect it to take time as there can be up to 1 hour wait for transfers! Good roads for car travel. Worth the visit!
It was worth it. A few days stay would give time to explore the mountain area.
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