Finally exploring Daegu’s Apsan Park. I wanted to come here two years go but it is located on the south side of Daegu and to get here, you have to take the train to Anjirang Station and then transfer to bus 410.
In my case, my friend just drove. In Korea, I feel like they aren’t the most law-abiding drivers in the world… although I suppose other places could be worse.
There are basically no rules when it comes to parking – as long as there is space and you aren’t blocking the road, it is ok. However, most Koreans leave their phone number on the dashboard in case they need to be reached.
I grabbed a little bit of breakfast at Ediya Coffee. It was more than 6000 won, and here I complained that my $5 Canadian Starbucks breakfast meal was expensive.
At Apsan, we parked at the base of the mountain close to the terminal bus stop but there is actually parking a little further up and closer to the cable cars.
As we parked closer to the bus terminal than to the cable car, there was at least a 10 minutes walk through the park.
Along the way, there was an Oden stand. My friend pulled my over and we ate an Oden – essentially a fish cake. The best part of the fish cake was the soup base. Surprisingly, you just grab one of the red plastic spoons on the side and drink from it … it was 500 won for each stick.
The way to the park, we passed by an empty waterway – it hasn’t rained in a while.
My friend who is almost a native to Daegu, has never been to Apsan Mountain.
We made it to the cable car! Return ticket per person is 9500 won, which is actually quite pricey … and there are no discounts for locals.
Despite my friend’s temporary gimpy legs, the staff was giving us attitude for walking too slow (because the cable car is departing soon). She was also not given a seat. In conclusion, I better not get hurt in Korea.
There are two cable cars, alternatively going up and down the mountain every 15-18 minutes. If you’re first to get in, you get nice spots, as with all cable cars. On the bright side, going up, there are no OB problems .. kekeke
In my head, I thought that once I get up there, there was going to be a large sitting area with a nice coffee shop, soft jazz music, and a place to chill with friends. I was wrong. Sitting atop of the cable car is a Korean restaurant that sells Pajeon (seafood pancake) and Makgeolli 막걸리. Apparently, it is Korean tradition to eat seafood pancake and drink alcohol after hiking. I guess it gives them supplementary protein after a hard workout?
The first view I see after getting off the cable car!
The cable car brought us up 750 meters already but there is actually quite a lot of hiking/walking on the mountain. According to a tourist’s website, you can do archery, horseback riding, and swimming! There are also many temples and springs on the mountain too but you have to walk … but not more than 2-4km (apparently).
On top of the restaurant is an observatory area where you can see Daegu.
Random: there was this guy working at the restaurant trying to chop wood but the wood chips he chopped was super awkward looking. Perhaps the owner didn’t know how to chop wood either because he just stood and watch. Finally, a man came by, took the ax from him and taught him to chop properly.
I tried to take some panorama but Daegu is just too big …
The route was a little difficult to walk, and I can see why older people would use walking sticks. The rocks are also quite slippery. My friend couldn’t continue because of her leg and I felt bad:'( … my tourists book made it sound like it was going to be a chill place.
… and so I continued alone (so bad I know).. while my friend waited. I think I walked for almost an additional 30 minutes to and from.
The hills covers the city a little bit more as I went higher but it may also be that I haven’t reached the highest point …
Another difference, Koreans usually stop to eat snacks and chat for extended amount of time while hiking. Normally, they are on benches or somewhere that’s on the side of the hiking routes. I usually carry something small like a granola bar and bottled water and eat as I go.
The route closest to the cable car looks like theses, not the most friendly for beginners I think.
… and then I turned back. If I continued on, I would be on another mountain – Sanseongsan Mountain (산성산).
…. time to turn back!
The view back is just as nice :
Heading back down in the cable car. It is not uncommon to have hikers walk from the base of the mountain to the top. Therefore, when they need to take a one-way trip down, they just pay the lady collecting the tickets.
On the way down, there is no music or introduction about the mountain. I thought it would be nice if they did that … I’m asking too much now.
There is a promotion where if you have a receipt from the cable car, you can get 10% off coffee!!! Therefore, we went to the coffee shop at the base and bought a strawberry cake and green tea latte. Unfortunately, the green tea latte doesn’t count and we had to pay full price.
… then came the 10-minute walk down the mountain. Misadventure at Apsan Mountain.