73 일째 – Daegu 대구 – Palgongsan Cable Car (팔공산 케이블카)

It is the final week before the final test and here I was …. going on another trip!  This time to nearby Palgongsan.  I underestimated how big Palgongsan is … it spans five different cities and districts within the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province!  I thought the cable car was a short cut to get to Gatbawi, the statue carved into the mountain … but more on that later.

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cable car palgongsan!

We met up with our Korean friend from last night at Beomeo and he taught us how to take a bus in Daegu!!! It is quite simple, if you are transferring to another bus, you have to tap out.  If you are not transferring, it doesn’t matter.

Traveling: from Beomeo Station, we went took 814 bus to Dong-gu Office and then Express bus 1 to Donghwasa Temple.  That took almost an hour and them some more … It was a bumpy ride, to say the least 🙂

When we got to the mountain, the first thing I wanted was — FOOD!  The area was quite quiet because there was a lot of hikers to brave the snow and ice coldness of this Daegu winter.

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After lunch, we walked to the cable car entrance.  This is their bunny mascot!

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I thought the cable cars were similar to the ones in Apsan where you have 100 people in a gondola and go up at once, but it was a real cable car!

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At the top was … a view …  There was still a bit but of snow and it was very cold, but it air was great!

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We walked around and then asked the people working at the cafeteria … where is Gatbawi?  Gatbawi wasn’t found in this part of the mountain apparently!!!! The cable car here takes is to the observatory deck, and we can walk around a smaller hiking paths.

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Unfortunately, the mountain had covered in bits of snow, which makes it cold and difficult to walk 😦

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Therefore, we went into the cafeteria and had a hot chocolate 🙂

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From the top, we saw that there was another hiking path downstairs!

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It was called Lover’s lane and perhaps this is why!  There are hearts everywhere.

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… After some photos, we took the gondola back down again.

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The way down was just as spectaular.  They also have a blankets so you dont get cold 🙂

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.. and that was our cable ar experience!

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