Hm … so a few weeks ago, I wrote about the misadventure of the Palgongsan Cable car, where we thought that by taking the cable car, we can take a shortcut to see Gatbawi – a huge buddha carved into the rocks with traditional hat (bawi) on top of the head. I can tell you that – No, the cable car doesn’t go there.
Gatbwai is located at the Gwanbong Peak, one of the tallest mountains in the Taebeak Mountain ranges. It is 850m above the sea level and hiking is totally required.
I used google map, which told me to take a bus to Daegu International Airport and then transferring to Express Bus 1 to Gatbawi. For some reason … I thought it was going to take me straight there because google says the approximate walking distance was just 24 minutes.
Since it was 850 meters, the path had lots of winding roads and stairs and all going on an incline. Midway through, there was also a temple and a washroom! Along the way are also lots of small rest stops and pavilions for people to catch their breaths or eat their snacks.
The long walk continued … I am pretty sure I was faster than *some* of the hiking grannies but there were also the trail running ahjussis that completely blew pass me as well.
Estimated arrival time : 40 minutes! I didn’t think it was a race, but actually, there wasn’t much to see along the path, and it isn’t as though you WANT to stop because you have hiking grandpas and grannies behind you just waiting to pass but the passage is too small for them to do so :S
The top is a place for prayers with mats fully available. If you want to pray but don’t know how, there is even an instruction sheet at the back teaching you how to pray properly.
The top really has a nice view of the city (and the path below). I can’t believe I made it that far …
I actually dreaded going back down because there were lots of stairs. It was also 2KM long … However, I saw a sign that says ‘Gyeongsan Side’ and a flight of stairs going down. It was just located behind the buddha. (Palgongsan is shared between a few regions including Daegu and Gyeongan)
The path leads to another temple where people can eat temple-food and just chill out after a good days’ hard work.
The path on the Gyeongsan side is actually quite flat and much easier than the one coming from Daegu. It was also 0.9 KMs long and at the end was bus 818, with the driver just waiting to drive me back straight my dormitory without transferring ….
Granted the bus ride was a little bit longer than via Daegu but it was a direct bus! It also stopped by Hayang, one of the largest towns in the Gyeongsan region. Therefore, 30 minutes into the ride, I got off at Hayang 🙂
However, that was my trip to Gatbawi =)
February 23, 2017