'Summer' calls for cool getaways like the valleys. Of course, beaches are an all time favorite but everybody wants some shade after a day long of sun. Valleys may not have the view of the wide horizon but the cold, almost icy waters and cool shades from trees are preferred sometimes.
Uljin's Dukgu Valley is a great place to enjoy nature's wonderful scenery of the grand water streams coming down from the top, and at Won-tang where a natural spring water tub awaits, you can relax after the long walk uphill. Different kinds of intersections on the way is also another beauty to enjoy throughout the trip.
Uljin's Best Valley Spot, Dukgu Valley
WangpiChun will first come to mind when mentioning Uljin Valleys. It's one of the well-known valleys thanks to its popular summer valley tracking course. But that doesn't mean Dukgu Valley should be forgotten. It's actually known well as Dukgu spring waters but this place with Won-tang, a tub gushing spring water is an easy walk up too, so many visitors stop by just to experience it. It's that good. At entrance level, it would seem like any ordinary valley but passing the Sun-nyeo(Angel's) tang and to the Yongso Waterfalls, the epic surroundings presented by nature is something worth to fall in love with.
Coiled up Yongso Waterfalls
At Sun-nyeo(Angel's) Tang through the crashing waters you can find something in particular which is the waterfalls. It's an instant step-stopper. Taking yourself closer to the waterfalls a couple steps away from the path will have you forget about summer. If you continue on up by following the steps beside the waterfalls, at the end of the road where you meet a bridge is where you'll see the top of the waterfall, another work of art by nature that humbles you.
World-Renown Bridges at Dukgu Valley
The nature view up to Dukgu Valley is pretty swell itself, but finding the 13 bridges on the way to Eungbong mountain is also a highlight. The mini-sized version of world-renown bridges from all over the world including Korea is placed here and there. Any amazing view can feel less when you keep seeing it but the bridges add so much more to it. The could-have-been risky walk between valleys become a moment of fun and a safe-walk. Don't forget to look out of the Sun-nyeo(Angel's) Tang and Hyoja fountain on your way up too!
A Footbath at Won-tang on Top of the Mountains
It may differ but on average, its a one and half hour to two hours long walk to Won-tang. Where spring water is pumping up, this water is also used as Dukgu Spring Waters. There's a foot bathing area at Won-tang for free. It's a stop by on the way down from Eungbong Mountain but many just visit to enjoy the footbaths. Here's how you can enjoy it more. Wash your feet at Dukgu valley which is situated below Won-tang and simply enjoy the footbath at Won-tang! Since it's an open tub, washing your feet is highly recommended.
Translated by_ Gen_E