See more pictures of Gosu Cave and Chungju Lake here.
These two spectacular sites make up one exciting and unforgettable tour of the North Chungcheong province. South of Seoul about two hours by bus or car, this region of Korea specializes in producing ginseng and tobacco. Within the Eastern part of this province lies the mountainous and rugged Danyang county.
Witnessing "the eight views of Danyang" is a hard task for a one day trip from Seoul. But don't worry because many of the eight famous rocks and peaks can be seen on your drive through Woraksan National Park to Gosu Cave.You cannot miss Dodam Sambong (3 Peak Island) which represents Korea's love triangle between a man, his wife, and his mistress. This peak was by far my favorite view of Danyang and I wish there was more time in my day to have stopped here.
|This picture was taken while aboard a ferry at Chungju Lake.|
|Tons of fresh ginseng for sale around Gosu Cave.|
After burning off some calories it was clearly time to take a break. Thank god the walk back down to the parking lot wound past many restaurants and stalls. I recommend purchasing some of the fresh ginseng root here, and eating some local traditional Korean food to restore your energy.
|My new Korean family who hooked me up with soju and chesnuts!|
Many Koreans will be eating snacks and drinking soju as usual. My friend Andrea and I met a group of older Koreans who insisted on shoving steamed chestnuts and soju down our throats! After the second shot of soju I turned away to pay attention to the beautiful views of the lake.
|A traditional Korean meal at Gosu Cave.|
Directions to Chungju Lake: I recommend taking some kind of tour for this day trip to save time. I went on an RAS Korea Branch Tour to this location. However, it isn't very difficult to take a bus from Seoul. Simply to to the biggest bus terminal nearest to you. Make sure to ask for a ticket to Chungju (in Hangul: 충주) not Cheongju: (청주)! This pronunciation mistake will cost you an extra hour and thirty minutes and a 14,000 won pay increase for a bus to the wrong place! Once at the bus terminal in Chungju be sure to go to the tourist information center to double check the bus number to the lake. Bus #301 leaves across the street from the bus terminal and will take 30 minutes for a lousy 950 won. You can also take a fifteen minute cab ride to the lake for around 20,000 won.
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