2018년 3월 4일 일요일

Cheolwon - Hantangang (River) Trek in Winter

The scenery of the canyons walking on the river along the frozen Hantangang (river) is mysterious.
The chance to see the true face of the Hantan River, which is blocked by the mighty waves and not seen in other seasons, can only be seen on the winter trek.

1. Goseokjeong
Goseokjeong is one of Cheolwon 8 wonderful sceneries located on midstream of Hantangang, which is peculiar because of a huge curious rock dominating in the middle of the river, this is a unique basalt gushing site in Korea. It has been well known as Imkkeokjeong's stronghold in early Joseon period thus a lot of legends have been handed down.

* Imkkeokjeong was the leader of a peasant rebellion in Hwanghae Province in 1559-1562. The initial cause of the revolt was taxation. He started off with a band but later the number grew as he began killing rich people and giving out food to the poor. Thus he is also known as Robbin Hood of Korea.





2. Hantangang Trek
In winter season (Jan.~mid Feb.) we can admire the beautiful scenery of the Hantan River, the basalt rocks, and granite fields, which have been blocked by the heavy water and have not been seen in other seasons. 
There is a floating walkaway where we can walk on ice and water.






3. How to Get There
- Subway (57 minutes, KRW3,100): Eungam stn. (Line 6) -> Hapjeong stn. for City Hall (Line 2) -> Get off at Gangbyeon stn. (exit 4) -> Cross the road
- Intercity Express Bus (2 hours, round trip fare KRW18,600): DongSeoul Intercity Express Bus Terminal -> Shincheolwon Intercity Bus Terminal
- Local bus (26 minutes, KRW3,000): Take local bus at Jipori bus stop (200m walk from the terminal) -> Get off at Goseokjeong bus stop