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Hot Spring Bath Under Autumn Foliage
Date 10-05-2018 10:46
Hot Spring Bath Under Autumn Foliage


Autumn foliage is a sight to behold in Korea. The magnificence of autumn leaves in their diverse colors is the foremost factor encouraging people to get outside and take in fresh air during this season in Korea. Take a leisurely stroll and immerse yourself in the air of the surrounding autumn. When you begin to feel a bit of a chill at dusk, you can dip your body into a hot spring and relax in its warmth. Here are some of the best places in Korea where you can enjoy the brevity of autumn amid scenic foliage while taking hot spring baths.






Juwangsan National Park and Solgi Hot Spring


Juwangsan Mountain draws large crowds every fall. Over 70% of all visitors to Juwangsan Mountain is concentrated in this season. It is because of the breathtaking harmony between magnificent, high-rising rocks and autumn foliage. The most common and “doable” of the eight routes via which you can trek while enjoying the autumn scenery is the Juwang Valley course, which lies between Daejeonsa Temple and Yongyeon Falls. The route is not too rough and also affords good views of Jubangcheon River, which is aflame in red color during autumn with the red leaves that have fallen from surrounding trees. Walk along this river to pass Falls 1, 2, and 3, and you will reach the climax of your journey.
Cheongsong, an idyllic town situated at the foot of Juwangsan, is home to Solgi Hot Spring. With a name literally meaning “the energy of pine trees,” this hot spring offers weak alkaline water that is naturally rich in sodium hydrogen carbonate and drawn from a natural source 710 meters under the ground. This spring water instantly softens the skin and is known to mitigate neuralgic and muscle pains.





Juwangsan National Park
- Address: 169-7 Gongwon-gil, Budong-myeon, Cheongsong, Gyeongbuk
- Telephone No.: 054-870-5300
- Website: juwang.knps.or.kr

Juwangsan Spa Tourist Hotel
- Address: 315 Jungang-ro, Cheongsong, Gyeongbuk
- Telephone No.: 054-874-7000~4
- Website: www.juwangspahotel.co.kr




Seoraksan Jujeongol Valley and Osaek Carbonate Hot Spring


Seoraksan is one of the most popular destinations for foliage-inspired trips during autumn in Korea. The bizarre-looking rocks, autumn leaves, and mountain valleys form a paradisiacal landscape. Jujeongol Valley marks the highlight of all that. The Jujeongol trekking route extends from Osaek Spring via Seongguksa Temple, Geumgangmun Gate, and Yongso Falls to Sibi Falls. The course is short, around 3 kilometers in total length, but it offers plenty of the autumnal beauty of Seoraksan National Park. The trekking route is well-beaten and level like any trail for leisurely strolls in a park. The steep area is equipped with a steel bridge and safety rails so that even children can easily climb. The rocky peaks, such as Byeongpungbawi and Chilhyeongjebong, emphasize the beauty of the valley.
Osaek Carbonate Hot Spring is found at the entrance to Jujeongol Valley. The natural hot spring originates from Onjeonggol in southern Seoraksan, 650 meters above sea level, and has been praised since ancient times for its healing power. Osaek is a great place where you can enjoy the fizzy carbonate hot spring as well as the skin-softening alkaline hot spring. The carbonate, natural hot spring is blue in the morning and gradually turns grey and yellow over the course of the day. Stay in the spring for 5 minutes or so, and the carbon bubbles will begin to form on the surface of your body. You need to remain immersed for 10–15 minutes to make the best of the carbonate spring effect. Let the spring water naturally dry off your body in the air.





Seoraksan National Park
- Address: 833 Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho, Gangwon-do
- Telephone No.: 033-636-7700
- Website: seorak.knps.or.kr

Osaek Green Yard Hotel
- Address: 34 Daecheongbong-gil, Seo-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon-do
- Telephone No.: 033-670-1000
- Website: www.greenyardhotel.com




Sobaeksan Jarak-gil Trail and Punggi Hot Spring


Sobaeksan Mountain is one of the 12 most renowned mountains in Korea. Of course, the ideal thing would be to climb up to the highest peak—1,400 meters or so above sea level—and enjoy the wave after wave of autumn foliage underneath our feet. However, this is not something easy for us novice trekkers to do. A near-second best option is to trek along the route that encircles Sobaeksan. This Sobaeksan Jarak-gil Trail, a trekking trail, is divided into 12 sections and extends for 143 kilometers in total length. Jarak-gil No. 1 is the best route along which you can trek and view foliage by the valley. The trail starts from the Sobaeksan Jarak-gil Trail Information Center and extends to Choamsa Temple via Jukgyegugok Valley. The otherworldly, 4 ½- hour journey into the mountain will infuse you through and through with the scents of autumn leaves and wildflowers.
Punggi Hot Spring in Yeongju near Sobaeksan Mountain is one of the most popular hot springs in Korea. The fluorine-rich, alkaline natural hot spring water is known to heal various skin conditions. Sobaeksan Punggi Hot Spring Resort offers hot spring water gathered from a source that is 800 meters under the ground. This water is rich in all the good minerals, such as sulfur and fluorine, and works dramatic effects on arthritis, neuralgia, and arteriosclerosis.





Sobaeksan Jarak-gil Trail
- Address: 213 Seonbi-ro, Yeongju, Gyeongbuk
- Telephone No.: 054-633-5636
- Website: www.sanjarak.or.kr

Sobaeksan Punggi Hot Spring Resort
- Address: 1400 Junyeong-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju, Gyeongbuk
- Telephone No.: 054-604-1700
- Website: http://taliaresort.co.kr/xe


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