|Of the highest mountain ranges in Korea, not many allow for both novice and expert trekkers to experience the beauty of winter. Mount Deogyusan's accessibility is its greater appeal, and nature-lovers head to its peaks in the heart of the year's coldest months.|
|Familes and friends learn to ski at the Deogyusan Ski Resort|
The scenery afforded at the peak can be described only by those who climb all the way to the top. At Hyangjeokbong, the numerous mountains and valleys spread out beneath your feet. The local saying "below no man and above 10,000 men" best explains this spot. Hikers can look out to the horizon and even see neighboring mountains, including Gayasan, Bigyesan, Jirisan, Daedunsan and Gyeryongsan.
When descending, stop by Deogyusan Ski Resort for a hands-on experience of the white snow. The resort is Korea's southernmost skiing and snowboarding venue with an impressive total area of over 7sqkm. The Hotel Tirol, designed by famed European architect Karl Landauer, opened in 1997, augmenting the area’s natural beauty.
(Visitors reach Seolcheonbong peak by cable car)
The areas of Muju, Jinan and Jangsu in Jeollabuk-do Province are often referred to as "Mujinjang," using the first syllable of each county. The word, however, also means “no end” in Korean, and the people here are known for their“mujinjang” (endless) sincerity. Farmers in the area are also known to use only organic fertilizers, which has led to the counties being known as the “mecca of organic farming.”
To get to Deogyusan from Seoul by car, take the Gyeongbu Expressway past Daejeon to Biryong IC and take Jungbu (Daejeon-Tongyeong) Expressway. From Muju IC take National Road 37 to Deogyusan-ri. National Road 37 is also great for sightseeing as the highway will circle and pass through Mt Deogyusan.
Take a bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Muju Intercity Bus Terminal. Buses leave daily at 7:40am, 9:20am, 10:40am, 1:40pm and 2:35pm. From the rear gate of Muju Terminal, take a free shuttle bus to Deogyusan Resort.
*Article from Korea Magazine