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Take a Drive in Gyeongsangnam-do
  • By Seo Seong-il, reporter
  • 승인 2020.10.25 19:53
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Stage 1 national social distancing was put in place as of October 12. Meetings with large numbers of people and in-person events are allowed, along with the use of entertainment facilities. However, the number of COVID-19 infections has not yet decreased significantly. People still have to be careful about going out on fall outings. It may be better to drive a car than to go on an outing in a crowded place. Driving is a suitable outdoor activity in the year of social distancing. There are so many driving attractions in Gyeongsangnam-do that people can enjoy.

Hanwoo Mountain Road in Uiryeong-gun

Hanwoo Mountain Road in Uiryeong-gun is a long ringed road that’s over 15km long. This road becomes a fantastic driving route when the leaves turn red in the fall months. It’s also a popular spot for hikers because the autumnal colors are so beautiful. In addition, the Chalbi Valley is one of the reasons to visit Hanwoo Mountain. Chalbi Valley is a beautiful place where there is harmony between waterfalls and the forest. In the middle of the driving course, pavilions are also installed in various places. There are toilets and parking spaces on the top of Hanwoo Mountain. Beneath the peak of Hanwoo Mountain is the filming location of “Spring In My Hometown” by the movie director, Lee Kwang-mo. It will be a meaningful attraction for those who have seen the movie.

▲ Hanwoo Mountain Road In Uiryeong-gun(Source: 2018 The province of Gyeongsangnam-do)

Roads to Vito Island in Sacheon

This drive is divided into two parts. In the first part, the traveler can see Changseon and Samcheonpo Bridge which won the grand prize in the ‘100 Beautiful Roads in Korea’ hosted by the Korea Highway Association in 2006. There is a sea cable car facility near Samchenopo Bridge. So, if the traveler chooses to do the first part of the drive, the traveler can ride in a cable car and can also drive a car while enjoying the view of the sea and the bridge. In the second half of the drive, the traveler can enjoy the Byeoljubujeon Theme Park the mudflat, Rabbit Island, and Turtle Island. The mudflat of Vito Island is really wide and beautiful.

▲ Roads to Vito Island In Sacheon(Source: 2018 The province of Gyeongsangnam-do)

Donghae-myeon Coastal Road in Goseong-gun

Donghae-myeon Coastal Road begins at Dongjin Bridge and continues to Naesan-ri, in Goseong-gun. This road was selected as part of the ‘100 Beautiful Roads in Korea’ hosted by the Korea Highway Association in 2006. On the Donghae-myeon Coastal Road, the traveler can drive while looking at the coastal scenery with green pine trees and the sea. Driving about 5 minutes from Dongjin Bridge, there is Sunrise Park. Sunrise Park is a great place to take a walk as well as a rest area with parking facilities and toilets. Donghae-myeon Coastal Road is also known as a healing place because the traveler can see the rias coastal scenery. The rias coast means a long and complex coastline.

▲ Donghae-myeon Coastal Road In Goseong-gun(Source: 2018 The province of Gyeongsangnam-do)

A Road to Jirisan Mountain in Hamyang-gun

A Road to Jirisan Mountain in Hamyang-gun was also one of the roads selected by ‘100 Beautiful Roads in Korea’ hosted by the Korea Highway Association in 2006. This driving route leads to the beautiful curves of Jianjae and Odojae. The height of the Odojae Pass is 750m. There is a legend that those who climb the Odojae Pass will gain enlightenment. Odojae road is a famous location for a night vehicle trace shooting place because it winds like a snake. Jianjae is a mountain road with steep slopes and beautiful scenery. Odojae and Jianjae are also famous for their nationwide biking route.

▲ A Road to Jirisan Mountain In Hamyang-gun(Source: 2018 The province of Gyeongsangnam-do)

By Seo Seong-il, reporter  badb02@naver.com

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