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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Mount Apsan, Daegu Nam-gu: A mountain that located in front of Daegu Metropole

Mount Apsan is a 600 meter-high mountain in 574-87 Apsan Ring Road/Apsan-sunhwanno, Daemyeong 9-dong san 227-1 beonji, Daegu Nam-gu. At the front and back of the mountain are Mount Sanseong (653m) and Mount Daedeok; Apsan Park is located in the valley where the three mountains converge. 

This mountain is located 4.5 km south of downtown Daegu Metropole and is the largest park in Daegu and is a popular tourist destination on the Mount Biseul Range. The name 'Apsan' means 'front' and 'mountains', referencing that the mountain is in 'front' of Daegu Metropole. Thus, being located in front of the city of Daegu, the park was named Apsan. The park belongs to Nam-gu, Suseong-gu, and Dalseo-gu and features 8 valleys (both large and small), over 20 natural mineral springs, and an abundance of walking trails. Fabulous views of Daegu can be seen from the top. You can choose to either take one of the hiking trails to the top or take the gondola.

Apsan Park is one of the largest urban-eco parks in Daegu, covering an area of around 508 pyeong (approx. 1,680 meters squared). A cable car runs 790m up Apsan and at the foot of the mountain are leisure facilities where visitors can enjoy archery, horseback riding, and swimming. There is also a monument that commemorates the poet Yi Ho-wu as well as Nakdong River War Memorial Hall (established in 1979) and Keungol Daedeok Dongsan Hill, which has a fabulous garden perfect for dates or family outings. About 300m away from the observation deck at the peak is Eunjeoksa, which offers some great photo opportunities.

As a major leisure place for Daegu citizens, the park has numerous walking trails. Largely, the routes can be categorized into three groups: ones that start from the park and connect to Apsan Mountain, those that go from the park to Mount Sanseong, and those that wind along to Mount Daedeok. The length of the paths varies from 2km to 4km, allowing visitors to choose the path that best fits their capabilities and preferences.