Travel Blog #6 – Muju-gun


추석 (Chuseok) is a major harvest festival that celebrates good harvest, and is usually celebrated by visiting their hometowns, family gatherings, and a traditional korean feast. I used this trip for a totally different reason, and went on a trip to Muju with a group of friends.

a 4 hour journey from my apartment in Naju, all the pictures, and information I’ve gathered informed me that this trip would be extremely peaceful and involve a lot of adventure. it definitely proved truthful, and made some new friends out of it too!

Muju is a famous city to go skiing in, and as such, there were a ton of ski shops in the area. However, it was the wrong season so everything was closed, and was very quiet around the area…which is exactly what I like.  We did a lot of barbecues (almost burned my eyebrows off, thanks Rachel), river rafting (of sorts), hiking, and took the gondola up to one of the mountains. Great view, great friends, and a great weekend overall. This trip yields no complaints from me!

As usual, I am not very good with words, so I will just show pictures instead. Also I realize this post has been quite overdue, but what can I say? I’m lazy and slow. Deal with it :).

IMG_6430This is the pension we stayed at. Very clean, accessible and well located. The cherry on top is the nice family that owns it. The daughter , with her superb English helped us arrange our river rafting, and many other things.

IMG_6467IMG_6465Good company makes for a good time.


 Just some the sights you’d find in Muju-gun. Roadside vegetable gardens, weird stick men, and ALL the nature.

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If hiking is your thing, this is the place to be. Gorgeous views, clear, clean rivers to play in, and lots of sitting areas fit for large groups randomly placed throughout.



 While you are here, might as well head to the Muju Resort and take the gondola up to the top of the world (not really). There you will find a wonderful view, with fresh air and more tourists you are willing to interact with. Tip: Bring a frisbee.


 Oh, and perhaps enjoy the life around you. You only get one.

Until next time,

Richard T.

Trainee Polymath


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