The last Sunday of March was a perfect day to describe springtime in Korea. The temperature was nice and warm (with a bit of fine dust in the air, of course) and the subtle breeze cooled off the heat from brightening sunlight. With the weather being so wonderful, my instinct led me to gyejok-san (계족산: Gyejok Mountain) located at the outskirts of Daedeok-gu, Daejeon. I got on the bus with hopes of facing a beautiful scenery filled with spring flowers and sprouts but unfortunately most of the mountain was still dark and grey with very little traces of colorfulness.
I only got to explore the base of the mountain as I ran out of time and the sun started to set earlier than I expected. I did manage to see some flowers but I think it would still take another week or two before the mountain becomes greener.
Map taken from Greencity Daejeon
The trail is part of a 133km loop that circles the city called Daejeon Dulesangil (대전 둘레산길). They have divided the trail into twelve different sections and the part that includes Gyejok Mountain is the fifth trail. This would definitely go on my Daejeon bucket list to explore the entire trail by foot.
It is also known that Gyejoksan is one of the most popular destinations to watch nightscape of Daejeon. I might have failed to take springy photos but next time I shall give a try on taking night views of my hometown.