Rafting with Kunsan's Outdoor Rec
Rafting daytrip. About $25 includes bus transportation to the rafting site and back to Kunsan Air Base. Includes some minor rafting instruction, shower house at the end of the raft trip, guides, and lunch after the showers.
Cherry Blossom Festival
This picture is a little dark and doesn't do justice to the scene at Eunpa Lake. During the Cherry Blossom festival there are a couple of locations that you should check out in Kunsan. One of them is the tunnel-like road shown here at Eunpa. It really is beautiful with the whitish-pink blossoms almost illuminating the road.
The festival itself takes place around the first weekend in April. There is a fair, complete with beauty contest and carnival games, held at the stadium at the edge of town. Of course there are quite a few cherry trees there as well.
The final place to see would be Wolmyeong park. It's really amazing to see the cherry trees poking out from the pines that usually dominate the scenery.
If you are a runner, there is a marathon as well. The starting point is Kunsan and it finishes in Jeonju. The road itself is lined with cherry trees and makes for some spectacular scenery whether you are out for the run or (like me) driving the course later in the week.
- Arts and Culture
I enjoy taking long walks in all the cities I visit, and in Kunsan City I visited this Buddhist Temple a few times. It's quiet and there's a pretty nice view of the Kunsan Harbor.
To get there, uh, is a little difficult to explain. There's a new coffee shop/mall and it's up the street from there. Also, if you can make your way to the Olympic Flame monument which overlooks the city, it's just down the hill from there.
Eunpa is a pretty big lake on the outskirts of town on the way to Kunsan University. Here you can rent paddle boats, rowboats, or even take a spin around the lake in a ski boat - no skiing or swimming however. There's even a small amusement park down the road a bit.
Also this is where many people gather to ride inline skates in the main parking lot or take a leisurely stroll by the lake. It is possible to walk around the whole lake, but it takes about 2 hours and there isn't really a single path or road to follow.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
- Hiking and Walking
I've been told that Wolmyeong Park is the largest "city park" in Korea. Whether that is true or not, I can't say, but it is a pretty large park with great views of the city and surrounding countryside.
The picture here is of a cluster of houses adjacent to the park. There are trails leading in and out of the park from all over the city though there is only one main paved trail throughout the length of the park.
The main attraction here is the Susi Tower. It's in the shape of a flame and symbolizes the way the surrounding water protects the city - or something like that. Anyways, it's also the symbol of the city and there's a great view from there.
You could probably spend days exploring all of the trails criss-crossing the hills and mountains. The highest mountain (Chombahngsahn) really is just a hill at an astounding 137m high.
You'll find many people on the main trail, and at times it's elbow to elbow and you have to wait to move. However, if you venture up one of the dirt trails to the mountain tops you'll find less traffic and great views.
And, after all, if you get lost and come out somewhere that you don't know, you can always catch a cab for a couple bucks almost anywhere. You gotta love that...