Sangdang Sanseong (상당 산성)
Posted by cocoinkorea on June 6, 2010
Yesterday I went with Mountaineer Mike to Sangdang Sanseong (Mountain Fortress), which is located 4km outside of Cheongju. The buses run very infrequently so if you are planning a trip to the fortress, taking a taxi is the best option; it only costs ₩ 7,000 from down Cheongju.
I had read other blog posts about how the hike around the fortress is not a leisurely stroll, and I should have read the warnings. Going there in a dress and Converse sneakers was not the best idea. The fortress, which will take you a few hours to walk around is literally climbing up and sliding down a VERY steep mountain side. Me, not being a sneaker wearer, thought that my Converse would suffice for the trip. Bad idea. I came to find out that Converse have very little traction and I thought on many occasions that I was going to slide down the mountain and fall off. Luckily I didn’t.
The climb up is a serious climb so make sure to stop at the rest areas and take a break every once in a while, and definitely bring water with you. At the bottom of the fortress, there are tons of little restaurants so you can definitely find something to eat there. For lunch, we settled on a little restaurant and had some delicious bibimbap.
At Gate 3 of the fortress (the one you always see in the pictures – below), there is a large open field where you can find many families spending time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It is a very relaxing spot to go if you are not into the whole mountain climbing thing.