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Yeongju is a small city to the North of Andong. It is surrounded by Sobaeksan National Park and other rural attractions. The city maintains a traditional atmosphere while being friendly in nature.
Yeongju takes great pride in it's Confucian history and traditional Korean culture. As a result there are several sites and festivals commemorating this history. The town's demographic is very mixed, with a large older population it is easy to see the stark contrast between tradition and changing cultures.
Bus: From Dong Seoul buses leave every 45 minutes. The journey takes 2 hours 30 mins. From Dong Daegu bus terminal buses leave regularly. The journey takes 1 hour and 30 mins. From Andong intercity bus teminal buses leave very regularly. The journey takes 40 minutes. Train: From Seoul there are several trains a day.
From the local bus terminal buses are regular and inexpensive. Taxis are readily available and are inexpensive.
Buseok Temple Renowned as one of the most beautiful temples in the area Buseoksa draws in the most visitors in the fall when leaves cover the area in color. It can be reached by taking Bus No. 55 or 23 from the Local Bus Terminal. Cost is aorund 4,000W each way and the journey takes 40 minutes approx. Entrance to the temple is 2,500W. The area has plenty of restaurants and is famous for apples. Sosu Seowan Known to be the home of Joseon scholars and the first confucian school. Entrance is 2,500W and it can be reached on bus No. 23 from the Local Bus Terminal. The entrance fee includes the ticket into Seonbichon Village (선비촌), a living museum depicting traditional, Seonbi life.
Sobaeksan National Park Hike the various trails in and around Sobaek Mountain. There are two main entrances accessible by public transport from Yeongju. The first is Sam-ga which is the shortest hike to the highest point. It takes around 3 hours from the trail head. Take bus No. 26 to the last stop. For a longer hike to the peak take bus No. 25 for 45 minutes.
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