Located in North Chungcheong Province in South Korea, Danyang is a beautiful mountainous county where there are many rivers flow through and contains some nice lakes. For that reason, if you want to escape from a big busy city like Seoul, Danyang is one of the best choice to help you calm your mind and heal your soul.
It only takes around two hours driving from Seoul to Danyang. After one and a half hour driving, you will see a breathtaking view that river flows through the mountains.
If you head to Danyang since morning, you will reach Danyang after lunch time so I suggest the first stop is a nice restaurant to have lunch.
This restaurant is right by the route. It’s a big restaurant so if you go with a group of people this restaurant is totally ok. There are three set menu here are: Tteokgalbi set (mince, seasoned and grill beef/pork), Tteolgalbi with Bibimba set and mushroom hotpot set.
After finishing your lunch, you can go outside to relax. One thing I like about this restaurant is that they have swing chair and the scenery outside is really nice.
On the way heading to Danyang, there is an interesting activity that you should try is taking ferry at Cheongpung Lake. This is fun activity will help you admire the beauty of Cheongpung lake which is the largest lake in the country, formed after the construction of the Chungju Dam. You will feel so peaceful.
Even though having ferry ride at noon, you won’t feel too hot thanks to fresh air on lake
The ferry tour last one hour. To buy a ticket, like when you take cruise in Seoul or everywhere else, you need to fill declaration and show your passport or alien card to ticket seller.
Check out: Eland Cruise at Han River
Or you can reserve ticket online here (Korean version)
On the way to the ferry terminal, you may see rabbits. There are so many rabbit around this area.
Admission: There are 2 ferry course:
- The first course last 1 hour 20 minutes: 15,000 won/adult
- The second course last 1 hour: 12,000 won/adult
Address: 54, Munhwajae-gil, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
Mancheonha Skywalk is a very fun attraction in Danyang which include some amazing activities such as alpine coaster, zipline and skywalk. Before climbing to the skywalk on the top of mountain, you can take alpine coaster or zipline. I just took alpine coaster here so I will tell more detail about it.
First of all, you will need to fill a declaration and then you need to check your weight by standing on the weight scale at the ticket office. It does not allow people over 100kg to take alpine coaster ride. After buying ticket, you will need to wait for your turn outside.
Before riding alpine coaster, you will need to go to an instruction room to learn how to ride. After that is your riding time. To ensure safety, you need to leave all your things that include camera and phone.
Ticket price: 15,000 won/adult
There is bus that takes you from alpine coaster spot to skywalk. You need to follow the way and walk up to the top of the skywalk. The more you climb the more you feel the sky nearer and the smaller trees are.
From the top of the skywalk, you can get a breathtaking view. You may feel like only you and the world and will feel strongly how little you are.
There are two kind of skyways, one is clear glass floor way and one is iron floor way.
Ticket price: 3,000 won/adult
Address: 94번지 Aegok-ri, Jeokseong-myeon, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Danyang Gugyeong Market
The last attraction of the day is Danyang Gugyeong market where you can explore the special point of this traditional market and also have dinner.
Danyang Gugyeong is known as garlic market that sells so many garlic and almost food here are cooked with garlic such as: garlic tteokgalbi, fried chicken with garlic, garlic breads, garlic snacks and so on. Everything has garlic and even ice cream here also has garlic flavor. So if you like garlic flavor this traditional market is perfect place for you.
There is a famous fried chicken with garlic restaurant that appeared on TV here. It’s really delicious. (Price: 17,000 won)
Address: Chungcheongbuk-do, Danyang-gun, Danyang-eup, Dojeon-ri
If you visit all attractions above this place will be left to visit on the next day, before leaving Danyang.
Dodamsambong is a three stones on the river that has a story about a wife who gets angry about the fact that her husband marries another woman to have a son. That is its story and this place is not big but still nice. You can have some relax time in the morning here before leaving.
Address: 644-33, Sambong-ro, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do