1,100m above sea level
Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Korea
The clouds above the sky seem close to you. When the clouds become heavy, they sit down to the roof of the inhabited village. On some days, it seems like a cloud is falling over the valley and I am stepping on my feet. I walked in the clouds in the Anbandegi village of a plateau 1,100m above sea level.
The Yoke Observatory, where you can see the landscape of the Anbande Plateau, is hidden from the clouds. I couldn't see the cool scenery even when I climbed the observation deck, so I thought about just going back. I have decided to go up to the observation deck.
The road up to the observatory was cut off by the clouds. When you go up one step at a time, the cloud recedes and releases the path. In the late heat, approaching 30 degrees, in short-sleeved shorts, the air here is cool. Small droplets in the clouds moisten the skin. The feeling of walking on the clouds at a plateau of 1,100m above sea level, which even feels cold, is different. You can see the city of Gangneung and the East Sea in the distance, but now the trees in front of you just look faint.
Anbandegi is Daegiri in Wangsan-myeon, Gangneung-si in the administrative district. In the Joseon Dynasty 《Yeojido》, the name of Daegiri appears, but at that time, Daegiri belonged to Gujeong-myeon, Gangneung-gun. After the merger of 20 villages in 1916, during the Japanese colonial rule, it was named “Daegi-ri” and incorporated into Sanggu-myeon. Following the exemption reform in 1917, Sanggujeong-myeon was renamed Wangsan-myeon and became the jurisdiction of Wangsan-myeon.
‘Anban’ refers to a broad tree supported by the bottom of the rice cake. The name of Anbandegi comes from the wide and concave shape of the topography here.
An area of 198 million square meters (about 600,000 pyeong) between Oknyeobong and Gorupogi Mountain is spread out in the shape of eagle wings. It is wide enough to be difficult to see at a glance. Anbandegi is a land that was allowed to be reclaimed from 1965 and leased to Hwajeon residents, and then sold to farmers in 1995. The highland vegetable cultivation only the nation's largest, which is currently 20 farmers live. In the early days, the settlers used bare stone fields with bare hands. I started by digging and removing the stones that came out every step. The cow was filial piety in a hillside where the machine could not even dream.
-Address: Daegi 4-ri, Wangsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
-Contact: Anbandegi Village 033-655-5119
-Hwangtae Hall: Osam Bulgogi, Hwangtae Cooking / 19, Eonmaeul-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-335-5795
-Nappan Restaurant: Osam Bulgogi / 113, Daegwallyeong-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-335-5477
-Hwang Taedeokjang: Osam Bulgogi, Hwangtae cuisine / 21, Eonmaeul-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-335-5942
-I-One Resort: 471, Solbong-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 02-528-6001
-Pension in Daegwallyeong: 372 Flower Field Yangji-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-335-0830
-Green & Blue Hotel: 56, Daegwallyeong-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-335-4450
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