Although not a popular tourist destination in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea, Kumi, also known as Gumi, is an ideal place for hiking and other outdoor activities. It is known for its quality Ginseng products and big industrial complexes, such as LG Display and Samsung mobile. Cheap flights to Gumi are the most convenient way to reach the city, though you could get in by train or bus from Seoul.
Geumo Mountain Provincial Park is one of the best places to visit when in Kumi. With a peak of 976 meters above sea level, this place provides an ideal spot for hiking. It is among the 8 popular locations in the Yeongman area and is actually the beginning of the country’s nature preservation campaign. Visiting Geumo Mountain Provincial Park gives you the opportunity to visit two of the city’s well-known amusement parks, the Geumo Reservoir and the Geumo Land.
You should not miss the Doesan Cave when in Geumo Mountain Provincial Park. This cave is a historical spot, and is named after Doesan, a Buddhist monk during the Shilla Dynasty, who achieved the state of nirvana in the said cave. Just a few minutes away from the cave, you can find the Daehye Waterfall, which is also a must-see destination, especially during the rainy season.
To save more and make the most of your trip to the city, book cheap flights to Gumi during the summer months, April to October. This is most especially ideal if you are after outdoor adventure. Then, tour around by bus. Most locations in the city are accessible by bus, though taxis would be a great substitute. Makchang and Gopchang are must-try foods in the city.
When it is time to get some sleep, you would never run out of good and affordable options in Gumi. The city is popular for its Love Motels, which are actually like small hotels. An overnight stay at an average love motel only costs around $20. There should be no problem though if you are after luxury hotels in Gumi. Located along the base of the Geumo Mountain is Motel Geumosan, which is by far the most extravagant accommodation in the city at $200 a night.