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South Korea

3.5 km (2.2 miles) WNW of Tarakkol, KyŸngsang-bukto, South Korea
Approx. altitude: 711 m (2332 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 51°W

Accuracy: 75 m (246 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking east. That's me in the picture. #3: Looking south. I hadn't realized how much I had climbed up before looking back. #4: Looking west. More trees all around. #5: A snapshot of the GPS reading on the location. #6: The small train station of Hyeondong is where my trip started from.

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  37°N 129°E  

#1: Looking north; about 70 meters into this forest is the confluence point.

(visited by Wesley Woo-Duk Hwang-Chung)

24-Mar-2002 -- After last year's summer vacation, I didn't have time to make more confluence point trips. As a matter of fact, the whole idea had escaped my mind for quite a while because of that. That was until yesterday, when it suddenly dawned on me that I need to take a break and this sort of trip would be the right thing to do.

After preparing extensive maps on the confluence point, I took a train to the nearest town so I could access the point without much waste of time. One trouble that rose, however, was that the area was very sparsely populated and I couldn't catch any kind of transportation to reach near the point. So I had to walk all the way.

After walking about 10km for two hours, I reached an entrance to the mountain where the confluence point is supposed to reside in. There was a half-paved way that got me to within about 800m from the destination. At that location, though, the point was at due east, so I had to get out of the path and into the mountains.

Apparently, few people ever traversed where I was about to go. There was no previous path of sorts, and the trees and branches made it hard to penetrate within. Thankfully, following up a small, almost non-existent stream helped me keep the sense of directions as well as providing a relatively less cumbersome way to travel (the trees don't grow on or right beside the streams, so you can see why).

Following the said stream in the direction of east, I was able to get to within 200 meters of the point, but now the GPS told me to go up north. I had to climb up the steep mountain in front of me. After much slips and missteps, I was able to get within about 70 meters of the confluence point, much to my joy. I celebrated this by opening up and eating the snacks I had prepared.


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#1: Looking north; about 70 meters into this forest is the confluence point.
#2: Looking east. That's me in the picture.
#3: Looking south. I hadn't realized how much I had climbed up before looking back.
#4: Looking west. More trees all around.
#5: A snapshot of the GPS reading on the location.
#6: The small train station of Hyeondong is where my trip started from.
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