Where is “the valley?” I wondered, as I scrolled through photo after photo of smiling Koreans frolicking with inner tubes in an indeterminable outdoor setting. It was the middle of summer and I only had three things on my mind: air conditioning, ice cream, and finding places to escape the heat.
It took a considerable amount of weeding through multiple photo comments in Korean until I finally uncovered a name that I recognized:팔공산. Palgongsan, one of Daegu’s nearby mountains. That tiny morsel of information, combined with hours of googling in both Hangul and Romanized Korean, led me to discover Sutaegol Valley (수태골), where one of Palgongsan’s mountain streams created a natural pool and water slide.