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20 Scenic Views of Namwon

Gwanghallu Garden

First Scenic Views Gwanghallu Garden

Famous as a setting of the Tale of Chunhyang, Gwanghallu Garden shows our ancestor’s wisdom for adapting to and assimilating with nature. The garden was built during the Joseon Dynasty to create a utopia in the world and was designated as Scenic Site No. 33. The Gwanghallu Garden is one of the top four pavilions along with Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, Chokseongnu Pavilion and Pubyok Pavilion for its marvelous construction.

Chunhyang Theme Park

second Scenic Views Chunhyang Theme Park

Located in the Namwon Tourist Complex, Yanglim-gil, Namwon-si (land area of 116,000m2 in approximate), Chunhyang Theme Park includes a filming location for the famous film Chunhyang, directed by Kwon-taek Lim. The Park has a theme of the pure love of Chunhyang and couples who want to remember their romance or who have just started a journey of love can experience another memory of love here. The park presents five chapters of the Tale of Chunhyang from the chapter of the first encounter, the chapter of promise, the Chunhyang filming location to the chapter of the festival.

Honbul Literary House

third Scenic Views Honbul Literary House

The Honbul Literary House was established to commemorate the novel of the same title ‘Honbul (Ghost Fire)’ written by author Choi Myeonghee. Located at Nobongan-gil, Samae-myeon, Namwon-si, Honbul Literary House is composed of an exhibition and Ggotsim hall. The buildings are in the Korean traditional house style. The exhibition presents the author’s handwritten manuscript and diorama showing the major scenes from the novel. Ggotsim Hall has Sarangsil (Love Chamber) and Numaru (Loft) as a visitor’s lounge.

A Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music

fourth Scenic Views A Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music

The organization was established in Unbong-eup, on Jirisan Mountain to inherit and develop the Korean traditional music ‘Gukak’ that holds the spirit of the people. It is home to the birthplace of Master Heung-rok Song, who was acclaimed as the King of Korean traditional music, with Dongpyeonje, a Gukak exhibition and experience hall, a Practice Room, an Outdoor Stage, Gukak cemetery and shrines. Visitors can have a chance to look at and experience all about Korean traditional music, including Pansori, as the exhibitions displays collections donated by master instrumentalist, classic musicians and master singers of Pansori.

Heungbu Village

fifth Scenic Views Heungbu Village

2 km away from Inwol-myeon, Namwon-si, Heungbu Village Forest has themes of health, recreation and rest. The forest, which has been kept intact while creating the facility and is not yet widely known, allows visitors to experience peace of mind in a quiet surrounding. It’s a good opportunity to enjoy forest bathing and beautiful scenery in the 55-year-old nut pine colony. You can reach Baraebong Peak (1,167m), famous for its royal azalea colony, by climbing for 30 minutes following the ridge from the top of Deokdusan Mountain.

Silsangsa Temple

sixth Scenic Views Silsangsa Temple

Facing Cheonwangbong Peak, Jirisan Mountain, Silsangsa Temple was built by Monk Hongcheok in the third year of King Heungdeok during the Shilla Dynasty (828). Several Buddhist sects who emphasized Zen meditation over scriptures built temples on famous mountains in Korea and Silsangsa Temple is one of Nine Mountain Monasteries. The entire temple was burned down during the Jeongyu Wars but 36 buildings were re-built during the reign of King Sukjong. These were burned down again during the reign of King Gojong and only a small part of it has been recovered to date. Along with Yaksuam Hermitage and Baekjangam Hermitage and 11 national treasures including Baekjangam Hermitage Three-Storied Pagoda, Silsangsa Temple houses the largest number of cultural properties among temples in Korea.

Hwangsan Battle Monument Site

seventh Scenic Views Hwangsan Battle Monument Site

Bijeon-gil, Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do is the location of the monument that commemorates the victory of the first King of the Joseon Dynasty, Yi Seong-gye, over Japanese invaders in Hwangsan. The Japanese frequently invaded the border areas during the late Goryeo Period. The Royal Court ordered Samdotongsa Yi Seong-gye to conquer the Japanese invaders who attacked through the Jirisan Mountains. At the Hwangsan Battle, Yi Seong-gye and his sworn brother Yi Du-ran conquered the Japanese invaders who plundered near Hwasu-ri, Unbong-eup in 1380 (6th year of the reign of King Woo of Goryeo Dynasty).

Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters

eighth Scenic Views Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters

The 10,000 righteous civil and royal fighters who were sacrificed during the Namwonseong Battle in 1597 (Jeongyu Wars) are enshrined in the sacred Manin Cemetery. The Royal Court ordered Commander Lee Bok-nam of Jeollado Province and his army of 1,000 soldiers and Yang Won of the Ming Dynasty and his 3,000 soldiers to protect Namwonseong Fortress. The enemy forces reached the town on August 12th and besieged the fortress. The fierce battle lasted from 13th to 16th, but the 10,000 righteous fighters including 6,000 residents were all sacrificed by an overwhelming number of enemies.

Manboksa Temple Site

ninth Scenic Views Manboksa Temple Site

Located in Wangjeong-dong, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, Manboksa Temple was built during the reign of King Munjong during the Goryeo Dynasty. The site is on a hill with Girinsan Mountain to the north and a wide plain to the south. According to Dongguk Yeoji Seungnam Vol. 39 “Namwon Local Government [Burujo], “located under Girinsan Mountain, the temple has a five-storied sanctuary to its east and a two-storied sanctuary to its west. It has a bronze statue, which is 10.6 meter tall, and was built under the reign of King Munjong of the Goryeo Dynasty”. According to another publication Yongseongji published under the reign of Sukjong during the Joseon Dynasty, Manboksa Temple is assumed to have been a large temple having both a five-storied and a two-storied sanctuary that hold Buddha’s statue, a 10m-tall Buddha on the precinct of the temple, and many other buildings including Daeungjeon Hall that accommodates hundreds of monks.

Mongsimjae House

tenth Scenic Views Mongsimjae House

Mongsimjae House well preserves the typical properties of a noble family’s house in Jeollabuk-do Province during the late Joseon Dynasty. Drive road No. 19 from Namwon to Gurye, take road No. 60, and pass over a low hill to enter the beautiful, pine tree-lined road leading to Hogok Village, where the house is located. Dong-sik Park (1753~1830) built the house on a cozy foundation under the mountain where water flows from a mountain to the rear.

Gyoryongsanseong Fortress

eleventh Scenic Views Gyoryongsanseong Fortress

Located in Gyoryongsan Mountain, Sangok-dong, Namwon-si (518m), Gyoryongsanseong Fortress is known to have been constructed during the Baekje Dynasty. The stone fortress is 3,120 m long. This was where the battle with Japanese invaders took place at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty and during the Japanese Invasion in 1592. Seongoksa Temple, which was built in 685 (the 5th year of King Sinmun’s Reign), is located inside the fortress. The Fortress was designated as Jeollabuk-do Province Monument No. 9 and the nearby Gyoryongsan Tourist Park welcomes a lot of visitors from Namwon City.

Namwonhyanggyo Confucian School

twelfth Scenic Views Namwonhyanggyo Confucian School

The mortuary tablet of Hyeonyu was enshrined and canonized in 1410 (the 10th year of King Taejong’s Reign) in the facility, which was established in Daegok Mountain west to Namwon to promote the education and enlightenment of local residents. Due to frequent attacks by a tiger at ancestral rituals, the establishment was relocated below Deogeumbong Peak, east of Namwon, in 1428 and then again to the current location in 1443 due to frequent road blockage due to flooding.

Jeongryeongchi Pass

thirteenth Scenic Views Jeongryeongchi Pass

Jeongryeongchi Pass is 1,172m tall and is in Jirisan National Park stretching from Jucheon-myeon to Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do. At the top of the pass is the Jeongryeongchi Rest Area, where you can look out over Jirisan at a glance. With Baraebong Peak and Baemsagol Valley on the east and Cheonwangbong Peak, Seseokpyeongjeon, Banyabong Peak to the east, the downtown Namwon area unfolds before your eyes. You can take a look at the main ridge of Jirisan Mountain at one glance.

Rock-Carved Triad Buddha in Singye-ri

fourteenth Scenic Views Rock-Carved Triad Buddha in Singye-ri

the statue is 3.4 meter tall, designated as the Treasure No. 423, located in Daesan-myeon, Namwon-si. The statue and the halo are engraved on one piece of rock. A unique mudra is sophisticatedly engraved, two hands on the belly with the palm of the left hand facing upward and the back of the right hand is showing and the index finger and the little finger spreading out. The face and the body have an abundant sense of volume but details of some parts are simplified as a typical statue made during the Goryeo Dynasty.

Rock-Carved Triad Buddha in Jeongryeongchi Pass

fifteenth Scenic Views Rock-Carved Triad Buddha in Jeongryeongchi Pass

Among the 12 Buddha carvings, one is almost 4 meters tall. The Rock-Carved Triad Buddha shows the typical characteristics of statues of the Goryeo Dynasty as the Buddha’s face carved in relief and its build are large while clothing and hands details are simple. Three other statues, including the biggest one, are well preserved and bear inscriptions, offering valuable research data. It was designated as Treasure No. 1123.

Baemsagol Valley

sixteenth Scenic Views Baemsagol Valley

The 14 meter-long valley runs on the northern slope from Jirisan Mountain Banyabong Peak to Banseon and is one of the most beautiful valleys in Jirisan National Park. The entire valley is decorated with strange-looking rocks and some broad and flat rocks found here and there throughout and are wide enough to accommodate 100 people. The valley also houses 100 large and small falls and ponds.

Guryong Falls

seventeenth Scenic Views Guryong Falls

Guryong Falls are located upstream in Guryong Valley, which is a valley formed by the Woncheoncheon Stream that flows down from Manbokdae Terrace (1,438m), located on the west side of Jirisan Mountain, into Jucheon-myeon in Namwon. Located upstream in the Woncheoncheon, the waterfall is sometimes known as the Woncheon Falls. Guryong Fall is about 30 meters long but it is not steep; the water cascades down over the gentle slope of the rock.

Guryong Valley

eighteenth Scenic Views Guryong Valley

The valley name originated in a story that nine dragons used to play in the valley. The valley runs through Hogyeong Village and Gogi Village, Jucheon-myeon, Namwon-si. The places that have a dragon in their names mostly boast beautiful landscape. Guryong Valley is no exception. Guryong Fall within this Valley is one of the 8 Scenic Views of Namwon. The 4 km-long valley is the perfect place to enjoy tracking.

Baekdudaegan Ecological Education Museum

nineteenth Scenic Views Baekdudaegan Ecological Education Museum

The Baekdudaegan Ecological Education Museum is located in Namwon, the best place to display the symbolic meaning of Jirisan Mountain and to preserve the history and ecology of Baekdudaegan. Its roof top is curved, modeled after the shape of the Korean Peninsula, and the exhibitions include all the information about Baekdudaegan, the central axis of Korea, along with a variety of experience programs. The major facilities include regular exhibitions, special exhibitions, a 5D Circle Theater (for the first time in the Honam area), and cafeteria while subsidiary facilities include the outdoor stage, insect greenhouse and sports facilities.

Baekdudaegan Resort

twentieth Scenic Views Baekdudaegan Resort

Jiri Mountain Baekdudaegan Ecological Education Center and Resort is located 600 ~ 700 meters above sea level, which is the best altitude to live for people. The nearby pine forest gives off abundant quantity of phytoncide, good for healing and rest. And Korea’s first tree house is installed 2 meters above the ground, from which you can hear the sounds of insects in the summer and enjoy the beauty of nature. The house is made of hinoki cypress, which gives a shower of phytoncide and facilitates good sleep.

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