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Namwon-si is located in the south west of Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. It is adjacent to Jirisan from the south east. Yocheon stream passing Namwon basin flows from the center of the city to Seomjingang river.

The region was dominated by Baekje and Silla in the period of the Three States. After Silla had been unified, wandering people of Goguryeo were moved into Namwon. And Namwongyeong was established and the culture of Goguryeo like geomungo was transmitted. It was raised to Namwon local metropoltitan government in the Joseon Dynasty period. Chunhyang festival and Chunhyang nationwide contest are hold in Kwanghan-nu every early May in order to honor Seongchunhyang and inherit the traditional heritage. (Data source : Wikipedia)

Gwanghalluwon Garden

Gwanghalluwon garden, which is known as the background of Chunhyangjeon, reflects the thinking of ancestors to comply with the nature. It is a typical garden of the Joseon Dynasty period that realized utopia where Taoist hermit with miraculous powers lives. It is the 33th place of scenic beauty of Korea. Gwanghalluwon Garden is so exceptional that it comes under the Korea's four palaces with Gyeonghoeru pavilion, Chokseongnu and Bubyeongnu. Namwon is Chunhyang's hometown and the birthplace of Chunhyangjeon. “Chunhyangjeon”, which has been “the guide to love” to Korean people, could be made thanks to kindness of Namwon people and their custom of chastity.

Gwanghallu is another name of the palace in the moon in Korea. The lake and Ojakgyo bridge standing for the Galaxy are settled, and legendary Samsinsan where Taoist hermits with miraculous powers live is constructed in the center of the pond. Overall landscape represents the celestial bodies. Moreover, you can learn history of the region and visit Wanwoljeong, Chunhyang shrine, Chunhyang memorial hall, House of Wolmae, and enjoy swing and traditional play.


Yocheollo 1447, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

The holy land of gukak(Korean traditional music)

The holy land of gukak was established in Unbong-eup, the food of Jirisan, in order to inherit and develop gukak which includes Korean people's heart and soul. It consists of the birthplace of Songhongnok, who was called Gawang for completing Dongpyeonje, Korean classical music exhibition, Dokkongsil, outdoor theater, tombs of Korean classical musicians and shrine. Since donated relics of instrumental music, classical music and great singers are exhibited, you can experience almost everything of Korean music including pansori. The holy land of gukak was built by the fans of gukak in order to let all the people know that it is both birthplace and holy land of gukak, which includes Korean spirit.

Namwon has been the cradle of gukak as it is the background of Chunhyangga, Heungbuga among five pansories, and historic place where Gawang Songhongnok was born. Gukak reflects the history and spirit of Korea, and is the world heritage. The holy land of gukak was built in Namwon in order to establish the identity of gukak's birthplace that has passed down the history of gukak, and preserve and develop gukak as it was registered as UNESCO world heritage. So it aims to go global of Korean traditional culture. There are tombs of gukak master artisans, exhibition, Dokkongsil and worship facilities for Korean classical musician in the holy land of gukak, so you can see and experience everything about gukak. Since operation hours of various experience programs are different, you should make a reservation by contacting Seoul museum of traditional music or office of the holy land of gukak.


Hwasu-ri mountain1, Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Namwon Aircraft & Space Observatory

* Operating hours: From 10AM to 10PM in the summer season, From 10AM to 9PM in the winter season


Noam-dong 1-1, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Honbul Literary House of Namwon

This literary house was established in order to celebrate “Honbul”, the epic novel written by Choemyeonghui. It is located in Nobongangil, Samae-myeon, Namwon-si. Honbul literary house consists of exhibit hall and Kkossimgwan. Both of them are all traditional Korean-style houses. There are handwritten manuscripts of Choemyeonghui and diorama that embodies the scene of the novel. Kkossimgwan is like a rest area. It has sarangsil and upper floors. It was the background of epic novel Honbul.

“Honbul” is the title of the epic novel written by Choemyeonghui. On dialect of Jeolla-do, it means “the background of human spirit”, or “clean and blue light getting out of human body before someone is dead”. Choemyeonghui describes the complicated story of grass roots based on three generation of Maean Lee family in Samae-myeon, Namwon-si in the 1930s. The novel is chosen to be the most successful outcome of Korean literature in the 1990s. However, Honbul is left unfinished since Choemyeonghui was dead due to ovarian cancer in 1998.


Seodo-ri 522, Samae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters

Manin cemetery of righteous fighters is a holy place which pays a tribute to the 10,000 deceased patriots in Namwonseong fortress battle in Jeongyujaeran(1597). The court let 1,000 soldiers led by Yi Bok-nam and 3,000 soldiers led by Yangwon of Ming Dynasty protect Namwonseong fortress. The enemy arrived Namwon in 12, August and besieged the fortress. They fiercely fought a battle from 13 to 16. 10,000 martyrs including 6,000 people were all dead for their chastity after
being pushed back by an overwhelming number of enemies.

After the war had been over, people came back and buried the corpses in a grave. Shrine was established for seven faithful subjects including Yi Bok-nam in 1612, and the ceremony was hold for the patriots in 1653. The building was moved to Dongchung-dong, the backside of Namwon station in 1675. However, Sa Woo had been abolished in 1897, so Danso was established and shrine was moved into Chunchu. But Japan destroyed Danso, confiscated property and banned
ancestral rites. People were put in jail, but restored Sa Woo and held a memorial service after Korea's independence.

[The time required]
◦ 12.6km 4 hours (the day course)
[Course information]
◦ Gyoryongsanseong Fortress →Gyoryongsan Dulle-gil Trail →Wangjeong-dong Sangjeong Village Trail → Bogeumsan → Manboksa Temple Site →Gwangchicheonbyeon →Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters
[Contact information]
◦ Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters: 063-290-6600


Hyanggyo-dong 636, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Bojeol Gwaneumsa Temple

Bojeol Gwaneumsa Temple, which is located in Bojeolseodang-gil, Bojeol-myeon, Namwon-si, belongs to Taego Order. It had been founded in the late Goryeo dynasty, and was reconstructed in 1968. There are buildings like the main temple, Jijangjeon Hall, Gwaneumjeon Hall, and relics like
Yakssayeoraebul, Sansingak, Jujwa, Shrine for Sakyamuni Buddha's Sarira, Buddhist scriptures. Gwaneumsa temple was originally small temple of Bohyeonsa Temple. It was established in the late Goryeo dynasty, and called Anburam. It is unknown who built Anburam, but had kept alive as the magnanimity of Buddhism before the Japanese colonial period.

Anburam was ruined in the Japanese colonial period, so it was used as a farmland. Kim Kwan-yong, the father of previous chief Buddhist monk, had purchased the site since 1958 in order to
reconstruct the temple. The temple took a more traditional aspect since the renewal in 1968 by current chief Buddhist monk Gimjeongmun. It was registered to Buddhist organization as Taego Order according to the previous administration law for Buddhist property in 1984. Since then, it has served as traditional temple teaching ascetic practice and Zen meditation for a lot of Buddhists. In March 2001, a chief abbot from Myanmar donated Sakyamuni's small crystals, Hyeolsari and ten
disciples' small crystals to Beobun. He built octagonal nine story stone pagoda, and enshrined seven Sakyamuni's small crystals.


Seochi-ri 150, Bojeol-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Silsangsa Temple

Silsangsa temple, which faces Cheonwangbong Peak of Jirisan, was built by Buddhist monk Hongcheok in 828. Many denominations of Zen Buddhism that put an empathize on Zen meditation in the late Silla period established temples in famous mountains all over the country. Silsangsa temple is the firstly established Buddhist temple among Gusan sunmoon. It had been burned during Jeongyujaeran, so 36 buildings were reconstructed under the rule of king Sukjong.
However, it was burned again under the rule of emperor Gojong and has been restored. It has the most numerous cultural properties including small temples like Yaksuam hermitage and Baekjangam hermitage, national treasure Baekjangam three-story stone pagoda and 11 treasures.
Silsangsa temple, which is located in Cheonhwangbong peak of Jirisan, belongs to the 17th parish of Korean the Jogye Order and a branch temple of Geumsansa temple.

Hongcheok national preceptor, who returned after learning Namjongseon from seonsa during his stay in the Tang Dynasty, was converted by Heungdeok of Silla and Seongang crown prince, and established Silsangsa temple in namak. It was called as Jisilsa temple when it was founded, and Sucheol hwasang who followed the teaching of Hongcheok national preceptor became the second
chief monk. He expanded Silsangsa temple by being converted by royalty. Silsangsa temple was renamed the Jogye Order Silsangsapa in the Goryeo Dynasty, the platinum age of the temple. Some documents say it was extensively flourished between 1127 and 1130. According to the current excavation investigation, the temple had been largely flourished after 300 years of foundation.

Buddhism was oppressed in the Joseon Dynasty period. The court integrated Buddhist denomination into Zen Buddhism and non-Zen Buddhism, and allowed only 36 temples around the country. In that period, Silsangsa temple was under the jurisdiction of Wonsu temple that had been
the branch temple of Silsangsa temple. It had been declined after the late Goryeo Dynasty, and it was completely perished in the middle of 15th century. So it was used as arable land for 200 years. Only iron Buddha and stone pagoda had been left in the soil of a rice paddy, but 36 buildings including Daejeokgwangjeon hall were restored in 1690. However, Daegaram was burned in 1883 and 1884 except three Buddhist sanctums like Yaksajeon hall, Myeongbujeon hall and the hall of Paradise, and one Buddhist monastery. In 1884, woelsong Buddhist master rebuilt Bogwang hall where Daejeokgwangjeon hall had been burn.


Ipseok-ri 50, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeonbuk

Simsugwan Pottery Pavilion

The descendants of Simsugwan, who was taken from Namwon to Japan during Jeongyujaeran, have succeeded and developed their pottery techniques for 420 years for 15 generations. They have made Satsuma pottery the world's best with elaborate technique and brilliant colors. The 15th generation of Simsugwan returned its native country with the global event called “The homecoming after 400 years” in Namwon in 1998. The descendants donated 13 art works of from 12th generation to 15th generation in 2011.

Simsugwan pottery pavilion is one storied Korean-style house. It lets people know the history of pottery war, the origin of pottery of Namwon and Satsuma and the history of Satsuma pottery. It also displays 13 donated art works, and has image room. It will inspire Namwon citizens, Simsugwan family and a lot of potters, and hand down the holy spirit of ancestors to the next generation.


Yangnimgil 14-16, Namwon-si

Jirisan Mountain

The hugest mountain in South Korea

About 20 beautiful valleys

Buddhist temple with national treasures, and small temples

th national treasure), and 56 treasures. Moreover, there are 800 plants and 400 animals. Asiatic Black Bear(No.329), otter(No.330) and flying squirrel(No.328) are natural monuments.


Buun-ri 252, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeonbuk (Jirisan National Park Bukbu Office-Dalgung valley)

Chunhyang Theme Park

Chunhyang theme park was created based on Chunhyangjeon. It is located in Namwon tourist attraction across from Gwanghalluwon garden, and filming site of “Chunhyangdyeon” directed by
Im Kwon-taek and “Sassy Girl, Chun-hyang”, the KBS drama in 2005.
Tourist attraction for the theme of love
The park is located in Namwon tourist attraction, Yangnimgil, Namwon-si, and it is the tourist attraction for the theme of love. Very noble and pure love of “Chunhyangdyeon” moves people's heart, and it is the best place for lovers. Chunhyang's life story is realized by five places like the meeting place, the place for pledge, filming site and the place for festival. Moreover, old buildings such as magistrate's office, government office, living quarters, house of wolmae, Buyongdang and Okssajeong are established based on thorough historical research. So you can understand civilian culture in the middle of Joseon Dynasty, and the life of Chunhyang.

The meeting place
The meeting place is harmonized with traditional beauty and modern facilities. There are integrate guidance of theme park, bottom lighting fountain, Chunhyang madang, souvenir shop and traditional culture experience center.

The place for pledge
There are wall of love, podium for pledge and swings for every visitors.

The place for love and farewell
The place symbolizes the hardship of Chunhyang, and completion of love. It restored magistrate's office in the middle of Joseon Dynasty, and reproduced the main scene of Chunhyangdyeon. There are filming site of Chunhyangdyeon, Buyongdang where Chunhyang had bridal night with Mongnyong, house of wolmae, handicraft workshop and home school where visitors can write calligraphy.

The place of hardship
It restored Okssajeong and a government office where Chunhyang had difficult and sad time.

The place for festival
There are square lounge for the convenience of group tourists, and outdoor theater.

* Operating hours: From 9AM to 10PM in the summer season, from 9AM to 9PM in the winter season


Eohyeon-dong 158-13, Namwon-si, Jeonbuk

Folk Museum

It is the best place to understand the culture of Namwon. The museum, which was opened on the first day of May in 2004, has plottage of 8,169㎡, the gross area of 1,382㎡. It is the one storied building with the first basement level. Those who travel Namwon must visit Namwon folk museum. It is located in Yangnimgil, Namwon-si, and includes all of cultural heritages of the region. The museum consists of exhibit hall where you can learn the culture, the history of Namwon and folklore, exhibition hall and vision theater. It houses total 2,500 relics. You should look around slowly in order to truly understand the reality of Namwon. If you visit here at first, you can enjoy other tourist attractions. There are Chunhyang theme park and Gwanghalluwon garden nearby.


Eohyeon-dong 37-158, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Hwangsan Battle Monument Site

The victorious monument, which is located in Bijeongil, Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, was founded to celebrate the victory of Yi Seong-gye in Hwangsan. Japanese raiders often intruded the border and frontier of the country in the late Goryeo Dynasty. After Japanese raiders attacked Jirisan, the court detached Yi Seong-gye in order to suppress them. Yi Seong-gye and his
Sworn brother Yi Du-ran exterminated the Japanese forces in Hwangsan, Hwasu-ri, Unbong-eup in 1380. It is called Hwangsan battle.

Hwangsan battle monument was built in Hwasu-ri, Unbong-eup in 1577 to celebrate Hwangsan battle. According to the record of monument, troop of the Goryeo Dynasty defeated Japanese raiders with ten times as many, and brought peace to the country.

In 1945, the Japanese Government-General of Korea ordered the provincial police to eliminate historical remains and relics related with Japaneses invasion in order to annihilate Korea's national spirit during Japanese colonial era. As a result, Hwangsan battle monument that had been preserved for 400 years was blown up. Relatively intact parts found its former appearance by assorting the destroyed turtle base of a stone monument in 1957, but totally crushed parts were preserved in the monument house made by black marble. Pabigak consists of a lot of blown-up pieces of monument. Japan made the record unreadable by exploding the monument and picking the content with iron nail. The Korean government built Eowigak in 1973 again and has preserved badly disfigured stones. It is a historical lesson which shows brutality of Japan with destroyed traces.

[The time required]
◦ 12.6km 4hours (the day course)
[Course information]
◦ Gyoryongsanseong Fortress→ Dulle-gil of gyoryongsan→ Wangjeong-dong village trail→
Bogeumsan→ Manboksa Temple Site→ Gwangchicheonbyeon→Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters
[Contact information]
◦ Manin Cemetery of Righteous Fighters: 063-290-6600


Hwasu-ri 344-2, Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Goribong Peak

The mountain is 708.9m, and reaches to Geumji-myeon, Jusaeng-myeon and Daegang-myeon of Namwon-si. Hiking course based on Bangchon village is popular. You can enjoy silver grass in fall. Goribong is a rocky mountain that has a graceful shape. Ambong peaks line up east and west as if
folding screen was set up. It has been called as Goribong as the iron ring tying vessels was located in east cliff. It has been forgotten by the people, but vessels came and went from Namwon to Hadong based on Yocheon stream and Seomjingang river one hundred years ago. Hiking courses are various. It is the most common way to make Bangchon village as the starting point. Return course of Bangchon village-Manhak valley-summit-Anbu-Manhak valley-Bangchon village is about 6km, and it takes three hours. Walking course of Bangchon village-Manhak valley-Goribong-Satgatbong peak-Geureokjjae-Mundeokbong peak-Jusaeng-myeon Yongdong is 18.5km and it takes five hours. Many people enjoy silver grass hiking from Goribong, Mangokdae to Jeongnyeongchi pass.


Jwasa-ri, Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do

Gyoryongsan National Tourist Site(Gyoryongsanseong Fortress)

The Korean government established Gyoryongsan national tourist site on the site of 1.92 million ㎡ around Gyoryongsan at an extra cost of 8 hundred millions in 1987. The park is created with Gyoryongsan of an attitude of 518m as the center. There are folk exhibits, physical training facilities, camp facility including Gyoryongsanseong fortress and Seonguksa temple. It is easy to enjoy castle tracking. Gyoryongsanseong fortress, which was firstly built in the Baekjae period, is located in Sanneungseon. Seonguksa temple, which was established in 685, is located inside. The park has a trail, camp facility, physical training facilities, folk exhibits. Memorial stone for Gimsamuidang, the woman poet in the Joseon Dynasty, has been erected. You'd better walk along
the castle of Gyoryongsanseong fortress in Gyoryongsan national tourist site.


Sangok-dong 251, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Guryong Falls

Guryong falls are created in the middle of Woncheoncheon, which is originated from Manbokdae peak (1,438m) and flows to Jucheon-myeon, Namwon-si, and is located in Guyong valley upstream. It is also called as Woncheon waterfall. The length is up to about 30 meters. It is not a
Jikpok flowing steep cliff, but a Wapok flowing even rock surface. The mountain stream originated from Manbokdae peak separates into two waterfalls due to protrudent rock. It is called
Gyoryongdam since it looks like as if two dragons get along each other and ascended to heaven. They are named as Guryong falls because the legend says nine dragons had lived here and ascended to heaven.

Guryong falls are connected each other like a one rock. A lot of waterfalls show off magnificent view. Hogyeong-ri village has been named thanks to beautiful landscape of Guryong falls. Nine beautiful scenery of Guryong falls is called as Guryong Gugok or Yongho Gugok. They consist of Songnyeokttong waterfall, Ogyongchu, Haksseoam, Seoam,Yuseondae, Jijudae, Bipokttong, Gyeongcheonbyeok and Gyoryongdam.


Gogiri, Jucheon-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Manbokdae Peak

Manbokdae peak, which rises between Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun and the boundary of Namwon-si, is 1,433.4m peak of the western Jirisan. There are Jeongnyeongchi pass on the north, and Seongsamjae pass on the south. Manbokdae, which means that it has much luck of Jirisan, consists of low hills. Some people say it is an ideal spot as it is selected as one of ten beautiful places based on Chinese geomantic principles. It looks like a bare mountain, but it is beautiful in fall as it is covered with silver grass.

The largest silver grass habitat in Jirisan
The mountaintop is covered with silver grass in fall. It is picturesque. You can realize majesty of Jirisan when you see Banyabong peak on the south east. The top overlooks main ridge of Jirisan like Nogodan peak, Banyabong peak and Cheonwangbong peak at once. Since there is a road in
Jeongnyeongchi pass on the north and Seongsamjae pass on the south, you can enjoy hiking within the day. The trail reaches from Jeongnyeongchi pass, Manbokdae peak, Goribong peak to Seongsamjae pass. So you'd better pass Goribong peak and Seongsamjae pass along the road with
silver grass field and meadow. It takes about 40 to 50 minutes from Jeongnyeongchi parking lot to
Manbokdae peak. The total distance is 7km and it takes about three hours.

Manbokdae peak, beautiful place all over the seasons
After Jirisan hot springs land was open in the 1990s, a lot of people have visited here. It is good to enjoy yellow Sansuyu flowers in Sansuyu Village,Wian-ri,Sandong-myeon in spring, or climb Manbokdae peak. You can also enjoy silver grass in fall, and snowflakes in winter.


Dotong-dong 618-6, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Baraebong Peak

Royal azalea of Baraebong peak stretches from the top to the western bottom over four kilometers. It is mostly concentrated in 1.5km from Pallangchi pass. Those who want to enjoy royal azalea climb the trail to national livestock research institute, and come down. Baraebong peak(1,165m) of west Jirisan became the best place for appreciating royal azalea in Korea in the 1990s. Unlike other
habitat, red royal azalea in the meadow shows off beautiful landscape. Royal azalea of Baraebong peak has a deep relationship with national livestock research institute. Baraebong peak once had a dense forest. However, the Korean government constructed sheep ranch here in the early 1970s. And ravenous sheep ate away most royal azalea except toxic flowers.

It was an off-limits place at that time, so people couldn't know the beauty of royal azalea on the farm. However, it became famous through word-of-mouth of mountaineers. After professional photographers announced their works, Baraebong peak attracted many people's attention. Ordinary people could climb the mountain since the 1990s, so Baraebong peak became the hot tourist attraction for appreciating royal azalea in Korea. Royal azalea in Baraebong peak starts to blossom from the bottom of the mountain in the end of April. And comes to the climax on 20th of May. Depending on weather conditions, full bloom period is different.


Unbong-eup, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Banyabong Peak

Banyabong peak(1,732m), which is one of the three main peaks of Jirisan along with Cheonwangbong peak and Nogodan peak, is the highest peak of west Jirisan. One legend about a fairy-tale crone of Cheonwangbong peak has been handed down. A fairy-tale crone, the mountain spirit and goddess of Jirisan, met prajna who had improved Buddhism, and got married. After many years, they had eight daughters. However, prajna went to Banyabong peak alone in order to
find more enlightenment. Waiting her husband, a fairy-tale crone made clothes with the bark of a tree for him. And she sent her daughters to the eight provinces of Korea. As she was exhausted, she tore the clothes to pieces, and passed away. The pieces of clothes flew Banyabong peak, and became sickle neofinetia. A fairy-tale crone turned into stone statue.

Posterity called Banyabong peak, the place where prajna had improved Buddhism. His daughters became shamans of the eight provinces of Korea. Some people say that there are a lot of fog and cloud around Banyabong peak for letting prajna and a fairy-tale crone reunited. The sea of clouds of Banyabong peak that was turned from ascending current looks like a beautiful painting. The glow of the setting sun is one of “Jirisipkkyeong”. Red sun, which dyes western sky and then disappears, removes the scars of people, and makes them look back upon the past.


Buun-ri, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Baemsagol Valley

The valley, which is 14km, flows north pardon of Jirisan from Banyabong peak to Banseon. It is one of the magnificent valleys among numerous valleys in Jirisan National Park. The whole section of the valley consists of rugged precipice with rocks of fantastic shape. There are large rocks everywhere, which can accommodate about one hundred people. One hundred of small and large waterfalls and ponds are spectacle.

The Meandering Valley
The valley is covered with royal azalea in spring, and red and yellow autumn colors in fall. It feels chilly in the green deep woods of the valley in summer. Autumn leaves of the valley stretching from
Banyabong peak to Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, and the ones of Piagol valley struggle for superiority. The valley, which has plenty of water and dense forest, is a popular summer resort. In fall, colorful autumn leaves, a mountain stream and ponds are picturesque. There are scenic spots such as Seonindae, a stone chamber,Yoryongdae,Tagyongso, Byeongso, Byeongpungso, Jeseungdae and Ganjangso everywhere. Baemsagol valley shows off its beautiful scenery, attracting a lot of tourists. In particular, it is most crowded in summer. If you are guided by Baemsagol hiking information center and the northern information desk of Jirisan national park, you can experience various programs and enjoy walk and hiking through natural ecology observation trail.

[The time required]
◦ eight hours for total 25.3㎞
[Three course information]
◦ short course of Jirisan sinsun dulle-gil trail
Janghang-ri-Woncheon village(1.5㎞)-Pallang village(4.3㎞)-Pallangchi pass(2㎞)-Baraebong peak (1.7㎞)
◦ long course of Jirisan sinsun dulle-gil trail
Janghang-ri-Woncheon village(1.5㎞)-Pallang village(4.3㎞)-Naeryeong village(2㎞)-Banseon village(3㎞)-Hakcheon village(1.2㎞)-Deokdong village(2㎞)-Dalgung village (1.8㎞)

◦ You cannot use mountain bike to prevent Jirisan path from damages.
◦ You cannot take private crops and fruits in the villages.
◦ You must be allowed to take a picture.

[More information]
◦ Tour information center: 063-632-1330
◦ Namwon-si cultural tourism department]: 063-620-6165


Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Simwon Valley

Simwon valley, which is located in Jirisanllo(Simwon-ri), Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, is one of three valleys in Jirisan along with Chilseon valley and Moonsu valley. It is situated between Banyabong peak (1,732m) and Nogodan peak(1,507m) in Jirisan. The stream consists of the water originated from Banyabong peak, Nallaribong(1,432m), Nogodan peak and Jongseokttae(1,356m), creating 50 ponds. In particular, the forest is a repository of Korean wild plants, so it is registered as retention area for species of trees, research district of Seoul national university.

Simwon valley is famous for acer mono mineral water. It is chilly even in summer night due to dense forest and cool valley. There is Simwon village nearby, which is called as the first village under the sky.

Scenery beyond description with a lot of ponds
You'd better climb the valley along with Dalgung valley that has the secondary palace site of Mahan. Jaengbanso,Dukkeobiso and a lot of nameless ponds attract tourists' attention. If you climb 500m more from Jaenggi pond, you can see a boundary line between Jeollanam-do and
Jeollabuk-do through the northwest ridge of Banyabong peak and Manbokdae peak. Dalgung valley is below and Simwon valley is above of the boundary line. Since a road was constructed, people have visited Simwon village, and climbed Nogodan peak from Seongsamjae pass in 30 minutes. So many climbers gave up mounting along the valley. Intercity bus and local bus are operated from Namwon to Simwon village. You can drive by following No.17 national highway in
Jeonju, going to Imsil and Namwon and entering No.730 local road. If you pass Yungmojeong pavilion, Hopokkyo and Jeongnyeongchi pass, you will find three-way intersection of the boundary line. And turn right for 2km and go down left side road for 1km. You will arrive Simwon valley.


Buun-ri, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Heungbugol Natural Recreation Forest

Heungbugol natural recreation forest, which is located in 2km from Inwol-myeon, Namwon-si, was created for well being, entertainment and relaxation of people. It took advantage of natural ecology geographical features, but it is unknown place yet. It is good to stroll through the woods since there is a colony of nut pine with 55 years. The landscape is also wonderful. If you climb from the top of Deokdusan to ridge for about 30 minutes, you can reach to Baraebong peak(1,167m), which is famous for royal azalea.

The therapeutic walk in the forest in a colony of nut pine, and splendid landscape

Heungbugol natural recreation forest is related with Jirisan national park. There is a trail toward the top of Deogyusan(1,150m), and it takes about one and half an hour from recreation forest. There are trail, folk play plaza and theme park related to “Heungbujeon”. Heungbugol natural recreation forest has 17 buildings like two group training buildings, seven forest houses, three bungalows, a
Heungbu house, kitchen, restroom, shower room and management office. It also has sanitary and educational facilities like drinking fountain, filth-treating equipment, education museum, a direction board for public benefit, tree pyeonchal and forest class.


Inwol-ri mountain 53-1, Inwol-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Namwon Tourist Complex

It is multi-tourist complex that has every symbolic icons and recreational facilities related to Namwon. It is located in Eohyeon-dong, Namwon-si. Namwon tourist complex was established by
Korea Tourism Organization, and it has cultural facilities such as Chunhyang theme park, Chunhyang culture and art center, Namwon national gugak center and Namwon folk museum. There are a lot of tourist attractions like Kwanghan-nu, Seonwonsa temple, Gyoryongsanseong fortress, Honbul literary house and Baekjangam hermitage. In particular, Chunhyang theme park, which consists of five sites based on Chunhyangjeon, is loved by everyone. There is the filming site of “Chunhyangdyeon” directed by Im Kwon-taek. You can overlook not only Namwon tourist complex but also whole downtown from Dansimjeong. Lodging houses and restaurants have been well organized.


Eohyeon-dong, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Rock-carved Buddhas of Gaeryeongam Hermitage Site

It was carved on the cliff on the backside of Gaeryeongam hermitage site, Jeongnyeongchi pass, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si. 12 rock-carved buddhas are engraved on the huge cliff. They are good materials for researching rock-carved buddha given that three buddhas including huge buddha have been well preserved and have inscriptions. It is registered as No. 1123 treasure. One rock-carved buddha is as large as 4 meters. It shows the characteristic of rock-carved buddha in the Goryeo dynasty, as it has a big face carved in relief, and is big-built. Details of clothes and hands are simple.


Deokdong-ri, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Three-story Stone Pagoda of Baekjangam Hermitage

Three-story stone pagoda, which was made of granite, is located in arable land of southern Baekjangam hermitage. So it is assumed that it was situated on the place with a stone lantern on the backside of the stone pagoda. Given that Buddhist sanctuary is located in the north, it is assumed that there was Baekjangam hermitage here.

The place where Baekjangam hermitage was located in the period of united Silla
Silsangsa temple, which is located in the west of Cheonwangbong peak, was established by Hongcheok in the period of united Silla. You can see Baekjangam hermitage on the northern side of Silsangsa temple. It is small temple belonging to Silsangsa temple, and the pagoda is built on arable land below. It is five meters, and registered as No.10 national treasure. Three roof-stones are put on the low stylobate, and railing is delicately carved on the four sides. Width and height of ordinary pagoda are shrunk as it is getting higher. But this pagoda has almost the same width and height. The support of stone roof with one thick staircase is different from the style of that age. The four Devas are carved on the first floor, and Buddhist saint, the heavenly king and young boy are carved on other three sides.

Stone Pagoda with great artistic value and independent imagination

Railings are decorated on the below of the second and the third floors, and Dugonghyeong of a wooden building is engraved. There are two cheonins playing the instrument on both sides of the second floor. And seated statues of cheonin are engraved on each sides of the third floor. While frost ring has been partially destroyed, frameworks like Bokppal, Boryun, Bogae and Suyeon are
counted on Bogaechalju pillar. The stone pagoda shows great artistic value and independent imagination. Delicately carved stone moves people's heart beyond generation. Moreover, you can see various carves from the top to the bottom. It is assumed that it was established in the late period of united Silla. Free structure with splendid decorations stands out, so it is one of the beautiful stone pagoda in the era.


Daejeong-ri, Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Yongnam Market

It became more convenient by resolving parking problems through modernization of facilities in 2007. It sells industrial products, agriculture products, clothes and seafood. Namwon public market is located nearby. Super supermarket is convenient. It has various products, and it is easy to park. However, it is not fun. You would be really pleased in conventional market. Some people say,”arrange a bargain, but stop a fight.” People visit traditional market in order to arrange a bargain. If you go to a traditional marketplace, you can really get a feel for humanity. Yongnam market was open in 1970. It was the most popular market about 20 years ago, but has been fallen by Super supermarket. Tourist attractions of Namwon like Chunhyang theme park and Gwanghalluwon garden are close to the market.


Hajeong-dong 138, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

Jeongnyeongchi Pass

Jeongnyeongchi pass, which is 1,172m, is a hill of Jirisan National Park, reaching from Jucheon-myeon to Sannae-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do. In the rest area on the top, you can overlook Jirisan at once. There are Baemsagol valley in the east, and a panoramic view of the town of Namwon in the west. You can see whole branch ridge. According to the record written by suhsan Buddhist master, the king of Mahan made the general jeong build a castle in order to prevent invasion from Jinhan and Byeonhan.

If you climb the ridge in the northwest from Jeongnyeongchi, you should pass Goribong peak-Segeolsan mountain-Buunchi pass-Pallangchi pass-Baraebong peak. But if you climb the ridge in the south, you would pass Manbokdae peak-Myobongchi-Goribong peak-Seongsamjae pass. Jeongnyeongchi pass(altitude 1,172m) is the highest hill you can drive by car from Jirisan. It is the best driving course to enjoy Jirisan in fall starting from Jucheon-myeon office to Jeongnyeongchi pass. There is rock-carved Buddha carved 12 statue of the Buddha nearby the site of an old palace. Goribong peak, the northern part of Jeongnyeongchi pass, is the best place to go hang-gliding, so a lot of people visit the place. Construction business of gliding leports in Jirisan has been developed
as leports population and gliding members have been increased. The Korean government aims to develop Jeongnyeongchi pass as global gliding site and tourist attractions.

Gogi-ri, Jucheon-myeon, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do

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