[Yeongam] Walk along the historical attractions
by Oh, Ye-Seul (Yeony-Suny Reporter)
● General Information
Yeongam county is renowned for the Mt. Wolchul National Park and Yeongsanho Lake. Dogapsa Temple and many historically important pottery relics are among its riches. Yeongam is the site of the annual Wangin Cultural Festival and the Bauje Festival.
● Tourist Attraction
① Historical Site of Dr. Wangin
Address : Donggurim-ri San18 Gunseo-myeon Yeongam-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-470-2560 Hours : 09:00 ~ 18:00 http://wanin.yeongam.go.kr
Admission Fee | Adults : 1,000won, Youth : 800won, Children : 500won
* Jeollanam-do Local Monument No. 20
Due to Wangin’s importance and contributions to Korean history, this historical attraction is preserved and maintained in honor of his memory and achievements.
Songgidong is the official birthplace of Dr. Wangjin and is also home to Seongcheon; the well Wangin is believed to have drunk from. Halfway up Mt. Wolchulsan are Chaekgul, Munsanjae and Yangsajae where Wangin is said to have studied as well as nurtured local pupils. To commemorate the significance of these areas, a memorial is held every March at Munsanjae and Yansanjae.
Wangin departed for Japan from Sangdaepo, which at the time was an international trading port. The renowned Baekje scholar was beginning his journey at the request of Japanese Emperor Eungshin. He took with him ten books on the Analects of Confucius and a book of Cheonjamun, a text of one thousand Chinese characters. Over time, he earned the trust of the emperor and became instructor to the crown prince. Wangin is well-known for his part in the development of Japanese culture and his name appears often in Japanese history.
Wangin educated beyond textbooks and made great contributions to the development of arts, crafts and music and is revered as the originator of Japan’s Asuka culture.
② Mt. Wolchulsan National Park
Address : Gaesin-ri 484-50 Yeongam-eup Yeonam-gun Jeollanam-do
TE L : +82-61-473-5210 http://english.knps.or.kr
Mt. Wolchulsan National Park is located in the southern part of Korea. The name Wolchulsan appropriately denotes “mountain where the moon rises”. Starting with the Cheonhwangbong Peak (809m) at the center, the whole area is filled with rocky mountain peaks which all look special and unique.
Walk for about 20 minutes past the National Park’s parking lot and Dogapsa Temple, and the entrance to Weolchulsan comes in to view. About 5km beyond the gate, you can see Gujeolbong Peak, shaped like nine large pots. Because this place always has water, it is said that a dragon used to live here. Another 500m further down you can see Maaeyeoraejwasang, the sitting Buddha statue, which is designated as National Treasure No. 144. Just beyond the statue a path leading to the top is filled with lush green forests.
When you get to the top of Mt. Wolchulsan, there is a large flat granite rock that can fit up to 300 people. Staring down from here gives you a great view of Mt. Wolchulsan. Climbing down from the top, you can cross the arched bridge, 120m from the ground, 52m long, and 6m wide. It takes a bit of courage to walk across this bridge. To the left of Sajabong Peak, around the middle of the mountain, there is a waterfall pouring down into the valley as seven separate falls on top of each other, called Chilchi Waterfall.
On the way down to Dogapsa and Muwisa Temples, there is a field of reeds by the road that becomes spectacularly beautiful during fall. The sunset in the west is also beautiful beyond description. In the spring, the azaleas, in the summer the cool waterfalls, in the fall, all kinds of lovely colors, and in the winter, the snow covered mountains and valleys – Wolchulsan National Park is truly a wonderful site to visit all year around.
③ Gurim Village
Address : Seogurim-ri Gunseo-myeon Yeongam-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-472-0939 http://ygurim.namdominbak.go.kr
Located at the western base of Mt. Wolchulsan in Yeongam-gun Jeollanam-do province, Gurim Maeul is a 2,200 year-old village that was created during the Era of the Confederated Kingdoms of Samhan (Three Han States).
Gurim Maeul, which is the setting of many tales and has produced a number of great historical figures, is a beautiful village with an abundance of natural, historical, and cultural points of interest.
In particular, 96 traditional houses including Anyongdan, Wolindang, Gukamsa and Anhyeongung offer valuable opportunities for tourists not only to stay in Korean traditional houses but also to enjoy various activities such as paper crafts, a traditional wedding experience, rice cake-making (pounding rice with a large mallet), straw crafts, fishing, and swimming. The town is also the site of local festivals like the Wangin Cherry Blossom Festival and the Chrysanthemum Festival.
④ Gichan Land
Address : Hoemun-ri Yeongam-eup Yeongam-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-470-2114
The chi (“natural life force”) emitted from the “elan” at the foot of Cheonghwang Peak of Mt. Wolchul is of extreme beauty, and the pure natural water running in the valley was used to create this new representative tourist attraction of Yeongam.
Wolchul Gichan Land has the Gayageum theme park so you can experience national culture. It also features an aromatic forest bath, the well-being chi road, natural pool, chi health center, pension, and sports facilities. Tourists seeking health as well as the public can use these facilities freely.
The Mt. Wolchul Well-being chi Road is built along Mt. Wolchul, boosted by the chi, force of the ground and seeming to soar up to the sky. It is a healthy road where you can refresh your mind and body while experiencing pure water, invigorating forests, stimulating rocks, and pleasant roads. You can seek a healthy life by resting and exercising your body while feeling the spirit of Mt. Wolchul on the Chi Road.