[Damyang] Bamboo trees welcome you!
by Oh, Ye-Seul (Yeony-Suny Reporter)
● General Information
Damyang is renown for its bamboo trees. It also has two beautiful mountains, Mt. Chuwolsan and Mt. Byeongpungsan. Damyang also features a bamboo museum and bamboo product shops.
● Tourist Attraction
① Soswaewon Garden
Address : Jigok-ri 123 Nam-myeon Damyang-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-382-1071 Hours : 09:00 ~ 19:00
Admission Fee | Adults : 1,000won, Youth : 700won, Children : 500won
Soswaewon Garden is a private garden from the Joseon Period in which the beauty of traditional Korea is preserved. It was built by Yang San-Bo (1503~1557) after he gave up his success when his mentor Jo Gwang-Jo (1482~1519) was killed during a political strife. Soswaewon Garden implies a clean and transparent garden where the righteous enjoy the life of Anbinnakdo (being content and taking pleasure of plain and honest life style) between the bamboo grove.
Including peach trees, various kinds of trees and grass are planted on either side of the stream, and clear water flows down the foot of the garden walls. The log bridge above the valley improves the charm of the scenery. The harmony between the nature and artificial waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful. Soswaewon Garden is 150m away from the roads. Passing through the thick bamboo forest, you will find the small valley and Soswaewon Garden on your left.
② Sigyeongjeong Pavilion
Address : Jigok-ri San75-1 Nam-myeon Damyang-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-380-3155 http://www.damyang.go.kr
Designated as the top monument of Jeollanam-do, Sigyeongjeong Pavilion literally means a place where even the shadow of the moon can find a place to rest. As its name suggests, this pavilion is set in a lush and remote forested area. Countless number of scholars and writers has been attracted to this pavilion as a place of profound inspiration. The pavilion has gained more fame from the legendary lyrics of Seongsanbyeolgok written by the poet Jeong Cheol. The elegant words of Kim Seongwon, a literary scholar, depict the scenic beauty of Seongsan Mountain during the changing seasons.
Of all the pavilions situated at the basin of the Yeongsangang River the Sigyeongjeong is said to be blessed with a breathtaking view from the side. The current building was restored in the early 1900s. At the Sigyeongjeong pavilion you’ll find the Buyongdang, a monument with the lyrics to the Seongsanbyeolgok Poem, and next to it an old library building called jangseogak built to preserve the wooden blocks of Songgangjib, a book of poetry written by Jeong Cheol.
③ Metasequoia-lined Road
Address : Geumwolgyo Bridge~Namsan-ri / Seokdanggan~Geumseong-myeon Seokhyongyo, Damyang-eup Damyang-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-380-3141~5
If you follow National Road No. 15 up from the Bamboo Museum, you’ll come across a beautiful and exotic boulevard that looks like it is came straight out of a fairytale. This unearthly place is the Metasequoia-lined Road.
Metasequoia trees were planted along the street in the early 1970s when the Ministry of Internal Affairs officially designated the road as a “boulevard.” At that time, the saplings were only 3 to 4 years old and their branches stretched sparsely out into the sky; now, the trees have grown so high that they seem to block out the sun! Thanks to these stately trees, in 2002 the Korea Forest Service selected the boulevard as one of the most beautiful roads in Korea.
The 4 kilometer-long boulevard is located along National Road No. 24 and is one of the most popular driving routes in Korea, especially during summer when the trees’ lush green leaves are at their height of beauty. Feel free to stop your car along the roadside to take a walk among these 10 to 20-meter-tall trees and breathe their fresh scent. Bicycling along this route and appreciating its real beauty at a leisurely pace is also highly recommended.
Address : Hyanggyo-ri San37-6 Damyang-eup Damyang-gun Jeollanam-do
TEL : +82-61-380-3244 http://www.juknokwon.org
Admission Fee | Adults : 2,000won, Youth : 1,500won, Children : 1,000won
Juknokwon in Damyang is a bamboo forest cultivated by the town of Damyang. Seonginsan Mountain behind Damyang Hyanggyo (Confucian school) was transformed into Juknokwon Bamboo Garden featuring a beautiful artificial waterfall, pavilion, walking paths and an eco-exhibition center, a popular destination for visitors. It takes about 1 hour to tour around the entire garden. Crossing Hyanggyo Bridge from Juknokwon, a forest for preventing floods can be seen. Lights are turned on in the evenings in the bamboo forest for night walk.