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Destinations Jeollabuk-do

Jeollabuk-do is bountiful in traditional cultural heritages and historical sites. It is where pansori (traditional Korean opera) originated. It is also home to Namwon, the setting of the famous pansori ‘Chunhyangjeon’, and Jeonju, a city famous for delicate and delectable foods. Jeollabuk-do is easy to access and visitors can enjoy natural tourist attractions such as Mt. Naejangsan, Byeonsan Peninsula and Mt. Deogyusan, as well as other traditional Korean cultural experiences.



Recommended Sites

  • Mt. Byeonsan Peninsula National Park
    Address :
    Byeonsan-myeon, Boan-myeon, Sanseo-myeon, Jinseo-myeon, Haseo-myeon, Buan-gu, Jeollabuk-do
    Description :
    Mt. Byeonsan Peninsula National Park stretches 35km and through five townships along the coast. Established as a national park in 1988, it is the only national park in the country that has both a seashore and mountain in it. The park is divided in two large sections. The shore area is called Oebyeonsan (outer Mt. Byeonsan), and inland is called Naebyeonsan (Inner Mt.Byeonsan). The main tourist attractions at Oebyeonsan are Chaeseokgang River and Byeonsan Beach. Chaeseokgang River is named so because it lies at the west end of Byeon san peninsula, and it meets the sea cliffs and the sea. The Toejeokamcheung rocks have been formed by the waves of the ocean over a very long time, and resemble hundreds of thousands of stacked books. Byeonsan Beach has such very fine sand that it is picked as one of the three most famous beaches on the west coast. Many tourists are also attracted to the pine forest along the beach perimeter. On the other side is Naebyeonsan, which has the Jikso Waterfall and Gaeamsa Temple as two of its many attractions. Naebyeonsan is especially famous for it’s waterfalls, valleys and lush woodlands. In Mt.Byeonsan Peninsula National Park, there are three famous things, collectively called “Sambyeon.” The first is Byeonjae, the long and straight fir trees. The second is Byeonran, the wild orchids. The third is Mt. Byeoncheong, the natural honey produced at the mountain, which is very fragrant and is sometimes used for medicinal purposes. The greatest charm that keeps tourists coming to the Byeonsan Peninsula National Park is that they can enjoy the ocean as well as the mountains here. From the mountain peak, you can see both the ocean and mountain, and from the beach, the setting sun and surrounding islands. Tourists sometimes even visit just for the sunsets at the peninsula.
    Directions :
    From Jeongeup Station, take the bus to Mt. Byeonsan or use a taxi. Get off at the Byeonsan bus stop.
    From the Buan Bus Terminal, take the bus or taxi and get off at the Mt. Byeonsan bus stop.

    Information :
    Homepage: http://www.mpa.or.kr/pyonsan (KOR/ENG/FRN)
    Inquiries: Administration Office, Tel: 063-582-7808 (Kor)
    Admission Fee:
    Adults (20 or older) : 1,300 won
    Teenagers (14-19) : 600 won
    Children (13 or younger) : 300 won
     

  • Mt. Maisan Provincial Park
    Address :
    Danyang-ri, Jinan eup, Dongchon-ri, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
    Description :
    Mt. Maisan Provincial Park is located in Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do. During the Silla Dynasty, it was called Seodasan, during the Goryo Dynasty, Yongchulsan, and finally named Maisan during the Joseon Dynasty. Maisan is called by different names depending on the season. In the spring, it is called Dotdaebong, in the summer, Yonggakbong, in the fall, Maibong, and in the winter, Munpilbong. There’s a myth that’s been passed down through the generations regarding Mt. Maisan. Two gods came down from the sky, had a child and lived on earth for a while, but as they were going back up into the sky, a village woman saw them ascending, and trapped them on Earth. They became the rock mountain. Even today, you can see the father peak and the child peak, and the mother peak looking down the other side. The pagodas atop of Mt. Maisan were built from native rocks and tops of these towers look as sharp as nails. On the south side of the mountain, it is said there were over 120 of these pagodas, but only about 80 exist today. There is also something very mysterious about these pagodas. No matter how bad the weather, even during storms, they some how do not sway or fall. Another interesting thing about Mt. Maisan are the icicles. If you put water into a bowl during the winter, the water freezes into a pole reaching for the sky. No one knows why or how this happens, but it makes Maisan just that much more mysterious and interesting to visit.
    Directions :
    From Jinan Bus Terminal, take a bus heading towards North Maisan. Get off at the Mt. Maisan bus stop. You can also take a taxi.
    Information :
    - Inquiries: 063-430-2114 (Kor) -Homepage: http://jinan.jeonbuk.kr (KOR/ENG/CHN/JPN) -Admission Fee: (Age 20 and over) - 2000 won / (age 14-19) - 1500 won / (age 6-13) -900 won / under 6 - FREE Group (30 or more people): 1700 won, 1100 won, 600 won respectively.

     

  • Naesosa Temple
    Address :
    Seokpo-ri, Jinseo-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
    Description :
    Naesosa was built by Buddhist Monk Hye-Gu in 633A.D. during the Silla Dynasty, and was rebuilt by Monk Cheong-Min during the Joseon Dynasty in 1633. The Dae-Ungbojeon Pagoda of the temple was built at this time. With the main sanctuary as the center point, the area is a 500m radius and was named a culturally protected areain 1986. There are fir trees on either side of the entrance that extends for about 600m as you walk into the main gate of Naesosa Temple. The path is shaped like a tunnel with the trees, and after you’ve enjoyed the smell and scenery of the fir trees, you come to a row of cherry blossom trees that makes this road ideal for a walk. Just before the temple itself, you will come across the four gods that “guard” the temple, called Sacheonwangsang. Just past the gate is the temple itself. The first thing that you will notice is the 1000-year-old Dangsan tree. Long ago, people use to come to the foot of this tree and pray under it. There is also a bronze bell used by Buddhist temples, housed inside Beomjonggak. This particular bell was made during the Goryeo Era and is completely engraved with three images of Buddha, called Samjonsang. The center of the temple is the Dae-Ungbojeon building, which has a roof decorated with splendid colors and designs of Dancheong that make it very beautiful. Flower Salmun doors, shaped like Lotus and Chrysanthemum flowers, also add to the traditional beauty of the building. There is one other thing that you can’t miss while visiting Naesosa Temple. It is Haewuso, located in one corner of the temple. The name means “this place gets rid of worries”, and the surrounding bamboo grove makes this spot very elegant and beautiful.
    Directions :
    From the Buan Bus Terminal, take the bus headed to Naesosa Temple and get off at the Naesosa Temple bus stop.
    Information :
    - Naesosa Temple Tel : 063-583-7281 (Kor)
      Homepage: http://www.npa.or.kr/pyonsan (Kor/Eng/Frn)
      Admission Fee: Park Entrance + Cultural Monument Fee
      Individual
    * 20 and older : 2600 won,
    * 14-19 : 1300 won,
    * under 13 : 700 won
      group (30 or more people): 2400 won, 1100 won, 550 won respectively


     

  • Mt. Deogyusan National Park
    Address :
    Dugil-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do / Geochang-gun, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Description :
    Mt. Deogyusan National Park covers Geochang-gun of Gyeongsangnam-do and Muju-gun of Jeollabuk-do. Starting from Mt. Deogyusan main peak, Hyangjeokbong, the ridges are about 1300m above sea level, and as it stretches southwestward for about 18 km, it branches out in many directions to create a huge assemblage of mountains. For every branch of the mountain ridgeline, there are matching valleys at Mt. Deogyusan. Among these valleys, Mujugucheondong Valley, stretching 25 km from the Deogyu peak to Seolcheon River on the north, is the most famous. There are 33 sceneries in the valley known for their beauty, called Gucheondong 33 Kyeong, but the 12th Kyeong, known as Susimdae, is the most beautiful. Susimdae is a valley 400 m deep. Because water as clear as jade flow through here, it is also called Suhwa. Mt. Deogyusan also has three valleys that are grouped together, the Chilyeon, Jeoksang, Munan valleys, and among them the Chilyeon Valley is the most beautiful. It is famous for its Chilyeon Waterfall, where clear water passes by thick pine forest and go between various shapes of rocks. This water current has created seven ponds, and the way they are all lined up makes up for a very interesting view. Clear water comes into each of these ponds, circles for a while, and then falls into another pond to create seven segmented waterfalls. The Chilyeon Waterfall blend well with the surrounding old pine trees and maple trees. In the summer, many vacationers, and in the fall, people looking for autumn colored leaves visit this area. Mt. Deogyusan has many such beautiful spots of valleys, waterfalls, pine forests, and fantastic looking rocks. All the more, with Mujugucheon-dong being the center, in conjunction with the National Park Administration Office, they provide the visitors with many convenience facilities in order to make their stay here more pleasant.
    Directions :
    From Yeongdong Station, take a bus headed Muju or Mt. Deogyusan Mountain National Park and get off at the entrance of Mt. Deogyusan Mountain National Park.
    Information :
    - Inquiries : Mt. Deogyusan Mountain National Park Administration Office Tel : 063-322-3174 (Kor) -Homepage : http://www.npa.or.kr/togyu/main.asp (Kor,Eng) -Admission Fee : Age 20 and older - 2600 won / Age 14 and over - 1200 won / Age 13 and under - 600 won

     

  • Seonunsa Temple
    Address :
    500-beonji Samin-ri, Asan-myeon, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
    Description :
    Seonunsa Temple was built during the Baekje Dynasty (BC 18-678). It was originally a very large temple, but much was lost during the Jeongyujaeran (the 2nd Japanese Invasion in 1597). Seonunsa Temple has Daeungbojeon, Manseru, Yeongsanjeon, and Myeongbujeon Pavilions, and four additional Buddhist grottos, including Dosoram. Soenunsa Temple is most famous for its camellia flowers. On the low hill behind the Daeungbojeon Pavilion Temple, there are numerous camellia trees. In the spring, the brilliant camellias cover Seonunsa Temple with its color. These flowers, which frequently appear in literature as well, are designated Natural Monuments. Seonunsa temple is also known for its beautiful surroundings in all four seasons. In the spring, cherry blossoms, and in the summer sangsa flowers decorate the road to the Dosolam area, and fall leaves and winter sceneries are beautiful as well. The Budo Field, a gathering place for monks is another must-see Temple at Seonunsa Temple. There are Budo fields at other larger temples, but the one in Seonunsa Temple is in a thick grove with straight trees, and the small Budo towers blend in beautifully with the trees. You can also see the Jinheung Cave and the huge Mae-aebul when you go to Dosolam area.
    Directions :
    Train --> get off at Jeongeup Station (walk 10 min) --> Jeongeup Bus Terminal --> take direct bus to Seonunsa Temple --> Arrive at Seonunsa (there are not many buses going to Seonunsa Temple, so be sure to check)
    Bus --> get off at Jeongeup Bus Terminal --> take direct bus to Seonunsa Temple--> Arrive at Seonunsa Temple
    Or get off at Gochang Bus Terminal --> take City bus to Seonunsa Temple--> Arrive at Seonunsa Temple

    Information :
    - Hours: (Mar∼Oct) 08:00∼19:00 / (Nov∼Feb) 09:00∼17:00 -Admission Fee: Individual: (age 20 and older) - 2,600 won / (age 14-19) - 1,700 won / (age 13 and under) - 1,200 won Groups: (age 20 and older) - 2,300 won / (age 14-19) - 1,300 won / (age 13 and under) - 900 won (group - 30 or more people) Parking Fee: bus - 3000won / car - 2000 won(daily) * Parking fees may rise to 2500 won on certain occasion's Inquiries: Seonunsa Temple, Tel : 063)561-0039(Kor) Website: http://sunwoonsa.netian.com (Kor)

     

  • Muju Resort
    Address :
    43-15 San, Simgok-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeonbuk
    Description :
    Muju resort is located in Deokyu Mountain, and is a representative mountain resort. It blends in beautifully with the Deokyu Mountain National Park scenery, and is the perfect place to enjoy winter sports. Muju resort is great resting place all year round, with Alps-style first class hotel and a variety of convenience facilities in its 2,200,000 pyeong area. The resort is especially famous for its ski range, and many ski-manias come here during the winter. Manseong Peak (1,215m) Ski range has capacity to handle 13,000 people an hour with its lifts, and has a variety of courses from beginner’s to professional level. Seolcheon Peak (1,520m) Ski Range, where Asian Universiade competition officially opened, has a variety of gondolas and lifts, and has a hot spring to relax after skiing. The outdoor hot springs, with snow-covered mountains in the background, is especially famous. Besides these, you can enjoy tennis, mountain climbing, MTB, and horse riding, and at the theme-based shopping mall, Carnival Street, there are interesting products to see, food to enjoy. You can buy famous brand products from all over the world here cheaply, so look around.
    Directions :
    1. From Yeongdong station, take bus headed toward Muju Resort bus, and get off at the resort.
    2. From Muju Bus Terminal, take bus headed toward Muju Resort bus, and get off at the resort.

    Information :
    - Inquiries: Muju Resort 063-320-7404 (Kor)
    - Homepage: http://www.mujuresort.com (Kor, Eng)

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