Birthplace of Seongcheol Namsa Yedamchon Village Historic Site of Jo Sik Baegundong Valley
Sancheong, the Center of Cultural Tourism
Sancheong of Gyeongsangnam-do is one of the most remote areas in the country located on the border of Hadong-gun and Hamyang-gun, on the other side of Cheonwangbong Peak of Jirisan Mountain. The village is situated on the southern side of Jirisan Mountain, which is a part of the Baekdu Mountain Range. For hundreds of years, it's been known for beautiful mountains and delicious water. Aside from its beautiful landscape, the village is widely known for medicinal herbs, since more than 1,000 herbs grow naturally in the clean natural environment. In particular, the village is also home to Oriental medicine, since it's where Yu Ui-tae, the teacher of Heo Jun the author of 'Donguibogam', practiced medicine. The World Traditional Medicine EXPO in Sancheong will be held in 2013, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of 'Donguibogam'.
The Nine Scenic Views of Sancheong are: Cheonwangbong Peak, Daewonsa Valley, Hwangmaesan Azalea, Tomb of King Guhyeong, Gyeonghogang River, Namsa Yedamchon Village, Historic Site of Jo Sik, Jeongchwiam Hermitage, and Donguibogam Village. Sancheong is also where cotton seeds were planted for the first time in Korea by Mun Ik-jeom, the envoy who went to the Yuan Dynasty of China and brought home the seeds The most popular cultural tourist route in the area starts from the birth home of the respected Buddhist monk Seongcheol in Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun. The trail then leads to Namsa Yedamchon Village, Historic Site of Jo Sik, and Baegundong Valley. The area particularly has many cultural sites related to Jo Sik, a renowned Confucian scholar of the Joseon Period.
  • How to get to Sancheong?
  • Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal→ Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours: Seven times daily at 08:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:40, 16:30, 17:30, 23:00
    Fare: KRW 16,700 during the day; KRW 18,400 at night (approx. 3 hr 10 min ride)
  • Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal→ Saengcho Bus Stop
  • Hours: Four times daily at 09:00, 12:00, 14:30, 18:30
    Fare: KRW 16,300
  • Dongseoul Bus Terminal→ Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours: Once a day – 15:00
    Inquiries: Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal: +82-55-972-1616
  • * By Car:
    Take the Daejeon-Tongyeong Expressway and get off on Saengcho IC or Sancheong IC.
1day,Birthplace of Seongcheol The birthplace of the Seon Master Seongcheol on the main road of Mukgok-ri, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do is a shabby house to say the least. The house looks as though it's not complete. It's even located right next to an expressway. The Birthplace of Seongcheol refers to the birthplace of the late Buddhist monk named Seongcheol, who's perhaps the most respected Seon Master in Korea, and Geoboesa Temple built right next to it. The name of the small temple roughly means "the temple that transcends time and space" in Korean. The temple grounds include Daeungjeon Hall, a meditation hall, a pavilion, and living quarters for monks. Many people come here to follow the traces of Seoncheol. Seongcheol was born in Sancheong. After becoming monk at Haeinsa Temple in Hapcheon, he was appointed as the first Patriarch of the Haein Chongnim (comprehensive monastic training complex) in 1967, and then the 7th Supreme Patriarch of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in January 1981. He was a key figure in bringing Buddhist teachings to many Koreans. One of his most well-known written/oral teachings include the saying "Mountain is mountain, water is water," with profound implications.
His birthplace is a complete reproduction of his room at Haeinsa Temple while he was alive. A building called 'Poyeongdang' displays his personal belongings: Robe, rubber shoes, books, and notes. It will be worth a visit.
Location: Mukgok-ri, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Inquiries: +82-55-973-1615
1day,Namsa Yedamchon VillageSituated in Namsa-ri, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Namsa Yedamchon Village is a quiet place with Korean traditional houses that are visible over low stone fences. The beauty of these traditional houses and reproduction of Korean tradition made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea throughout the four seasons. The village was named 'Yedamchon' with the aim to preserve the beautiful tradition and customs just like the stone fences that have been there for many years. The village has arrays of high stone fences with ivy vines, Buddhist lecture halls, pavilions, and old houses.
There is one hanok (Korean traditional house) that stands out from the rest. It's called the House of Choe Family, built in 1920 by the father of the current owner Choe Jae-gi. One of the most outstanding features of the house is the high and sturdy gate. It looks like a house of a noble family, with all the elaborate architectural features. One unique feature of the mansion is the traditional two-story restroom.

The House of Yi Family is yet another popular attraction of the village. It's located at the mouth of an alley marked by an 'x'-shaped locust tree, which stands as a landmark of the village. With a history of over 200 years, it's a classic hanok with several buildings facing each other to form a square. Another tourist attraction worth a visit is Idong Village School built in the memory of Gwak Jong-seok (pen-name: Myeonu).
  • Travel Tip
  • Cultural Tour of Namsa Yedamchon
  • TIn Namsa Yedamchon Village, you can experience farm life, participate in traditional plays, and learn the traditions. The Farm Life program is comprised of Traditional Water Mill, Own Your Own Honeybee, and One Day as a Farmer. In Traditional Water Mill in particular, you can grind rice using a water mill, make rice cake, and share the rice cake with each other on the spot. In Learn the Traditions, you can take a walk along the unique stone fences to see the old houses and cultural properties as well as the beautiful natural surroundings that tell the story and history of the village. At Idong Village School, you'll get to learn some Chinese characters from the 'hunjang', the old Korean word for 'teacher'.
  • Lodging Recommendations
  • You can lodge at the House of Choe Family, Villa, or Siyangjeongsa. The House of Choe Family is an old mansion built at the end of the Joseon Dynasty, so you'll get a chance to see how people lived in the past. The room rate is KRW 60,000. (For three people. +82-55-973-5597) Sayangjeongsa offers hanok and loess rooms. You will also be served with veggies grown at the kitchen garden and mountain. The room rate is KRW 50,000. (For four people. +82-55-973-6052)
    Location: 281-1 Namsa-ri, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Inquiries: +82-55-972-7107
2day,Historic Site of Jo Sik in Sancheong Jo Sik (pen-name: Nammyeong) is probably the most well-known historical figure that lived in Sancheong. He was a widely respected Confucian scholar in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty. Along with Yi Hwang (pen-name: Toegye) who was the leader of Confucian scholars on the left side of Gyeongsang-do, he was the leader of Confucians on the right side of Gyeongsan-do in the 16th century. He was a true Confucian scholar who stressed the importance of putting the teachings of Confucius into practice, as he even submitted a written appeal called 'Eulmyo Danseongso' to King Myeongjong, asking the king to have mercy on the people by applying the right laws. The king offered him a government position several times, but he always declined. The Historic Site of Jo Sik in Sancheong refers to more than one place, since there are numerous such sites in Si-ri and Won-ri, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun. There are Sancheonjae Hall, a special shrine, a memorial stele, and his gravestone, while there are the Deocheonseowon Confucian Academy and Sesimjeong Pavilion in Won-ri. Sancheonjae is where he used to study and engage himself in academic research. It was built in 1561 (the 15th year of King Myeongjong's reign) and repaired in 1818 (the 18th year of King Sunjo's reign). Located in the middle of a large garden, Sancheonjae is a tile roof house. It's where great scholars such as Gwak Jae-u, Jeong Han-gang, and Choe Su-dang studied. On the ceiling over the main wooden floor, you'll see a painting of a farmer herding a bull, mountain deity playing 'go', scholar washing his ears, and the farmer taking his bull to another place so it won't drink the water the scholar used to wash his ears.Deokcheonseowon Confucian Academy in Won-ri was built in 1576 (the 9th year of King Seonjo's reign) to commemorate his learning and virtue by Choe Yeong-gyeong and Ha Ang. It's located right where he used to teach his students. In 1609 (the 1st year of King Gwanghaegun's reign), it was officially named 'Deokcheon' after its hanging board, land, and servants were provided by the King. At the entrance, you'll see a ginkgo tree that's been there for over 400 years. You will also see his grave on the hill behind the building. Historical records show that the epitaph was composed by his friend Seong Un (pen-name: Daegok) and written by one of his students named Jeon Chi-won

Location: 384, Sa-ri, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Inquiries: Nammyeong Research Center (+82-55-748-9147)
2day,Baegundong Valley Baegundong Valley on the skirt of the mountain in between Danseong-myeon and Sicheon-myeon, both of which belong to the district of Sancheong-gun. If the Deoksan area with Deokcheonseowon Confucian Academy in the center is where Jo Sik (pen-name: Nammyeong) studied and taught, Baegundong Valley is where he spent his leisure time in the nature.
Baegundong Valley is deep in the southwest side of Ungseokbong Peak, Jirisan Mountain in Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. The round trip to the place is about 8km. Two of the landscape characteristics are that it's deep in the mountain and has a large stream. The stream flows down to join Deokcheongang River. When you step into the valley, the first thing you'll notice is the thick grove and the thundering sound of the waterfall.
With many waterfalls, ponds, and oddly shaped rocks in one place, it's one of the most popular summer vacation spots in the country. Several words in Chinese characters are engraved into some of the rocks, reportedly by Jo Sik himself.

Location: Baegun-ri, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do