Namwon Gwanghalluwon Garden Guryong Valley Guryong Falls Herb Village Baraebong Peak Bijeon Village Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music
Namwon is a bustling city from the end of April to the middle of May. It's because of the festivals held during the time of the year. Starting from the Chunhyang Festival, the Royal Azalea Festival is held for one month in Unbong, followed by the Spring Festival in the Herb Village. Namwon is a city of festivities throughout the year, but it's particularly so in the spring. The tour of Namwon always starts from Gwanghalluwon Garden. It's where the main event of Chunhyang Festival takes place, and it's also within a walking distance of Chunhyang Theme Park just across the river. Chueotang Alley, which has long been established as a landmark destination, is also right next to it. The alley with many restaurants specializing in mudfish soup is on the other side of the road from Gwanghallu Pavilion. Condos, hotels, and motels are on the opposite side of Gwanghallu Pavilion, along Yocheon Stream. All in all, Namwon is the right place to start your tour of Jirisan Mountain, not to mention the story of Chunhyang. If you want to go to Jucheon, cross Yocheon River from Gwanghallu Pavilion, turn left, and go straight up. Just as you're out of the downtown area, you'll pass by Hyosan Condo that's now out of business and then see a sign leading to Yongdamsa Temple. It's worth a visit. The temple buildings are quite ordinary, but the seven-story stone pagodas on either side of the temple grounds and the standing Buddha statue are treasures made during the Baekje Period. The statue stands nearly four meters high.
1day,Guryong Falls After passing by Yongdamsa Temple, you'll see Namwon Suite Hotel to your left and then Jucheon Samgeori right after that. Turn left at the sign saying Jirisan National Park, and you have reached Jucheon, the starting point of the First Section of Jirisan Dulle-gil. After the Dulle-gil Sign, you'll see another three-way intersection. Turn right and you'll soon find yourself at the foot of Jirisan Mountain. Go past the Jirisan Information Center, and you'll see Yungmojeong Pavilion. You must stop here if you want to take a look around Guryong Valley. Right below Yungmojeong Pavilion is a large rock and deep pond. This is where you can enjoy two of the Nine Scenic Views of Guryong Valley. The rock cliff on the opposite side is inscribed with the word 'Yongho Seongmun', and Yonghojeong Pavilion where scholars used to drink and write poetry is right above it. In front of the pavilion, there are the Tomb of Chunhyang and Yonghoseowon Confucian Academy side by side. The trail leading to Guryong Valley is on the left side of the bridge over Yonghoseowon. Guryong Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Jirisan Mountain, and it's also easy to climb to the place. The shape and location are similar to that of Jujeongol Valley in Seoraksan Mountain. Guryong Falls are at the end of Guryong Valley. It takes about an hour and half on foot. If you're traveling in group, it would also be a good idea to have someone to go to Guryong Falls Parking Lot while the rest go up the trail. If you don't have the time to look around the valley, take the circular road and turn left right after Gogi-ri. It will take you directly to Guryong Falls. There, you can park your car in front of the waterfall, and climb the steep wooden stairs to the falls. The falls are a little more 50m high and the surrounding forest is a great view in itself. If you're planning to visit Namwon and the foot of Jirisan Mountain, Guryong Falls are a must see tourist attraction.
  • Recommended Restaurants
  • If you began the morning in Namwon, it should be around lunch time by now. Gogi-ri situated on the way to Guryong Falls is a popular town of restaurants in Namwon. Among the many restaurants, Eden Restaurant is the most popular one among tourists. It specializes in a set meal with rice and mountain vegetables harvest from Jirisan Mountain. They serve more than doze different types of seasoned vegetables, as well as hot soybean paste stew and rice tea. The price of this meal is only KRW 7,000. It's good food at a low price.
    Eden Restaurant: +82-63-626-1633
1day,Unbong-Chunhyang Herb Village From Guryong Falls, you may go towards Gogi-ri or choose to go past Guryongsa Temple and get on Dulle-gil Road. The two roads meet in front of Nochi Village and lead to Unbong. Unbong used to be bigger city than Namwon. Located right in between Hamyang, Jangsu, Imsil, and Namwon, just about every merchant from these areas came to this place before heading toward Jeonju or Hanyang (former name for Seoul). At one time, the richest man in the whole of Jeolla-do lived in Unbong. If you came to Unbong from Namwon, you'll see a mountain standing behind the village like a folding screen. It's Baraebong Peak of Jirisan Mountain. The mountain turns red in the spring to create a spectacular view. Go towards the foot of the mountain towards Baraebong Peak, and you'll see the Herb Valley on the other side of a large parking lot there.
It used be a grassland for raising goats and cows, until the City of Namwon decided to turn it into a herb valley. It's the largest herb garden in the country. Soon after the Herb Valley was created, the local people started planting herbs, and now the entire village is planting herbs and selling herb products. The Herb Valley is located in Yongsan-ri, which is often called the 'Chunhyang Herb Valley' among the locals. The entire village smells like herb, and most visitors find it very pleasing. In the village, you'll get a chance to make and try herb tea, herb soap, and aroma candles. You can also try foot bathing in hot water with herbs. From the end of April and the middle of May every year, the Herb Festival is held there right after the Baraebong Royal Azalea Festival.
1day,Baraebong Royal Azalea The walking trail up the hill behind the Herb Village will lead you to Baraebong Peak. The place is most popular for royal azalea. It used to be the main sheep farm and research center of Jeollabuk-do. It naturally became a large royal azalea garden because the sheep ate all the other plants, leaving only the royal azalea which is poisonous to them. The royal azalea flowers in the area are in full bloom for about a month. Those in the lower part of the farm start blooming first at the end of April, followed by the ones at the top, which are in full bloom in the middle of May. The best royal azalea path is the one between Baraebong Peak and Pallangchi Pass. The colors are more vivid and beautiful when compared to other trails. The trip from the Herb Valley to the top of Baraebong Peak takes a little more than two hours. However, the trail is wide enough for a car to pass through all the way up to the top, and it's relatively easy to get to the top of the peak.
  • Location: Yongsan-ri, Unbong-eup, Namwon, Jeoallbuk-do
    How to get there: From Jirisan Bus Terminal in Inwol-myeon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do, go towards Unbong-eup and turn left towards Baraebong Royal Azalea Field. The distance is only about 9km.
    Inquiries: +82-63-625-8911
2day,Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music After visiting Baraebong Peak and the Herb Village, go to the Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music. You can take the Dulle-gil from Seorim Park in downtown Unbong. After getting out of Unbong-eup and crossing Imcheon, you'll see the Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music at the foot of the mountain on the opposite side. Right below it, there is Bijeon Village, the birthplace of the most renowned musicians Song Heung-rok and Park Cho-wol. There is also the war monument of the founder of the Joseon Dynasty Yi Seong-gye, hence the name of the village 'Bijeon', which means monument or tombstone in Korean. Despite its appearance, it's regarded as the mecca of Korean classical music. It's mainly because it's the birthplace of dongpyeonje, a genre of pansori popular on the east side of Seomjingang River. This is also the birthplace of Song Heung-rok, the creator of dongpyeonje and the 'King of Pansori', a title given only to him. He mastered his voice at Guryong Falls. He also practiced on every rainy night until dawn in Ajangteo for three years to mimic the sound of the lamentation of the spirit. It is said that at the end, he eventually succeeded in voicing the sound of a lamenting spirit after being possessed by a spirit. In the memory of the great master, the people created the Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music on the hill behind the village. It's called as such not only because there are memorial tablets and graveyards of the great musicians, but also the Korean Classical Music Research Center, performance hall, and experience rooms for those interested in learning Korean classical music. It would be worth a visit even if you are not familiar with Korean classical music.