Sangnim Forest Jianjae Pass Odojae Pass First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain Byeoksongsa Temple & Seoamjeongsa Temple
Hamyang, a Village on the Way to Jirisan Mountain
Local Road No. 1023 from Hamyang to Jianjae Pass, Odojae Pass, and the First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain is widely accepted as one of the most beautiful roads in Korea. Jianjae Pass in particular is famous for its curves. It commands a beautiful view of the area of Hamyang, and for this reason, it's one of the most popular photo spots among amateur and professional photographers. In the past, the pass served as a trade route for merchants. Once you cross Jianjae Pass, you'll reach Odojae Pass, the gateway to Jirisan Mountain. It's widely known among Koreans as the place where the story of Byeon Gang-soe and Ongnyeo took place. After passing through the first gateway to Jirisan Mountain and reaching Jomang Park, you'll have a panoramic view of some of the main peaks of the mountain such as Banyabong and Cheonwangbong.
  • How to get to Hamyang?
  • Seoul Nambu Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours) First Bus: 07:30.   Last Bus: 16:10
    No. of Departures: 4 times daily at 07:30, 09:00, 15:00, 16:10
    Bus Fare: KRW 17,200
  • Dongseoul Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Hours) First Bus: 12:00.   Last Bus: 14:30. Once a day.
    Bus Fare: KRW 17,200
  • * By Car: Take the Olympic Expressway to Hamyang IC.
1day,Sangnim Forest in Hamyang Sangnim Forest in Hamyang is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction and the most important landmark of Hamyang. One of the reasons for this is that most people think of the place as the center of Hamyang when they arrive at, or departing from the district. Actually located right in the middle of Hamyang-eup, it's very easy to get there too. The place offers various accommodations for visitors, so it's a must visit place in the area. The place is beautiful and throughout the seasons, with unique seasonal characteristics.

With the green ecosystem intact, the forest provides an excellent resting place for those passing through Hamyang. It's a man-made forest created by a person named Choe Chi-won from Silla Dynasty. Prior to the Japanese Occupation of Korea, the district had an area of about 40 acres, but it was reduced to 22 acres when the Japanese had a sports field built in the middle of the downtown area. The forest stretches about 2km. There are lots to see in the forest, such as Hamhwaru Pavilion, Saunjeong Pavilion as well as the Monument for Choe Chi-won and Stone Buddha in Ieun-ri.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: 349-1, Ullim-ri, Hamyang-eup, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Inquiries: +82-55-973-1615
1day,Jianjae PassTo get to Jirisan Mountain from Hamyang, you must go over Jianjae Pass and Odojae Pass, in the respective order. For many years, people thought Jianjae is part of Odojae, but it's not. Local Road No. 1023 that winds through Jianjae, Odojae, and then the First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain was named 'One of the 100 Most Beautiful Roads in Korea'. The pass is a curvy road over the hill stretching only about 1.2km, but people from all over the country come to this place to see the scenery of the place. It's best seen from the vantage point at the top of the hill. It's short, but there
are six and half beautiful curves in total. The night view created by headlights of the cars passing through is particularly beautiful. You're recommended to bring a tripod if you want to take a photo of the night view on Jianjae. Leave the camera shutter open and adjust the exposure time as long as the light trails you wish to shoot. Adjust the diaphragm to about f11 at a low speed if possible. It's because the lower the speed, the better the image quality.
1day,Odojae Pass You will be confronted with Odojae Pass right after Jianjae Pass. In the past, the pass served as an important trade route for merchants from the inland and the south coast. The trade items were mostly salt and seafood. Up until 1888, they had a control center in Jodong Village just under Odojae Pass to monitor the people, horses, and trade goods passing through the area. The trade volume must have been considerable.

The pass was named Odojae, which means 'attained enlightenment' in Korean. It was named as such because it is said that a Buddhist monk attained enlightenment while passing through this place.

It's such a beautiful place that many writers and poets used it as the backdrop of their novels and poems. In the old Korean story titled 'Garujigijeon', this is where Byeon Gang-soe and Ongnyeo, the main characters of the story, settled down after wandering around the nation. During the Joseon Dynasty, a number of famous poets took a break and wrote beautiful poems at this very place.
1day,The First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain Upon reaching the top of Odojae Pass, you'll see the First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain. Originally, there used to be the First Gateway and Second Gateway to Jirisan Mountain, but they were burnt down during the Korean War, leaving only the stone gate. So the current First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain was built at the top of Odojae based on the historical records in November 2006. If you come down a little from the First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain, you'll see the totem poles mentioned in the story of Byeon Gang-soe and Ongnyeo. It can be embarrassing to see them up close because of their appearance and shape to some, while they can be interesting to others. After passing through the First Gateway to Jirisan Mountain and reaching Jomang Park, you'll have a panoramic view of some of the main peaks of the mountain such as Banyabong, Hyeongjebong, Yeongsinbong, and Cheonwangbong.
Byeoksongsa Temple & Seoamjeongsa Temple
Byeoksongsa Temple at the entrance to Chilseon Valley is an old temple founded by a Buddhist monk named Byeoksong during the Joseon Dynasty. It's also famous for being the temple where two of the most respected monks in Korea named Seosan and Samyeong attained their enlightenment. Actually, this temple is not the original one. It was completely burnt down during the Korean War when the communist partisans occupied this place. They used this place as their hospital. Two of the most popular tourist attractions of the temple are the wooden totem pole and three-story stone pagoda. The pagoda is listed as the National Treasure No. 474.

Only about 600m from Byeoksongsa Temple, there is a mysterious temple called Seoamjeongsa. Because the place uses the same parking lot as Byeoksongsa Temple, many visitors mistake it as an ordinary hermitage with not much to see, but there are more to see at Seoamjeongsa Temple than Byeoksongsa Temple. It's a very unique temple in that it's almost entirely made of stones and rocks. Once you step into the main gate called 'Daebanggwangmun', you'll see all kinds of stones and rocks in front of you. The Four Heavenly Kings carved on the rock in front of the gate will most likely be the first thing that will catch your attention. Geungnankjeon Hall is very unique as well, since it's inside a rock cave.
  • Travel Tip
  • Location: San 18-7, Chuseong-ri, Macheon-myeon, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do