Donguibogam Village in Sancheong Gyeonghogang Rafting Daewonsa Temple
Sancheong has recently become popular as a great place to experience oriental medicinal herbs. It's the village where the two most respected doctors in the history of Korea practiced medicine centuries ago. The Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival is held in May every year, providing impetus to the growth of the oriental medicine industry. The World Traditional Medicine EXPO 2013 will be held here, too. Gyeonghogang River with clean water and rapid current makes a popular rafting destination. Daewonsa Temple, which is on the skirt of Jirisan Mountain, was built in 548 by a Buddhist monk named Yeongi. The temple offers a templestay program for people to get an opportunity to experience Buddhist culture in a natural environment.
  • How to get to Sancheong?
  • * Intercity Bus:
  • Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal→ Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal
  • No. of Departures:
    Seven times daily at 08:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:40, 16:30, 17:30, 23:00
    KRW 16,700 during the day, KRW 18,400 at night (approx. 3 hr 10 min ride)
  • Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal→ Saengcho Bus Stop
  • No. of Departures: Four times daily at 09:00, 24:00, 14:30, 18:30
    Fare: KRW 16,300
  • Dongseoul Bus Terminal→ Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal
  • No. of Departures: 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,Experience Oriental Medicine
in Donguibogam Village, Sancheong
Sancheong is famous for 'Donguibogam,' the encyclopedic bible of medical knowledge and treatment technique compiled in Korea in 1613. The town is widely recognized as the place where Yu Ui-tae and his apprentice Heo Jun – the two most respected doctors in the history of Korea – practiced medicine. They made significant contributions to the development of Korean oriental medicine by using the medicinal herbs growing naturally in Jirisan Mountain. Of note, Heo Jun is the one who compiled the ‘Donguibogam’.
Donguibogam Village is probably the best place to experience the unique oriental medicine. The place recently gained international recognition as the venue for the World Traditional Medicine EXPO in September, 2013. The exposition is an international event organized to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Donguibogam and its listing in the UNESCO Memory of the World. The organizers expect to have over 1.7 million tourists from more than 30 countries.
For this reason, Donguibogam Village is buzzing with activities. The Sancheong Oriental Medicine Museum is already open and receiving visitors as the main stage of the exposition, and the 'Gi (or Life Energy) Center' is currently under construction. The walking trails around the Oriental Medicine Recreational Forest, Donguibonga, and Donguibogam Dulle-gil are nearly complete, and most of the area is open to visitors.
  • Travel Tip
  • Museum of Oriental Medicine
  • With numerous exhibition halls on two stories and a basement, the museum has an area of 2,446 square meters. The first floor, or the Traditional Medicine Exhibition Hall, is dedicated to the history and development of Oriental medicine as well as traditional therapies and benefits of oriental medicine. It also displays a reproduction of an old Oriental medicine clinic and treatments. The Medicinal Herbs Exhibition Hall on the second floor introduces the types and efficacy of the medicinal herbs growing naturally in Korea. The 3D Video Room is also worth a visit, because it shows videos on Heo Jun with Sancheong-gun as the backdrop.
    Location: 1300-25, Teuk-ri, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Opening Hours: 09:00~18:00 (Tue~Sun). Closed on Mondays and holidays.
    Admission Fee: KRW 2,000 for adults, KRW 1500 for students and KRW 1,000 for children.
    Inquiries: +82-55-970-6461
  • Donguibogam Dulle-gi
  • The Gi (or Life Energy) Center of Donguibogam Village is widely-known for the presence of 'strong energy'. The energy is concentrated at the Turtle Rock weighing about 140 tons and the cliff engraved with sutra and phoenix. They say anyone can actually feel the energy at the place. It's located at the end of the 'Acupressure Road' that starts from the Sancheong Oriental Medicine Museum.
  • Gi (or Life Energy) Center of Donguibogam Village
  • The trekking trail encircling Donguibogam Village connects with the Heo Jun Pilgrimage Trail, Donguibogam Dulle-gil, and Jirisan Dulle-gil. On the trail, you'll see many sculptures of human organs and medicinal herb gardens. Many visitors say they actually feel healthier just by walking on the trail. The Heo Jun Pilgrimage Trail is about a 2.5km stretch of walking trail from the valley behind the 'Gi Center' and the foot of the mountain. On the trail, you'll see many different types of herbs growing in the area. The Donguibogam Dulle-gil refers to a quiet mountain trail around Wangsan Mountain, Palbongsan Mountain, and Donguibogam Village. It's about 21km long. It connects to Jirisan Dulle-gil, which means you'll have more hiking options.
  • How to get there: From Sancheong Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Yurim, and get off in front of Bondiol Oriental Medicine Clinic in Donguibogam Village. It's about a 30-minute ride.
1day,Gyeonghogang River Rafting in SancheongGyeonghogang River in Sancheong is popular as a rafting destination. Its shallow water and fast current make it a great place to raft. The rafting starts from either Gyeonghogyo Bridge or Josan Park in the upper reaches of Gyeonghogang River. At first, row slowly and focus on familiarizing yourself with the water current. The surrounding scenery is great too, so don't forget to enjoy the view while rowing. After passing by Josan Park, embrace yourself for the rapid current. After that, you'll be passing through Dubuso Pond in the shape of a block of tofu and the mandarin fish habitat before being confronted with yet another rapid current. You may choose to get off at Jasin Village, which is one of the places in the area where you can get on or off the boat. After Jamsugyo Brige, you'll experience a rapid current three more times for added thrill. The rafting ends at Honghwawon. During the rafting trip, you'll get to take a short break in the valley or beach. By turning the boat upside down, you can use it as a water slide as well. The rafting course can change depending on the water level of Gyeonghogang River.
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  • Gyeonghogang River Rafting Course
  • Rafting Camp -> Naerigyo Brige -> Dubuso Pond (Turtle Rock) -> Hanbat -> Jutebagu -> Dragon Pond -> Jasin Rapid Current -> Huindeongibawi Rock -> Eocheongyo Bridge -> Gyeonghogyo Bridge No. 5 -> Rafting Camp
  • Rafting Equipment
  • Before going on a rafting trip, you'll need a raft (boat), paddles (oars), life jacket (vest), helmet, suit, and ropes. Typically, a raft made of PVC is large enough for 8~15 passengers. As for choosing a helmet, you're recommended to wear a helmet specifically designed for rafting that covers your ears. Most of the equipment is provided for free of charge by the raft rental shop, so you don't have to bring your own.
  • Raft Rental Shops
  • Visit the website of Sancheong Culture & Tourism ( There are more than 20 raft rental shops listed on the website. Such shops include Sancheong Rafting (+82-55-974-0088), Rafting Camp (+82-55-972-1315), and K Rafting (+82-55-974-0800).
1day,Experience Buddhist Culture at Daewonsa Temple Daewonsa Temple in Sancheong was built in 548 by a Buddhist monk named Yeongi. One of the most precious things in this old temple is the 'multi-storied stone pagoda'. It's near the building called 'Sarijeon' where female Buddhist monks trained and meditated. The stone pagoda is listed as Treasure No.1112. One of the unique features of the pagoda is that it's consisted of eight tiers over a double stone foundation. It can be mistaken as an iron pagoda because the clay has high iron content. Daewonsa Temple is also famous for its templestay program. Staying at the temple for a couple of days is perhaps the best way to experience the Buddhist culture in a clean natural environment, while also finding inner peace by spending the day like an ascetic. In the program, you'll wake up to the sound of a Buddhist bell, have a breakfast, and then meditate in a quiet room. You'll also get a chance to take a leisurely stroll in the quiet forest. Past the One Pillar Gate of the temple, you'll see a valley to the right. A clear stream flows down the river along a large flat rock to add to the already beautiful scenery. Daewonsa Valley is one of the most popular valleys of Jirisan Mountain for its thick grove and shade.
  • Travel Tip
  • Daewonsa Temple offers two different types of templestay programs: One focused more on experiencing the culture and religion, and the other aimed at relaxation. You can apply to partake in the experience program in a group of ten or more people. You can also apply for a weekday program and stay at the temple for two days and one night. All you need to bring is a couple sets of clothes suitable for the season and toiletries. You're recommended to bring T-shirts in the summer, warm jacket in the winter, and long sleeve and/or light jacket in the spring and fall. Shorts above the knees are not allowed.
    Location: 453, Yupyeong-ro, Pyeongchon, Samjang-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Inquiries: +82-55-974-1112