Sangnim Gaepyeong Village Lodging Hwarimdong Valley
Hamyang is a town famous for its nature and liberal arts. For centuries, the scholars from Hamyang have been well-known for their dignity and pride. As a proof, there are a number of historic houses and pavilions all over Hamyang. Among them, the most famous is perhaps that of Jeong Yeo-chang (pen-name: Ildu), the leading figure in Neo-Confucianism. Another must-go is the Sangnim Forest and Hwarimdong Valley where scholars used to write poetry and play in the old days.
  • How to get to Hamyang?
  • Seoul Nambu Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Departure Time: 4 times daily at 07:30, 09:00, 15:00, 16:10
    Fare: KRW 17,200
  • Dongseoul Terminal→ Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal
  • Departure Time: First Bus: 07:00.   Last Bus: 24:00
    Fare: KRW 17,200 (KRW 19,000 for the last bus)

    Inquiries: Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal +82-55-963-3281
1day,Sangnim Forest The forest is located in the middle of downtown Hamyang. It's only about a 10-minute walk from the bus terminal. It's very rare to see such a lush forest in the middle of a city. With the green ecosystem intact, the forest provides an excellent resting place for those visiting Hamyang. There are literally tunnels of oak trees, making it a cozy forest where one can relax in the shade.

It's a man-made forest created by a person named Choe Chi-won from the Silla Dynasty. He created this forest to prevent flood after he was appointed as the governor of Hamyang. It was originally called 'Daegwallim', however, as years passed, some portions were collapsed, and people built houses there while others cultivated the land. This caused the forest to be divided into two. Many years later, as the city grew, the lower section of the forest disappeared and only the upper section remains today. The forest is now called Sangnim in Korean. The forest stretches about 2km. There are lots to see in the forest, such as Hamhwaru, Saunjeong, and Choseonjeong pavilions as well as the Memorial Stone for Choe Chi-won and Stone Buddha in Ieun-ri.
  • Recommended Restaurants
  • Neulbom Garden-Set Meal with Five Grains
  • Located on the opposite side of Hamyang Girls' Middle School, Neulbom Garden is famous for its set meal with five grains (rice, millet, Indian millet, red beans, peas) steamed with rice and a number of side dishes. So if you order a set meal, you'll get to taste a bowl of five grains rice, boiled pork slices, grilled fish, and other side dishes. The steamed meat served with rice is very tender. Also comes with a bowl of soybean paste soup.

    Neulbom Garden: 946-3, Gyosan-ri, Hamyang-eup, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do.
    Tel: +82-55-963-7722
    Popular Menu: Set meal with five grains - KRW 8,000 (standard) KRW 10,000 (special)
1day,Gaepyeong VillageGaepyeong Village in Jigok-myeon, Hamyang-gun is a town of scholars with old traditional houses that are over 500 years old. There is an old saying: 'Andong on the left and Hamyang on the right'. Here, the town in Hamyang refers to Gaepyeong Village. It's particularly because the village has been home to many Confucian scholars Including Jeong Yeo-chang (pen-name: Ildu), who was one of the five leaders of Neo-Confucianism during the Joseon Dynasty. The village was named 'Gaepyeong' because the stream and village look like the Chinese character '介'. If you follow up the stream from the entrance to the village, you'll see an array of Korean traditional houses along the way. Once there, you'll soon find that it's a quiet little town with old traditional houses. The low fences made of dirt and stones are quite a sight to behold too, along with the beautiful houses with antique tiles. Today in Gaepyeong Village, there are old houses that belonged to Jeong Yeo-chang (pen-name: Ildu), the Odam House, Head House of the No Clan, the House of No Champan, and the House of the Jeong Clan. The House of Jeong Yeo-chang is the most well-known of them all. It's partly because it was a film location for the popular TV drama Toji, in which the house belonged to Choe Champan, just as in the novel on which the drama was based on. In terms of preservation and size, it's perhaps the best old traditional house to see and appreciate. After hundreds of years, it still has most of the structures and sections intact, including sarangchae (outer quarters), anchae (inner quaters), gaeksa (guest room), gokgan (storage shed), and sadang (ancestral shrine). According to Jeong Cheon-sang, the 16th decendant of Jeong Ye-chang, there used to be a stable for 200 horses at one time. He explains that's why there are flat stones all over the yard. On the side, there are stone horse blocks for mounting and dismounting. At the main entrance, there is a red gate called hongsalmun that tells people it's an official residence and a number of wooden boards hanging called 'chunghyo jeongnyeo'. Such title was given to patriots who were known for their loyalty and filial piety. There are five of them in total at the gate.
  • Travel Tip
  • Solsongju (Pine Wine) Tasting
  • Solsongju is a home-brewed wine for which the recipe has been passed down for 500 years. Made of glutinous rice, pine needles, and spring pine sprouts, the wine is characterized by its smooth, savory flavor. The secret recipe has been passed down to Park Heung-seon, the first daughter-in-law of the Jeong clan. She was designated as Gyeongsangnam-do Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 35 last year. In front of the old house of Jeong Yeo-chang, there is the Solsongju Cultural Center where you can learn the history of the wine, see how the wine is made, and also taste the wine.
2day,Hanok Lodging <Jeongilpum Myeonga>
The hanok, or Korean traditional houses, at the Jeongilpum Myeonga are probably the best example of how they should look and feel, especially because they have been there for around 500 years and are still well preserved. Hakseondang in particular is known as one of the most auspicious sites in the Korean Peninsula in terms of feng shui. According to feng shui experts, bad energy flowing into the place evaporates while the incoming flux of good energy amplifies. In addition to the hanok and feng shui, the place is also very well-known for traditional food made with traditional recipes. One of the local specialties is cheonggukjang, or "rich soybean paste stew". It comes in powder, small beads, and with seasoning, and is available for purchase through the internet. There is also a sauna house heated by hardwood charcoal.
Address: 234-5 Gaepyeong-ri, Jigok-myeon, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: To get there from Gaepyeong Village, turn right in front of the Jigok-myeon Office and follow the sign to Jeongilpum Farm for about 300 meters.
Room Rate: Hakseondang : KRW 70,000 for a room (16.5m²) / KRW 270,000 for a separate house (50m²).
* Rates may vary according to season and room type. Please make sure to check the exact rate in advance. The room rate listed above is subject to change.
Inquiries: +82-1577-8958
  • Travel Tip
  • How to get to Gaepyeong Village?
  • From the Hamyang Jirisan Express Bus located on Goun-ro behind Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Anui and get off at Gaepyeong Village after about 15 minutes. The bus departs every 30 minutes.
    Inquiries: +82-55-963-3745
2day,Hwarimdong Valley One of the Eight Scenic Views of Hamyang, Hwarimdong Valley is a great place to 'feel' the culture of Korean wooden pavilions. At 1,507 meters above sea level, it's where you can see oddly shaped rocks along a stream. Together, they create beautiful scenery. The stream, rocks, and large ponds make it a very popular summer resort provided by the nature. The pavilions named Donghojeong, Gunjajeong, and Geoyeonjeong show well how Korean scholars used to spend their time there drinking and writing poetry in the olden days. Donghojeong is a two-story pavilion surrounded by pine trees. Some of the unique features of the wooden structure are that its support columns look as though they're made of the whole trunk of a tree, while the staircase is made by carving out a log. By contrast, Gunjajeong is what one might call a classic example of a traditional wooden pavilion, without any outstanding features. Geoyeonjeong Pavilion boasts a picturesque scenery as it's in perfect harmony with the valley and the rocks. The site marks the beginning of a trail that shows how the learned society of Joseon Dynasty used to live. It's a walking trail perfect for taking a walk in the forest while looking at the wooden pavilions where Joseon scholars used to spend their time together. The trail stretches for a total of 6.2km from Yeonggwijeong to Donghojeong, and then from Lamcheonjeong to Nongwoljeong.
  • How to get to Hwarimdong Village?
  • From the Hamyang Jirisan Express Bus located on Goun-ro behind Hamyang Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Anui Seodang and get off at Hwarimdong Valley after about 40 minutes. However, it would be a good idea to ask the bus driver when you should get off the bus.
    Inquiries: +82-55-963-3745