Sim Cheong Village in Gokseong
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  • Address: 274, Songjeong-ri, Ogok-myeon, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Tel: +82-61-363-9910
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  • Admission Fees: Free
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The ‘Story of Sim Cheong’, is originated from a story about Gwaneumsa Temple. The original story took place in an old town called Gokseong, around 1700 years ago. A maiden whose father was a blind man was sent to China and married the emperor. But being such a good daughter, she made a statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, or the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and sent it to her father. The story has it that her father regained his vision by crying so much after marrying his daughter off, and the tears cleared his eyes.

The story was introduced in a KBS history program called 'History Tracking: The Sea Route of Sim Cheong’. The story has that the district of Gokseong-gun is the birthplace of Sim Cheong and the background of the original story.

According to the KBS history program, Gokseong was an iron mine town around A.D. 300. Iron was a very important commodity in the ancient civilization. So it was natural for Chinese merchant ships come to this area on Seomjingang River to buy iron. And it was likely that the filial daughter from Gokseong went to the Putuo Island near the Yangtze River and became the empress.

The story made Gokseong the town of Sim Cheong, and the district formed a little town of traditional Korean houses with the aim to promote filial piety, which is one of the highlighted aspects of the Korean culture.

Not many people know about the story or this town, so it’s still a quiet place without many tourists. But there are some statues and sculptures here and there, depicting the story of Sim Cheong. It's recommended as a place for educational tour for families with children.

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