Nongwoljeong Pavilion
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  • Address: 3, Wollim-ri, Anui-myeon, Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
  • Tel: +82-55-960-5555
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  • Admission Fees: Free
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Among the three districts in the region, Hwarim-dong is perhaps the most beautiful place of them all when it comes to the beauty of the nature. The small district of Hwarim-dong is located about 4km along the National Road No. 26 that leads to Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do from Anui. It’s a tiny village snugly nestled alongside a winding river. In the village, there is a popular tourist site called Nongwoljeong Pavilion. Nestled on the side of Namdeogyusan Mountain where the river originates, the whole of the village of Hwarim-dong is nothing short of a beautiful backdrop. The place is particularly well-known for its ‘Eight Ponds and Eight Pavilions’. So for many years, Hwarim-dong has been commonly regarded as the treasure house of pavilions. And Nongwoljeong is one of them. Historical records show that it was built during the reign of King Seonjo of the Joseon Dynasty by a high ranking government official named Park Myeong-bu after his retirement from the post.

The word “nongwol” means “to mock the moon” in Korean. It is said that the pavilion was named as such because of the beautiful moonlight reflections on the flowing river. There is an outcrop of rock in front of the pavilion. Named the "Moon Rock”, the rocks has an area of around 3,300 square meters.

The pavilion measures 3 kan (the unit of distance between two columns) at the front and 2 kan at the sides and has a small room at the center on the back as a windbreak. All the sections are under a gable roof with four protruding corners, each supported by a cylindrical wooden column. Sadly, the building was destroyed by a possible arson in 2003, and the refined shape of the original pavilion can’t be appreciated today.

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