The Nature of Damyang

Bamboo therapy which is more effective than forest therapy – You can enjoy bamboo therapy only in Damyang.
Ssamok Ssamok (Slowly), follow the forest trail
Juknokwon(Bamboo Garden)

Juknokwon, located in Damyang Hyanggyo-ri, is a bamboo forest cultivated by the town of Damyang behind a village. It is about 341,981 ㎡ with various types of bamboo trees including Phyllostachys nigra var. henenis Strapf1, Genus Phyllostachys, and Phyllostachys pubescens.
The garden is especially well-known for cultivating Jukno-cha (Bamboo Tea) which grow by morning dew from bamboo leaves. The garden is also known for its beautiful names: Lucky Road, a road where love never ends, and An old Friend’s Road. Let’s walk together along the beautiful bamboo road.

Yi-nam Lee Art Center
You can see video art at the bamboo garden. Juknokwon features beautiful video art created by Yi-nam Lee, an artist from Damyang who is globally well-known for his art.

‘Jangingak’, craft center in Damyang-gun

It is the representative craft center of Damyang where people of culture provide craft experiences, exhibitions, and craft items for sale. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Damyang’s traditional crafts at the Damyang Craft Center.
Location│29, Haynggyo-gil, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, South Korea Contact. 061)383-0118

Juknokwon Poetry Model Village full of poetry reciting with the sound of the breeze
Juknokwon Poetry Model Village located at the northern part of Juknokwon is a cultural andhistorical space where visitors can feel the elegance of Korean-style houses and the culture of Damyang pavilion which is called the cradle of ‘Gasa’ literature. Visitors can enjoy the pavilion culture of Damyang, a tea manufacturing room, and Korean-style houses.

Location│378, Jukhyang Munhwa-ro, Damyang-eup Tel. 061-380-2690

Gwanbangjerim Forest, walking along 300 year-old forest paths with the fresh river breeze ● ○ Gwanbangjerim, Natural Monument No. 366, is a forest that was made along the banks of Damyangcheon stream and it is the forest that was planted by Yi-sung Sung, the officer of Damyang, to prevent frequent flooding of the Damyangcheon Stream located at the highest region of the Youngsan River in the 28th year of King Injo’s Reign (1648).
Another officer named Jong-rim Hwang repaired the embankment and created the forest in the 5th year of King Cheoljong’s Reign (1854) which became the current form of the forest.
Gwanbangjerim is comprised of about 176 large trees which are designated as protective trees and is a cultural space which is not limited to the forest path. Visitors can enjoy various exhibitions and performances at “Damyang Dambit Art Garage” located at the end of the forest path. Also, a cup of tea enables visitors to feel relaxed with the fresh breeze of the forest.

Location│75, Gaeksa 7-gil, 37, Gaeksa 7-gil, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun

An unearthly exotic boulevard, Metasequoia Road
● ○ If you enter into the town of Damyang and pass the district office or if you follow the national road, you will come across the Metasequoia Road. This lined-greenery attracts people from all across the world. It gives an ‘unearthly’ atmosphere to the visitors. As the road connects Damyang and Sunchang, it is designated as the most beautiful boulevard in Korea and the branches stretching out from trees seem to make a forest-tunnel allowing visitors to appreciate its beauty.

Location│12, Metasequoia-lined Road, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun

Damyang Riverine Wetland, the repository of river ecology
●○ Damyang Riverine Wetland is a bird breeding habitat in the upper region of the Youngsan River and it is a popular location for ecotourism for its untouched nature. Thanks to the preservation of its biodiversity, it was designated as the first‘National Wetland’ on July 8th, 2004.

Location│104-1, Eungyong-ri, Daejeon-myeon, Damyang-gun
(Damyang Riverine Wetland Trip Information) Tel. 061-381-5238

The beautiful view and nature of Damyang were used as the background
for several movies and dramas. The unique natural environment, forests
represented by the bamboo grove, and various Korean-style pavilions
show that Damyang is the place where one can shoot the unique and
typical Korean atmosphere. Thus, Damyang is known as a great place to
express Korean scenery in movies and dramas. Damyang was used as a
filming location in the following dramas and movies.

Walk the forest trail of Chuwol Mountain, Geumseong Mountain, Samin Mountain, and Byeongpung Mountain on the ridge of Honam with loved ones to enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Chuwol Mountain(Boriam) with the soul of history
● ○ Chuwolsan Mountain (731m above sea level) is one of the five famous mountains of Jeollanam-do and it is designated as one of the 100 beautiful mountains by Korea Forest Service. When viewed from Damyang-eup, the mountain is shaped like a Buddhist monk lying down and thus, it is also commonly called “Wabulsan (Buddhist monk lying mountain)”. The
mountain is popular for various naturally grown medicinal herbs which made the mountain celebrated and it is also famous for Chuwolsan orchids.

Temple of the monk lying on the mountain – Boriam, a Buddhist Temple on the cliff Boriam was established with the name of ‘Bori (Wisdom of Buddha)’ which refers to the enlightenment of Buddhism and it was said that the temple was made for meditation for monks. Boriam is also known as the temple where ‘Heungyang Yi’ died, the wife of Admiral Kim, and Deok-ryung who was the leader of the Righteous Army during the Imjin War (Japanese invasion of Korea).

Location│981, Chuwolsan-ro, Yong-myeon, Damyang-gun

Geumseonsanseong Fortress engraved with the unachieved dreams of the Donghak peasant army
● ○ Located north on the boundary between two villages (Cheonggye-ri and Paldeok-ri of Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do), Geumseongsanseong Fortress forms a roof (603m above sea level) of Damyang. The path to Cheolmabong Peak and Nojeokbong Peak, the magnificent scenery of Chuwolsan embracing Damyangho and the way from the North Gate to East Gate, boasts a wonderful view which looks like a piece of ink-and-wash painting. The fortress was named during the reign of King Taejong in Joseon Dynasty which was first seen in the record of 12 fortresses located in Jeolla-do and Gyeongsang-do in February, 1410.

Location│10, 1-gil, Geumseongsanseong, Geumseong-myeon, Damyang-gun

Geumseongsangseong Fortress and Donghak Peasant Revolution It is uncertain when exactly the fortress was built but it was assumed to be built during the Three Kingdoms Period. It was said that, in the fortress, there was a military provision storage which could store about 16,000 seom
(Korean unit to count rice and grains which equals to about 2,880,000 liters) of rice. There were also over 10 government offices, and military camps including Boguksa. However all this was burnt down during the Donghak Peasant Revolution in 1894.

Samin(Three men) Mountain shaped with 3 letters of ‘man’
● ○ Located on the southern part of Byeongpung Mountain in Subuk-myeon Damyang-gun, Samin Mountain (564m above sea level) is shaped like the letter ‘man’ in the Chinese character. According to a legend, the mountain was also called ‘Mongseong (Dream achieving) Mountain’ as it was said that King Taejo, the founder of Joseon Dynasty, had a revelation when
a wise man in his dream helped him Samin Mountain while he was praying to find a great mountain for the prosperity of the country and for his enthronement. He followed the revelation and performed ancestral rites in the mountain and was enthroned.

Byeongpung Mountain, blocking the wind like a folding screen
● ○ Byeongpung Mountain (822m above sea level) is located about 8km towards the northwest from Damyang-eup. The mountain ranges of Okryeobong Peak, Cheonjabong Peak, and Tugubong Peak stretching out from Shinseondae stand tall in their position like folding screens. A rocky cave is located beneath the mountain with a deep fountain which is called ‘Yonggu-saem’.

The mountain of virtue, Mandeok Mountain
● ○ Located 18km away from Gwangju, Mandeok Mountain (575m above sea level) refers to the mountain of virtue. According to the residents, the region was not destroyed despite a number of wars including Imjin War.
They believe that it was due to the virtue and mercy of the mountain.

Yongchu Mountain, the starting point of the long Youngsan River
● ○ Yongchu Mountain (523m above sea level) is located in Yongyeon-ri of Yong-myeon and the area about 4km surrounding the mountain is called ‘Gamagol’ which is also renowned for ‘Yongso’, the origin of the long Youngsan River. There is an interesting legend about Yongso: an officer who
was sent to a small village called Damyang decided to go sightseeing in Gamagol. But at night, an old man appeared in his dream and said, “it’s my day of ascension so do not be late”. But the officer ignored his dream and went to Gamagol for sightseeing. While he was enchanted by the magnificent view of Gamagol, the earth started to shake, and a giant yellow dragon appeared. The dragon tried to go to the heaven, but he could not ascend and fell down to the valley. The dragon was killed and even the officer fainted and could not wake up again.

Wolbong Mountain that follows the wavy mountain range
● ○ Wolbong mountain was named after its location where the moon shines brightly. The mountain is shaped like a crawling centipede and therefore, it is called as ‘Jine Hyeol’, a famous mountain of Changpyeong.

Wonrim (gardens) in Korea were spaces for literature and culture, and was the venue for public discussions on regional problems and public opinions.
Gardens were a place of rest, socialization and self-development as well as sites of history concerning great men and their. Finally gardens were spaces for arts appreciation where people talked about their dreams to live harmoniously in nature.

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