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Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of Gwangju Mudeungsan Mountain on Korean Paintings and Homeland of Bamboo Forest, Damyang
Mudeungsan Mt. National Park surrounding Gwangju today is a friendly spot for Gwangju citizens, and it has been a resting place for historical writers and artists. At Uijae Museum located in the mountains, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Mudeungsan Mt seen in Korean paintings, and beautiful scenery of Jeolla-Namdo. Let's move on to Damyang, neighborhood of Gwangju, where its other name ‘Jukhyang’ is called for the reason of its famous bamboo producing district. Walk on the largest bamboo garden in Korea Juknokwon and first private garden of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Soswaewon. Taste the freshly cooked rice in bamboo pipes called daetongbap which will cover your body with the scent of bamboo trees.

*Travel Route
Day 1: Seoul – Uijae Museum of Korean Art – Soswaewon – BENIKEA Hotel Art Hall
Day 2: Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) - Korea Bamboo Museum – Seoul
Uijae Museum of Korean Art

"의재미술관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Uijae Museum of Korean Art?

"의재미술관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Uijae Museum of Korean Art. It is located at .

"의재미술관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Uijae Museum of Korean Art?

"의재미술관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Uijae Museum of Korean Art. It is located at .

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The glass walls of the museum lobby where you can see the scenery of Mudeungsan every season 

The Beautiful Scenery of Korean Paintings Stored in the Architecture of Uijae Museum of Korean Art
 

Leaving over tens of thousands of paintings, Uijae Heobaeklyen (1891-1977) a Korea literary artist had engaged all his activities at Mudeungsan Mt. Uijae lived in the Mudeungsan Valley for 30 years after deserting the life in the cities, painting the beautiful landscapes of Jeollanam-do. He has also established an Agricultural Technology High School, and created tea plantation in Mudeungsan to pass on the tradition of tea culture to Koreans thinking about Mudeungsan even until the last moment of his life.

 

There are still traces of the Uijae everywhere at Mudeungsan. You can see the exhibited works of Uijae after walking the mountain trails for about 20 minutes in the direction of Jeungsimsa Temple. The trail to the art museum seem as though like an entrance to another world, and may impose a mysterious impression. The exposed concrete, glass walls, and wooden materials of the museum building seem modern and yet harmonious with the surrounding landscape. The lobby's glass wall look as though looking at one of Uijae’ painting capturing the unfiltered landscape of Mudeungsan beyond the window. 

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Outer view of Uijae Museum of Korean Art, located at Mudeungsan Mt. trails

The second exhibition hall of the museum.

'Munhyangjun,'a tea shop serving chunseol tea and bread

Graveyard of Uijae with tombstones and mounds 

Inside the museum Uijae’s works are displayed at Uijae Exhibition Hall and special exhibition hall, Exhibition Hall 1 and 2. Also there is a seminar room, a souvenir shop, and a tea culture class ‘Samaeheon’ in the outbuilding. In the special exhibition halls, it showcase mainly of Uijae’s works and the works of Honam region’s Korean painters by different subjects. At the Uijae Exhibition Hall, there are Uijae’s painting tools and painted large folding screens. Inside the building natural light comes through the windows, giving a nice faint lighting to appreciate the works of the exhibited ink paintings.

 

Let's enjoy a cup of tea in 'Munhyangjung’ a tea shop located across from the museum. There you can taste the ‘chunseol’ tea and ‘chunseol’ bread made from the tea leaves of Samae Dawon, a tea field created by Uijae. Above Munhyangjung lie the grave and monument of Uijae, and the Uijae’s workroom 'Chunseolheon.' Uijae shared many friendships with several writers at Chunseolheon, among which the Romanian writer Constantin Gheorghiu known for his novel <25 hours> had also taken a visit.   

 

Tip. Uijae Museum of Korean Art Visitor Information

How to get there: Take bus 09 and 35 at Hakdong. Jeungsimsa Entrance Station Exit 1 and walk 20mins after getting off.

Address: 155, Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju

Hours: Summer  9:30 to 17:30 / Winter 9:30 to 17:00

* Admission 30 minutes before closing time

* Monday, January 1st, holidays closed

Admission fee: 2,000 won

Web page: www.ujam.org

 

A Bowl of Healthy Mudeungsan Barley Rice


Below Mudeungsan, there are lots of restaurants that serve barley rice mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs. Even on the way to Jeungsimsa Temple there are several of these restaurants, and among them ‘Danji Restaurant’ serves variety of tasty kimchi dishes with barley rice that has won a grand prize at Gwangju Kimchi Festival. The restaurant serves barley rice in a buffet style in which you can add any ingredients provided as well as side dishes such as raw vegetables, simmered saury, acorn pudding, salad, and etc. At here you can see people come down after hiking and gathering around to enjoy a bowl of barley rice along with rice wine. During hot summer days, baeksuk with abalone and octopus is a popular menu here.

 

Price: Dakbaeksuk(Chicken Stew)with Abalone 60,000 won, Spicy Dak Bokkeum (Braised Chicken) 25,000 won, Grilled Pork on Briquette 12,000 won, Barley Rice Buffet 7,000 won

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Bibimbap of barley rice mixed with variety of wild herbs and vegetables
Kimchi from 'Daji Restaurant' which won the grand prize at Gwangju Kimchi Festival 

 

Soswaewon

"소쇄원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soswaewon?

"소쇄원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Soswaewon. It is located at .

"소쇄원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soswaewon?

"소쇄원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Soswaewon. It is located at .

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‘Gwangpunggak ' pavilion in harmony with the landscape of the valley 

Containing the Essence of Korean Garden, Soswaewon

 

Soswaewon (瀟灑 園) is a garden with the meaning of clean and clear water, located at the back side of Mudeungsan. The scenery of the place is harmonious with a bamboo forest and valley, along with creek of a small stream flowing and a pavilion. The place is small enough for a short look around but if you relax here hearing the sound of wind and flowing waters in the valley, you may want to stay here longer.

 

Soswaewon was first created by an aristocrat in the Joseon Dynasty from 1519 which has completed after over three generations, and has become Korea's first private garden. After the death of his teacher, the aristocrat decided to live a simple life back in his hometown Damyang and built Soswaewon below Mudeungsan. At the time scholars built a simple pavilion in a place of magnificent scenery, and studied and discipline themselves in a garden made according to its natural terrain. Soswaewon is one of the places where all of the characteristics of Korean traditional garden is best shown, and it has become a must place to visit for those studying landscaping and architecture. 

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'Jewoldang' Pavilion, a resting spot of Soswaewon owner / Bamboo forest trails starting from the entrance 

The garden is largely divided into exterior circle outside the fence and interior circle inside the fence. The scenery of Soswaewon starts to appear after crossing a bridge named ‘Uigyo’ after passing the bamboo forest paths at the front entrance. At the interior circle there are 'Gwangpunggak' and 'Jewoldang' building, and a pavilion topped with a thatched roof 'Daebongdae.' Jewoldang with the meaning of "refreshing moon in the sky after rain" is a space for academic studies where its owner takes a rest. Hanging on the inner side of the roof there are carved wooden blocks written of poetry about Soswaewon.

 

Gwangpunggak has the meaning of "blowing serene wind as the sun rises after rain’ and is a guest house for all visitors. The view of Gwangpunggak Pavilion with the valley in front of its pavilion is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Soswaewon. Sit on the floor of Gwangpunggak and hear the sound of water from the valley, or sit on Debongdae Pavilion located on the opposite side and look at the view of Gwangpunggak and the valley together.

 

The information leaflet at the box office has a picture of a painted "Soswaewon" in 1755 which you can see of its past. Originally, it was a large area with more than 10 buildings located throughout but had been reduced significantly in size after undergoing Japanese occupation. "Ohgokmun ' building which has disappeared now has just a plaque remaining. There is a waterway under where its door was now which the water from the mountain valley flows towards the valley of Soswaewon. Deep your feet at the waterway by the brook and take a rest, and also look into the water well ‘Ohamjeong’ used by people in the past.  

 

Tip. Soswaewon Visitor Information

How to get there: Take a bus to Soswaewon direction at Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal or from ‘Gwangju Station Bridge” Stop behind Gwangju Station. Take a yellow bus (No. 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 225) and arrive at Soswaewon stop (duration 50 minutes). When moving by taxi from Gwangju the rates are from 20,000 to 25,000 won.

Address: 859, Gasamunhak-ro, Nam-myeon, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Duration: 1 hour

Admission fee: 2,000 won

Web page: www.soswaewon.co.kr

 

BENIKEA Hotel Art Hall 


Hotel Art Hall is located in the newly developed downtown of Gwangju of many public institutions and commercial facilities crowded throughout. The red western-style building which has a classical atmosphere stands out from the surrounding landscape full of modern skyscrapers. The interior of the hotel, which has a wedding hall, is decorated with marble and wood giving a luxurious impression. The guestrooms are equipped with a comfortable bed of goose down bedding, and for convenient use the bathroom, toilet, and bathroom sinks are all in a separate space. The breakfast buffet is provided of both Western and Korean foods, with fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and coffee, as well as rice and soup, and cup noodles as well. There is a roastery cafe at the entrance of the lobby where freshly ground coffee is freshly brewed. There are large markets and fashion outlets located around the hotel to enjoy shopping, and many restaurants and bars open until late. 

 

Address: 2, Sicheong-ro 20beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju (10-minute walk from the Gwangju Subway Sangmu Station Exit 5 and 6 )
Fee: Standard Double 160,000 won, Standard Twin 180,000 won , Standard Ondol 180,000 won, Suites 240,000 won, Family 300,000 won 
Web page: www.hotelarthall.co.kr

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Benikea Hotel Art Hall built in red brick exterior / Standard twin bed room

 

Juknokwon

"죽녹원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Juknokwon?

"죽녹원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Juknokwon. It is located at .

"죽녹원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Juknokwon?

"죽녹원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Juknokwon. It is located at .

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A bamboo forest filled of green colors everywhere you look 

A Serene Bamboo Forest to Heal your Mind, Juknokwon

 

Juknokwon located on the foot of the mountain in Songinsan Mt, Damyang-gun is a large bamboo forest on a 160 000 ㎡ hills. It is known to be the largest size among the many bamboo forests in Damyang. There are eight walking trails by different theme, and at the bamboo forest there is a hanok building observatory 'bonghwangru', the dome-shaped bamboo ecology pavilion, resting spots of pavilions located throughout the walking trails, and Jukhyang Cultural Village crowded of hanok buildings.

 

After passing the entrance and arriving at Bonghwangru, the scenery of Gwanbangjerim Forest of which the trees of 200~300 years that has been growing along the Damyangcheon, and Metasequoia forest can be seen. At the entrance there is a map introducing the walking trail courses. There are 8 walking trails of total length of 2.2km with variety of names including 'With Luck Path', 'Love Never Dies Path,' 'The Way of a Philosopher Path', and 'The Way of a Scholar Path.' The longest trail is 20 minutes duration ‘Love Never Dies Path” which includes attractions such as an artificial waterfall and pond. Along the trails, there are panda models dispersed throughout capturing the attentions of the visitors. 

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A Juknokwon map guiding the walking trail courses of 8 different themes 

A nice and quiet 'The Way of a Philosopher’ walking path

The panda models above artificial waterfall seen on the way out from Juknokwon

Hanok rest stop located on the 'Path of Meditation”

There are different varieties of bamboo trees inside Juknokwon including the tallest Giant Timber Bamboo, thickest with a diameter of 20cm Moso Bamboo and skinniest used to make arrows, Arrow Bamboo. When walking on the path you can see bamboo shoots popped out of the ground, and the Tea Trees known to grow from the dews from bamboo trees. ‘Jukrocha' made of tea leaves grown from here are very rare type of tea which was offered to the kings during Chosun Dynasty era.

 

At Jukhyang Cultural Village located at the back entrance of Juknokwon, there are smaller sizes of hanok buildings that have been imitated of the pavilions in Damyang such as Songgangjeong, Myeongokheon, Sigyeongjeong, Soswaewon Gwangpunggak and others. After exploring the walking trails, it is a good spot to relax on the hanok floors. Also spend a night at the hanok experience zone, the same place where the members from the TV show '1 Night 2 Days' have stayed. Every year at May Damyang Bamboo Festival is held at Juknokwon and Gwanbangjerim Forest. Also World Bamboo Fair Damyang opens from September 17 until October 31, 2015.

 

Tip. Juknokwon Visitor Information

How to get there: Juknokwon is five minutes away by taxi from Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal. If departing from Gwangju, take the bus 311 at Gwangju Station. The bus runs every 10 minutes and it arrives at Juknokwon, Korea Bamboo Museum, and Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal.

Address: 1371, Chuseong-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Admission: 2,000 won

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Web page: juknokwon.go.kr

 

Daetongbap to Enjoy the Taste and Aroma of the Bamboo


After seeing the Juknokwon, taste variety of bamboo shoots dishes and daetongbap (rice cooked in bamboo pipe) at 'Damyang Bamboo Shoot Food Village.’ The cool aura and aromatic flavors from bamboo can be tasted and smelled from ‘daetongbap’ which is steam-cooked after filling the bamboo pipe with grains, jujube, ginkgo, and beans. Variety of side dishes are served when ordering daetongbap, but if you want to try tteokgalbi made of minced meat, and raw bamboo shoots mixed of spicy sauce, order jeongsik menu. After visiting the Korea Bamboo Museum, have a meal at ‘House by the Museum’ across the street. You can have a leisurely meal looking over the green rice fields and bamboos out the window 

 

Address

Bamboo Shoot Food Village - 282, Hyanggyo-ri, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun
House by the Museum - 22, Jukhyangmunhwa-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Price Range: Daetongbap 10,000 won ~ 15,000 won, Jeongsik(set menu)18,000 won ~ 32,000, Tteokgalbi (grilled short rib meat patties) 23,000 won ~ 25,000 won, Raw Bamboo Shoots 15,000 won ~ 20,000 won

 

[K-Travel Bus Reservation]

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Steamed daetongbap used of thick large bamboo tree / Side dishes served along with daetongbap on a table

 

Korea Bamboo Museum

"한국대나무박물관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Korea Bamboo Museum?

"한국대나무박물관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Korea Bamboo Museum. It is located at .

"한국대나무박물관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Korea Bamboo Museum?

"한국대나무박물관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Korea Bamboo Museum. It is located at .

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Façade of Korea Bamboo Museum

All about Bamboo, Korea Bamboo Museum

 

After touring the bamboo forest in Juknokwon, find out more about bamboo at the Bamboo Museum nearby. Korea Bamboo Museum is Korea’s only museum that exhibits about bamboo and has variety of data and crafts about bamboo. There are exhibition halls, bamboo forest walking trails, craft shops, and etc. Enjoy the experience of looking around the museum, and having a walk afterwards or buying souvenirs.

 

The museum is a two-story building with a total of six exhibition rooms. The Exhibition Hall 1 exhibits the most representative bamboo plants growing in Damyang, and a model is installed showing the ecology of bamboo inside the glass booth on the floor. At Exhibition Hall 2, there are bamboo crafts from different periods of times from household tools to playing toys. The Exhibition Hall 3 and Special Exhibition Hall has winners’ crafted works from National Bamboo Craft Competition. The Exhibition 4 has miniature of the Jukmul Market from 1960~ 80s and Exhibition 5 has foods made of bamboo trees, herbal treatments, and others showing the use of bamboos.  

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Crafted works made of woven bamboo (Exhibition Hall 2) / Crafted works of Intangible Cultural Asset and winners’ works from National Bamboo Craft Competition (Exhibition Hall 3)

 

Only bamboo crafts are displayed at the exhibition, but it is difficult to get bored looking at all the delicate shapes of works that are made from hard bamboo trees. There are baskets and bowls made of woven bamboo as well as accessories, bags, checkerboard, writing utensils, fan, bird house, and endless counts of others. The large bamboo trees exhibited on every floor amazes visitors by its large shape and perfect form. 

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Outdoor experience zone to shoot arrows made of bamboo / ‘Bamboo Scenery Sound Path’ where visitors hang bamboo pipes of written wishes 

The outdoor crafts shops are located on both sides around the museum which variety of handicrafts made out of bamboo can be purchased. Experience the bamboo archery and arrow throwing, and hanging a bamboo pipe written with your wishes at the 300m, ‘Bamboo Scenery Sound Path.’ Across the street from behind the museum, there are bamboo forests, ponds, bamboo botanic garden and glass greenhouses planted with over 60 species of bamboo trees native to Korea. 

 

Tip. Korea Bamboo Museum Visitor Information

How to get there: Take bus 311 at Juknokwon bus stop and get off at 'Baekdong Intersection' stop. Walk five minutes to destination.

Address: 35, Jukhyangmunhwa-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Admission: 2,000 won

Duration: 1 hour

Web page: www.damyang.go.kr/museum

 

Tip. Using the 'Namdo Round Tour " Bus
Using the 'Namdo Round Tour' bus that goes around major attractions of Jeollanamdo, the main attractions of Gwangju and Damyang can be conveniently seen in a day. Ticket reservation is available through the web page, and tickets are sold at the ticket booth of U-Square Station (Gwangju Bus Terminal), and Gwangju Songjeong Station (KTX). 

 

*Namdo Round Tour Gwangju Course 1 
Gwangju Songjeong Station  – U-square Terminal – Soswaewon  - Gasa Literature Collection / Sigyeongjeong Pavilion – Juknokwon –  Metasequoia Road – Train Village/Rafting(optional) – U-Square Terminal  - Gwangju Songjeong Station

 

Tour operating hours: 09:00 to 19:00 (* Closed on Monday)
Boarding place and time of departure:
Go 15m from Gwangju Songjeong Station Exit 3 (09:00 departure)
U- Square Terminal No. 34 Home (departure 09:25)
Cost: Ticket 9,900 won (* Each facility has a separate entrance fee but 20% discount are provided)
Web page: www.kumhoaround.com

Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of Gwangju Mudeungsan Mountain on Korean Paintings and Homeland of Bamboo Forest, Damyang
Mudeungsan Mt. National Park surrounding Gwangju today is a friendly spot for Gwangju citizens, and it has been a resting place for historical writers and artists. At Uijae Museum located in the mountains, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Mudeungsan Mt seen in Korean paintings, and beautiful scenery of Jeolla-Namdo. Let's move on to Damyang, neighborhood of Gwangju, where its other name ‘Jukhyang’ is called for the reason of its famous bamboo producing district. Walk on the largest bamboo garden in Korea Juknokwon and first private garden of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Soswaewon. Taste the freshly cooked rice in bamboo pipes called daetongbap which will cover your body with the scent of bamboo trees.

*Travel Route
Day 1: Seoul – Uijae Museum of Korean Art – Soswaewon – BENIKEA Hotel Art Hall
Day 2: Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) - Korea Bamboo Museum – Seoul
Uijae Museum of Korean Art

"의재미술관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Uijae Museum of Korean Art?

"의재미술관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Uijae Museum of Korean Art. It is located at .

"의재미술관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Uijae Museum of Korean Art?

"의재미술관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Uijae Museum of Korean Art. It is located at .

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The glass walls of the museum lobby where you can see the scenery of Mudeungsan every season 

The Beautiful Scenery of Korean Paintings Stored in the Architecture of Uijae Museum of Korean Art
 

Leaving over tens of thousands of paintings, Uijae Heobaeklyen (1891-1977) a Korea literary artist had engaged all his activities at Mudeungsan Mt. Uijae lived in the Mudeungsan Valley for 30 years after deserting the life in the cities, painting the beautiful landscapes of Jeollanam-do. He has also established an Agricultural Technology High School, and created tea plantation in Mudeungsan to pass on the tradition of tea culture to Koreans thinking about Mudeungsan even until the last moment of his life.

 

There are still traces of the Uijae everywhere at Mudeungsan. You can see the exhibited works of Uijae after walking the mountain trails for about 20 minutes in the direction of Jeungsimsa Temple. The trail to the art museum seem as though like an entrance to another world, and may impose a mysterious impression. The exposed concrete, glass walls, and wooden materials of the museum building seem modern and yet harmonious with the surrounding landscape. The lobby's glass wall look as though looking at one of Uijae’ painting capturing the unfiltered landscape of Mudeungsan beyond the window. 

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Outer view of Uijae Museum of Korean Art, located at Mudeungsan Mt. trails

The second exhibition hall of the museum.

'Munhyangjun,'a tea shop serving chunseol tea and bread

Graveyard of Uijae with tombstones and mounds 

Inside the museum Uijae’s works are displayed at Uijae Exhibition Hall and special exhibition hall, Exhibition Hall 1 and 2. Also there is a seminar room, a souvenir shop, and a tea culture class ‘Samaeheon’ in the outbuilding. In the special exhibition halls, it showcase mainly of Uijae’s works and the works of Honam region’s Korean painters by different subjects. At the Uijae Exhibition Hall, there are Uijae’s painting tools and painted large folding screens. Inside the building natural light comes through the windows, giving a nice faint lighting to appreciate the works of the exhibited ink paintings.

 

Let's enjoy a cup of tea in 'Munhyangjung’ a tea shop located across from the museum. There you can taste the ‘chunseol’ tea and ‘chunseol’ bread made from the tea leaves of Samae Dawon, a tea field created by Uijae. Above Munhyangjung lie the grave and monument of Uijae, and the Uijae’s workroom 'Chunseolheon.' Uijae shared many friendships with several writers at Chunseolheon, among which the Romanian writer Constantin Gheorghiu known for his novel <25 hours> had also taken a visit.   

 

Tip. Uijae Museum of Korean Art Visitor Information

How to get there: Take bus 09 and 35 at Hakdong. Jeungsimsa Entrance Station Exit 1 and walk 20mins after getting off.

Address: 155, Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju

Hours: Summer  9:30 to 17:30 / Winter 9:30 to 17:00

* Admission 30 minutes before closing time

* Monday, January 1st, holidays closed

Admission fee: 2,000 won

Web page: www.ujam.org

 

A Bowl of Healthy Mudeungsan Barley Rice


Below Mudeungsan, there are lots of restaurants that serve barley rice mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs. Even on the way to Jeungsimsa Temple there are several of these restaurants, and among them ‘Danji Restaurant’ serves variety of tasty kimchi dishes with barley rice that has won a grand prize at Gwangju Kimchi Festival. The restaurant serves barley rice in a buffet style in which you can add any ingredients provided as well as side dishes such as raw vegetables, simmered saury, acorn pudding, salad, and etc. At here you can see people come down after hiking and gathering around to enjoy a bowl of barley rice along with rice wine. During hot summer days, baeksuk with abalone and octopus is a popular menu here.

 

Price: Dakbaeksuk(Chicken Stew)with Abalone 60,000 won, Spicy Dak Bokkeum (Braised Chicken) 25,000 won, Grilled Pork on Briquette 12,000 won, Barley Rice Buffet 7,000 won

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Bibimbap of barley rice mixed with variety of wild herbs and vegetables
Kimchi from 'Daji Restaurant' which won the grand prize at Gwangju Kimchi Festival 

 

Soswaewon

"소쇄원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soswaewon?

"소쇄원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Soswaewon. It is located at .

"소쇄원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soswaewon?

"소쇄원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Soswaewon. It is located at .

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‘Gwangpunggak ' pavilion in harmony with the landscape of the valley 

Containing the Essence of Korean Garden, Soswaewon

 

Soswaewon (瀟灑 園) is a garden with the meaning of clean and clear water, located at the back side of Mudeungsan. The scenery of the place is harmonious with a bamboo forest and valley, along with creek of a small stream flowing and a pavilion. The place is small enough for a short look around but if you relax here hearing the sound of wind and flowing waters in the valley, you may want to stay here longer.

 

Soswaewon was first created by an aristocrat in the Joseon Dynasty from 1519 which has completed after over three generations, and has become Korea's first private garden. After the death of his teacher, the aristocrat decided to live a simple life back in his hometown Damyang and built Soswaewon below Mudeungsan. At the time scholars built a simple pavilion in a place of magnificent scenery, and studied and discipline themselves in a garden made according to its natural terrain. Soswaewon is one of the places where all of the characteristics of Korean traditional garden is best shown, and it has become a must place to visit for those studying landscaping and architecture. 

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'Jewoldang' Pavilion, a resting spot of Soswaewon owner / Bamboo forest trails starting from the entrance 

The garden is largely divided into exterior circle outside the fence and interior circle inside the fence. The scenery of Soswaewon starts to appear after crossing a bridge named ‘Uigyo’ after passing the bamboo forest paths at the front entrance. At the interior circle there are 'Gwangpunggak' and 'Jewoldang' building, and a pavilion topped with a thatched roof 'Daebongdae.' Jewoldang with the meaning of "refreshing moon in the sky after rain" is a space for academic studies where its owner takes a rest. Hanging on the inner side of the roof there are carved wooden blocks written of poetry about Soswaewon.

 

Gwangpunggak has the meaning of "blowing serene wind as the sun rises after rain’ and is a guest house for all visitors. The view of Gwangpunggak Pavilion with the valley in front of its pavilion is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Soswaewon. Sit on the floor of Gwangpunggak and hear the sound of water from the valley, or sit on Debongdae Pavilion located on the opposite side and look at the view of Gwangpunggak and the valley together.

 

The information leaflet at the box office has a picture of a painted "Soswaewon" in 1755 which you can see of its past. Originally, it was a large area with more than 10 buildings located throughout but had been reduced significantly in size after undergoing Japanese occupation. "Ohgokmun ' building which has disappeared now has just a plaque remaining. There is a waterway under where its door was now which the water from the mountain valley flows towards the valley of Soswaewon. Deep your feet at the waterway by the brook and take a rest, and also look into the water well ‘Ohamjeong’ used by people in the past.  

 

Tip. Soswaewon Visitor Information

How to get there: Take a bus to Soswaewon direction at Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal or from ‘Gwangju Station Bridge” Stop behind Gwangju Station. Take a yellow bus (No. 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 225) and arrive at Soswaewon stop (duration 50 minutes). When moving by taxi from Gwangju the rates are from 20,000 to 25,000 won.

Address: 859, Gasamunhak-ro, Nam-myeon, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Duration: 1 hour

Admission fee: 2,000 won

Web page: www.soswaewon.co.kr

 

BENIKEA Hotel Art Hall 


Hotel Art Hall is located in the newly developed downtown of Gwangju of many public institutions and commercial facilities crowded throughout. The red western-style building which has a classical atmosphere stands out from the surrounding landscape full of modern skyscrapers. The interior of the hotel, which has a wedding hall, is decorated with marble and wood giving a luxurious impression. The guestrooms are equipped with a comfortable bed of goose down bedding, and for convenient use the bathroom, toilet, and bathroom sinks are all in a separate space. The breakfast buffet is provided of both Western and Korean foods, with fresh fruits and vegetables, bread and coffee, as well as rice and soup, and cup noodles as well. There is a roastery cafe at the entrance of the lobby where freshly ground coffee is freshly brewed. There are large markets and fashion outlets located around the hotel to enjoy shopping, and many restaurants and bars open until late. 

 

Address: 2, Sicheong-ro 20beon-gil, Seo-gu, Gwangju (10-minute walk from the Gwangju Subway Sangmu Station Exit 5 and 6 )
Fee: Standard Double 160,000 won, Standard Twin 180,000 won , Standard Ondol 180,000 won, Suites 240,000 won, Family 300,000 won 
Web page: www.hotelarthall.co.kr

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Benikea Hotel Art Hall built in red brick exterior / Standard twin bed room

 

Juknokwon

"죽녹원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Juknokwon?

"죽녹원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Juknokwon. It is located at .

"죽녹원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Juknokwon?

"죽녹원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Juknokwon. It is located at .

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A bamboo forest filled of green colors everywhere you look 

A Serene Bamboo Forest to Heal your Mind, Juknokwon

 

Juknokwon located on the foot of the mountain in Songinsan Mt, Damyang-gun is a large bamboo forest on a 160 000 ㎡ hills. It is known to be the largest size among the many bamboo forests in Damyang. There are eight walking trails by different theme, and at the bamboo forest there is a hanok building observatory 'bonghwangru', the dome-shaped bamboo ecology pavilion, resting spots of pavilions located throughout the walking trails, and Jukhyang Cultural Village crowded of hanok buildings.

 

After passing the entrance and arriving at Bonghwangru, the scenery of Gwanbangjerim Forest of which the trees of 200~300 years that has been growing along the Damyangcheon, and Metasequoia forest can be seen. At the entrance there is a map introducing the walking trail courses. There are 8 walking trails of total length of 2.2km with variety of names including 'With Luck Path', 'Love Never Dies Path,' 'The Way of a Philosopher Path', and 'The Way of a Scholar Path.' The longest trail is 20 minutes duration ‘Love Never Dies Path” which includes attractions such as an artificial waterfall and pond. Along the trails, there are panda models dispersed throughout capturing the attentions of the visitors. 

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A Juknokwon map guiding the walking trail courses of 8 different themes 

A nice and quiet 'The Way of a Philosopher’ walking path

The panda models above artificial waterfall seen on the way out from Juknokwon

Hanok rest stop located on the 'Path of Meditation”

There are different varieties of bamboo trees inside Juknokwon including the tallest Giant Timber Bamboo, thickest with a diameter of 20cm Moso Bamboo and skinniest used to make arrows, Arrow Bamboo. When walking on the path you can see bamboo shoots popped out of the ground, and the Tea Trees known to grow from the dews from bamboo trees. ‘Jukrocha' made of tea leaves grown from here are very rare type of tea which was offered to the kings during Chosun Dynasty era.

 

At Jukhyang Cultural Village located at the back entrance of Juknokwon, there are smaller sizes of hanok buildings that have been imitated of the pavilions in Damyang such as Songgangjeong, Myeongokheon, Sigyeongjeong, Soswaewon Gwangpunggak and others. After exploring the walking trails, it is a good spot to relax on the hanok floors. Also spend a night at the hanok experience zone, the same place where the members from the TV show '1 Night 2 Days' have stayed. Every year at May Damyang Bamboo Festival is held at Juknokwon and Gwanbangjerim Forest. Also World Bamboo Fair Damyang opens from September 17 until October 31, 2015.

 

Tip. Juknokwon Visitor Information

How to get there: Juknokwon is five minutes away by taxi from Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal. If departing from Gwangju, take the bus 311 at Gwangju Station. The bus runs every 10 minutes and it arrives at Juknokwon, Korea Bamboo Museum, and Damyang Intercity Bus Terminal.

Address: 1371, Chuseong-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Admission: 2,000 won

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Web page: juknokwon.go.kr

 

Daetongbap to Enjoy the Taste and Aroma of the Bamboo


After seeing the Juknokwon, taste variety of bamboo shoots dishes and daetongbap (rice cooked in bamboo pipe) at 'Damyang Bamboo Shoot Food Village.’ The cool aura and aromatic flavors from bamboo can be tasted and smelled from ‘daetongbap’ which is steam-cooked after filling the bamboo pipe with grains, jujube, ginkgo, and beans. Variety of side dishes are served when ordering daetongbap, but if you want to try tteokgalbi made of minced meat, and raw bamboo shoots mixed of spicy sauce, order jeongsik menu. After visiting the Korea Bamboo Museum, have a meal at ‘House by the Museum’ across the street. You can have a leisurely meal looking over the green rice fields and bamboos out the window 

 

Address

Bamboo Shoot Food Village - 282, Hyanggyo-ri, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun
House by the Museum - 22, Jukhyangmunhwa-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Price Range: Daetongbap 10,000 won ~ 15,000 won, Jeongsik(set menu)18,000 won ~ 32,000, Tteokgalbi (grilled short rib meat patties) 23,000 won ~ 25,000 won, Raw Bamboo Shoots 15,000 won ~ 20,000 won

 

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Steamed daetongbap used of thick large bamboo tree / Side dishes served along with daetongbap on a table

 

Korea Bamboo Museum

"한국대나무박물관 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Korea Bamboo Museum?

"한국대나무박물관 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Korea Bamboo Museum. It is located at .

"한국대나무박물관은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Korea Bamboo Museum?

"한국대나무박물관(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Korea Bamboo Museum. It is located at .

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Façade of Korea Bamboo Museum

All about Bamboo, Korea Bamboo Museum

 

After touring the bamboo forest in Juknokwon, find out more about bamboo at the Bamboo Museum nearby. Korea Bamboo Museum is Korea’s only museum that exhibits about bamboo and has variety of data and crafts about bamboo. There are exhibition halls, bamboo forest walking trails, craft shops, and etc. Enjoy the experience of looking around the museum, and having a walk afterwards or buying souvenirs.

 

The museum is a two-story building with a total of six exhibition rooms. The Exhibition Hall 1 exhibits the most representative bamboo plants growing in Damyang, and a model is installed showing the ecology of bamboo inside the glass booth on the floor. At Exhibition Hall 2, there are bamboo crafts from different periods of times from household tools to playing toys. The Exhibition Hall 3 and Special Exhibition Hall has winners’ crafted works from National Bamboo Craft Competition. The Exhibition 4 has miniature of the Jukmul Market from 1960~ 80s and Exhibition 5 has foods made of bamboo trees, herbal treatments, and others showing the use of bamboos.  

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Crafted works made of woven bamboo (Exhibition Hall 2) / Crafted works of Intangible Cultural Asset and winners’ works from National Bamboo Craft Competition (Exhibition Hall 3)

 

Only bamboo crafts are displayed at the exhibition, but it is difficult to get bored looking at all the delicate shapes of works that are made from hard bamboo trees. There are baskets and bowls made of woven bamboo as well as accessories, bags, checkerboard, writing utensils, fan, bird house, and endless counts of others. The large bamboo trees exhibited on every floor amazes visitors by its large shape and perfect form. 

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Outdoor experience zone to shoot arrows made of bamboo / ‘Bamboo Scenery Sound Path’ where visitors hang bamboo pipes of written wishes 

The outdoor crafts shops are located on both sides around the museum which variety of handicrafts made out of bamboo can be purchased. Experience the bamboo archery and arrow throwing, and hanging a bamboo pipe written with your wishes at the 300m, ‘Bamboo Scenery Sound Path.’ Across the street from behind the museum, there are bamboo forests, ponds, bamboo botanic garden and glass greenhouses planted with over 60 species of bamboo trees native to Korea. 

 

Tip. Korea Bamboo Museum Visitor Information

How to get there: Take bus 311 at Juknokwon bus stop and get off at 'Baekdong Intersection' stop. Walk five minutes to destination.

Address: 35, Jukhyangmunhwa-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00

Admission: 2,000 won

Duration: 1 hour

Web page: www.damyang.go.kr/museum

 

Tip. Using the 'Namdo Round Tour " Bus
Using the 'Namdo Round Tour' bus that goes around major attractions of Jeollanamdo, the main attractions of Gwangju and Damyang can be conveniently seen in a day. Ticket reservation is available through the web page, and tickets are sold at the ticket booth of U-Square Station (Gwangju Bus Terminal), and Gwangju Songjeong Station (KTX). 

 

*Namdo Round Tour Gwangju Course 1 
Gwangju Songjeong Station  – U-square Terminal – Soswaewon  - Gasa Literature Collection / Sigyeongjeong Pavilion – Juknokwon –  Metasequoia Road – Train Village/Rafting(optional) – U-Square Terminal  - Gwangju Songjeong Station

 

Tour operating hours: 09:00 to 19:00 (* Closed on Monday)
Boarding place and time of departure:
Go 15m from Gwangju Songjeong Station Exit 3 (09:00 departure)
U- Square Terminal No. 34 Home (departure 09:25)
Cost: Ticket 9,900 won (* Each facility has a separate entrance fee but 20% discount are provided)
Web page: www.kumhoaround.com

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