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Following the flow of the rivers

Spring is said to be a time of renewal and growth. With this year’s spring season marking the completion of nationwide efforts to restore Korea’s rivers, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization have introduced ten unique travel courses that showcase the history, culture, and flavors of Korea’s river regions. 

Day trips to the Han River


The first of two single-day courses to the Han River begins at the Ipo Weir, which has been called the most beautiful of the 16 weirs, leading travelers through historical sites in Yeoju County in Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). At Yeongneung, the Royal Mausoleum of King Sejong, travelers can tour the UNESCO World Heritage site where the influential Joseon Dynasty ruler King Sejong and his wife Queen Soheon are buried.


A stop at the hot springs located near the summit of Satgatbong, where the waters are rich in natural minerals such as natrium, allows for a relaxing break as well as views of the mountain greenery. Also included in the tour is a visit to the birth home of Empress Myeongseong, where the future wife of King Gojong lived and studied until she was eight years old.


The Royal Mausoleum of King Sejong in Yeoju County, Gyeonggi-do (photo courtesy of Yeoju County Office)The Royal Mausoleum of King Sejong in Yeoju County, Gyeonggi-do (photo courtesy of Yeoju County Office)


 Travelers who choose the second course will get to explore Yangpyeong, also in Gyeonggi-do, beginning at Dumulmeori where the Bukhan and Namhan Rivers meet. Famous for its willows, mists, and quiet ambiance, this spot was where boats would dock for a night before entering Seoul, and has become popular as a filming location for movies and dramas as well as a favorite haunt for local photographers.

Pasaseong Stone Wall on Pasasan Mountain offers clear views of the Namhan River (photo courtesy of Yeoju County Office).Pasaseong Stone Wall on Pasasan Mountain offers clear views of the Namhan River (photo courtesy of Yeoju County Office).


Next is Pasaseong Stone Wall, the fortress lining Pasasan Mountain, which is recorded as tracing back to the Three Kingdoms Period of Korean history. The walk along the fortress ends at a summit point that offers clear views of the Namhan River and the surrounding fields and mountains. 

Exploring the Geumgang, Nakdong, and Yeongsan Rivers

The highlight of the day course along the Geumgang River in Chungcheonnam-do (South Chungcheong Province) is a ride on a traditional Hwangpo sailboat, which transported commodities throughout the later Joseon period and can be distinguished by its traditional yellow-dyed sail. The course also includes a stop at the streams by Gapsa Temple in Gyeryongsan National Park and a round of strawberry-picking, an ideal activity for families with younger children.

A Hwangpo Sailboat on the Geumgang River (photo: <i>Weekly Gonggam</i> A Hwangpo Sailboat on the Geumgang River (photo: Weekly Gonggam)


An overnight trip to the Nakdong River in Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province) takes travelers to traditional villages in Andong, Bonghwa, and Yecheon. Dakshil Maeul in Andong was established by the Andong Kwon clan, and is today famous for its 500-year-old traditional sweets and cookies.

Not too far away sits Byeongsan Seowon, a local private academy that trained Confucian scholars during the Joseon era. Byeongsan Seowon boasts some of the most prized wooden architecture in the region, including Mandaeru, the large pavilion where travelers can enjoy a vista of Byeongsan Mountain, the Nakdong River, and the surrounding forests and cliffs. Hoeryongpo Village in Yecheon welcomes visitors with clear waters and white sandy shores, in addition to a variety of local culinary specialties, including a pork dish roasted with pine leaves.

Byeongsan Seowon in Gyeongsangbuk-do was a private academy for Confucian scholars during the Joseon era (photo courtesy of Byeongsan Seowon).Byeongsan Seowon in Gyeongsangbuk-do was a private academy for Confucian scholars during the Joseon era (photo courtesy of Byeongsan Seowon).


An overnight trip to the Yeongsan River in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province) passes through Gunsan, Naju, and Buan County. A highlight is Saemangeum Seawall, the longest dyke in the world and a new landmark of Korea’s southwestern coast. Scenic points along the wall look out over the Yellow Sea.

The tour also stops at Chaesokgang, one of the most famous historical spots in Buan, where coastal erosion and the resulting accumulation of sedimentary layers have made for a cliff that has been said to resemble a towering pile of books. At Naeso Temple on Nunga Mountain, travelers can walk through groves of trees heavy with spring blossoms and forests that have been untouched for hundreds of years.

The Yeongsan River flows through a bamboo grove in Damyang County, Jeollanam-do (photo courtesy of Office of National River Restoration).The Yeongsan River flows through a bamboo grove in Damyang County, Jeollanam-do (photo courtesy of Office of National River Restoration).


More information on the best springtime travel routes along Korea’s rivers can be found at the official website.

Adapted from Weekly Gonggam
Translated by Kwon Jungyun
Korea.net Staff Writer

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