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Hwayang-Gugok Valley Hwayang-Gugok Valley
  • Location : 202 Hwayangdong-gil Cheongcheon-myeon Goesan-gun Chungbuk
  • Category : Recommended site

Located in Cheongcheon-myeon, Hwayangni, which is 32km east from Cheongju, Hwayang-gugok was designated as a provincial natural park in 1975 and a national natural park in 1984. The park consists of many scenic sites along the Hwayang-cheon river from a 9km to 3km stretch from Cheongcheon-myeon in Songmyeonli’s direction.

Clear water flows over a flat bed of rocks that spreads out wide. The surrounding forest creates a breathtaking landscape. Woo-am Song Si-yeol loved the beautiful landscape and settled here during the middle Joseon dynasty period. He named 9 scenic sites in Hwayang-dong, similar to China’s Muyi-gugok: Gyeongcheon-byeok, Woon-young-dam, Eupgung-am, Geumsa0dam, Cheomseong-dae, Neungwoondae, Waryong-am, Haksodae, and Pacheon. There are many sites with stories related to Song Si-yeol. The beauty of the valley is well preserved to this day.

Hwayang-dong Valley is 7km from Seonyou-dong Valley in Goesan. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful mountains and clean water at the same time.

Hwayang-gugok No. 1 Gyeongcheon-byeok Cliff

The steep cliff and its fascinating shape are a mystery of nature. The mountain stretches long and extends high into the sky as if supporting the heavens, to which the name “Gyeongcheon-byeok” owes its origin. On the rock is engraved hwa-yang-dongmun (華陽洞門 ), personally engraved by Song Si-yeol himself.

Hwayang-gugok No. 2 Woonyoung-damPond

Woonyoung-dam is a clear water pond in the northern valley 400m from Gyeongcheon. It was named Woonyoung-dam for the clouds casting shadows over the pond.

Hwayang-gugok No. 3 Eupgung-am Rock

On the south of Woonyoung-dam there is a white, round and flat rock. The name owes its origin to the story that, when King Hyojong, who was a student of Song Si-yeol, died, he came to this rock every dawn and wept. In front of Eupgung-am is Mandong-myo tomb, where Song Si-yeol, who was a pro-Ming and anti-Ching, enshrined the spirit table of Emperor Sinjong and Uiong of the Ming dynasty, who sent troops to Korea during the Invasion of Japan, and dedicated it as a commemorative ritual.

Hwayang-gugok No. 4 Geumsa-damPond

The pond was named Geumsa-dam because the sand seen through the clear water appears like gold dust. If you cross the valley a little farther to the southeast of the Eupgung-am, you will arrive at Geumsa0dam pond. This is the center of Hwayang-gugok and a great place for a family trip during summer, where they can play in the water. In 1666, Song Si-yeol built Amseojae on the rocks, where he studied and taught students.

Hwayang-gugok No. 5 Cheomseong-dae

Stratified rocks formed at the foot of Do-myeong-san mountain is Cheomseong-dae, the fifth member of the Hwayang-gugok valley. It has a great scenery as well as steep elevation that is tens of meters. The writings of the Emeperor Uijong “Birye-budong” are engraved under it, which gave Cheomseong-dae its name. It was also called Cheomseong-dae because the flat rocks and overlapped each other and people could observe the stars from the top of it.

Hwayang-gugok No. 6 Neungwoon-dae

A large rock rises above a stream, and its height is like a pile of clouds, hence the name Neungwoon-dae.

Hwayang-gugok No. 7 Waryong-am Rock

This rock is located 1 km southeast of Cheomseong-dae. The rocks extend along the side of the stream, making it appear as if a dragon is moving and its length reaches 10-gil, which gives the place the name Waryong-am.

Hwayang-gugok No. 8 Hakso-dae

If you go east of Waryong-am rock, you will see Hakso-dae. On the top of the rocky mountain are pine trees, and there are many stories related to the place. The place was named Haksodae because of the story where a white crane built her nest here and raised its young.

Hwayang-gugok No. 9 Pacheon

There is a white rock in the middle of a stream, which is like a spotless jaded plate and people who visit the area make sure to visit this place. The rock has endured the washing of water and erosion by wind for thousands of years.

Traffic information

  • Public transportation
    • Seoul →Cheongju (Express bus, depearts 35 times a day), Cheongju →Cheongcheon direct bus (13 times a day) 50 minutes, Cheongju → Hwayang-dong direct bus (26 times a day) 1 hour 10 minutes, Cheongcheon → Hanyang-dong city bus (7 times a day) 15 minutes
  • By car
    • Jungbu Highway → Jeungpyeong IC → Cheoncheon → Hwayang-dog