Destinations Gurye-gun

Gurye is situated between the majestic peaks of Mt. Jirisan and the running waters of Seomjingang River. As the first national state park, it houses some of Korea’s most important temples such as Hwaeomsa Temple, Cheoneunsa Temple and Yeongoksa Temple. The beautiful landscapes are an ideal spot for festivals held there such as the Sansuyu Flower Festival, the Royal Azaleas Festival and the Piagol Maple Festival.



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  • Hwaeomsa Temple
    Address :
    12-beonji, Hwangjeon-ri, Masan-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Hwaeomsa is located in the southwest area of Mt.Jirisan, and is one of the 10 most famous temples on Mt.Jirisan. It is the most famous and representative temple in Jirisan. Monk Yeongi found it SYYAD of the Silla period. It burned to the ground during Jeongyujaeran (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592), and the buildings you see now, such as Daeungjeon and Gakhwangjeon Pavilions were all rebuilt during the Joseon Period. The path to Hwaeomsa Valley lies along a valley. The valley is called Hwaeomsa Valley. The path eventually leads to Mt. Jirisan Nogodan, and people use it as a trail walk. As you walk along the valley, to the right across the valley is a resting place called “Poetry Hill”, or Siuidongsan. This thatched house with a watermill looks very pretty. Beyond this place comes Hwaeomsa Temple's main gate. When you enter, you can see a long stonewall to the side of the main gate, and past the main gate is another gate called Geumganggate. Beyond this door, there are stairs going up to Bojeru. At the top of the stairs, the front yard of Dae-ungjeon the main building, appears, and to each side of the stairs of the building are the Seo-ocheun (west 5-story) stone tower and the Dong-ocheung (east 5-story stone pagoda). To the left of the main building is Gakhwangjeon Pavilion. The stone light in front of Gakhwangjeon Pavilion is acknowledged as the largest stone light in the country. It is an artifact from the Tongil Silla Period. Hwaeomsa Temple has many national treasures. Sasaja 3-story stone Pagod is the temple’s representative stone artifact. To the left of Gakhwangjeon Pavilion are stairs that leads to a small hill, called “Hyodae”, and that is where the Sasaja 3-story stone Pagoda stands. The main building itself is a majestic and stately building, as well as Bojeru. The temple has maintained its original structure much better than many of the other large temples, and it blends well with the surrounding mountain scenery.
    Directions :
    From Gurye Bus Terminal or Gurye Train Station, take a bus headed to Hwaeomsa Temple.
    (Travel time, 10-20min.)

    Information :
    -Admission Fee Individual: (Age 20 and over) - 3000 won, (Age 14∼19) - 1800 won, (Age 13 and under) - 1300 won Group: (Age 20 and over) - 2800 won, (Age 14-19) - 1500 won, (Age 13 and under) - 950 won -Parking Fee: Free (Parking at the market, fee - 6,000 won per car). -Inquiries : Hwaeomsa Temple, Tel : (061)782-7600 (Kor)

     

  • Mt. Jirisan Ten Sceneries
    Address :
    Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Mt. Jirisan has deep valleys, and because the mountain shape is so peculiar, different parts of the mountain will give you very different sceneries. It has numerous peaks, and is known to be an unspoiled and clean place. It has many especially beautiful sceneries that are hard to find at other mountains. The most beautiful are called Mt. Jirisan Ten Sceneries. Mt. Jirisan’s number one scenery is the sunrise - the red light from the horizon in the east is very spectacular, and it is the best place to see sunrise in the country. The 2nd scenery is the Nogodan Sea of Clouds. Located on the west side of Mt. Jirisan, Nogodan Peak is often selected as the very best mountain peak on Mt. Jirisan. If you climb up to the peak following the Hwaeomsa Valley, you can at times see a sea of clouds below the peak. The 3rd scenery is Banyabong’s Nakjo. Banyabong Peak look like a woman’s breast. One of the big joys of climbing Banyabong is to see this Nakjo. The 4th scenery is the full moon at night. Reddish sky and the black mountain line produce an exquisite painted background to the moonrise. The 5th scenery is the red sunset seen through the mountain haze. The 6th scenery is the deep waterfall between the Cheonghakbong and Baekhakbong Peaks. The 60m fall produces a tremendous sound. The 7th scenery is Piagol Autumn Leaves. Start from the village, go 10 min. towards Piagol and you will come to a pine forest at the edge of Jeollanam-do and Gyeongsangnam-do. This place is Piagol, the best broad-leaved tree area in Mt. Jirisan area. In the spring, Azaleas, in the summer the green trees, and in the fall, the autumn leaves turning color, and in the winter, the snow-covered landscape, they are all so very beautiful here in Piagol. But the autumnal colors of Piagol are the best in the world, and every year they hold an Autumnal Leaves Festival here. The 8th scenery is the royal azaleas blossoming between the rocks. In the spring, the royal azaleas cover many areas of the mountain. There is a field that go on for over 1200m in the southern area of Mt. Jirisan that get covered with these flowers called the Royal Azalea Plateau. The 9th scenery is the Chilseon Valley. With its roots in Cheonwonbong Peak, it is one of our nation’s three best Valleys. From Chilseondong valley where seven gods are said to be living, to Seongyeong, the area is simply majestic. And lastly, the 10th scenery is Seomjincheongryu. Flowing southwesterly across Mt.Jirisan and into the south coast, the Seomjingang River is so clear that it is sometimes compared to blue silk. The white sandy beaches on either side of the river are also very beautiful.
    Directions :
    From Guryegu Station, take a bus headed to aGurye-gun. Once there, transfer to a bus to Yeongoksa Temple or Piagol.
    From Gurye Bus Terminal, take a bus headed to Yeongoksa Temple or Piagol.

    Information :
    - Inquiries: Mt. Jirisan National Park South Administration Office, Tel : (061)783-9100(Kor) -Homepage: http://www.gurye.net (Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi) -Admission Fee (age 20 and over) : 1,300 won / (age 14-19 ): 500 won / (age 13 and younger) : 300 won *Each entrance has different tickets, so please refer to the homepage

     

  • Piagol Valley
    Address :
    Naedong-ri, Toji-myeon, Guri-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Piagol Valley is located between Nogodan and Banya peak on Mt. Jirisan. It is named so because in the fall the leaves in the valley turn crimson red, and it is known as one of the ten most beautiful sceneries of Mt. Jirisan. It is famous for its fall colors, but it is a beautiful place to visit all year around. In the spring royal azaleas cover the entire area, and in the summer the lush forest fills the valley. Its autumn leaves are famous enough to be used in promoting Korean tourism, and in the winter, the snow-covered valley is also a majestic sight to behold. At the entrance to Piagol Valley is the largest temple in Mt. Jirisan, Yeongoksa temple, and other national level cultural treasures are found here. The valley is not steep and should be easy for anyone to get to. The path from the valley entrance to Samhongso is especially beautiful. Samhong refers to three “hong”s (red) – Sanhong (mountain red), Suhong (water red), and Inhong (person red). Every year, the Piagol Autumn Leaves Festival is held here, and valley trail walk, local produce sales, and photo exhibitions, among other activities, are promoted during the festival.
    Directions :
    Transportation: from Gurye Station or Gurye Bus Terminal, take the bus headed to Yeongoksa Temple or Piagol. You can also take bus heading to Yeongoksa Temple from other nearby areas. It takes about 40 minutes from Gurye Station to Yeongoksa Temple by taxi.
    Information :
    -National Park & Cultural Tour ticket fee Individual: (age 20 or older) - 2,600 won, (age 14-19) - 1,300 won, (age 13 or younger) - 700 won Group: (age 20 or older) - 2,400 won, (age 14~19) - 1,100 won, (age 13 or younger) - 550 won Inquiries: Mt. Jiri National Park South Administration Office (061-783-9100) Homepage: http://www.gurye.net (Kor, Eng, Jap, Chi)

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