A street of romance
According to a 1970s newspaper in the middle of a roadside tree project in Damyang, “Metasequoia” is a tree with a height of 35m and a diameter of 2m, which is strong for cold and pollution and is suitable for roadside trees.
Metasequoia is a tree that disappeared after the last ice age and existed only as a fossil. The discovery of mass colonies in China in the 1940s made it a “rehabilitated fossil” and later used as a street tree in the U.S. after undergoing a variety improvement.
In Korea, it was only found in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, but it is now widely used as a street tree across the country.
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Beautiful road, go word-of-mouth to the whole Korea
Even though people who lived in Damyang for 30 years, the trees that grew so quietly that they couldn’t notice it became a large tree with over 20m in height.
Is it because of its long friendship with the villagers? Villagers protested the news of a new highway being built through Metasequoia road in 2000. Eventually, the highway route was sidetracked and now the Metasequoia tree is making its name as a tourist attraction in the village.
As Metasequoia’s road became famous, the 1.5km section in front of Hakdong-ri banned traffic. Instead, they built benches and huts to enjoy the road. At the end of the road there was a simple toilet and a stall and rented bicycles so that people could enjoy the road.
Recently, Metasequoia Road was known throughout the country as a TV station’s entertainment program aired a night’s stay in Damyang.
Damyang’s “bamboo” and “metasequoia”
Metasequoia path that changes shape in four seasons. In spring, fresh shoots sprout on black branches, green leaves in summer, red-tinted brown foliage in autumn and white snow on branches in winter.
In addition, there is a bamboo-filled “juknogwon” in the nearby area, where the season of trees is in full bloom here. Thanks to you, Damyang is welcomed as a weekend outing course.
Romantic ‘Metasequoia’ Drive
Damyang is a perfect driveway. To the south, there are Gwangju, Mokpo, Haenam and Sinan, and to the north, it leads to Sunchang, Jeonju, Iksan and Namwon. This is not the only thing.
The 88 Olympic Expressway, the symbol of communication between Younghonam, leads to Daegu, and the west coast highway runs from Gochang to Damyang. It can be called a transportation point of all directions.
The 24th National Road from Damyang to Sunchang is the Metasequoia Road. If you run the 8.5-kilometer road slowly, you feel like you’re the main character in the movie. Most of them are a little out of the way of the newly opened roads, so you can leave nice pictures in the background.
In 2003, it was named the “100 Beautiful Roads in Korea” and won the best prize, and many tourists still walk on holidays.