An ancient settlement; a land of blessing: Red Clay
Gochang’s red clay is almost half of the total area of gochang city. Compared with other regions, it has a high mineral content such as iron, which is effective in suppressing the occurrence of pests.
It is also rich in minerals, which increases the sugar level of fruit and emits a large amount of far-infrared rays needed for the growth of animals and plants.
For this reason, Gochang watermelons are one to two degrees higher in sugar than other regions, and peanuts are dense, making them taste crunchy in the mouth.
Gochang bokbunja(Raspberry) is famous as the best food for nourishing health because of its excellent taste and aroma as well as active ingredients.
Jewelry of Marine Ecosystem: Mudflat
Gochang is a representative mudflat in Korea. Along with the eastern coast of Canada, the eastern coast of the U.S., the North Sea coast and the Amazon River basin, it is one of the top five mudflats in the world, and will be listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 2020.
Gochang mud flats are home to 194 benthic diatoms and 18 IUCN red list species, which are the primary sources of mudflat life, as well as endangered storks.
In addition, baekhab and clams from Gochang mudflats boast the best quality, especially the main production area that produces 40 percent of domestic clams.
Poongcheon where the Gochang Sea meets the mudflats: The Origin of Poongcheon Eel
Gochang is the originator of Pungcheon Eel. This fame comes from the local character of Gochang, where the west sea meets fresh water.
Since ancient times, villagers have sold eel caught in Pungcheon on the banks of rivers and baked them in braziers. In those days when food was scarce, a piece of eel packed with high-quality oil and protein was a precious health food.
Gochang Pungcheon eel is considered the best of the best among the Pungcheon eel species because it has high salinity near the sea, has no meat contamination, has excellent meat quality and has a mild taste. Even now, the original Pungcheon eel restaurants in front of Seonunsa Temple are continuing the tradition of Gochang cuisine.
A repository of various ecological resources: Rivers and wetlands.
The entire administrative region of Gochang County has been listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. In particular, Gochang’s wetland is drawing attention as a repository for ecological resources where various creatures coexist.
Ungok Ramsar Wetland is a national eco-tourism site that shows the amazing resilience of the ecosystem. Gochang Ungok Wetland, designated as Ramsar Wetland on May 29, 2013, is a rare low-mountainous wetland in Korea, where 864 species of wild animals and plants live.
In particular, Obeigol is a blessed place where low-rise mountain areas form “gol” as the name suggests, creating water streams of various branches and preserving various ecological resources.
The beautiful ties of Sununsa Temple and salt: Salt Field
Gochang is the place where the first method of making salt, named ‘Jayeon’ and ‘Hwaheon’, was used before the Japanese salt making method, solar salt, was used before entering Korea.
The long relationship between Gochang and salt dates back to the story of the founding of Sununsa Temple, the representative temple of Gochang. Geomdan, the founder of Seonunsa, opened a new life by teaching the neighboring bandits to live in Yangmin, and then teach them how to make salt, that is, how to grill salt.
It is said that the people of Geomdan Village dedicated two sacks of salt every spring and autumn to Seonunsa Temple in memory of Gomdan Temple’s favor.
Gochang with a long history and splendid cultural remains:
- Gochangeup Fortress
- Gochang Dolmen Site
- Seonunsa Temple
- Hagwon Tourist Farm
- Hajeon Tideland
- Dongho Beach
- Munsusa Temple
- Seokjeong Hue Spa
1. Gochangeup Fortress
Gochang-eupseong Fortress is a natural stone fortress built with the wisdom of Jeolla-do residents in order to prevent the Japanese invasion of Korea during the first year of King Danjong’s reign (1453). The fortress, also known as Moyangseong Fortress, is a castle built as an outpost in the Jeolla provinces.
Also, because of the legend that if you step on a castle with a stone on your head, you will live long without illness, and reach the gate of paradise, the annual rite continues every year.
It is said that a single round of the castle will cure the disease of the legs, two rounds of the castle will give you a health and longevity, and three laps of the castle will lead to a great ascension.
When you walk around the castle, you must carry a stone the size of your hand around your head and had to turn three times and lay the stones in a certain area.
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📞 +82 63 560 8055
📢 Open 365 days; 9AM~6PM (night opening 6PM~10PM)
2. Gochang Dolmen Site: UNESCO World Heritage
Dolmen museum: Korea’s only dolmen museum, opened in 2008, offers a glimpse of the various artifacts and lifestyles of the Bronze Age and the world’s dolmen culture at a glance.
The 2011 World Travel Guide Michelin Green Guide was recommended as a must-see destination with a three-star recommendation.
Dolmen is a prehistoric tomb that covers huge stones on the ground or underground tomb rooms. It is a type of megalithic culture.
Gochang is the most densely distributed dolmen area in Northeast Asia as well as on the Korean Peninsula. It has various types of dolmen, including 447 table-style (north style), Go board (south-style), ground-stone style, and opening stone style, and was listed as UNESCO World Heritage on December 2, 2000.
📌 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/hj1e6EwFK6B9t8JDA
📞 +82 63 560 2576
📢 Everyday 9 AM ~ 6 PM
3. Seonunsa Temple: 1,500-year-old History
Seonunsa Temple, located at the northern foot of Dosolsan Mountain, is the second-largest headquarters in Jeollabuk-do along with Geumsan Temple in Gimje, with its long history, outstanding natural scenery, and valuable Buddhist cultural assets, it is a place where you can visit all seasons.
Classical figure of Seonunsa Camellia, which blooms red flowers especially in the snowing winter, is loved by many with the poets and admirers.
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📞 +82 63 561 1422
📢 Everyday Sunrise to Sunset
4. Hagwon Tourist Farm
The feast of the earth, where longing unfolds like a fresh first love and transparent watercolor painting.
Hagwon Tourist Farm is a green barley field spread over the gentle foothills in spring, and in autumn it is famous for its white buckwheat flower fields that look like clouds sitting down.
The most beautiful period is around initial day of summer, and buckwheat flowers bloom in early September.
📌 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JTwcXiYGCihJLVww5
📞 +82 63 564 9897
📢 Everyday Sunrise to Sunset
5. Hajeon, Mandol, Jangho Mudflat Village
The Gochang Mudflat, designated as Ramsar Wetland (2010) and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (2013), is in harmony with a variety of benthic animals and salt plants, with pearl mudfalt and mixed tidal flats in harmony.
Gochang mudflat clams boasts the country’s largest production volume with more than 10,000 tons per year.
In front of the Jangho Mudflat, there is a white sand beach in Myeong-siri, mudflats and Gusipo Beach, where the sea is at a glance, while Hajeon and Mandol Wind Park catch tourists on their way.
It is a tourist attraction where you can enjoy seashell fishing and mudflats experience with your family and feel the abundance of mudflats.
📌 Hajeon village: +82 63 563 8831
📌 Mandol village: +82 63 561 0705
📌 Jangho village: +82 63 562 9390
6. Dongho Beach
Dongho Beach boasts a long white sandy beach that is one of the best in North Jeolla Province. Hundreds of years-old pine forest along the white sand beach make a spectacular view, and the West Sea’s glowing of the setting sun from the forest creates ecstatic beauty.
The sandy beach, which stretches more than 1 kilometer, is visited by many people in summer because of its thin sand and gentle slope.
With a depth of 0.5 to 1.5 meters, it is suitable for children’s water play and there is a shade of pine trees behind the sandy beach, which is why many family visitors visit the area. Sea water is known for its high salinity as a place for bathing and sanding in patients with skin diseases and neuralgia, and large scale salt fields have been developed nearby due to its high salinity.
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📞 +82 63 560 2646
7. Munsusa Temple
This temple was built by Jajangyulsa monk of Silla in the third year of King eoja of Baekje (643), and the original structure of Daewoongjeon and Munsujeon are well preserved.
The forest of Maple Tree in Munsusa Temple is an old maple that cannot be seen in any famous maple tree area, and when the blood-looking leaves turn red, it’s a place that anyone wants to find.
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📞 +82 63 562 0502
📢 Everyday Sunrise to Sunset
8. Seokjeong Hue Spa
Seokjeong-ri where Well Park City is located is famous for germanium hot spring. At the Seokjeong Huspa, which is rich in germanium, the whole family can enjoy playing in the water all four seasons, as well as improving their health, such as body temperature immunotherapy and boosting immunity.
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📞 +82 63 560 7500
📢 Everyday 10AM~7PM
Gochang Dining Table, the first Korean capital to taste with eyes
Gochang, which had been the best condition for mankind to settle down since prehistoric times due to its abundant food and natural environment.
First of all, it achieved prosperity as the center of an agricultural society and achieved its grandeur as the first capital of the Korean Peninsula. The precious cultural heritage of the ancient times has been handed down to us. Gochang with clean nature, plenty of food, and plenty of people and customs.
Here is 17 Gochang Best Restaurants to enjoy real gochang’s taste.