Discover Korea’s grandest landscape in Namhae

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Discover Korea’s grandest landscape in Namhae

by: Korea Tourism Organization | .
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published: August 12, 2018
Officially called Namhaedo Island, Namhae in Gyeongsangnam-do is the fifth largest island in Korea. The sea around Namhae is dotted with 76 islands of all sizes, both populated and left to nature, earning the area the name of Dadohae, meaning “sea of islands” in Korean. The entire area was designated Hallyeohaesang National Park and boasts an outstanding natural environment with splendid landscape. The area features the Daraengi rice paddies of Gacheon Village, which the people of Namhae developed; Namhae Geumsan Mountain overlooking Hallyeohaesang National Park; and Jukbangryeom in the Jijok Strait of Namhae, a time-honored fishing practice in Korea; all of which were designated places of scenic beauty by the government. Another interesting traditional feature is Mulgeon Windbreak Forest, a designated natural monument that serves to both break the sea breeze and lure fish. Set off to Namhae for beautiful sea landscapes and scenic views unique to Korea!

Gacheon Daraengi Village: Man-made hills resembling waves

Nam-myeon in Namhae-gun mostly consists of coastal cliffs. As such, it is exposed to the rough sea and has poor quality soil. Gacheon Daraengi Village is backed by Seolheulsan Mountain (480 meters above sea level) and faces a steep coastal cliff. The village is famous for its terraced paddy fields, which are recognized as a unique feature in Korea. These terraced paddy fields were artificially created on the mountain slope to make way for rice farming. Depending on the degree of the slope, the paddies form various layers.Just beyond the village, the road divides into a coastal path and Gacheon Jiget-gil Trail, a walking path leading to the terraced fields. If you go down to the coast, you will be walking on a suspension bridge connected to the bedrock; the view of the waves crashing down below the cliffs is splendid.
 
Address: 21, 679beon-gil, Nammyeon-ro, Honghyeon-ri, Nam-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 40 min
Website: darangyi.go2vil.org (Korean, English)

Geumsan Boriam Temple: A temple among the clouds

With a name that means beautiful as silk, Geumsan Mountain is a significant mountain that represents Namhae and is a part of the Hallyeohaesang National Park. Located at the summit entrance of Geumsan Mountain is Boriam Temple. Legend goes that visitors will be granted at least one wish at this temple. The temple’s Haesu Gwaneum Statue overlooking the Namhae region is one of the three major Haesu Gwaneum Statues in Korea. You can drive from the parking lot up to the temple, or take the shuttle bus that goes up to the entrance to the temple. From there, one can get a bird’s-eye-view of Sangju Silver Sand Beach below, which blends well with the surrounding mountains and cliffs. The view of the Hallyeohaesang National Park from Boriam Temple is recognized as the best scenic view in Namhae.
 
Address: 665, Boriam-ro, Sangju-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 30 min
Admission: Boriam Temple Cultural Assets 1,000 won (Round-trip shuttle bus 2,000 won)
Hallyeohaesang National Park website: www.knps.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Mulgeon Windbreak Forest: A wall of lush forest at sea

Looking down below the German Village, you will see a long band-like forest known as the Mulgeon Windbreak Forest along the coast. Many forests in Korea were created to serve specific purposes long ago, and the Mulgeon Windbreak Forest was one of them. Mulgeon Windbreak Forest was formed about 300 years ago to protect the village against vigorous sea winds as well as attract fish with the vivid green colors of the forest.
 
Address: 59, Dongbu-daero 1030beon-gil, Samdong-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 37 min

German Village: A trip to mini Germany 

The German Village was built to accommodate Korean-Germans who lived in Germany. The village is home to many beautiful residential buildings with white exteriors and orange roofs. Most of the buildings have a German name like Heidelberg or Frankfurt. As you walk up to the village from its entrance, you can get a better view of Mulgeonhang Port and the Mulgeon Windbreak Forest. With all its colors, the village blends strikingly well with the blue sea. Visitors can also get a firsthand experience of German culture by visiting Namhae German Exhibition Hall, German restaurants, and German Culture Experience Center, featuring German promotion hall and a gift shop. You can also find beautiful gardens of various flowers at the House N Garden near the experience center.
 
Address: 92, Dogil-ro, Samdong-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 30 min
Website: 남해독일마을.com (Korean only)

Jukbangryeom: One-of-a-kind primitive fishing

Jukbangryeom is a time-honored, primitive fishing method in Korea and a unique fishing practice that can only be seen in Namhae. The name refers to the bamboos used to set up a trap in an open-fan shape. This V-shaped installation on the sea can be seen from Changseongyo Bridge. The fish that are mostly caught are anchovies, but there are also hairtails, mackerel pikes, pomfrets, and shrimps. In particular, jukbang myeolchi, anchovy caught in Jukbangryeom, commands the highest price and is sold nationwide. There are many restaurants within Namhae that offer dishes made of anchovies such as the myeolchi-ssambap (anchovy, rice, and side dishes, eaten wrapped in lettuce) and myeolchi-hoe (fresh, raw anchovy). Getting a taste of the unique local cuisine while catching the sunset over Jijok Beach should be well worth your time.
 
Address: 73-50, Dongbu-daero 2964beon-gil, Changseon-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 45 min.

Sangju Silver Sand Beach & Dumo Village: Enjoy water activities at the beach! 

With clean and clear seawater and quality mud flat, the sea of Namhae is great for various activities such as swimming and water sports. The most famous beach in Namhae is the Sangju Silver Sand Beach in Sangju-myeon. The name Sangju Silver Sand Beach was given to the beach in appreciation of the beautiful sandy beach. The 2 kilometer-long pine tree grove surrounding the sandy beach in a semi-circle offers another splendid scene. With Mokseom Island in front of the fan-shaped beach and the mountains surrounding the beach on each side, the beach forms gentle waves and shallow waters, making it ideal for swimming and water activities. Situated in Sangju-myeon, Dumo Village is well-known for leisure sports like sea rafting, kayak and boat fishing, as well as mudflat activities like collecting littleneck clams. In addition, Dumo Village blossoms with canola flowers in spring and buckwheat in fall, providing splendid scenery all year round.
 
Address: 
- Sangju Silver Sand Beach: 17-4, Sangju-ro, Sangju-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do 
- Dumo Village: 18, Yanga-ro 533beon-gil, Sangju-myeon, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: 
- Sangju Silver Sand Beach: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 36 min. 
- Dumo Village: From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi for approx. 30 min.
Dumo Village Sea Experience Fee:
- Kayak (1~2 seats)/ Canoe (3~4 seats): Adults 20,000 won / Children 15,000 won
- Sea rafting: 10,000 won (more than 4 people required)
- Littleneck clam experience: 5,000 won
- Boat fishing: 30,000 won
Website:
- Sangju Silver Sand Beach www.interkorea.pe.kr (Korean only)
- Dumo Village du-mo.co.kr (Korean only)
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