A place for all five senses: Slow city Sangju

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Korea Tourism Organization

The city of Sangju is an urban and rural composite town located in the northwest inland of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. Not only is the city clean and eco-friendly, it also has fertile fields with abundant water supply from the Nakdonggang River that flows east of the city. Agriculture remains an important sector with its agricultural specialties being rice, dried persimmon, silkworm cocoons, hanu beef, pears, and grapes. Because its economy is hugely agricultural, Sangju is also referred to as the 'Agricultural Capital of Korea'.

Sangju today is an important regional center of industry and commerce as well as having a significant economic effect on neighboring areas. This is facilitated by its strong transit connections that make transportation easier. It is also first place in Korea where the use of bicycles became prevalent. Also, Sangju tries to keep up its strength in the agricultural section with some specialized products such as dried persimmon and traditional silk. Traditional culture and natural environment is well-preserved, with the residents pursuing sustainable development in harmony with nature. Hence, Sangju has been designated as a Slow City.

Sangju Slow City includes the towns of Hamchang-eup, Ian-myeon, and Gonggeom-myeon in Sangju. This area was designated as a Slow City (*see below) in June 2011 due to its well-preserved tourist legacy from the past and rich resources. Get away from the complex and fast-changing pace of the metropolitan city and visit Slow City Sangju.

Seongjubong Recreational Forest

Famous for its thick forest, clean air, clear waters, and beautiful landscape, Seongjubong Recreational Forest is a good place for recreation and relaxation coupled with the beauty and nature of Sangju's outdoors. Inside the resort, there are accommodation facilities like pensions, cabins, and camping sites. Leisure facilities are available and there are programs and activities for visitors to take part in. Communal kitchen areas and parking lots are also available. Near the resort, there are five hiking trails where visitors can enjoy a walk for two to six hours depending on the length of the trail. The construction of an Oriental Medicine Ecological Village and Oriental Medicine Resources Development Center is currently underway, occupying an area 800,000 square meters wide.

Korea Tourism Organization

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