Mudeongsan National Park & Wonhyosa The park embraces all the gifts of nature of Gwangju. Including columnar joint cliffs, called God's Stone Pillar, 1000-year-old Buddhist temple in Korea, and the most beautiful 'Wonhyosa Temple' that has an ornate pavilion are located in Mudeongsan national park.
Soswaewon Soswaewon Garden is a private garden from the Joseon period where Korea's traditional beauty is preserved. It was built by Yang San-Bo (1503-1557) after he gave up his success when his mentor Jo Gwang-Jo (1482-1519) was killed during political strife. Soswaewon Garden presents itself as a clean and transparent garden where the righteous enjoy the life of anbinnakdo (being comfortable amid poverty and taking pleasure in an honest lifestyle) surrounded by a bamboo grove.
Juknokwon Juknokwon in Damyang is a bamboo forest cultivated by the town of Damyang. This bamboo forest, at approximately 160,000 ㎡ in size, was formed in May 2003. The rock steps and winds blown between the bamboo trees provide relief from daily stress. Try bamboo leaf tea for a perfect end to the visit.
Gwanbangjerim Gwanbangjerim (Natural Monument No. 366) is a forest that was made along the banks of Damyangcheon Stream.Gwanbangjerim is a special manmade forest that was planted to prevent flooding along Damyangcheon Stream. It is comprised of large trees such as muku trees, zelkova trees, nettle trees, and cherry trees that are about 200 to 300 years old.
Dambit Arts Warehouse From 2011 to 2014, the residents of Samrye carried out the project of creating a Samrye Culture and Art Village with the motto of “Art is tourism”. Finally, large warehouses have been transformed into visual media art museum, book studio north art center, design museum, Kim Sang-lim woodwork, book museum, and cultural cafe. Murals are painted on the wall of the house on the right side of the lawn. When you go to the back of the warehouse building, several works like the sculpture park talk to the visitors.
Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park Gwangjuho Lake Eco Park is a large park around Gwangjuho Lake that is divided into themed districts. The 184,948 m²-park features a natural observation center, eco-experience center, grass plaza, wetlands, and more. Visitors may also enjoy the picturesque view of over 3,000 kinds of trees including snowbells, quince, Chinese parasol trees, Japanese maples, and Metasequoia trees.
Chwigajeong Pavilion Chwigajeong Pavilion was built to honor Kim Deok-ryeong, a leader of a civilian army during the Japanese invasions (1592-1598), by his descendants in 1890. The original pavilion burnt down during the Korean War (1950-1953), and the current building was built in 1955. When the Japanese invaded the Korean Peninsula in 1592, Kim Deok-ryeong mobilized a civilian army and defeated the Japanese in the Jeolla-do area. However, he was falsely accused of being involved in the rebellion in 1596 and died from harsh torture in jail.
Hwanbeokdang Built by Kim Yun-je (pen-name: Sachon, 1501-1572), a Neo-Confucian scholar of the early Joseon Period, with the aim of spending his final years in a peaceful natural environment educating local youths, Hwanbyeokdang Pavilion houses a study room on one side of the building, displaying a unique architectural element established through the pavilions built in the southwestern part of Korea. The pavilion is located near Wonhyo-gyegok Valley of Mudeungsan Mountain; down in the valley is a beautiful crape myrtle grove called Jamitan (Crape Myrtle Rapids) on one side of Jeungamcheon River.