Damyang County

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Damyang
담양군
County
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised Romanization Damyang-gun
 • McCune-Reischauer Tamyang-gun
Official logo of Damyang
Emblem of Damyang
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Honam
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 11 myeon
Area
 • Total 455.09 km2 (175.71 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 51,420
 • Density 121/km2 (310/sq mi)
 • Dialect Jeolla

Damyang County (Damyang-gun) is a county in Jeollanam-do, South Korea. Bamboo goods and strawberries are well-known local products of this highly touristy area.

Damyang is not to be confused with Danyang, which is located in eastern North Chungcheong Province.

Administrative units[edit]

The county comprises one eup (Damyang-eup, the seat), and eleven myeon (Bongsan-myeon, Changpyeong-myeon, Daedeok-myeon, Daejeon-myeon, Geumseong-myeon, Goseo-myeon, Mujeong-myeon, Nam-myeon, Subok-myeon, Wolsan-myeon, Yong-myeon).

Natural assets[edit]

Damyang area is a nice destination to enjoy Korean countryside. The development of road infrastructures allowed a boom in tourism, but it is still possible to come across beautiful, quiet, and unspoilt villages.

Bamboo[edit]

Damyang is one of the northernmost places where bamboo can be found on the Korean peninsula, and its bamboo forests are well-known among Koreans. Many touristic attractions have been created to leverage on that reputation: a Bamboo Theme Park / Daenamugol, a Bamboo Museum, a Bamboo Festival, a park filled with green bamboo (Juknokwon - 죽녹원)...

Mountains[edit]

Chuwolsan and Byeongpungsan are popular hiking destinations. Also notable for its fortress (Geumseongsanseong): Geumseongsan.

Metasequoia[edit]

A stretch of metasequoia trees just outside Damyang-eup gained nationwide popularity after a romantic drama was shot here. It was even picked as one of the most beautiful roads in all of Korea.[1]

Hot Springs[edit]

Here too, infrastructures followed the natural assets, and tourists can now stay in themed resorts, featuring of course hot baths perfumed with bamboo.

Cultural assets[edit]

Damyang is also a popular destination for food lovers and amateurs of cultural visits.

Food[edit]

  • Jeollanam-do enjoys a good reputation for its cuisine, and Damyang generally evoques great food and the county provides a large choice of restaurants.
  • Among the most popular specialities, Damyang ddeok galbi (tteokgalbi): this tasty and juicy marinated beef and pork mix, usually grilled at the table, is supposed to have originated either in Damyang or in Gwangju.
  • Don't even think about escaping bamboo in Damyang: many restaurants propose daetongbap (rice cooked in bamboo), and tea places bamboo tea.

Soswaewon[edit]

A private garden built by Yang San-bo (1503–1557), Soswaewon (소쇄원) stretches along a charming streamlet dotted with pavilions particularly suitable for meditation. A refreshing spot in the summer heat.

Literature[edit]

Several houses of famous scholars can be visited, and the Miam Diaries (Miam Yu Hui-chun: 1513-1577) are exposed in Daeduk-myon.

Temples[edit]

  • Yongheungsa in Wolsa-myeon (not to be confused with Busan's Yonggungsa)
  • Gaeseonsa in Nam-myeon.

Other landmarks and monuments[edit]

They include the fortress of Geumseongsanseong (see above), and various national treasures (pagodas, pavilions... - overall, 66 properties, including 15 at the national level and 51 at the provincial level).

Events[edit]

Dramas[edit]

Korean dramas have become a significant (though not often sustainable) source of revenue for tourism, and many counties sponsor series or compete to host a few shootings, hoping to hit a jackpot similar to the localities 'blessed' with Winter Sonata's visit. Damyang boasts its metasequoia path (see above), and a 'movie village'.

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "담양 메타세쿼이아 가로수길에서 마라톤을.." Yeonhap news 2007.08.15

Coordinates: 35°19′08″N 126°59′02″E / 35.3188888989°N 126.983888899°E / 35.3188888989; 126.983888899