(Location: Yongbuwolli, Daegang-myeon)
Jungneong is located in a strategic position where Seoul interconnects with Gyeongsang, Chungcheong and Gangwon Provinces, respectively, and is surrounded by bamboo trees and is thus called a bamboo hill. The hill is famous for its steepness, in the mid-slope of which appears Jungneong Waterfall, which creates a scene of mystery with silvery downpours.
The neighboring clean valley, in the midst of dense woods, is also one that attracts vacationers in the summer season, and is thus designated as a natural environment preservation district in a national park area, to which public access is restricted.
(Location: Ha-ri, Yeongchun-myeon)
Ondalsanseong, historic site No. 246, is a mountain fortress wall that was established around the Nam Han River. The semicircular stone bastion, 972m long and 3m high, has been well preserved as it were.
During the Three Kingdoms era, the bulwark was the field in which Goguryeo and Silla kingdoms engaged in intense battles, in order to dominate the Nam Han River. A famous love story between General Ondal, son-in-law of a Goguryreo King, and Princess Pyeonggang has been handed down through history. Relics were excavated inside the site, with much of the well left still undamaged, and a trapezoid shaped drain outlet remains outside of it. Also remarkable are the forms of gates in the south and the west, and the protruding part of the east gate, all of which can hardly be seen in any of Korea’s other old citadels. Northeast of the castle, there is a lime cave called Ondalgul below the precipice along the Nam Han River. The stoned wall, which remains well preserved, is considered one of the important relics for studying how to build up a citadel. A sightseeing resort, adjacent to Ondal Cave, has been opened in the vicinity of the castle.
(Location: Sangli, Jeokseong-myeon)
The mountain, 1,016m above sea level, branches off Mt Chiak, Wonju. It is said to have been called Mt. Baegam at first, and then Mt. Geumsu by Toegye Lee Hwang during his service, as the scenery looked as if it were an embroidered silk fabric. The scenic beauty is renowned for royal azaleas in the spring, thick foliage in the summer, colored leaves in the fall and snowy landscape in the winter, respectively. Watching the mountain at Danseong-myeon, the ridge looks like a beauty lying down, and so is called Spinster Peak.
On the middle part of it is the basin of a waterfall gushing crystal-clear water out of the crevices of rocks and in which the community prayed for rain during drought seasons. And the mountain is well known as a repository of natural herbs, some of which are highly toxic enough to be fatal if consumed. Ice can be seen in Ice Valley even in an extremely sultry summer.
(Location: Imhyeon 3 ri, Eosangcheon-myeon)
The natural lime cave is located on the lowest part of Mt. Samtae.
A few steps from the entrance, a huge dome of 67m width can be seen connecting to the open ceiling of the cave, through which beams of sun penetrate, thus offering visitors a magnificent view.
Not surprisingly, the cave was called sunshine cave. For now, however, the entrance remains sealed due to some risk of falling rocks, so no access is allowed.
Gubongpalmun(nine peaks and eight gates)
(Location: Boballi, Gagok-myeon, Yeongchun-myeon)
Along the Mt Sobaek. range, nine peaks line up from Yeongchun to Gagok, between which valleys make up eight gates, thus offering some spectacular scenery.
A Buddhist is said to have struggled to climb up there as he had taken it for a temple entrance. Among nine peaks, Yeongju Peak, also called Suribong, has a palace of annihilation through which any Buddhist who has practiced asceticism very well may enter Nirvana. It is a figuration of three dragons ascending toward the sky in a sense of topography and geomancy.
(Location: Sangli, Yeongchun-myeon)
The steep stoned walls line up like a folding screen, among which the highest one is called Cheongmyeong Peak, which resembles a high-flying hawk. In old times, romantic artists and poets and Confucian scholars from several neighboring areas, including Yeongwol, Yeongchun, Chungpung, Danyang, Punggi, and Jechon, visited here and enjoyed boating, fascinated by the beautifully harmonized scenery covered with azaleas in the spring and tinged leaves in the autumn.
In the 1960s, the ferrymen, intoxicated by the smell and fragrance of azaleas, are said to have sung boating songs while rowing on their way to Seoul.
(Location: Hwangjeonglli, Daegang-myeon)
Going up along Wontonggol from Temple Daeheungsa, Wontongam is seen at the end, and west of it are seven huge rocks, skyrocketing 70 feet high, which appear to be finely carved, on a 30 feet wide pedestal stone.
In the past, a 300-year-old pine tree stood high around the rocks, which later withered to death. On a bright day, the seven rocks of granites reflect so many sunrays as to dazzle one’s eyes, thus offering visitors a splendid view.
It is said that if anyone prays before these rocks, which resemble the shape of Buddha’s palm, she will get pregnant and give birth to a baby son. So, many people who desire to have a boy stop by here for this reason.
(Location: Cheondongli, Danyang-eup)
There is an iron bridge at the entrance of a mountain trail to Mt. Sobaek in Darian resort. In the past, people placed a wooden ladder across the streams to enter deep into the mountain, climbing up and down the cliffs. The name, Dariansan, originates from them having to cross a ladder-like bridge to go into the mountain.
Huge raw timbers were vertically placed on both sides, over which raw timbers were horizontally put, the intersected parts bound with creepers, and stones inserted in the middle to make it easy to step on. However, the gradient was so steep that only people could manage to cross the bridge, but not cattle or horses. The inside of the bridge, which means Darian, was said to have been also been inhabited by many people.