Yongchu Valley

Yongchu Valley

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AddressDaeya-ro, Gaeun-eup, Mungyeong-si

From the Maseong mayor's office near route 3 between Jeomchon and Mungyeong if you go about 10 km towards Gaeun and Nongam you pass by Gaeun-eupnae. From here if you go 8 km more towards the coal museum you can see Gaeun-eup Wanjang-ri village (village assembly hall). If you follow the road for two more km you will see a parking lot (1,000 pyeong) on the left side of the road. Next to the parking lot is a hilled road with a pine forest and this is the entrance to the Seonyudong valley.


From the entrance of Seonyudong, driving for 600 meters along local road No. 922, you will see a tourist information sign for Yongchu Daeyasan. Turning left here, pass Beolbawi Village, named after the honeycombed appearance of the surrounding mountain. Dolmadang (stone yard) rest stop, which has a capacity for dozens of car parking, appears after driving 800 meters along a cement farm road through the center of the town. A wide rock bed lying on the right hill at the rest stop entrance is also called Madangbawi (yard rock) because it is as wide as a common farmhouse yard, and provides famers with threshing floor. Most visitors use the road connected to the front of the rest stop despite the existence of a forest road to Yongchu, crossing from the valley in front of the rest stop. It is because driving through the front road provides an unobstructed view of the whole valley and the feeling of mountain hiking pleasure, looking down when going up to Yongchu from the front of the rest stop.

Daeya Mountain is located in the Gaeun-eup Wanjang-ri, it creates a boundary for Chungbuk Gwesan-gun and Gyeongbuk Mungyeong-si, and it holds the naturally blessed land in the hill of Sobaek mountain range and Ambong which penetrates the mountain and a variety of strangely shaped rocks are surrounded by grass to provide a majestic view. It is commonly compared to a mountain which combines Pukhansan and Dobongsan, and clear water flows down the valley throughout the four seasons. There are numerous areas of astonishing beauty around Daeyasan, but the two-tiered Yongchu Waterfalls are considered the best of the best. As if to prove the legend about a male and a female dragon rising to the sky here, the two huge granite slabs on either side of the falls have mysterious markings like dragon scales which appear to have been left there in the wake of their departure. This place never dried up even in the most dry season so in the past people prayed for rain in this spot.

Yongchu Waterfall consists of two parts; the upper part has a deep heart shaped whirlpool, formed by constant water erosion over eons. Visitors smile at this interesting feature. Connected to the upper part, the lower part of the waterfall provides kids with a slide, the bedrock made slick from the water flowing over. If you drive for about twenty minutes, passing the wide bedrock above the falls, Weolyongdae, another scenic spot, waits for you. It is named Weolyongdae because when the bright moon rises in the night sky its reflection on the clear water on the white rocks is indescribably beautiful. What's better there is a 'drink table rock' for you and your dear friend to have a drink with simple side dishes.

● Getting here
   - Seoul → Jungbu Naeryuk Highway → Mungyeongsaejae IC → Maseong-myeon → Gaeun-eup → Bulbawi → Yongchu Parking Lot
   - Daegu → Jungbu Naeryuk Highway  → Mungyeongsaejae IC →Maseong-myeon → Gaeun-eup → Bulbawi → Yongchu Parking Lot

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