Gimje-si Cheolligil

It also has Gimje Plains where
you can see the endless horizon.

Gimje-si is known for its artificial reservoir, Byeokgolje that is the oldest reservoir in Korea, built in AD 330, the 27th year of King Biryu from Baekje. It is also known for Moak Mountain Provincial Park, and Geumsan Temple. It also has Gimje Plains where you can see the endless horizon.

From Byeokgolje, we can see that the economic base of this region was agriculture that made use of the vast fields. Gimje has fertile land and also has clean environment, so any crop will grow well here, thus this place is called the granary in Jeolla-do.

It is aiming to become a marine city and a mecca of various cleaning industries.

The most representative tourist destination is the Moak Mountain Provincial Park.
Moak Mountain is one of the renowned mountains in the Jeonbuk region,
and it hugs the various provinces of Jeonbuk including Gimje, with its mother-like posture.
Among the many temples in the mountain, Geumsan Temple is worth visiting.
It is where GyeonHwon was exiled, and it was the center of the Mireuk faith.
The temple is an ancient temple with 1 national treasure and 10 treasures.

As such, Gimje is a historic city, and is expected to have a successful future due to the recent Saemangeum project.
It is aiming to become a marine city and a mecca of various cleaning industries.

you can meet
in Gimje-si.

The Gimje-si part of the Jeonbuk Cheolligil lets one look around the renowned tourist destinations in Gimje and see the historical values form the past and the future.

In Saemangeum Path of the Wind, you can listen to the singing breeze along the wide plains which you will not be able to find anywhere. the Jeonseon-po and Nakjo look beautiful with its old memories in Manghaesa. In Geumgu Myeongpum-gil, you will be able to meet the Geumgumyeon which is famous for its cold cave. You will not easily forget about the Moak Mountain and the old temples in the Geumsan-gil.

The sceneries that you won’t forget easily, and the path that moves your heart with its sensitivity instead of being fancy, you can meet them in Gimje-si.

Saemangeum Path of the Wind

Length 12km
Road Name Coastal Road
Time 4 hrs
Main Course Jinbong-myeon office – Jinbong tide embankment – Jeonseonpo
– Manghaesa – Simpo Harbor – Geojeon Village

Saemangeum Path of the Wind welcomes hikers with its cool wind, just like its name. From Jinbong-myeon office, follow the path beside Gosa Church and climb up to the Jinbong tide embankment.

Gimje-si is the only place where you can see the horizon in the Korean peninsual. The plains and the Saemangeum reclaimed land will fulfill all your satisfactions. However, you should not forget the historical records that it was built in the Japanese colonization era for the stealing of grains.

You can look at the vast plains from the long tide embankment.

At the end of the long tide embankment, there is the sign board and pavilion at Seokchi Village. Take a rest for a while and climb up the hills behind the pavilion to encounter a road in the forest.

As you walk along, you will see the remains from a broken boat. Sometimes it is covered by the plants, and sometimes it is almost part of the nature as it is already buried in the ground. The sensitivity you get from walking on the path is very unique.

Along the barbed-wire fence and after passing by the bunker in the old coastal rod, you will reach the Jebang-gil that leads to Jeonseonpo.

Jeonseonpo, now there is only one fishing boat and some rocks that waits for the commands.

Jeonsonpo was the door that guarded Chungcheong-do and Jeolla-do, and was a naval base where the front was, and was the place that protected the Geum River.
Where is the front that hastily moved according to the signs from Bongsu Mountain in Geojeon-li?

The pile of stones remind us of the soldiers from that time.
The traces of someone else’s touch make it seem lonelier.

Hikers walk carefully in the path between the mud flat in case their feet gets stuck here.

The path that comes right after is a path that crosses the mud flat. The water ways and the wetlands are next to it, and the road thinly sticks out. After setting your foot on the path, it feels harder than expected. One might be worried that the tides may come in. If it wasn’t the Saemangeum Path of the Wind, one might not experience such experience anywhere else. It is indeed very impressive.

The Manghaesa you will encounter across the mud flat is a place that seems like it misses the ocean. The original temple that was built in the year 671, the 11th year of the reign of King Munmu sunk below the ocean, and in the year 1589, Monk Jinmuk built the Nakseojeon, and it has stood there ever since then.

Manghaesa, which misses the ocean that swallowed it.

Even though the original building sunk underneath the ocean, the temple still misses the ocean. The setting sun of the west coast seen from the temple seems peaceful.

The walkway behind Manghaesa is a path that lets you look back to yourself. Try breathing in the energy of the forest while taking a walk. When you feel like your have stronger energy, you will reach the Simpo Harbor, the only port in Gimje.

You can listen to the song of the ocean in the Simpo Harbor and head to Geojeon-li.

The path to the Bongsu Mountain is short but rough. You can avoid all the thorns and weeds, and soon you will come across a road that is easy to walk on.

The Bongsudae up on the mountain used to be an observatory post that sent signals to Jeonseonpo. The military regulations have disappeared a long time ago, but you can still think of the old times. While coming down back to  Geojin Village, one may think that the hiking trail they’ve just been on is the trail that reminds them of the nostalgic past.

  • Recommendation

    It’s a path that is nice to walk on
    your own. The graceful road
    following the traces from the past
    is incomparable to other roads.

  • Transportation

    Departure: Gimje Station,
    get on no. 18, 19 from
    Gimje Bus Terminal
    > Get off at Gwangi
    (Jinbong-myeon office)

    Destination: From Geojeon
    last station (Geojeon Village),
    take bus no. 18, 19
    > Get off at Gimje Bus
    Terminal and Gimje station

  • Information Center

    Jinbong-myeon office

  • Representative

    Gimje Municipal Office Dept. of Environment
    063-540-3331

Geumgu Myeongpum-gil

Length 11km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 4 hrs
Main Course Geumgu-myeon office – Seonam Reservoir – Chukryeong Cultural Village – Sangmok Cold Cave
– Hinoki forest – Yangseok Cold Cave – Daehwa Bridge

In Geumgu-myeon, the door to Gimje, we start the trekking.

In Geumgu-myeon, the door to Gimje, we start the trekking.

From Geumgu-myeon office, we pass by the Seonam Reservoir and walk until Chukryeong Cultural Village. Moak Mountain shows its mother-like posture to the hikers. In Chukryeong Cultural Village, you can visit the traditional tea house, dye coloring class, and sauna.

You then can take a look at Sangmok cold cave, one of the three caves where cold wind blows in Geumgu-myeon. In the summer, Sangmok cold cave and Yangseok cold cave must be visited. Yangseok cold cave is connected to Geumsan Temple.

Seonam Reservoir

From the  Hinoki forest, you can feel the cool atmosphere. In front of the Yangseok village, you can find traces of the old gold mines and also find traces of extracting placer gold in the valley that has been done until recently.

Look back to the road you walked on until now from Daehwa  bridge.
Along the Moak Mountain, you can see the door of Gimje, the peaceful village, and remember the beauty of nature from the Hinoki trees and bracken collections, and the cool atmosphere in the cold caves.

  • Recommendation

    In Sangmok cold cave, you can
    eat your meal or drink makgeolli.

  • Transportation

    Departure: Take bus no. 7 from
    Hanshin Apt. station in
    front of Gimje station
    > Get off at Myoam station
    and take bus no. 33
    > Get off at Gimje station

    Destination: Take bus no. 1
    from Geumcheon station
    > Get off at Gimje station

    * Schedule for each bus
    should be checked.
    (Bus intervals may be long)

  • Information Center

    Geumgu-myeon office

  • Representative

    Gimje Municipal Office Dept. of Environment
    063-540-3331

Geumsansa-gil

Length 13km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 5 hrs
Main Course Geumsansa parking lot – Baekundong Village – Gwisinsa – Geumpyeong Reservoir – Geumsansa parking lot

Geumsansa-gil is the trail with the most beautiful view in Moak Mountiain masil-gil.

Geumsansa is the temple where Gyeonhwon from latter Baekje times lived in exile, and it is the center of the Mireuk faith. Following the Moak Mountain that features beautiful views of Jeonbuk, let’s start the tour that lets us meet the ancient temples.

From Geumsansa parking lot, you can start climbing up the mountain, but if you have spare time, you should take a look around the Geumsansa Temple. It is the center of Mireuk faith, so instead of the main temple, there is the Mireuk temple. You should remember to see hexagonal multi-layer stone pagoda and the Seokryeondae, both important heritages.

The view of Geumsansa Temple

Just by walking al ong the Moak Mountain, you are able to meditate and relieve yourself of the worldly affairs. You will come across Gwisinsa and Cheonguksa,
and drink some fresh water.

As you pass by the northern part, you will be able to see the Geumgu Myeongpum-gil, another section of Jeonbuk Cheonli-gil. After you pass by Buyeonsa, you will be able to see Geumpyeong reservoir, and wash away all your woes.

Think about it again when you come back to the departure point.
How did I change after completing the course?

  • Recommendation

    This is a trail that is known for
    it's beautiful autumn leaves. You
    can connect this course with some
    sections from the Moak Mountain
    climbing course.

  • Transportation

    Departure: From Gimje
    station, take bus no. 5, 5-1.
    > Get off at Geumsansa Temple
    or take bus no. 79 at Jeonju station
    > Get off at Geumsansa Temple
    (goes back to the starting point,
    goes in a reverse order from
    destination)

    * Schedule for each bus
    should be checked.
    (Bus intervals may be long)

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Gimje Municipal Office Dept. of Environment
    063-540-3331