Wanju-gun Cheolligil

Wanju-gun is another historically significant place in Jeollabuk-do along with Jeonju-si.

It used to be Jeonju-gun, and part of Jeonju-si, thus it shares the long history and tradition. However, in AD 555, the second year of reign of King Wideok, Wansan Province was made, so the name Wanju has another historical value.

In the Joseon Dynasty, this place used to be the hometown of King Taejo, the main hometown of surname Lee of Jeonju, so the status of the region was elevated to Wansan-Yusubu. During the Japanese colonization period, the region Jeonju-eup was elevated to Jeonju-bu, so Jeonju-gun was renamed to Wanju-gun. Wanju-gun administered 15 myeons.

Wanju-gun has the biggest area among the provinces and guns of Jeollabuk-do. Wanju-gun is the central region of Jeollabuk-do that is adjacent to 8 cities including Jeonju-si, and other guns.

Wanju-gun is another clean region of Jeollabuk-do, and it has a lot of scenic resources.

Among the various stems of the Baekdu Mountain ridge, Wanju-gun is near the stem from Noryeong ridge.
There are various mountains and you will be able to see a lot of traditional, cultural heritages in the villages.

Let’s meet the paths of Wanju-gun where your woes will be gone with the fresh energy of the mountain and the forest.

Wanju-gun section of Jeonbuk Cheolligil has places such as the Wibong Waterfall where Gwon Samdeuk, a pansori master, got his perfect voice, and Hakdong Village that is known for the Gojongsi, the ingredient of dried persimmon. Starting from Gojongsi Masil-gil, you can walk along the Unmun Valley Masil-gil, Hinoki forest and nearby resorts, and even the Wanju Hinoki tree trail that is famous for the sauna.

Let’s meet the paths of Wanju-gun where your woes will be gone with the fresh energy of the mountain and the forest.

Gojongsi Masil-gil

Length 11km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 4 hrs
Main Course Wibong Waterfall – Songgojjae – Sihyang Observatory – Dajami Village – Hakdong Village

The view of the Wibong Waterfall. This is where the Gwon Samdeuk pansori master achieved his high note.

Wibong waterfall that starts from as high has 60m falls in two layers. In front of this waterfall, the pansori master Gwon Samdeuk has got his perfect voice.

The information sign you meet at the hiking trail, and the resting place. It is well-organized.

If you pass by the waterfall and follow the secluded walkway,
you will find a path that leads to Wondeungsan (Songgotjae).

The name Songgotjae seems to have originated from the scenery of the cliff on the opposite side. The pine trees in the parts that are sticking out look impressive.
The pine trees that deeply rooted down the hard rocks look as magnificent as thousand-year-old pine trees.

Sihyang observatory, great views can be seen from the front and the back.

The upward slope to the top will be a great chance for you to enjoy the mountains. When you almost find the inner you through conversing with yourslef, you will reach the Sihyang Observatory,

The scenery from Wondeung Mountain (ex Cheongryang Mountain) is 713-meter high and the scenery from the mountain is wonderful. In the front, there is the Wanju-gun and Iksan-si, and at the back, there is the stem from Noryeong ridge from Baekdu mountain ridge. By seeing such great view, all hardship will disappear.

The Dajami Village and the Hakdong Village you will see on your way down, are known from its Gojongsi dried persimmon and fermented soybean paste. Perhaps this is why the village seems sweet and pleasant.

The persimmon from this region is a priceless persimmon that do not really grow in other regions. If you visit the place at the right time, you might be lucky enough to try a persimmon.

The pavilion in front of the Hakdong Village. It’s perfect for taking a rest.

The pavilion in front of the Hakdong village station looks graceful. While waiting for the bus here, the sound of the stream and the pleasant breeze will make you want to take a nap here.

  • Recommendation

    If you have spare time, try looking
    around the Wibongsa Temple that
    is a kilometer away from Wibong
    Waterfall. This is a temple built in
    the Baekje era. Wibong Fortress
    where Taejo Leesunggye’s portrait
    was moved to during the national
    crisis.

  • Transportation

    Departure: From Jeonju station,
    Jeonju station Cheotmajung-gil,
    take bus no. 806
    > Get off at Wibong Waterfall

    Destination:Take bus no. 806
    from Hakdong Village
    > Get off at Jeonju station,
    Jeonju station Cheotmajung-gil.

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Wanju-gun Govt. Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-290-2662

Unmun Valley Masil-gil

Length 6km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 2 hrs
Main Course Gyeongcheon Sports Park – Hinoki Forest – Unmun Valley – Wanju Traditional Culture Experience Center

This course lets you feel
the cool air in the forest.

You can start walking in Gyeongcheon Sports Park. The scenery in Gyeongcheon reservoir is beautiful as well, so if you have spare time, you can take a look around it.

After passing by Gyeongcheonaein Rural School, you will get to Imdo.

After passing by Gyeongcheonaein Rural School, you will get to Imdo.
Following this trail full of Hinoki tree scent, you can walk along Unmun Valley.
The energy from the trees will cleanse your body. The air in this path feels really sweet, and the clean nature in Wanju-gun can be significantly felt.

After you visit the valley, walk alongside the Unmun River. You finish the course at the Wanju Traditional Culture Experience Center within the Wanju Traditional Culture Park. The well-built Hanok building shows the blending of new and old. It has the swings, Neolttwigi, tuho and other traditional game facilities, so even the children can enjoy themselves.

You can even spend a night here, so you could consider staying the night at Wanju-gun.

  • Recommendation

    The course is short and not
    strenuous, so you can enjoy the
    trail with your family.
    The traditional game experience at
    the destination is fun.

  • Transportation

    Departure: Take no. 535
    from Jeonju station
    > Get off at Gosan Terminal
    and take the bus going toward Gyeongcheon rural village.
    > Get off at Gyeongcheon-myeon office, walk 5 minutes to Gyeongcheon Living Sports Park

    Destination: Take Rural Village
    Bus from Wanju Traditional
    culture experience center
    > Get off at Gosan Terminal
    and take bus no. 535
    > Get off at Jeonju station

    * For more detailed information
    about the bus lines and stations,
    inquire Sinil
    (063-212-9234)

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Wanju-gun Govt. Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-290-2662

Wanju Hinoki Forest Road

Length 6km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Main Course Gonggi Village – Hinoki Forest Rest stop – Healing Forest Trail – Sulfur Hinoki Bath – Hinoki Forest Parking lot

The hinoki forest in Gonggi Village, is a popular place that you make you relaxed.

The hinoki forest in Gonggi Village, Sanggwam-myeon, is a popular place that you make you relaxed.

It is the place where ‘Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon’ film was shot. You will pass by the village with an interesting name, ‘Gonggi Village’.

By asking an elderly in the village whether the name of the village comes from its fresh air (gonggi), the elderly says that the village looks like a bowl(gonggi) when seen from the Oknyeo-bong in the mountains.

The Trails in between the Hinoki Forest. You can feel the freshness.

This Hinoki Forest is a forest made by many villagers. In the mountain that is about 260,000-pyeong wide, the villagers planted about 100,000 hinoki trees.
Their ability to look out to the future and see the value it will have in the future was great.

It is not only the hinoki trees visitors find pleasant. The wild flowers and insects in the forest show how ecologically healthy the forest is. Even though there are trails for people to walk on, it is very narrow that it barely fits one person. Also, wider paths still did not remove all the soil, and sometimes they laid down straw bags on the road, which is intended to not damage the environment.

While you walk on the healing path, you will feel the energy of phytoncide everywhere.
The foot tubs filled with underground water will grant you with the pleasantness of putting your feet into the cool water.

Once you are done with the sauna at the Sanggwan Resort nearby, you will feel so fresh and new. The forest, air and even the water are very precious in the trail.

  • Recommendation

    This is a course that lets you solely
    feel the forest and relax. There is a
    restaurant run by the villagers,
    so you can have a decent
    meal after the tour.

  • Transportation

    Departure: Jeonju Express bus,
    from bus terminal, move to KB
    Bank Geumam branch
    (walk 10 minutes),
    take bus no. 752
    > Get off at Wonjooklim and
    walk 15 minutes to Gonggi Village.
    (goes back to the departure point,
    goes in a reverse order from
    destination.)

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Wanju-gun Govt. Office Dept. of Environmental Hygiene
    063-290-2662