Jinan-gun Cheolligil

The natural environment has been well-preserved, Jinan-gun

Jinan-gun has the second widest area after Wanju-gun, and most of its land consists of mountainous regions. The natural environment has been well-preserved, and it is known for the only highland plateau in Korea, the ‘Jinan Plateau’.  

In AD 757, the 16th year of reign of King Gyeongdeok in Silla, the region’s name changed from Nanjina-hyeon (or Wollang-hyeon) to Jinan-hyeon, and since then, the name has been used. In the Goryeo era, it was called as Wollang-hyeon again, but it was called Jinan-gun since Joseon.

In Jinan-gun, the three river stems, Geum River, Seomjin River and Mangyeong River, met here.
Thus, Jinan-gun is a place of mountains and waters.

There many mountains famous for mountain climbing such as Unjang Mountain, Gubong Mountain and Mai Mountain.
The scenery aroung the Yongdam Lake is breathtaking indeed.

One cannot possibly miss out on Jinan Plateau located between the Sobaek mountain ridge and Noryeong mountain ridge.
In the East, there are the Daedeok Mountain, Deokyu Mountain, Baekun Mountain,
and they are all connected to Noryeong ridge that is about 1,200~1,300m above sea level.  

The plateau located in between this place is 350~300m above sea level, and it is a significant place for geology
because the geological features from the ancient times can still be observed.

Jinan-gun has all the
incredible sceneries of Korea

The priceless trail in Jinan-gun in the Jinan-gun section of the Jeonbuk Cheolligil introduces places with great views and places that are not strenuous to walk.

Along the Yongdam Dam and the Yongdam Lake, you will see the Geum River, and you will also see the Seombawi in Yongdam Dam Gamdong Byeorut-gil. There is also the Unilam Banilam Trail where you can walk along the valley with incredible and bizarre stones. You will also be able to feel the miraculous features of Mai Mountain in the Mai Mountain Trail.

Jinan-gun has all the incredible sceneries of Korea. If you are a fan of hiking trips, you should try visiting Jinan-gun.

Yongdam Dam Gamdong Byeorut-gil

Length 12km
Road Name Lake Road
Time 4 hrs
Main Course Yongdam Dam Water Cultural Center – Gongdo Bridge – Seombawi(island rock)
– Byeorut-gil – Gamdong Village (Round Course)

Yongdam Lake you can see from Yongdam Dam.
It is a lake that submerged 1 eup and 5 myeons, but it let the people in Jinju, Jeonbuk water that can be used daily. This should also be appreciated along with the beautiful scenery. The scenery that well-matches the mountains of Jinan-gun looks picturesque.

The Scenery of Yongdam Dam

You can also look around the Exhibition Park on the outside. Various works are displayed, so the various meanings of the environment which the works emphasize are delivered to the audience. There is the Water Cultural Center and other tour places, so the start of the tour will be fun.

After passing by the Gongdo Bridge where you can see the top [art of the dam, you can walk on the riverside. This path with beauty is a great path to walk with your lovers.

After passing by the park with a significant Twelve Zodiacal Animal statues, you will cross the Sinyongdam Bridge. It is written on the left side that visitors should follow the signs to enjoy the Geum riverside.

The water flows serenely and peacefully, as if welcoming the visitors. A dog howlingin the nearby park can be heard across the river.

The magnificent scene of the Seombawi Rock.
The evergreen trees look awesome as well.

The Seombawi you see while listening to the songs of the reed are like a painting.
The Seombawi that is standing in the middle of the Geum River is big, but it is also graceful, even heavenly-like. The evergreen tree on the Seombawi also looks as graceful as the island rock.

The Geum River scenery in the white sandy beach that is about 10,000-pyeong big, will attract the visitors.

Climbing up the Byeorut-gil. The Byeorut-gil that goes beside the Geum River is quite thrilling.

The Byeorut-gil that starts at the end of the river is both romatic and thrilling. The travelers will carefully go up and sometimes even calm themselves down due to the thrilling course.

The Geum river flows among the bizarre-looking rocks. The tree that looks as if it is bowing to the water even looks mysterious.

Let’s catch some marsh snails at the riverside Gamjeon Village.

The Gamjeon Village you will see at the end of the course is peaceful and has a beautiful scenery.

When you go down the riverside, there is a lonely arrow that tells you to go back. The trip back to the breathtaking scenery will be enjoyable. (When you go back, the official route is to take the road from New Yongdam Bridge and going up to the Water Cultural Center.)

  • Recommendation

    If the door to the Gongdo Bridge is
    closed, check if entrance is
    possible. It is worth walking there.
    The road next to the cliff is nice to
    walk in spring and late autumn.

  • Transportation

    From Jinan Bus Terminal,
    take Rural Bus Jinan-Songpung
    (Jeongchan) > Get off at
    Wangdu-gol, walk 30 minutes
    to the Yongdam Dam
    Water Cultural Center
    (Goes back to the departure point,
    goes in a reverse order from

  • Information Center

    Jinan-gun office Dept. of Tour Development Office

  • Representative

    Jinan Gowon-gil

Unilam Banilam Forest Road

Length 10km
Road Name Riverside Road
Time 3hrs 30mins
Main Course Jucheon-myeon Samgeo – Observatory – Rainbow Bridge – Dakbat Valley – Waryongam – Jucheon-myeon office

Unilam Banilam Forest Road is a road that excites travelers whenever they come across beautiful sceneries.

This is a region with a great geological value, and its mysterious features are indeed breathtaking. The Section 9 of Jinan Plateau Road, Unilam Banilam Forest Road is a road that excites travelers whenever they come across beautiful sceneries.

After getting off at Samgeo Station, move in front of the Nojeokbong Resting Point (Unilam Banilam Campsite). The sound of cool water flowing at the Juja River will attract you. Jinan-gun is known as the clean and pure region, which is also true for the water.

You will then get into the forest. Other places with beautiful sceneries talk about 9 sceneries, 10 sceneries, but this place has 28 sceneries to enjoy. When you see them one by one, you will be wondering why these places have been hiding here all this time.

Bizarre-looking stones and the scenery of the valley you will see while walking in the forest trails.

The photos you take of the sceneries at the observatory and the rainbow bridge will be artistic without any particular efforts. The mysterious feature of this paradise is the ideal all scholars from the past have dreamt of. You can see the poems and the phrases about the scenery old scholars wrote on the rocks, and their names.
The pavilions here and there are beautiful as well.

As you enjoy the scene and walk in the nature, you will reach Waryongam.
The mysterious-looking posture will last until the end of the tour course.
Then, at Jucheon-myeon office, you will think to yourself, if there really are the Taoist gods from the myth, they would live here.

  • Recommendation

    You can use the campsite at the
    beginning of the course. 1 night
    stay including the hiking and
    the playing in the water is
    recommended. It is such a
    beautiful place to only walk
    the trails once.

  • Transportation

    Departure:From Jinan Bus
    Termical, get on rural
    bus Jinan-Jucheon 
    > Get off at Samgeo, cross
    the Nojeok Bridge and
    start the course.

    Destination: From Jucheon-myeon
    office, get on rural
    bus Jinan-Jucheon
    > Get off at Jinan Bus Terminal

  • Information Center

    Jinan-gun office Dept. of Tour Development Office

  • Representative

    Jinan Gowon-gil

Mai Mountain Road

Length 8km
Road Name Forest and Hill Road
Time 3hrs 30mins
Main Course Jinan Meeting and Resting place – North of Mai Mountain – Path of Lovers – Tapsa – Hot spring village

The most unique shape among
the mountains in Korea

This is a course in Mai Mountain that has the most unique shape among the mountains in Korea, and it is a symbolic mountain of Jinan-gun.

From Jinan Meeting and Resting Place, you start the course. As you pass by the downtown of Jinan-gun, the breathtaking view of Mai Mountain can be seen. You can also visit Jinan Red Ginseng Town and Jinan Historical Museum.

Once you pass by the Sayangje, a reservoir, you will see Mai Mountain.

After you pass by the Path of Lovers that looks different in all four seasons, you will meet Eunsusa through the Cheonwang Gate in between the Female, Male Mai Mountain.

Once you are here, you must see the Tapsa. The story of Lee Gapryong the scholar is still full of mystery. One will keep thinking about the secret of the stone tower that never collapses and how he managed to pile up all the heavy stones.

No matter which part of the course you walk in, the Mai Mountain will watch you.

You will reach the Hot Spring Village. The hot spring village forest is the most renowned place in the region, and it is definitely the greatest way to finish the course.

While watching the Mai Mountain from the forest, you could think of a joke that the trees from the Mai mountain were all moved to the forest here. Actually, the traditional forest was restored in order to prevent frequent fire, and there also is the stone turtle statue.

  • Recommendation

    There are various mountain
    hiking courses such as the Female
    Maibong and Bongdubong, so you
    can also enjoy mountain climbing.

  • Transportation

    Departure: From Jinan Bus
    Terminal, walk 5 minutes
    > Start the course at Jinan
    Meeting and Resting place.

    Destination: From the Hot Spring station in front of the Hot Spring Village, get on rural bus Maryeong-Jinan(Tapsa)
    > Get off at Jinan Bus Terminal

  • Information Center

    Mai Mountain Tourist Information Center
    (Maisan-ro 130, Jinan-eup, Jinan-gun)

  • Representative

    Jinan-gun office Dept. of Tour Development Office

    Jinan Gowon-gil