Imsil-gun Cheolligil

Imsil-gun which is located in the center of Jeollabuk-do

Imsil-gun which is located in the center of Jeollabuk-do used to be called as Inghil-gun during the Baekje era, and in AD 759, the 16th year of reign of King Gyeongdeok of Silla, its name changed into Imsil-gun.  

As you can see from its name, it is a mountainous region with abundant fruits and it had a lot of forest resources from a long time ago. Perhaps this is why you may feel that this place is really fresh and clean when you walk around Imsil-gun.

There is a valley, Hwanheedam which got its name from Taejo Wanggeon when he was 17, because he got a revelation from the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy while praying in Sangyiam and got excited. As such, there are many historical stories all around the place, and also has magnificent views.

Imsil-gun has tourism resources that are different from other regions,
such as the Okjeong Lake which is an artificial lake.

 The scenery of  Okjeong Lake and the mountains is breathtaking.
The mountains that can be seen through the mist in the morning is picturesque.

Try walking on the Jeonbuk Cheolligil path in Imsil-gun.

The Imsil-gun section in Jeonbuk Cheolligil is a course where you can enjoy the romantic Seomjin River which is one of the famous rivers in Jeolla-do, and also see the Okjeong lake and the surrounding views.

The hikers can enjoy the sceneries in Okjeong lake including the Guksabong, Bung-eo island and Okjeong lake Masil-gil. The Okjeong lake’s Mulangae-gil is a course where the Okjeong lake can be seen in more depth, where you can fully enjoy the masterpieces made by the mountains and the lake.

Seomjin River Path is a trail where you can find the poetic spirit in you while you walk around the village on the upper side of the river, thus it is known as the course of humanities.

If you want to get inspired through hiking, try walking on the Jeonbuk Cheolligil path in Imsil-gun.

Through the poetic sceneries made by the mountains and the lake, you will be able to become an artist and a poet with the help of fresh breezes.

Okjeong lake Masil-gil

Length 7km
Road Name Lake Road
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Main Course Guksabong parking lot – Okjeong lake ecological trails – Yangyojeong – Ipseok Village – Eoridong Village

The course begins at Guksabong parking lot. The scenery of Okjeong lake which you can see while going down the road is very beautiful.

The mist that covers Okjeong lake and Bung-eo island is going away.

There is a special name, “Mulangae-gil (mist path)”, and this shows that this place is full of mists in early mornings. When the mists rise from the surface of the lake, you will feel like that you are in the highest place on earth. The Bung-eo island that is seen through the fog will seem romantically mysterious.

Once you go down a little, you will reach the observatory deck. At the end of the observatory deck, follow the sign of ‘Okjeong lake Mulangae-gil’, and go down the wooden decks. You will see the Bung-eo island, and the water birds will fly away after noticing people approching.

Behind the Bung-eo island. You can see the rocky mountains that are rising in a row.

When you follow the ecological trail, you will be able to see Bung-eo island. People even cultivated fields in the island. They are such diligent people.
The water birds, however, do not seem like they want to leave this island.

In front of the Yosan Park, there is a hill that looks as if it is reaching towards the center of the lake. You can stand there and take a deep breath. Is the boat on the waterside a boat for the elderly who is going to cultivate the farm in the island?

After you take a breath here, you will head to the Manghyang Tower and Yangyojeong.
You will feel the sorrow and appreciation when you see the monument with the names of the villagers who drowned.

Many people who left this place could visit this place in order to remember their hometown and houses that are now gone. They will wipe their eyes again and again, thinking of the old village full of bloomed flowers that has drowned under the waters.

Inja likes the mountain, and Jija likes the water, but I like both.

Yangyojeong is a pavilion built after the nom de plume of Choi Eungsuk who assisted Seonjo during the Japanese invasion. This is the Yangyo poem. You can see images on the wall, showing King Seonjo and the guards who were on evacuation.

After you pass by Yonsan Park, you can walk on the trails and enter Ipseok Village. The path then splits into two. One path leads to the mountain through the behind the village, and in the other path, you can walk on the deck along the water and climb the mountain. The latter path is more difficult, but you can see the reed field and see the bizarre-shaped rocks on the way.

When you are on top, you can walk along the ridge.

In between the beautiful trees, you can climb the mountain that is about 300 meter high. This is the most difficult part of the course, but when you reach the top full of the pine tree scent, you will be compensated with the scenery of Guksabong.

You will see Eoridong Village once you come down following the ridge. The lakes, pavilions and the mountain paths will be in your memories as if it were a dream.

  • Recommendation

    You can connect the course with
    Okjeong Lake Mulangae-gil.
    The misty scenery in early
    mornings should be
    seen at least once.

  • Transportation

    Departure: From Gangjin
    Terminal (Imsil-gun),
    you can ride the rural bus
    > Get off at Ipseok,
    walk 10 minutes to
    Guksabong Parking Lot.
    (From the terminal, the bus
    takes off once a day at 07:30.)

    Destination: From Eoridong
    station, get on the rural bus
    > Get off at Gangjin terminal
    (runs twice a day.)

    *Inquire Imsil-gun office dept.
    of culture and tourism
    (063-640-2344)
    for more details.

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Imsil-gun office dept.
    of environmental protection
    063-640-2353

Okjeong lake Mulangae-gil

Length 12km
Road Name Lake Road
Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Main Course Maam-ri Dungi Satation – Yukmojeong – Motjigol – Yongunli station

The meaning of Okjeong Lake in Imsil-gun is deep.

The meaning of Okjeong Lake in Imsil-gun is deep. This great artificial lake made by submerging many villages became the natural habitat of many ecological species.

After you pass by Maam-ri Dungi station, go to the side of the road. We should get nearer to this lake as much as possible. Because of the mist, the name of this path is also ‘Okjeong lake Mulangae-gil’.

While you walk, the mist will clear up and the water will shine on the surface of the lake. Once you are on Yukmojeong, you will be able to see the lake in a wider perspective. The magnificent size overwhelming and mysterious. Even though it is artificially made, it has the dignity as if it were there from the beginning of the world.

Information on Bungeo Island and Hiking trails

The path of Motjigol and the mountain hiking course is a course where you can talk to yourself. The serene scenery of a secluded rural village, the green tea field, and old fishing boats all blend well to create a space where you can look back to yourself.

In Naema Village, you can see the bizarre-shaped rocks that are above the water.
Each rock contributes to the picturesque scenery.

You will arrive at Yongunli station. You will still think about the waves in the serene lake.

  • Recommendation

    You can connect this course
    with Okjeon lake Masil-gil
    in Jeonbuk Cheolli-gil.

  • Transportation

    Departure: Get on rural bus from
    Gangjin Terminal (Imsil-gun)
    > Get off at Maam-ri Dungi Station
    (bus takes off twice a day,
    at 10:00 and 18:30)

    Destination: From Yongun
    entrance, take rural bus
    > Get off at Gangjin Terminal
    (bus takes off three times a day.)

    *Inquire Imsil-gun office dept.
    of culture and tourism
    (063-640-2344)
    for more details.

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Imsil-gun office dept.
    of environmental protection
    063-640-2353

Seomjingang-gil

Length 11km
Road Name Riverside Road
Time 4 hrs
Main Course Mulwoori Wolpajeong – Jinmoe Village – Cheondam Village – Gudam Village 

Along the Seomjin River stem,
we will go around the bridge
and go to the riverside.

The village name, Mulwoori, was named because it was on the riverside so the villagers did not have to worry about water. Therefore, the villagers always performed rituals of appreciation at the Dangsan tree. The course starts from here.

Wolpajeong is a pavilion that was built in 1927 in order to commemorate the virtues of the ancestors by their descendents, Parks from Milyang who lived in Mulwoori. The pavilion has the charm of time, and it generously gives itself to the villagers, so it is indeed a virtuous pavilion.

Along the Seomjin River stem, we will go around the bridge and go to the riverside.

As you walk along the Seomjin River, you will realize that walking here itself is taking a rest.

The next course consists of visiting Jinmoe(Jinme), where the poet who wrote poems about the Seomjin river was born. Because he was born in such a beautiful place with mountains and hills, it was natural of him to write such beautiful poems.
There is a program named, ‘Enjoying Humanities with the poet, Kim Yongtaek’ planned and hosted by Imsil-gun, so you are recommended to take a look.

The stream of water from Seomjin River from Cheondam Village, Gudam Village to Janggumok is known to have a beautiful scenery.

Gudam Village is known as the filming site of the movie, ‘Spring in My Hometown’.
Once you enter the village, you will feel like that the spring in yourself has yet ceased.

And the beautiful Cheolligil journey will continue as well.

  • Recommendation

    You can enjoy the course more
    through the program, ‘Enjoying
    Humanities with the Seomjin River
    poet’, hosted by Imsil-gun.
    This year, the theme will be
    ‘Enjoying Humanities with the
    poet, Kim Yongtaek.’  

  • Transportation

    Departure:From Sunchang Bus
    Terminal, take rural bus (Gangjin)
    > Get off at Mulwoo station/
    From Gangjin Terminal (Imsil),
    get on rural bus (Sunchang-Imsil)
    > Get off at Mulwoo station,
    walk 10 minutes to Mulwoo-ri
    senior Citizen Center

    Destination: From Gudam Village,
    move to Cheondam Village.
    From Cheondam station,
    take rural bus (Gangjin)
    > Get off at Gangjin terminal (Imsil)
    *Inquire Imsil-gun office dept.
    of culture and tourism
    (063-640-2344)
    for more details.

  • Information Center

  • Representative

    Imsil-gun office dept.
    of environmental protection
    063-640-2353