Cheorwon in Gangwon-do province of South Korea is near the DMZ and North Korean border with some amazing sights to explore!
Cheorwon is a county located in the Gangwon province of South Korea. It is right on the brink of the border than separates South and North Korea. You may also know it by the name of Chorwon.
As far as tourism goes, Western tourists initially feared visiting this place because of its proximity to the border zone. But now, things are slowly changing, with Cheorwon receiving deserved appreciation thanks to both its natural beauty and historical significance.
Here are some of the top scenic sights you should consider while visiting Cheorwon.
If you love waterfalls, you will thoroughly enjoy the mighty Jiktangpokpo Falls. Although it has a height of just 3 meters, the specialty of this fall lies in its width, which runs 60 meters from one shore to the other, making the entire scene look grand. The lush green surrounding perfectly complements it and contributes to the picturesque allure.
Summer sees a lot of tourists coming here to take in the view, but the rainy season is equally enchanting because of the gushing water flow.
We would recommend you to sample the local savory seafood broth named maeuntang while visiting this place. You will get it in almost every restaurant in the area.
Goseokjeong Pavilion is located at the heart of the Hantangang River and was recognized as a national tourist attraction in 1977. Visitors truly admire the majestic view of the 10-meter-long gigantic boulder standing in the middle of the river.
Goseokjeong Pavilion is also the sole basalt eruption spot in the entire nation which further adds to its intriguing appeal.
Several local tales have been passed down from one generation to another regarding this place. While we do not know whether there is any truth in them or not, what we certainly know is that this place served as a scene of Im Kkeokjeong’s actions during the early Joseon Dynasty.
Goseokjeong Pavilion also houses a facility management center, and you can go on a national security tour from there.
Sambuyeon Falls is another scenic fall that is widely popular in Cheorwon. Only in this case, the beauty lies in its 20-meter water drop. The name Sambuyeon was given due to the three water source points, which together resemble a cauldron. Because the water never dries, this place is packed with tourists all year round.
Locals also hold this waterfall very close to their hearts. They believe it to be the home to a mythical dragon once who later flew to heaven.
Sambuyeon Falls is presently recognized as a water supply-protected region for the local people, which is why the visitors cannot enjoy any surrounding amenities like restaurants or shops. On the positive side, this actually allows them to appreciate a clear view without any hindrance.
Sundam valley is believed to be the most picturesque valley in the entire region. Apart from the constant flow of the water along with cool breezy air, the visitors can locate numerous unusual-looking rocks here. The cliffs, on the other hand, are so naturally artistic that you may confuse them with chiseled carvings by some well-known artist.
However, the main feature that makes this valley the talk of the town is the naturally occurring expanses of the rare white sand.
If you are looking to spend an entire day in this spot, we will encourage you to take advantage of the rafting opportunities in the Hantangang river, which is located at the back of this valley.
The Milky Way Bridge is an asymmetrical suspension bridge and is one of the most popular sights to check out in Cheorwon. It runs around 180 meters in length while its width is about 3 meters. The tower, which stands at a height of 54 meters, resembles a crane.
The entire design is kept sleek to make it blend with the surrounding aesthetic landscape. The night view is even grander, with the lights illuminating the entire space.
A 100-meter segment of the bridge was constructed with a glass bottom in order to allow the tourists experience the swinging sensation with their entire bodies. Have a go at this to feel the adrenaline rush.
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