The Eight Scenic Spots of
The Eastern Seacoast

naksansa temple uisangdae pavilion viewNaksansa Temple Pavilion - Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast

Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast

Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism have influenced Korean traditional religion. For scholars in the Joseon Dynasty, enjoying nature was not only about traveling or sightseeing but also about religious training.

Gwandong Palgyeong (관동 팔경 or "eight scenic spots of the eastern seacoast") is a collection of eight beautiful spots located along the eastern seacoast of Korea.

The spots or views include Chongseojeong, Samilpo, Cheongganjeong, Naksansa, Gyeongpodae, Jukseoru, Mangyangjeong, and Weolsongjeong. Two of them are now in North Korea.

The pavilions in Chongseojeong, Cheongganjeong, Mangyangjeong, and Weolsongjeong offer breathtaking views of the landscapes.

After visiting these spots, Jeong Cheol, a Korean poet and politician, wrote an epic titled "Gwandong Byeolgok," considered one of the most beautiful poems in the history of Korean literature.

If you plan to try this itinerary, the most suitable mode of transportation is by car.

You can visit the South Korean spots along National Route 7. Some stops are serviced by train, while others can be reached by express bus from Seoul or other bus terminals.

Naksansa Temple

naksansa-temple-yangyang-buddha-statue-viewEight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast (Gwandong Palgyeong)

Naksansa Temple is a historic Buddhist temple complex located on the slopes of Naksan Mountain in Gangwon Province, South Korea.

Founded by Uisang Daesa in 671, the temple complex is surrounded by natural beauty and houses many cultural treasures, including the Daeungjeon main hall, Uisangdae Pavilion, a bell tower, a pagoda, and a museum.

Visitors can enjoy features and attractions such as the Haesugwaneumsang statue, Hongreanam hermitage, Naksansa's Seven-Storied Stone Pagoda, and the sanctuary floor.

Naksansa hosts various rituals and events throughout the year, including Buddha's Birthday, enriching the spiritual experience for visitors.

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Mangyangjeong Pavilion

mangyangjeong pavilion in uljin black inkA depiction of Mangyangjeong Pavilion in black ink brush painting

Mangyangjeong is a pavilion dating back to the Joseon Dynasty and located in Sanpo-ri village of Gyeongsangbuk-do.

It was initially established as one of the Eight Scenic Views of Gwandong and has undergone several reconstructions over the centuries.

The pavilion's impressive and intricate architecture features overlapping eaves and an octagonal-shaped roof, a well-maru, and parapets.

Despite being relocated multiple times, it remains a popular tourist destination, attracting history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and nature lovers, thanks to its scenic beauty, cultural heritage, and literary works.

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Gyeongpodae Pavilion

gyeongpodae pavilion in gangneung black ink paintingA depiction of Gyeongpodae Pavilion in black in and brush painting

Gyeongpodae is a stunning pavilion near Gangneung City in Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province, South Korea.

With a frontal width of 5 kan and a lateral width of 5 kan, the octagonal roof structure offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the East Sea and the nearby Gyeongpo Beach.

As one of the Eight Scenic Views of Gwandong, Gyeongpodae showcases the rich cultural heritage of South Korea. It has been designated Treasure No. 2046 of the Republic of Korea due to its deep historical significance and unique architectural design.

Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or someone who loves nature, Gyeongpodae is a must-visit destination that promises to amaze you.

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Cheongganjeong Pavilion

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Cheongganjeong Pavilion, located in the northern region of Gangwon Province, is a must-visit for anyone who loves history, culture, and natural beauty.

This iconic landmark offers breathtaking views of the eastern coast of Tosung-myeon, Gosung-gun.

It is considered one of the most significant pavilions in Korea due to its rich heritage.

With its fascinating history dating back to the Joseon Dynasty, the unique architecture of the two-story octagonal roof structure supported by twelve giant pillars, and the stunning scenery, Cheongganjeong has become a popular tourist destination for locals and foreigners.

So, if you're ever in Gangwon Province, take advantage of the chance to visit Cheongganjeong and immerse yourself in its captivating beauty.

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Chongseokjeong Rocks

chongseokjeong pavilion in tongcheon 8 gwandong scenic viewsA depiction of Chongseokjeong Rock - Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast (Gwandong Palgyeong)

Chongseokjeong, a natural monument in Tongcheon County, Gangwon Province (North), is a must-visit tourist attraction.

The cliffs and rocks composed of hexagonal and octagonal columnar joints, formed from basalt lava that erupted from the sea, are so mysteriously shaped that it's hard for people to imagine.

The sea around Chongseokjeong has become a concentrated habitat for various marine species, such as abalone, sea cucumbers, and octopus, adding to the beauty of the scenery.

Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the sea and cliffs, go fishing, hike, or relax in the peaceful surroundings - all while admiring one of the eight scenic spots of Gwandong.

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Jukseoru Pavilion

jukseoru-pavilion-entrance-gate-viewJukseoru Pavilion's entrance gate, Samcheok City


Jukseoru Pavilion in Samcheok City, South Korea, is a hidden gem renowned for its exceptional beauty since ancient times.

It is considered one of the Eight Scenic Views of Gwandong. In 2023, it was designated a National Treasure, a testament to its cultural and historical significance in South Korea.

Built on a cliff overlooking the Osecheon, the pavilion is a remarkable example of traditional Korean architecture and is adorned with inscriptions and paintings by renowned scholars and artists.

Its breathtaking landscape and rich history make it a must-visit attraction for anyone who appreciates art, history, nature, and architecture.

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Samilpo Lake

samilpo lake scenic spot viewA depiction of Samilpo Lake - Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast (Gwandong Palgyeong)

Samilpo, a hidden gem in Gosung-gun, Gangwon Province, is a stunningly beautiful and picturesque lake surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills.

The lake offers crystal-clear waters, excellent fishing spots, and various recreational activities such as kayaking, hiking, and camping, making it a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

With its breathtaking views, serene atmosphere, and cultural significance, Samilpo is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking peace and tranquility amidst nature's beauty.

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Wolsongjeong Pavilion

wolsongjeong pavilion in uljin countyA depiction of Wolsongjeon Pavilion - Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast (Gwandong Palgyeong)

Wolsongjeong Pavilion is a stunning two-story pavilion in the scenic countryside of Wolsong-ri, Pyeonghae-eup, Uljin-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Built during the Goryeo Dynasty, this pavilion boasts impressive size and intricate designs, making it a true gem of Korean architecture.

Its rich history, stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape, and cultural significance make it a must-see destination for anyone interested in Korean culture and history.

Visitors can explore the pavilion's ornate details and enjoy the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the surrounding pine forest, making it a perfect destination for anyone looking to escape the city's noise and enjoy nature's beauty.

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A Note on the Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast

A Note on the Eight Scenic Spots of the Eastern Seacoast
Note that some of the scenic places we mentioned above are not very popular but historical.

The purpose of this article is simply to mention those places that have a special place in history, particularly on the eastern seacoast, among the Joseon Dynasty's people.

Thank you for reading this article. Enjoy your travels!

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