The First Scenic Spot : Haemieupseong Walled Town
“Visited by Pope Francis. One of Top 100 Places to Visit in Korea; Five Major Tourist Sites in Chungcheongnam-do”.
The Haemieupseong Walled Town has the most well-preserved fortress in the world. The fortress is 1,800m in diameter 5 m in height with a surrounding land size of 200,000㎡. The construction of the fortress began during the 18th year of the reign of King Taejong of the Joseon Dynasty, and the outskirts of the fortress were finished the 3rd year of the reign of King Sejong. But it was in 1491 the 22nd year of the reign of King Seongjong when the castle was finally completed. General Yi Sun-sin was stationed during the 12th year of the reign of King Seonjo. During the religious persecution against Catholic Christians, around 1,000 townspeople who adherents to the faith were killed in here. The Pagoda Tree, the Threshing Rock, and the Haemi Martyrs' Shrine are considered sacred, and many pilgrims visit, annually. Even Pope Francis visited this place on August 17, 2014 and gave Mass for the closing ceremony of the 6th Asian Youth Day. You can enjoy Seosan’s history and diverse culture, and the Seosan Haemieupseong Festival is held every year. It was selected as the one of “Top 100 Places to Visit in Korea” in 2015.
The Second Scenic Spot : Rock-carved Buddha Triad in Yonghyeon-ri, Seosan
“National Treasure No. 84: The Smile of Baekje”.
The Buddha statues were carved during the latter period of the Baekje Dynasty. Each Buddha has a gracious smile, which represents the calm and romantic side of the Baekje people. The triad represents the ingenuity of the Baekje people as smiles of three Buddha change with the direction of the light. The Yonghyeon Valley and Bowonsa temple site are nearby attractions.
The Third Scenic Spot : Ganworam Hermitage
“Silent Sunset on the Ocean, a Gorgeous Site, Where the Sea Road Opens and Closes”.
The Ganworam Hermitage was said to be founded by the Great Monk Muhak during the Joseon Dynasty and finished by the Great Monk Song Man-gong. At low tide, the Ganworam Hermitage is connected to shore via a natural walkway, but at high tide, the walkway is submerged, and the hermitage becomes an island. The hermitage is located at the Cheonsuman Bay, a world-renowned bird sanctuary, where 327 species flocks during the winter. You can also witness up to 600,000 of winter migratory birds including Baikal teals, in a day. You can also see migratory birds of Korea at SEOSAN BIRDLAND, the Migratory Bird Museum.
The Fourth Scenic Spot : Gaesimsa Temple
“One of the Four Major Temples in Chungcheongnam-do: Beautiful Scenery All Year Round”.
The Gaesimsa Temple is one of the four temples in Chungcheongnam-do, and the name means “a temple, which enlightens the mind”. The temple was founded in 654, the 14th year of the reign of King Uija of the Baekje Dynasty by State Preceptor Hyegam and was renovated in 1350 by the Great Monk Cheoneung during the 2nd year of the reign of King Chungjeong of the Goryeo Dynasty. The temple is known for a beautiful year-round landscape and is visited by numerous people, especially during the spring when astonishing cherry blossoms flourish.
The Fifth Scenic Spot : Palbongsan Mountain
“The Eight Peaks Between Sky and the Ocean.”
Standing at 362m, the mountain is famous for a thick pine forest and beautiful view, making it ideal for hiking. You can enjoy the beautifully aligned landscape of the west coast despite the low altitude. It is the starting point of the Seosan Arame-gil Trail Course 4, famous among mountain climbers.
The Sixth Scenic Spot: Gayasan Mountain
“A Famous Mountain Enriched with Cultural Relics and Beautiful Scenery.”
The Gayasan Mountain has beautiful scenery throughout the year, and you can enjoy the landscapes of the Yellow Sea and the Seosan City at the top. The mountain offers magnificent landscapes every season with the azaleas and royal azaleas, and is considered to be the center of Naepo cultural area, in which the National Treasure No.84, Rock-carved Buddha Triad in Yonghyeon-ri, Seosan, and the Bowonsa temple site are located. The Gayabong Peak and the Seokmunbong Peak, which stand 677.6m and 653m, respectively, are famous for their glorious views among mountain climbers.
The Seventh Scenic Spot: Hwanggeumsan Mountain
“Famous for the Mongdol Beach and the Elephant Rock.”
Standing at 156m, the Hwanggeumsan Mountain is not steep but is famous for the lovely hiking road and coastline decorated with white corals, wildflowers, and round-shaped rocks. You can enjoy the site of the Daesan Industrial Complex at the peak, and when you go over the mountain, you can appreciate the glorious coastal cliff represented by the Elephant Rock.
The Eighth Scenic Spot: Seosan Hanu Farm
“The Future of the Livestock Industry with a Magnificent Meadow.”
The Seosn Hanu Farm is located in-between Wonbeol-ri and Yonghyeon-ri, Unsan-myeon, Seosan-si. The farm is under the management of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation’s Animal Genetic Improvement Division. Herds of cattle are openly bred on a meadow field of 1117 ha. Cherry blossoms during the spring create outstanding scenery. To protect the cows from any disease, it is now allowed to visit the inside of the facility. However, you can tour the ranch from the outside. Adjacent tourist sites are the Gaesimsa Temple, the Munsusa Temple, the Placenta Chamber and Stele of King Myeongjong, and the Yongbi Reservoir.
The Ninth Scenic Spot: Samgilpo Port
“The North Gate of Seosan. Enjoy the View and the Taste of the Ocean.”
From the Guksabong Peak, which stands at 200m, you can enjoy an expansive view the sea constituting the Samgilpo Port. The view is especially extravagant in April when cherry blossoms flourish, creating beautiful scenery mixed with the ocean view. On top of that, you can relish the taste of sashimi while enjoying the night view of the Daesan Industrial Complex. And the tideland experience program will enrich your experience. The port is the starting point of the Seosan Arame-gil Trail Course 3.
Former Eight Scenic Views of Seosan
The First Scenic Spot: The Beautiful Sound of Water of Sansugol Valley in the Gayasan Mountain
The clean water in Seosan exists only in Sansugol Valley inside the Gayasan Mountain. The sound of Sansugol Valley River goes on for about 4km, till the Northside of Seokmunbong Peak.
The Second Scenic Spot: Summer Cloud on Seokmunbong Peak
The Seokmunbong Peak, which is the tallest peak of the Gayasan Mountain, exhibits a magnificent site of clouds hanging on to its peak during the summer.
The Third Scenic Spot: Calmness of Gaesimsa Temple
The Gaesimsa Temple has a rich history and has the temple’s unique tranquility helps you find inner peace.
The Fourth Scenic Spot: Beautiful Spring of Yongbidong
Yongbidong is located in the middle of Haemi and Unsan. In the spring, the west hiking trail of Yongbidong to the observatory is full of cherry blossoms, providing a breathtaking view.
The Fifth Scenic Spot: Moon Night of Yeomi-ri in Lunar April
April moon nights of Yeomi-ri are just magnificent.
The Sixth Scenic Spot: Sunrise on the Ongyeobong Peak Pine Grove
The Ongyeobong Peak of Buchunsan Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Seosan. The peak is especially beautiful when the ray of the morning sun hits the pine grove.
The Seventh Scenic Spot: Sunset in Dobisan Mountain
The Sunset in Dobisan Mountain reflects on Cheonsuman Bay waters and creates a beautiful glow of the sunset, and paints even the clouds orange. Simply fascinating.
The Eighth Scenic Spot: Migrant Birds in Ganwolho Lake
The view is spectacular when migrant birds populate the Ganwolho Lake in the winter.