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Paroho Lake - Yanggu (파로호(양구))

Paroho Lake - Yanggu (파로호(양구))

0m    4828     2020-04-28

Lower section of Seocheon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2251

Paroho Lake is a man-made lake that was completed in 1943. The lake was created due to the construction of a hydraulic power plant in Hwacheon during Japanese colonial period. The name was given after President Syngman Rhee designated a plaque in his own handwriting naming the body of water ‘Paroho Lake’ during the Korean War after a victorious feat in a battle against the Chinese army. The power plant has a generation capacity of 105,000 kilowatts, and the lake is one of the top fishing grounds in Korea as it is abundant in freshwater fish.

The area boasts several splendid views and a former president built his country home on the lake. Relics from the Stone Age and New Stone Age were found to be well preserved in the area. Twenty-one dolmens were found on the lake grounds, as well as 4,000 pieces of Prehistoric relics used during Paleolithic age, drawing interest from the academic field. Recently, habitats of mandarin ducks, a national natural monument, were found near the Paroho lakeside.

Yanggu Prehistory Museum (양구선사박물관)

Yanggu Prehistory Museum (양구선사박물관)

643m    3130     2020-08-26

439-52, Geumgangsan-ro, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2677

Yanggu Prehistory Museum displays artifacts from the Paleolithic Age found in Sangmuryong-ri, Yanggu-eup and the Neolith Age discovered in Hyeon-ri, Haean-myeon. It is the first prehistory museum in the nation and aims to teach visitors about Korean prehistoric culture in an manner easy to understand.

Park Soo Keun Museum (박수근미술관)

Park Soo Keun Museum (박수근미술관)

3.3 Km    7494     2020-05-14

265-15, Parksookeun-ro, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2655

Park Soo Keun (1914-1965) was an artist who devoted his life to drawing the lives of ordinary people with a warm gaze. The Park Soo Keum Museum, which has a floor space of 700 square meters, is built upon the artist’s birthplace in his hometown in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do. The museum was founded with the intent to develop into a major cultural space for the region and to honor Park Soo Keun’s life and art. The collection of Park Soo Keun’s artworks shown at the museum include: three oil paintings including ‘Two Men Sitting’, a number of prints such as ‘The Tree and Two Ladies’ and ‘Tapdori’, the watercolor painting ‘Watercolors’, and dozens of other drawings.

Center of Korea Observatory (국토정중앙천문대)

Center of Korea Observatory (국토정중앙천문대)

7.5 Km    5237     2020-08-27

127, Guktojeongjungang-ro, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2586

The Center of Korea Observatory in Yanggu-gun is named for its location at the center of the Korean Peninsula. It is equipped with an 80-centimeter reflecting telescope. There is also an exhibition hall providing the most recent astronomy news, a planetarium showing the night sky, and a range of hands-on programs.

Gwangchi Recreational Forest (광치자연휴양림)

Gwangchi Recreational Forest (광치자연휴양림)

8.0 Km    3158     2020-08-04

265, Gwangchiryeong-ro 1794beon-gil, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-482-3115

Gwangchi Recreational Forest is located near Gwangchiryeong Pass (alt. 800 meters). The pass encompasses waterfalls and valleys in a dense forest. Gwangchi Tunnel connects the areas of Yanggu and Inje to the East Sea, making the forest a great addition to travel itineraries. The recreational area serves as a retreat for residents and helps to support the local economy through tourism.

Yanggu Porcelain Museum (양구백자박물관)

Yanggu Porcelain Museum (양구백자박물관)

9.5 Km    3180     2020-05-14

5182, Pyeonghwa-ro, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2664

Yanggu Porcelain Museum (formerly Bangsan Porcelain Museum) presents porcelain from the Bangsan area with various video clips that explain the history of porcelain in the Bangsan area. Visitors can also try their hand at making porcelain.

Yanggu Eco-Botanical Garden (양구생태식물원)

Yanggu Eco-Botanical Garden (양구생태식물원)

11.1 Km    4042     2020-08-31

169, Sumgol-ro 310beon-gil, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2529

First opened in June 2004, Yanggu Eco-Botanical Garden was built on a total area of 189,141 ㎡. Nearly 3.1 billion Korean won (approximately 3 million USD) was spent on the construction and it was built to be developed into a South and North Korean ecosystem restoration center. Located in the northernmost region of South Korea, it houses more than 400 rare plants including plants that are Korean native species and protected by Korean Ministry of Environment.

The garden is divided into six parts by their features including a botanical garden, natural forest, and facilities zone. In the botanical garden, rare plants such as northern native plants and alpine plants that are naturally grown in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and Yanggu area are displayed in one place.

There are also walking trails, a medicinal plants exhibition hall, plant nursery, and greenhouse. To add a natural and lively touch to the garden, a mountain stream zone and wetlands zone were prepared to provide people with the chance to enjoy the pleasant sound of running water.

Dutayeonpokpo Falls [National Geopark] (두타연 (강원평화지역 국가지질공원))

Dutayeonpokpo Falls [National Geopark] (두타연 (강원평화지역 국가지질공원))

11.9 Km    7765     2020-08-27

Gobangsan-ri, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2251

Dotayeonpokpo Falls is located north of the Civilian Control Line, requiring advance reservation through the Yanggu-gun Office website as well as filling out admission information at the Dutayeon Gallery before entering the area with a guide. The waterfall is located along Sataecheon Stream where it merges with Suipcheon Stream. The water falls into a plunge pool, which as also carved out a deep cave in the bedrock at the base of the waterfall.

Soyangho Lake (Yanggu Section) (소양호(양구))

Soyangho Lake (Yanggu Section) (소양호(양구))

12.3 Km    6762     2019-12-06

Seokhyeon-ri & Woongjin-ri & Suin-ri, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-2251

Soyangho Lake is a man-made lake that was created when Soyang Dam, the biggest rock-filled dam in Asia, was built in 1973. The lake is a hotspot for marine tourism and the lakeside road is an important route that connects Chuncheon and Yanggu. You can travel overland for an hour to get to the dam or take the Kwaeryongho Boat, a hovercraft that operates regularly on Soyangho Lake, and get there in 30 minutes. The hovercraft travels by ejecting air against the surface below, sending up a spray of water on either side of the boat to the delight of passengers. Once you are in the valley, you can see fish farms floating among the islets. When the water level is high, you can travel on the lake all the way to Inje and Sinnam enjoying the beautiful scenery of Seoraksan Mountain. Both tourists and locals regularly make use of the ferry service.

Hwacheon Bimok Park (화천 비목공원)

Hwacheon Bimok Park (화천 비목공원)

15.7 Km    3235     2020-02-10

3481-70, Pyeonghwa-ro, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-440-2575

Peace Dam was built over the period of 15 months from February 1988 to May 1988 with funds donated by the general public in response to North Korea’s construction of Geumgangsan Dam and a potential flooding attack. The flood control dam has proved its worth during the floods of 1995, 1996, and 1999 and it has become a major tourist destination over the years. Located In the vicinity of Peace Dam is Bimok Park, which is the origin of the famous national song “Bimok.”

In addition to the war monuments inside the park, there are around a dozen wooden crosses with rusty iron helmets placed on top within the barbed wire entanglements around the hill, thereby reminding visitors of the national tragedy of the Korean War. The county of Hwancheon hosts the Bimok Cultural Festival from June 3 to June 6 every year at Bimok Park, Bungeoseom Island by the town’s riverside, and the surrounding areas. The four-day festival offers a variety of events such as song contest, memorial ceremony of poetry reading, bimok tree cutting contest, rice ball eating contest, army life experience, military music parade, and more.

Crossing over to Yanggu County from Peace Dam, there is a national security education place comprised of attractions like the 4th Underground Tunnel and Eulji Observatory. Paroho Lake Battlefield Tourist Park is also worth a visit after looking around Peace Dam. Also known as the “ocean within mountains,” Paroho is a manmade lake created as a result of Hwacheon Dam constructed in 1944. The lake is home to over 70 different species of freshwater fish such as mandarin fish and carp. It also holds a sorrowful history of burying at sea a whole three divisions of the Chinese Forces in defending the lake during the Korean War. The name Paroho, meaning “enemy breaking lake,” was given after the late president of Korea Rhee Syngman visited the place and designated a plaque in his own handwriting in memory of obtaining victory in fierce battle. There is an observatory, a security hall, and a stone monument engraved with the poetry of Wolha Rhee Taegeuk (1913-2003).

Peace Dam - Hwacheon (평화의댐 (화천))

Peace Dam - Hwacheon (평화의댐 (화천))

15.8 Km    8581     2020-06-09

3481-90, Pyeonghwa-ro, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-480-1532

Peace Dam in Hwacheon-gun was built in response to a potential flooding attack from North Korea. The first phase of construction began in 1986, and ended in 1989; the second phase, which entailed raising the x_height of the dam, began in 2002, and ended in 2005.

Over the years, the dam has become a major tourist destination. It has several cultural and recreational facilities including the Water Culture Center, an artificial wall stream, and rest areas. It is also located close to the DMZ, and natural landmarks such as Bimok Park, Bisugumi Valley, and Suhari Fishing Site.

BENIKEA KCP Hotel (베니키아 KCP 호텔)

1.3 Km    2727     2019-11-07

993-19, Paroho-ro, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
+82-33-482-7700

BENIKEA KCP Hotel is located in Yanggu-gun, a place surrounded by natural beauty and clear waters. Yanggu holds high artistic value for being the hometown of the late artist Park Soogeun. Several of the most hard-fought battles during the Korean War took place in Yanggu, and the scars of war still remain there.

The hotel has 48 guestrooms, Korean restaurant, Western restaurant, bar, coffee shop, banquet room, and sauna.