Hwasun County is a county in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
Hwasun County has about 65,700 residents.
Selected by CNN as one of the 50 beautiful places to visit in South Korea, Seryangji Reservoir offers amazing scenery not to be missed. The best time to visit is during spring when the cherry blossoms bloom along the lakeside. The reservoir on misty mornings and when the waters mirror the cherry blossoms are the most popular views. The site is especially popular among photographers.
Address: 97 Seryang-ri, Hwasun-eup, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
Manyeonsa Temple is known to have been built in 1208, the fourth year of King Heejong’s (r. 1204-1211) reign during the Goryeo dynasty.
It is said that Manyeonsa Temple was constructed by Great Monk Manyeon after he dreamt of 16 nahans, Buddha’s disciples, preparing to build a temple to preserve Buddha’s statue when taking a short nap during his journey back to Songwangsa Temple in Jogyesan Mountain from Wonhyosa Temple in Mudeungsan Mountain. When he awoke from his nap, he noticed that snow had completely covered his nearby surroundings except for the exact spot where he lied down, which remained so warm that snow had melted and steam was rising from the ground. He then settled in the area by building a dugout where he continued to practice asceticism and later built Manyeonsa Temple.
The temple was partially destroyed during the Korean War (1950) and restoration efforts were made in 1978.
Address: 367, Jingak-ro, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
DINOSAUR TRACKSIDE OF HWASUN
The Dinosaur Trackside of Hwasun was discovered in 1999 during a land survey for the construction of Hwasun Hot Springs Area. Most dinosaur tracks found in Korea are located in coastal areas in cities like Haenam and Boseong, so the discovery in the inner region of Jeollanam-do was a first. Most prints here come from carnivorous dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period. The site is famous for there being tracks from no fewer than five different dinosaurs, as well as for being one of the longest trails and most direct examples of the exact movements of the dinosaurs. The tracks of one dinosaur are the longest in the world, stretching for 40 meters. In addition to the carnivorous dinosaurs, tracks were found of 12 herbivorous dinosaurs, as well as fossilized plants. These plants offer much assistance in the research of herbivorous dinosaur diets.
Address: 2080, Baega-ro, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
Mudeungsan covers an area of about 30 square meters above the metropolitan city of Gwangju, Hwasun-gun and the nearby Damyang-gun. The name means ‘a high mountain’ or, more mysteriously, a mountain beyond classification’.
Address: Nam-myeon, Damyang-gun & Dong-gu & Buk-gu, Gwangju & Iseo-myeon, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
HWASUN DOLMEN SITE [UNESCO World Heritage]
The Hwasun Dolmen Site is located near the waterfalls of the mountain pass linking Dogok-myeon of Hyosan-ri and Chunnyang-myeon of Daesin-ri. According to experts, 135 of the 980 stones in Dogok-myeon Hyosan-ri are dolmen. There are also about 100 damaged stone tables that still maintain their original form.
Address: Goindol 1-ro, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
Unjusa Tmeple was called Bibosa Temple during the late Silla period. However, during excavation work that took place between 1984 and 1989, it was discovered to have been built long before that during the early Goryeo period. The temple fell into disrepair after the Imjin War (1592-1598), but was partly restored in the 1800s by Monk Seoldamjau. Unjusa Temple’s famous heritages include designated Treasures the Nine-story Stone Pagoda, Shrine of Stone Buddha, and Cylindrical Multi-story Stone Pagoda.
Address: 91-44, Cheontae-ro, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do