Gangjin County (Gangjin-gun) is a county in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.
Gangjin county proper was established in 1895. The county office is located in Gangjin-eup.
The Gangjin Kiln Sites are a noted area for the production of traditional Goryeo celadon,
and annually a big festival and symposium on celadon porcelain at the Goryeo Celadon Museum
with participants from all over the world takes place in Gangjin city.
Gangjin has many scenic landscapes with Wolchulsan Mountain to the north and the sea of Gugangpo dotted with numerous islets and wetlands to the south. It is also home to beautiful mountains, rivers, and plains that add to its scenic beauty and natural features. The Baengnyeonsa Temple and Dasan Chodang to the west of Gangjinman Bay, and the reeds along the coastline are a beautiful sight to behold. Also, the National Highway No. 23 that runs along the eastern border of the Gangjinman Bay, past the town of Gangjin-eup to Maryang, is famous for its many spectacular sights. Above all, it is highly recommended to hike up the Cheonilgak Pavilion in front of the Dasan Chodong Dongam (east hermitage) for a panoramic view of Gugangpo’s coastal waters. The hiking trail that traverses Mandeoksan Mountain leads to Baengnyeonsa, which is a temple with breathtaking ocean view.
Address: Beoljeong-ri, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
GANGJIN CELADON FESTIVAL
The Gangjin Celadon Festival is held in the area that was the center of the Korean celadon culture for over 500 years. The festival offers diverse first-hand experiences for visitors to learn more about this historical cultural asset that was both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
Address: 33, Cheongjachon-gil, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
GANGJIN DAWON TEA PLANTATION
Gangjin Dawon Tea Plantation is located at the southern foot of Wolchulsan Mountain in Jeollanam-do. The area’s big temperature difference between day and night and the frequent thick fog provide ideal conditions for tea cultivation. The tea cultivated at Gangjin Dawon has a strong scent and rarely tastes bitter. Gangjin Dawon is the home of the nation’s first green tea product “Baegunokpancha.” Since 1980, an extensive area of mountainous territory has been cultivated for green tea production to become the more than 80 acres of green tea fields that it is today. As Gangjin Dawon is relatively lesser known than the green tea fields in Boseong, visitors can enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by the vastness of the green tea fields. Nearby attractions include Baengnyeonsa Temple, the Birthplace of Yeongnang, Gangjin Goryeo Cheongja kiln site, and Dasan Chodang, the house where the famous scholar Dasan Jeong Yak-yong (1762-1836) lived during his exile.
Address: 93-25, Baegun-ro, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
GANGJIN GORYEO CELADON KILN SITE
Daegu-myeon of Gangjin-gun was the primary site of Goryeo dynasty celadon production between the 9th and the 14th centuries. Covering approximately 150 acres of land in nine villages, the area has been designated as the National Historical Site since 1963, and continues to protect its 180 fire kilns and maintain the sophisticated art of celadon production. Meanwhile, celadons produced in this area have also been designated as national treasure, and regarded highly worldwide for their artistic value, so much so that some are preserved in the Louvre Museum in France.
Address: Sadang-ri, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
The original name of Baengnyeonsa Temple was Mandeoksa Temple, said to have been built by Preceptor Muyeom during the reign of Silla King Munseong. Later, Preceptor Wonmyo rebuilt it in the old site during the reign of King Huijong (7th year) during the Goryeo period. He gained fame as Baengnyeongyeolsa so the temple began to be called Baengnyeonsa Temple. Baengnyeongyeolsa has produced eight preceptors of Goryeo and flourished throughout 120 years. In addition, the area is famous as the place where Dasan Jeong Yak-yong and Master Hyejang connected and developed companionship regardless of religious and age differences during Jeong was exiled to Gangjin. The temple’s most popular attraction is Forest of Common Camellias, designated as Natural Monument No. 151.
Address: 145, Baengnyeonsa-gil, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
GANGJIN NIGHT DREAM
Gangjin Night Dream is a tourism content developed to provide night tours in Gangjin. From walking tours to busking performances, flying wish lanterns, and more, visitors can experience various activities all in one package.
Address: 5, Boeun-ro 4-gil, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do