The interesting thing about the Danyang river-side walk is that in addition to the beautiful sceneries and relaxing pace, you can actually listen to soothing Korean music along the way. This is because there are music speakers located along the path and it plays very nice music which makes the experience a really good one.
During autumn with the colourful foliage plus cool and dry weather, this becomes a very romantic and lasting impression. I really enjoyed the Danyang river-side walk and it is one of my best experiences in South Korea :-)
The river-side walk is a relaxing stroll (about 2km) along the Namhan River with breathaking sceneries along the way. The walk starts next to the Danyang bridge and follow the river all the way to the area near to Danyang park and loops back to the town via the main road.
Along the way, you will see various sights such as the Danyang bridge, river boat cruise station, artificial waterfalls, river-side stadium, metallic clock and other monuments, Danyang park and the welcome bridge.
More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
Up to 10,000 monks can live at Guinsa Temple at any one point. The black slate roof tiles found commonly on Korean temples is occasionally replaced by orange glazed tiles reminding one of those seen on the roofs of Beijing's Forbidden City. Some buildings resemble the Potala Palace in Lhasa with their use of height and vertical lines.
The temple maintains and operates a large farm system covering and provides much of the food prepared and consumed at the the temple.
Guinsa Temple is a must visit destination if you are at Danyang. During autumn, the temple is even more beautiful among the colourful foliage (see travelogue section of this VT page for more photos).
The Guinsa Temple is a good day trip out of Danyang (go to the transport tips section for more information on how to go there from Danyang).
Guinsa (meaning Temple of Salvation and Kindness) is built in 1945 and is the headquarters of the Cheontae sect of Korean Buddhism. Guinsa is the administrative center of over 140 sub-temples and hermitages of the Cheontae sect.
Although the architecture of Guinsa follows that of many other Buddhist temples in South Korea, it is also markedly different in that the structures are several stories tall, instead of the typical one or two stories that structures in many other Korean temples have. This may be due to the restraints of the valley in which it is located and to modern construction techniques, but it creates a visual experience that is both beautiful and unique from what one sees at other temples.
More information is at part 2 of this VT tip, and more photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
Here are a few photos taken at Gosu Caves, more photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page. Overalls, the caves are very impressive and temperature within the caves is quite cooling. However, do be careful as some parts of the caves are narrow and you need to walk down some metal staircases, including a long and narrow spiral staircase.
The Gosu Caves are among some of the most famous caves in South Korea.
In order to reach the caves, you need to cross the Danyang bridge, turn left and walk 10 minutes along the highway. The Gosu Caves consist of about 1.7km of twisting, turning limestone caverns have been outfitted with metal walkways and subdued lighting. Entrance fees is 4000 Korean won.
More information is at part 2 of this tip and more photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
The artificial waterfalls next to the Namhan River is one of the town's famous landmarks. During summer, the waterfalls are in operation and are impressive. Apparently during night time, there are lights shining onto the wateralls. This is a must see when you are at Danyang town.
Unfortunately I did not see the waterfalls in operation because I was at Danyang town during autumn (November 2008).
There is an impressive river-side stadium located along the Namhan River at Danyang, just across the famous artificial waterfalls. When the artificial waterfalls are operating, you can sit at the stadium and watch it especially at night when the lightings are on as well.
When I visited in November 2008, the artificial waterfalls are not operating. Apparently it operates during summer.
There is a metallic clock statue located just next to the river-side stadium along the river-side walk of Danyang town. There are benches around here for you to relax, and across the river on the other side is the famous artificial waterfalls of Danyang.
The Danyang town tourism visitor's centre is located just across the Danyang bridge on the other side of the Namhan River. You can obtain tourism information of Danyang town and nearby attractions here. Outside the centre, there are several huge monuments. The views of Danyang town from here are very beautiful.
About 10 minutes walk away is the famous Gosu Caves (see my Gosu Caves tips and photos).
The bridge at Danyang town is very attractive at night (see photos) due to the colour neon lights on the bridge which will change colour frequently. I am quite surprise that a small town like Danyang has such an interesting bridge :-)
Perhaps the most famous landmark of Danyang town is its big bridge across the Namhan River, located near to the bus terminal and visitor's centre across the other side. This bridge is well photographed and appears on the internet.
You can walk across this bridge to experience the Namhan River and go to the visitor's centre on the other side. From here, you will have good views of Danyang town. More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
Danyang is a relaxing small town at the bend of the Namhan River. If you want a few days getaway from busy Seoul, this is a good place to visit. It is about 3 hours bus ride south from Dong Seoul bus terminal in Seoul.
You can explore the town to visit the local market, riverside-walk, park, experience town life in Korea, or visit nearby attractions such as Gosu Caves, Guinsa Temple, Sobaeksan National Park, river cruise along Namhan River and many other attractions. Stay at least a few days here to fully enjoy the experience.
More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
The Namhan River runs through Danyang town and connects to a huge lake some distance away. During autumn when I was there, the river was very calm and the reflections of the nearby hills and trees can be seen. During summer, there are boat cruises along this river for tourists.
There is a lovely riverside-walk at Danyang town about 1.5-2 km in distance, the path is well laid and very relaxing stroll. More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
Sobaeksan National Park is about 10-20 minutes drive from Danyang town and is suitable for people who love nature and trekking. You can trek up to Birobong Peak (about 1430 metres above sea level) within 6-7 hours return and this is a good day trip. During autumn in mid October to early November, the colourful foliage is very beautiful here.
More information and photos are at my VT Sobaek-sanmaek page.