Kongju Things to Do
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Gyeryongsan National Park was designated as the national park in Dec. 31, 1968.
Gyeryongsan mountain stretches throughout Daejeon, Gongju and Nonsan as the best mountain in Chungnam. It is between Charyong range and Noryeong range.
Gyeryongsan mountain was named because its ridgeline is similar to a dragon wearing a crest of a chicken. The geographical feature and scenery of Gyeryongsan mountain is beautiful and in terms of the theory of configuration of the ground, it is the celebrated mountain. Accordingly, it is deeply related to shamanism of Korea,and many shamanists frequently visitthis mountain for self-improvement.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
As going up Gyeryongsan mountain from the entrance in Yuseon, Daejeon following the woods and valleys about 1km, you reach neat and elegant old Donghaksa Temple. Heoeu built the pagoda preserving relics of his master Sangwon in 724, established the temple and called it Sangwonsa temple.
Donseon expanded this temple in 921. When Silla perished in 936, Daeseunggwan Yuchadal came to this temple and built Donghaksa temple to carry out the memorial service for the founder of Silla and the loyal subject Bak Je-Sang.
Then, this temple was called Donghaksa temple. Donghaksa has ?Donghak Buddhism University?, the educational institute for Buddhist nuns. Particularly, there are Sameungak and Sukmojeon, halls, on the right side of Daeungjeon. Sameungak was built by the minister of the Goryeo kingdom Giljae in 1394(Third year of King Taejo?s reign) and performed the memorial services for King Chungjeong and King Gongmin and the religious service for Jeong Mong-Ju. In 1399, the minister of Goryeo Kingdom Yu Bang-Taek performed the memorial services for Jeong Mong-Ju, Yi Saek and Gil Jae.Related to:
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It was found when drainage work was conducted to prevent water penetration into the Songsanri old tombs No. 5 and 6 in 1971 and excavated for the first time about 1,500 years after it was made. In particular, people were so excited because the tomb clearly recorded that the tomb was for King Muryeong and his wife. According to excavation, the tomb of King Muryong looked like a small hill . Its diameter was about 20m and its height was 7.7m from the bottom. However, as times went by, it was seriously damaged.
Then, it is estimated that the tomb was much bigger than it is now.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Kongju is a quiet city, outside the normal path of tourist travel. Typically people who visit here are long-term expats living in Korea who have more time and a bit more experience with navigating Korean's public transit.
There is very little English on the local public transit. Therefore, it may be best for you to take taxis or your own vehicle. It is a relatively small city, so most things are only a few minutes from each other.
Buses are plenty and cheap, but you should be familiar with Korean buses and know how to read Hongul. There is no metro.