Castle is a natural-stone castle erected by the people of Jeolla-do
to prevent invasions in the 1st year of the reign of Joseon King
Danjong (1453).Called Moyang Castle, this castle is connected to
Naju’s Ibbam Fortress to protect the inland of Honam.
There are different theories about its year of establishment.
According to the texts on Sangryangmun Gate and various other
texts and stones found when Gochang Castle’s government building
was under a repair, 19 districts and towns of Jeolla-do took charge
of building their parts of the castle from the 32nd year of the
reign of King Sejong (1450) to the 1st year of the reign of King
Danjong (1453). A text on the wall to the east indicates that
Gochang Castle was completed in 1453 and Mujang-myeon participated
in the construction process.
A legend has that visiting the castle with a rock
on the head guarantees healthy longevity and a pass to heaven. This
belief brings many visitors to the castle every year. Visiting
the castle in a leap month is most effective because the door to
heaven is known to open in a leap month and a leap March is the
best of the best. Also, the visits to the castle reach the
peak on the 6th, 16th, and 26th of a leap month.
that going around the castle once will cure your legs, two times
will guarantee healthy longevity, and three times will give you
a pass to heaven. When going around the castle, you must place
a palm-sized rock on your head and pile the rock at a certain location.