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Saseonnyeo Village
Village Introduction
This village contains the legendary saseonnyeo. Fruit farms have prospered at Saseonnyeo village in Gwanchon because it is high elevation The level of sugar in the fruits is high due to the big gap between the highest temperature and the lowest. The village's red peppers, which are the indigenous product of Saseonnyeo village, have a good taste in spite of their ugly shape. The village is also famous for its clear water and beautiful landscape. The people in this area are good-hearted, too. 

Half of the village's residents are engaged in farming fruit, including pears, peaches and grapes, as well as raising flowers such as roses and freesias, and cultivating red peppers. They are trying their best to cultivate better quality agricultural and livestock products.
Saseonnyeo village has lovely and sad legendary stories, including those of Mal rock, Gama rock, Jangje Murim as we can take a guess from the name of village.

Various events are held around Saseonnyeo village every year. In the beginning of April [Folk game contest of eup, myeon], in which events such as yutnoli, seesaw, kicking jegi, Tuho noli, flying kite, rolling hoop, playing top, and jachjigi are held in the square of Saseondae. [National contest of taking a picture of semi-nude], which is a large festival of people interested in the picture to develop the picture art and improving the understanding of semi-nude photography at the sightseeing resort in Saseondae. [The 15th of January by the lunar calendar of praying good harvest to the moon] is held along with supplementary events such as the ceremony of praying to the moon, burning out moon house, playing farming music and big party of gun-residents on January 15 by the lunar calendar around Saseondae.

Information about visiting:  Imsil County Office (82-63 - 640 - 2114)

Current status of the village
Saseonnyeo village is located 8km northbound from Imsil County office and 22km southbound from Jeonju. It is hilly districts surrounded by mountains, which is 220m above sea level. A watercourse, which originated from Mt. Mai at Jinan, has the shape of river when it comes to Bangsu-ri, Gwanchon-myeon and becomes Owon stream flowing through the myeon from the east to the west.
Saseondae, which is made up as the beautiful national resort in the breathtaking landscape around Gwanchon-ri, Deokcheon-ri, is highlighted by a lot of people now. Bangsu stream at Bangsu-ri, where some hundred-year-old Guimok trees make up woods along the stream, is one of the place many people love to visit as a natural resting resort. The four villages of Saseonnyeo village are Sigi village, Deokgok village, Nongwon village, and Jucheon village. 

Sigi village
Sigi-Ri market-
It used to be the most prosperous market among 3 myeon in northern area and it was called Sigi until 1900. Saseondate is also located in this village.
This had been market place from the age of three hans. When railroads and national roads are constructed here, current market place was made. At the age of Japanese occupation, there used to have been 2 natural ice houses because Daeribo is close to here.
In terms of geology the end of wing of blue crane is coming down to the village. In other words it is located on the ridge. Here is the entrance point to Jinan. Usubo, which is under Saseondae, passes through Yongsan around Byungam-ri and some parts of Changin. This used to be a village beside a road, but it is made up in the mountain again after the extension of #17 national road. Now half of the houses are changed to slab buildings by the improvement in 1994.

Deokgok village
Deokchun-ri is named after sigi farm and Deokgok, Juchun. There is a small mountain facing west behind the village and it is facing south.
The land pulse which comes from Geumdangjae to the right side is embracing Dobong and is connected between Madangjae and small mountain at Hoingap. And that the other land pulse, which comes from the backside of Byeongam-ri to both the front side and rear side of the village with the shape of a double dragon, made an entrance door at the corner of Ginchuk. So it is said that refugee place was made up by that.
There are some farming households at Madangjae. Originally it is known that Yang family settled here. The name of Deokgok is changed from Deoksil, which means that the people grant virtue to visitors. It comes from the good harvests from the fertile valley land.

Jucheon village
Jucheon-ri- Bae nadri
Old name of Jucheon was "Bae nadir". There was no inconvenience in terms of passage because the level of water is lowered by sands filled up in the river and a bridge is built now. However we could go anywhere by boat crossing across the river before that, so it was called as "Bae nadri".

It is laid down along the foot of Mt. Sungmi and Duigol and Wondanggol are in the center of it. People used sometimes the shallow neck of the rapids in crossing over Owon river and the boat when the level of river was high. The old road was made up from the hill behind Dakmoi to Yongjun-ti, Duchimae, which is connected to Jeonju.
It is said that the village was formed by the movement of Yeo-Ok Lee belonging to the Snagju Lee family, who had lived at Osan-ri, Sanseo, Jangsoo County in the age of Hyeonjong in Choseon (1660). Sangju Lee family is also known as Sansan Lee family and 350 or more years seem to be passed since they moved into considering the Jeonyeo-mun of Yeosan Song, the wife of Lee Jong-Sam.

According to geomancy, the village is facing the west. The village comes from Sanyoung, Godeok and form up Woosunyong castle mountain. And then it comes down along Joasunyong and leans against Mt. Banwolhyung which has the shape of 4 blue cranes.
Jubong behind the village is known as "castle mountain," where it has been used as a fortress with castle on the ridge of the mountain. Some call it as Mt. Sungmoi, instead of Sungmi because of the castle in the mountain. It is said that there was a centipede which lived there for 1,000 years.

Among other theories about the origin of the village, there is one which insists that Yeo-Ok Lee, who moved into the village, judged that a lot of elites shall be born here after observing the geographical shape. There is another theory that the village is called as Jucheon because Mt. Bangmi, which became Noinbong, came down with embracing Bagunibong, which is the first land pulse and Sagakdoraengi-bong came down to the village. And then it has the shape of water tank, so it is called as Juchun now.
Sangju Lee family, Seo family, Park family live here right now. Temple Mongseuk is located in the valley of the mountain behind the village and there is a hill through which we can go over to Hoingsan. Glass greenhouses for cultivating flowers give good income to the residents nowadays.
Facility vegetables were cultivated for the first time at this village in gun. It distributed new technologies quickly through that. It will be developed mainly to cultivate flowers. 

Nongwon village
Mangseogol at Nongwon-ri 
The old name was Mangseogok. Wonseojung in Saseondae means a bower where clouds take a rest. In the name of Mangseogok, Mang means look down the landscape in the village and seo means taking a rest.
It is also called "blue crane" because the geographical shape looks like a crane which came down on the Owon river. Wonseojung can be said to be the head of the blue crane. Land pulse of dragon bracing the mountain in front of the village is called as Mangseogok because a crane is taking a rest here.
Nowadays there are orchids there. This village was built by refugees from North Korea during the Korean War. They cultivated 80% of the abandoned mountains to orchids. As a result, the village has become rich.

There is a legend that two Taoist hermits from Mt. Mai and the other two Taoist hermit
from Mt. Woonju (Imsil-myeon) met each other at the bank of Owon river in gwanchon
2,000 year ago. The legend said that they were fascinated by the beautiful landscape
around here, climbed up the dae, walked around rocks, took a bath in the clean water or
enjoy their meeting with crows. In the meanwhile four nymphs came down from the
heaven and disappeared, escorting the Taoist hermits all of a sudden.
After that the place was called as Sasundae and the river was called as Owon river. Besides the rock where Taoist hermits enjoyed their meeting was called Noleum rock. The river flowing between unknown flowers in the black cliff enhances the beauty
According the other legend, Dal-Hyo Lee, who belonged to Sangsan Lee family at Juchun-ri, Gwanchon-myeon, (Hosan was his pseudonym) had published . He was in the close relationship with prominent people in Honam including Lee Do-Jae, the chief of Hyeon.
Lee Do-Jae, the chief og Hyun, had visited often famous places of dae by boat through Owon river with Jeoju judge, Namwon deputy delegation and Dal-Hyo Lee.
Those four old people were in the similar age and they looked like four Taomist hermits because they wore casual clothes instead of official uniform. So the place was called as Sasundae. -Woo-Hyun Park (Gwanchon-ri, Gwanchon-myeon, Imsil County, Nam)

Horse rock
A rock which looks like a horse is standing on the mountain road l km northbound from Hoingsan village, Bokhong-ri, Gwanchon-myeon. The following is a legend about the rock..
Simple and honest farmers were living here, called "split rock village". An unmarried beauty was living here with her parents in the village. A man, who was praised as an expert archer, was living at the other village near by the village. His skill in archery was so excellent that he could hit not only wild boars and tigers but also flying eagles.
One day he fell in love with her after seeing the beauty drawing water on the way to hunter. After that day he used to walk around split rock village every day.
In the meantime barbarians raided the village. They ransacked valuable goods and raped women. A barbarian general found the beauty meanwhile and he took her to his home.
On the other hand the man ran to the village in a hurry after hearing the news. But the village was on fire and the barbarian general was climbing to the ridge of the mountain when he arrived at the village
The man shot 2 arrows to the barbarian general although he is out of the range of the bow. Unbelievably, one hit the neck of the general and the other hit the horse.
When he ran up to the beauty, the general was killed and she passed out. After that they got married, they found a rock which has the shape of horse in the spot the general was killed. It is said that they paid a tribute to the general every year even if he was their enemy. 
- Woo-Sung Choi (Hwangsan-ri, Gwanchon-myeon, Imsil County, Nam)

Jangje Murim
Hwang, who was a muscular man having both wisdom and strength, lived with his wife. An abandoned land in front of the village, on which a stream was flowing, was useless. But the man and wife decided to cultivate the abandoned land by changing the course of the stream. They built a bank and reservoir preparing for flood and drought. And then they planted trees on the bank.
The water was not filled up in the cultivated land is spite of the change of watercourse. It resulted from the wrong selection of the land configuration. The bank and reservoir turn out to be useless.
But a Taoist hermit let them know a method in their dream that night. 
「You can solve your problem easily if you dig out to the place on which white frost has not been melt yet next morning.」
Next morning they found the place on which white frost has not been melted yet amazingly! They dig out the place according to the Taoist hermit and filled up water in it. After that enough water began to flow into the cultivated land. As a result of it they got to own the wide golden field at Bangsu-ri now, and we can find riverside stone anywhere on the field.
Hwang had been called as General Hwang and this place is called as Jangje Murim where reservoir and dense forest 150 m or more in length is forming out beautiful landscape.
Besides there is a big tomb, which looks like the tomb of General Hwan, in the mountain behind the village. The residents worship general Hwang and his wife just like a protecting God. -han-Ho Ha (Bangsu-ri, Gwanchon-myeon, Imsil, Nam)

Sedan chair rock
It is said that there had been a big river around what is now Gwanchon-myeon. There was a ferry village, which was called  Baenari, at the estuary of the river flowing around Mt. Sungmi. In terms of geology this way was known to be the fastest way when you went up to Jeonju or Seoul from the south.
A 1000 year-old tortoise, which carried Taoist hermits intending to cross the river, used to live here. One day the sedan chair bearers of a bride going to her wedding stepped on the back of tortoise as they regarded it as a rock, when the tortoise was taking a nap on the day in spring. Then the tortoise moved so the bride fell to her death in the river
After that the people took her body out of the river and made her tomb besides the spot, which has the shape of tortoise. Then the river began sinking down eventually. Finally Gwanchon was formed out. The big rock besides the tomb is the sign stone of her tomb. One day a Taoist predicted that this village will prosper very much because of the stone.
- Woo-Hyun Park (SIgeun-ri, Imsil County, Gwanchon-myeon) 

Nonstop bus
Jeonju Military Manpower Administration - Gwanchon (From 7:20 to 21:30: it takes 40 minutes)

Express bus: Seoul
Seoul - Jeonju :05:40 - 23:00 : allocation interval:5~15 Min : the time required: 3 hours

Jeolla line (for Yeosu, Jinju) Getting off Imsil or Gwanchon station -
              arriving at the place by taxi or bus (1 km from Gwanchon station) 7 times a day

<< From Seoul >>
1) Jeonju IC in Honam expressway → road from Jeonju to Gunsan (#26 national road) for Jeonju→via jeonju(Jeonju station, Ajung-ri) Ajungro : (Eastern detour road-Jeonju city hall,  Hotel Riviera) → Turn left at T-intersection at Saekjang 3-dong (#17 national road)→ road from Jeonju to Namwon (30km or more :half an hour) → Turn left at the entrance of Gwnachon-myeon (500m)→Saseonnyeo village center (inside myeon-office)
2) West sea coast expressway (Seoul, Incheon-> Gunsan) -> enter industrial road from Jeonjuto Gunsan after passing by Gunsan IC (Going for Jeonju : 50 minutes or more)
->road from Jeonju to Gunsan (#26 national road) for Jeonju→ via Jeonju (Jeonju station,ajungri) Ajungro : (Eastern detour road - Jeonju city hall, Libera hotel)
→ Turn left at T-intersection at Saekjang 3-dong (#17 national road)→ road from Jeonju to Namwon (30km or more :half an hour)→ Turn left at the entrance of Gwnachon-myeon (500m)→Saseonnyeo village center (inside myeon-office)

<< From Gyeongnam, Gyeongbuk >>
Namwon IC in 88 expressway88 → for Osu, Imsil, Jeonju (#17 national road) → road from Jeonju to Namwon →Turn right at the entrance of Gwanchon-myeon (200 m)→ Saseonnyeo village center (inside myeon-office)

<< From Jeonnam >>
1) Jeonju IC in Honam expressway → road from jeonju to Gunsan (#26 national road) for Jeonju→via jeonju(Jeonju station, Ajung-ri) Ajungro : (Eastern detour road-Jeonju city hall, Hotel Riviera) → Turn left at T-intersection at Saekjang 3-dong (#17 national road)→ road from Jeonju to Namwon (30km or more :half an hour) → Turn left at the entrance of Gwnachon-myeon (500m)→Saseonnyeo village center (inside myeon-office)
2) West sea coast expressway (Mokpo-> Gunsan) -> enter industrial road from Jeonjuto Gunsan after passing by Gunsan IC (Going for Jeonju : 50 minutes or more) -> road from Jeonju to Gunsan (#26 national road) for Jeonju→via jeonju(Jeonju station, Ajung-ri) Ajungro : (Eastern detour road-Jeonju city hall, Libera hotel) → Turn left at T-intersection at Saekjang 3-dong (#17 national road)→ road from Jeonju to Namwon (30km or more :half an hour) → Turn left at the entrance of Gwnachon-myeon (500m)→Saseonnyeo village center (inside myeon-office)

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