Haenam or Haenam-gun (해남군, 海南郡, literally "south sea county") is one of 17 counties in Jeollanam-do. Consisting of 1 eup and 13 myeon, it has a population of 87,956, including 220 foreigners. It is located in the southwestern corner of the province and, like much of Jeollanam-do, enjoys a mild climate. To the east is the county of Gangjin, to the north is the county of Yeongam and the city of Mokpo, to the southwest across a bit of sea is the county of Wando, to the southwest is the county of Jindo, and to the west is the county of Shinan. The county seat, Haenam-eup, is the seventh most populous area in Jeollanam-do, trailing the five cities and Hwasun-eup in Hwasun county.
Haenam is most notable for 땅끝, Ddangkkeut, or "Land's Edge," the southernmost point on the Korean peninsula. It is one of the more popular spots to watch the first sunrise of the new year. Haenam also has a site of dinosaur fossils in Hwangsan-myeon. Other noteworthy points are Mihwangsa and Daedunsa temples, and Duryunsan Provincial Park.
Geography and administration
Some of the mountains in the county include Heukseoksan (흑석산, 650m), Geumgangsan (금강산, 481m), Dalmasan (달마산, 489m), and Duryunsan (두륜산, 703m).
The total length of coast is on the mainland is 226 km, as well as 76 km of coast on the islands in the county for a total of 302 km.
Haenam is located at the far end of the Taebaek Mountains, and the area is very good for agriculture. The average yearly temperature is 13.2℃, the average in January is 1.9℃, and the average in August is 26℃. The average precipitation over the year is 1,530 mm.
The one eup and 13 myeon of Haenam are:
Haenam county has many options for visitors. The view from Dalmasan is spectacular, and, on a clear day, one can see several neighboring islands beyond 땅끝, "Land's Edge."
Duryunsan Provincial Park is centered around the county's highest peak, Duryunsan, which rises to 703 meters. Within the park's boundaries is the historically significant Daedunsa temple--also called Daeheungsa. Also worth visiting is Mihwangsa, near Dalmasan. The temple has 14 structures in various stages of completion, and from the top of the complex one can look out onto the sea.
Haenam's geography gives it several beaches, the most famous of which is Songho Beach.
Tourism and Leisure City
Work began in 2006 on a 24,000 acre, US$35 billion "Tourism and Leisure City" in Haenam. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the site will feature shopping malls, a theme park, a convention center, a "wellness town," an F-1 racing course, a casino/hotel, and residential districts.
Please see this site for more information and updates.
- Distance from Gwangju: 92km
- Distance from Mokpo: 57km
- Distance from Yeosu: 155km
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