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Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla) is in the southwestern corner of South Korea. It is largely a rural area, population 1.9 million, with a few small cities thrown in. The former capital, Gwangju, is in the center of the province, and is easily the largest and most vibrant city in the area.

Jeollanam-do is known as an excellent place for siteseeing and recreation. Most of the counties have beaches, as Jeollanam-do has a large coastline. Mountains jut out almost everywhere, and there are scores of temples throughout the land. The top sites include the Boseong Green Tea Fields, the Bamboo Forest in Damyang, Hyangiram in Yeosu, the islands in Jindo, Wando, and Shinan, and Jirisan and Wolchulsan mountains. Close to its agricultural and traditional roots, residents of Jeollanam-do hold festivals both large and small all the year round. Jeollanam-do is also considered a great place to eat. Its renowned for its seafood dishes, and each county has its own self-proclaimed specialties.

The province has, for a number of reasons, a reputation for being backwards and backwoods. Movies portray Jeollanam-do residents as violent, foul-mouthed, and unrefined. The Jeolla dialect carries with it similar connotations. Throughout the history of South Korea the province has felt itself shut out of national politics and marginalized by ruling politicians from Gyeongsangnam-do, until Jeollanam-do produced its own president in 1998. Jeolla residents have also developed a reputation for being rebellious, most recently evidenced by the 1980 Gwangju Massacre.


Interesting Jeollanam-do Articles

  • Our Lady of Naju is a statue of the Virgin Mary that reportedly began weeping tears and blood in 1985. The phenomenon continued for 700 days, and in 1992 . . . (more)
  • The Namak New Town initiative aims to expand the size of Namak, a village in Muan county and the provincial capital. The project will finish in 2019 and when completed will have grown the population to 150,000, making it among the largest cities in Jeollanam-do . . . (more)
  • Sangdang Village, a small community in Gangjin county, gained national media attention in January 2007 when news broke of its successful smoke-free campaign . . . (more)

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Boseong county

Boseong is known for its green tea, and the several green tea fields in the county are quite famous. Pictures showing the rows of carefully groomed plants appear in just about every guidebook. There are green tea variations of many Korean dishes, from green tea pork cutlets to green tea noodles. Aside from the fields, Yulpo Beach and Yulpo Hot Springs are popular (the latter having green tea baths). Daewonsa temple and the accompanying Tibetan Museum are exceptionally beautiful as well. Boseong runs the risk of being a one-trick pony, but besides the 녹차 fanfare there is pleasant hiking in the county, and larger cities like Suncheon and Gwangju are relatively near.

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Damyang county

There is a huge bamboo forest in Damyang that is often used for movies and television shows. Byungpungsan is one of the largest mountains in the province, and it plus Chuwolsan make for nice hiking. Soswaeson is a large 16th-century garden notable for its scenery and the variety of plant species. Though scenic, Damyang is (and feels) small, even by Jeollanam-do standards. Its close proximity to Gwangju makes for an easy commute, but travel to other areas of the province is hampered by the tiny bus terminal.

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Gangjin county

By some accounts, Gangjin has an unflattering past. Dutch explorer Hendrick Hamel and his crew were imprisoned there for seven years, and progressive scholar Jeong Yak-yong was exiled here from 1801-1818. But today Gangjin is known as a quiet, tranquil place (its name means "comfortable harbor"), and is noted throughout Korea for the production of celadon pottery. Gangjin has a fair share of important temples, and the views of Gangjin Bay from Maryang-myeon are picturesque.

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Goheung county

Goheung is comprised of the Goheung Peninsula and 160 islands: 38 inhabited and 122 uninhabited. The Goheung Peninsula creates a boundary between the bays of Boseong and Suncheon, and contains the bulk of the county's population. The island of Waenaro-do is home to the Korea Space Center, which is currently under construction. Also under Goheung's jurisdiction is Sorok-do, an island notorious for a leper colony that was operational during Japanese occupation. The geography of Goheung provides for plenty of recreation during the summer months.

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Gokseong county

"As apples can be grown in forested land there is quite a bit of apple cultivation, and the county receives over 2,000 hours of sunlight per year on average which aids this . . ." (main)

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Gurye county

"There are a large number of mountains in the northeast of the county. Some of the mountains include one of the peaks of the famous Jirisan at 1,507 metres . . ." (more)

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Gwangju Metropolitian City

Gwangju was the capitol of Jeollanam-do until 2005, but is no longer part of the province. It's a city of roughly 1.4 million people, though, and is easily the largest in the area. As such it has a lot to offer Jeollanam-do visitors and residents---from restaurants and department stores to theatres and museums---so be sure to check out the following pages:

Gwangyang city

Gwangyang is a city of nearly 140,000, and is located in the southeastern corner of the province. It is fairly close to Suncheon and Yeosu, in Jeollanam-do, and also to cities in western Gyeongsangnam-do. The Chunnam Dragons of the K-League are a professional soccer team that plays at Gwangyang's Football Stadium. Other points of interest are the annual Maehwa (Apricot) Festival, Baegunsan mountain, and Home Plus. Furthermore, Gwangyang is at the centre of development for the Gwangyang Bay Area Free Economic Zone (FEZ) due for completion in 2011.

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Haenam county

Haenam is located at "Land's Edge," as the southern-most point of the peninsula is located here. There are many tourist destinations in Haenam, including dinosaur fossils, mountains, temples, and beaches. Mihwangsa and Daedunsa (Daeheungsa) are two of the most notable religious sites in the county, and Duryunsa mountain, at just over 700 meters, is the largest in Haenam.

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Hampyeong county

Hampyeong holds an annual butterfly festival each spring . . .(more)

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Hwasun county

"There are a number of mountains in the county, some of which include Baegasan (백아산, 白鴉山:804m) . . ." (more)

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Jangheung county

"The north of the county has a few mountains: some of them include Jeamsan (제암산, 779m), Gajisan (가지산, 506m), Guksabong (국사봉, 613m), and Cheongwansan (천관산, 723m) . . ." (more)

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Jangseong county

"The Noryeong Mountains go through the county, and some of the mountains there include Ibamsan (입암산, 654m), Buldaesan (불대산, 630m), Bangjangsan (방장산, 743m), and Munsusan (문수산, 620m) . . ." (more)

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Jindo county

Jindo county takes its name from Jindo (Jin-do) island. Jin-do, the island, is the third-largest in the country and is separated from the mainland by Jindo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in South Korea. Jindo, the county, consists of 230 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Jindo is known for its beaches and for Jindo dogs, the large, white breed popular among Koreans. Also regionally well-known is the Jindo Moses Miracle, during which low tides expose a 2.8-kilometer strip between Jin-do and Ma-do islands. The event takes place a few times a year and is among the county's biggest tourist draws.

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Mokpo city

Mokpo is a centuries-old city whose port was first opened to international trade in 1897. Not only commercial vessels but ferries traverse the seas between the city and the islands that comprise Mokpo and Shinan. The city has earned a reputation as a stronghold of the Koeran mob, an idea reinforced by the 2004 movie 목포는 항구다 (Gangster's Paradise). Nevertheless, Mokpo is a fairly popular destination for residents in South Korea's southwest. Its size ranks it among the largest places in Jeollanam-do, and it is expected to grow in coming decades as part of the Namak New Town initiative. Other big draws include hiking, shopping, studying and/or teaching, and travelling to neighboring islands.

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Muan county

Since 2005, the provincial capital of Jeollanam-do has been in a village called Namak-ri, in Muan. There is a massive urban development project in place for this tiny corner of the county. When it's all completed in 2019, there will be a new international airport---which should be open for business at the close of the decade---a new Provincial Office buildilng, and a commitment to installing state-of-the-art commercial, residential, cultural, and recreational areas. "Namak New Town" will have 150,000 residents, and given its location near Mokpo city, it is expected to siphon residents, traffic, and commerce.

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Naju city

Naju is the smallest of the five cities in Jeollanam-do, with just under 100,000. Its trademark is the Naju pear (나주배), which is well-known throughout the region. The most notable tourist sites are part of Naju-eup Fortress, a 15-th century wall that went around part of the present-day city. Not much of the structure remains, but Namgomun gate is a striking exception. Another moderately well-known feature of Naju is the Our Lady of Naju phenomenon. This statue reportedly began weeping and bleeding in 1985, and since then it has performed a number of "miracles." Though there has been no official word from the Pope, many pilgrims visit the site from around the world.

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Shinan county

"The county is composed of 111 inhabited, and 719 uninhabited islands, making up 25% of the total islands in the country . . ." (more)

  • List of notable places in Shinan

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Suncheon city

Suncheon is the second-largest city in Jeollanam-do, with a population of just over 270,000. There are a number of popular tourist destinations, including two temples on the 884-meter-high Jogyesan mountain: Seonamsa and Songgwangsa. Dongcheon, a stream, runs through the city and has walking and biking paths as well as a duckie boat rental area. Notable parks include Jukdobong and Jogyesan Provincial Parks. It is also a relatively convenient place to do shopping, as there is an E-Mart, Homever, and Home Plus. Two popular foreigner-friendly bars and a bevy of hofs make it a regionally-popular nightlife destination as well. The city is currently experiencing strong development due to being included as part of the Gwangyang Bay Free Economic Zone, one of three newly created Free Economic Zones (FEZs) in South Korea due to open within the next decade.

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Wando county

Wando is yet another county in Jeollanam-do comprised entirely or primarily of islands. (The others are Goheung, Jindo, and Shinan). Wando, the county, has 203 islands, 143 of which are uninhabited. The largest is Wan-do, the island. Besides the islands and beaches, the biggest tourist attraction is Cheonghaejin, a former trading hub established in 828.

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Yeongam county

"Yeongam is home to a number of mountains, the most notable being Wolchulsan . . ." (more)

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Yeonggwang county

"Yeonggwang will be the site of a three-thousand kilowatt solar plant starting 2008, which is forecasted to be the largest in Asia upon completion . . ." (more)

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Yeosu city

"Yeosu is now bidding for the 2012 World Expo, after an unsuccessful bid for the space in 2010. The vote will be held December 2008 . . ." {more)

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