The Eight Famous Sights of Byunsan

The Eight Famous Sights of Byunsan refer to the region’s top tourist attractions, which have been recorded in the form of a folk song from the Buan region. Wherever you go in Byunsan, where the mountains are mountainous and the seas are sea-like, you can discover amazing landscapes and mysterious figures, among which the region’s ancestors selected and designed the most marvelous 8 sites.


This refers to the beautiful scenery of the West Sea beginning at Julpo and along the coastal waters of Gomso. The spectacle of the procession of fishing boats on the West Sea and their night lights shining vividly over the waters, as well as the scene of Gangchon’s fishermen lugging their fishing rods while humming tunes is the region’s number one must see sight.

Jigso Waterfall

Located in the very center of Byunsan, this is the scenic highlight of the region, so much so that they say “you can’t talk about Byunsan if you haven’t seen the enchanted realm of the Jigso Waterfall and Junggye Valley”


Number three on the list, this place combines the scenery of Naesosa (Temple) crammed with thick trees with Gainbong as the backdrop, with the mysterious atmosphere of the sound of bells delicately resonating at night while darkness sets on the exquisite blues of Gomso bay.


The scene of the moon’s brilliance rising gradually over the front garden of the Wolmyeongmuae Buddhist sanctuary is a masterpiece in itself, but the real inspiration of this place is the dancing visage this enchanting, mysterious land, with nearby mountain peaks enshrouded in dense fog and cloud together with the song of all types of mountain birds awoken from their morning sleep by the rise of the sun. The silhouette of peaks reaching into the sky one by one seems more like a dream than reality.

Nakjodae (Sunset on the West Sea)

The glow of the setting sun can be seen from anywhere along the West Sea coast. However from the vantage point of Nakjodae next to the remarkable Wolmyeongam, you will be able to quietly observe the spectacle of the traces of the West Sea sun setting behind the islands of the Gogunsan Archipelago and the cluster of Uido island, as the sea is dyed in a deep shade of crimson. It’s impossible to understand the true essence of the magic of the setting sun’s glow if you haven’t witnessed it from Nakjodae.


The rocks which have been at the mercy of the waves for hundreds of thousands of years have eroded to mold sheer cliffs, within which caves have been formed. The sight of fishing boats leisurely floating down the Chaeseok River, holder of Mother Nature’s mystery and secrets, and past Chaeseokbeomju is sure to evoke a sense of wonder.


Jiseo-ri in Byunsan-myeong used to be known as Jijipo in by-gone days. When climbing the steep-ish ridge up the mountainside toward Ssanseonbong, the freshness of the gentle sea breeze will stop you in your tracks, and the unfurling, painting-like view of the West Sea which catches the eye between the twisting and turning mountain peaks makes you feel like you’re arrived in another world.

Gaeam Ruins

Gaeam Temple is one of Byunsan’s four temples. This is where the young kings of Baekje who were robbed of their country took up camp, and become the stronghold for the unfurling of the Baekje revival movement. The imposingness of the Ulgeum Rock situated behind Gaeam Temple and the traces of Juryuseong give off the scent of a profound history.