“Cultural Exploration Course with Excitement to Sejong City” starts with experiencing the culture of Korean traditional sauce and watching the history and culture of Sejong City. Additionally, visitors walk to Biamsa Temple along the mysterious Dokkaebi Road as if being in Jeju Island and enjoying the beauty of the traditional temple by walking in a garden of Yeongpyeongsa Temple, which is famous for its Siberian chrysanthemum. At the Textbook Museum, you can have a blooming conversationby remembering the good memories of your school days and experiencingthe hospitability of your hometown by visiting a traditional market, which is affectionate as an aged tree in your hometown. You can expect a trip with much excitement.
If you go to Dwiungbak Village, a theme park for traditional sauce culture, you will be aware that the experience oftraditional sauce culture is not only about taste; it is also part of a cultural experience to learn of the characteristics of jars in each region and their different uses. Crocks for eight different regions are one of the best sights which you should not miss at this theme park; while seeing eight-regional crocks from Seoul to Gyeonggi-do, Cheongcheong-do, Gyeongsang-do, Jeolla-do and Jeju-do, visitors can develop the taste for picking good crocks for sauces and condiments.
A route is connected to a garden, creating magnificent scenery, which is filled with hundreds of large jars. Visitors are amazed at the massive dwiungbak crocks and the numerous crocks upon entering into mother crocks. Next to mother crocks is the observatory for dwiungbak crocks. It is recommended to take a photograph against the backdrop of mother crocks or dwiungbak crocks because it can be the best choice for proving the visit toDwiungbak Village.
When passing through eightregional crocks, you can see a neatly trimmed garden and trail. It is the best place for enjoyinga walk while halting at some rest areas. The building located on the hill of the theme park is called “Janghyang.” As well as being a specialty restaurant for serving dishes with traditional sauces, the place has a shop for selling sauces and condiments produced from Dwiungbak Village.
Whole view of Twelve Zodiac Sign Statuses. Upon entering into Dwiungbak Village, you will pass by the path to the Twelve Zodiac Signs. As an information slate with detailed characteristics of each zodiac sign is installed, you can solve your curiosity for your zodiac sign.
Eight regional crocks and visitors. Despite similar uses, each one of the eight regional crocks has different appearance.
Whole view of Haedamtteul Crocks. Regular visitors are not allowed to come to this place where sauces,made by visitors who experimented with making sauce in the village, are ripening.
Scenery of Mother Crocks. This place signifies the lives and tough time of our mothers. While doing hard chores in the kitchen and caring for their worries by seeing us having food well, our mothers tended to wipe their tears secretly at these crocks.
Scenery of crocks in spring.
Dwiungbak Village is a garden which is so beautifully trimmed that the entire village can be described as a gorgeous garden. You will pause in spite of yourself while walking through the garden.
Scenery with a poem of trail.
Traditional Sauce Exhibition Hall of Dwiungbak Village displaying traditional sauces and condiments with containers.
Janghyang of Dwiungbak Village is the best place for having a meal with family (Opening hours are from 11:30 am to 8:00 pmforentrance). The restaurant is specialized for Korean traditional dishes. You can enjoy the lunch specialty (13,000 won for one serving) during weekdays except for weekends and holidays. Dishes are served in order of rice porridge, salad, mung bean jelly salad, chilled vegetables, stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables with rice cakes, kimchi wraps with pork, special vegetable pancakes, grilled braised pollack, cabbage soup and meal (with Dwiungbak soybean paste).
Sejong Municipal Folk Museum is a place where visitors can see the history of our ancestors, from the unique culture of ceramics to a lifestyle of foods, clothing and housing through various artifacts. The museum helps visitors to enhance understanding autonomy and uniqueness of traditional culture in Sejong City. As the main exhibition hall, Permanent Exhibit Hall introduces cultural assets in Sejong and stories with regard to “regional development history” by organizing important events to look back on the history and culture of Sejong City. The most displayed artifacts are the artifacts donated byresidents in Geumsa, a region where the museum is located, neighboring areas and even Jochiwon as well as from Yeongi-gun Cultural Center (currently, Sejong City Cultural Center) and Rural Development Administration. As an educational place for raising awareness of reviewing the old and learning the new through various artifacts of traditional lifestyles in Sejong, the museum also operates the experience and learning center to allow children to get familiar with Korea’s unique folk culture by playing and experimenting with various things such as traditional accessories, plays and putting traditional pattern puzzle together.
Whole view of museum 2. As a former body of the museum, the Geumsa Elementary School began its history when it acquired the approval to establish “Jeonui and Geumsa Elementary School” in 1935 with local residents donating the land. As the number of students decreased, it was closed after integrating with Dalseong Elementary School in March 1992.
Scenery of Geumsa from the playing ground of the museum. At the request of local residents to donate folk-related artifacts, the Yeongi-gun Folk Museum was supposed to open after remodeling the building in the entire area of Sejong City; but, as Sejong Special Self-governing City was established, its name was changed into “Sejong Municipal Folk Museum.”
Statues displayed in the elementary school in the past remind of the good memories, and include the statue of a girl reading a book, Lee Seung-bok, an anticommunist boy, lion and deer.
Entrance of Permanent Exhibit Hall of museum. The corridor at the right side is used as Special Exhibit Hall.
In the past, women made clothes for themselves by weaving by hand. Visitors can see tough lifestyle of women at the clothing exhibition corner. At the ceramic and earthenware section in front of the clothing lifestyle section, visitors can learn past lifestyles and the process of making earthenware and ceramic by seeing artifacts.
Food lifestyle exhibition section displays the unique Korean food lifestyle with dignity under the themes of rice cakes and tea confectionery and the meaning of the pattern.
Housing living exhibition section displays equipment used for building a house and the process of making straw-thatched roof house and Korean traditional house.
Whole view of Experience and Learning Center at the museum. After visiting the exhibition halls, elementary school students experiment with tools, playing devices and accessories at the experience center.
Children play with props at the Experience and Learning Center by wearing traditional hats and wooden shoes. They find it interesting to pretend to be a noble in the past.
Despite seeming to be an ascending road, a can is rolling down the slope. Dokkaebi Road in Jeju has long been a popular attraction of Jeju Island. The actual descending road looks like an ascending road because of optical illusion. The section of 100m to Biamsa Temple, Sejong-si, is a road for optical illusion like the road in Jeju; it looks like an ascending road, but it is actually a descending slope. With the road sign indicating the start and the end point of Dokkaebi Road, it is easy to find the road.
After passing through Dokkaebi Road, you will see Biamsa Temple where the 800-year-old zelkova tree casts a shadow over the ground in front of the temple. With fullygrown grass, the ground gives the impression of a quite park. The three-story stone pagoda at the very center of the ground and the Geungnakbojeon Hall have been designated and protected as tangible cultural assets in Chungnam. The Main Buddhist Hall of Biamsa Temple is called the Geungnakbojeon Hall because it is the temple of Baekje built to comfort the spirit of the perished kingdom’s revival governors and honor the loyal spirits. Visitors can enjoy unique strolling at the lower part of the parking lot atMercy Park.
It is the starting point of Dokkaebi Road leading to Biamsa Temple. Although it looks like an ascending slope, a car moves forward when the ignition is turned off and brake is taken off.
At the end of Dokkaebi Road, the optical illusion disappears.
Whole view of Biamsa Temple. Daewungjeon Hall is located behind Geungnakbojeon Hall. A hall over the ridge is Sansingak Shrine. A Buddhist temple bell is located next to the wall and the Geungnakbojeon Hall in front of the front yard.
An old tree welcomes visitors in the path toward the front yard of Biamsa Temple. It is a mystical tree whose leaves sprout from the bottom to the top for bad years and vice versa for rich years. It is an 810-year-old zelkova tree, which was designated as a provincial tree of Chungcheongnam-do Province in 1972.
Geungnakbojeon Hall and three-story stone pagoda at Biamsa Temple. These buildings follow the arrangement of temple buildings as singlepagoda and top. Although Daewungjeon Hall is located behind, Geungnakbojeon Hall is in the southeast direction in a straight line from the tower, whereas Daewungjeon Hall is in the direct south direction.
Scenery of temple’s front yard with circular stepping stones and grass.
Biamsa Temple in spring. Royal azaleas at the temple are so beautiful.
You can reach Sansingak Hall by ascending the staircase between Geungnakbojeon Hall and Daewungjeon Hall.
Biamsa Temple from Sansingak Hall.
Scenery of Mercy Park below the parking lot of Biamsa Temple.
Located at the sunny side of Janggunsan Mountain, Yeongpyeongsa Temple has Samseonggak Hall, Jeokmukdang Hall, and Seolseondang Hall as well as Sammyeongseonwon Hall and an underground room for meditation with focusing on Daeungbojeon Hall at Malsaro, Magokgsa Temple of 6th Section for Korean Buddhist Jogye Order. Additionally, the temple gives the opportunity to experience daily lives in harmony with nature and Buddhist culture by operating a temple stay program. Participants of the temple stay program can relax their fatigued body and soul and lift the burden freely. They can get rid of all the desire, anxiety and absurdity, recharge the heart and return to their daily lives for a new start.
The Yeongpyeongsa Temple holds the Siberian Chrysanthemums Festival every autumn from when they begin to sprout to when they fully bloom at the temple. The festival has a variety of cultural events with Siberian Chrysanthemums: Siberian Chrysanthemums flower tea tasting event, Siberian Chrysanthemums photograph exhibition and Siberian Chrysanthemums photograph contest as well as mountain temple concert and various performances. With Buddhist alms, a charity bazaar is operated for the entire period of the events as a place of happiness for mutual growth and sharing.
At the beginning of the Iljumun Gate, a trail in the temple and the Siberian Chrysanthemums blossoming at the side of the temple attract visitors. The white color of the Siberian Chrysanthemums has the charm of calming the mind as if conveying the mercy of Buddha in the temple.
Siberian Chrysanthemums bloom behind Daeungbojeon Hall. Scenery of Yeongpyeongsa Temple at the time of the blooming of Siberian Chrysanthemums is magnificent.
During Siberian Chrysanthemum Festival, a main stage is installed in front of the main building of a temple to show various performances.
There is a bridge to Sansingak Pavilionnear Amitabha of Yeongpyeongsa Temple. It is familiar to see stairs which were made by piling layers of broad rocks.
Whole view of Sansingak Pavilion. Siberian chrysanthemums decorate the surrounding areas of the pavilion.
Autumn in Sammyeongseonwon Temple. It is a place of Zen requiring absolute silence.
Around the time of blooming Siberian Chrysanthemums, the temple becomes a popular place for photographers.
Scenery with clay dolls. Seeing the innocent clay dolls makes one very happy.
Water lilies with fragrance are blooming majestically in the water tank surrounding Daeungjeon Hall
Scenery with water lily.
The Textbook Museum is a museum founded by Daehan Textbook Co. Ltd. The company was established by efforts of pioneers such as Kim Gi-o, whose penname is Useok,with the conviction of making textbooks in Korean in September 1948. While the company published textbooks by realizing the foundational philosophy of “Building the nation with education,”“Patriotism with Employment” and “Patriotism with Publication,” Daehan Textbook has been in charge of educational publications after integrating with the government-led textbooks in 1998.
From Daehan Textbook Co. Ltd. to integration with government-led textbooks, the Textbook Museum categorizes various items in detail, such as printing devices for making textbooks and books, educational materials and facilities, academic supplies, school uniforms and bags. The museum provides adults with the opportunity to remember the good memories of school days, and children with the opportunity to learn the history of changes in textbooks.
Hangeul Hall at Textbook Museum. As the hall introduces superiority of Hangeul, visitors can see the meaning of creation of Hunminjeongeum and its history of changes.
Exhibition Hall for Yesterday and Today of Textbooks. It is a place where visitors can see the changing process of textbooks from before the Enlightenment Period to the 7th Educational Course. It encompasses various eras including ancient times, Three Kingdom Period, Goryeo Dynasty, Joseon Dynasty, Enlightenment Period, U.S. Military Government and 7th Educational Course.
Exhibition Hall for Textbooks from the World. Visitors can learn the curriculum system and textbooks from various countries with the display of textbooks of 15 countries such as Germany, Russia, Malaysia, U.S., Saudi Arabia, Singapore, U.K., Indonesia, Austria, Japan, Canada, France, Philippines and Australia.
A good memory of a classroom. Representing the old classroom, this place gives visitors the opportunity to see the educational environment of the past by displaying school uniform, bags, hats, desks and chairs and free textbooks of the 1970s-80s.
Exhibition Hall for the Process of Producing Textbooks. You can see the process of developing, editing and producing textbooks at a glance. The hall introduces the actual working process stage by stage.
Exhibition Hall for Displaying North Korea’s Textbooks. It is displayed for visitors to compare textbooks from South Korea and North Korea.
Printing Machine Exhibit Hall. It is a place where visitors can see the history of printing development in Korea including various printers, binders and lead-type printers.
On the 2nd floor of the museum, there are independent exhibit halls and rest area displaying educational supplies for students, which remind of ones’ school days.
School uniform and bag are displayed.
Drawings from elementary school text books are displayed at the corridor connecting each exhibit hall on the 2nd floor.
“Sejong Traditional Market” is the best traditional market in Sejong City. It is the former “Jochiwon Traditional Market,” which was the best traditional market in Yeonggi-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, which has been integrated into Sejong City in July 2012. As the center of traditional five-day market in Yeonggi-gun, this market has changed its name due to the current shift in administrative sectors. Selected as the “Cultural Tourism Market for Nurturing Specialized Market in 2014” hosted by Small and Medium Business Administration, Sejong Traditional Market welcomes customers with modernized facilities such as arcade and a variety of stores.
“Of course. There is no doubt for providing inexpensive and quality products,”“That’s why people visit the traditional market,” and “You can even get a discount if lucky.” These are replies given without hesitation by a woman, in front of vendors, with various things to shop when she was asked the question, “Do you like products from this market?”
Sejong Traditional Market is a market where small-sized vendors and stores sell their products in harmony. The market sells every dish on our kitchen table, including vegetable, fish and dried fish pancakes and foods from butcher’s shop and mills. Merchants have their own stories from their age and history. They have stayed at the market not only for a few years; from ten years to forty years, merchants at Sejong Traditional Market sell their products on a daily basis. It seems that they bother each other by selling similar products, but they are always peaceful and harmonious like friendly neighbors. As they have been selling products for a long time, each merchant has his or her own regular customers. Rather, they have an advanced marketing strategy whereby being together is more effective in attracting more customers.
Scenery of market days of Sejong Traditional Market. Opened in 1931, Jochiwon Traditional Market has reflected changing appearances along with time. With modernized facilities for customer convenience such as customer parking lot, hygienic facilities and installed arcade, Sejong Traditional Market has come from being one of the simple traditional markets to the market in the city. During market days, the street is filled with numerous vendors who make a bustling atmosphere.
Scenery of couple selling Korean taffy. If you are lucky, you can meet a taffy vendor singing a delightful song while wandering the market. Performances by the couple brighten up the market.
Scenery of clothing shop with market-produced products. The jewel of traditional markets lies in the alley market where rows of shops are located in a line. Sejong Traditional Market has garment and fashion shops. As an old saying goes, “Nothing is complete unless you put it in final shape,” it is no use without adjusting the proper length no matter how fitting selected pants are. A sewing machine of a clothing shop at the corner of the back alley is operated busily. Women, who receive the mended clothing while dropping by the market to buy dishes, are regular customers.
Scenery of vegetable vendor. An experienced old lady along with her daughter-in-law is closely looking at the water parsley. The vendor who helps customers to choose the right produce wears a hospitable expression.
Scenery of a fish shop. “Can you discount a bit more?”“No, I can’t. This is a good product for the price!” It is so interesting to watch bargaining between a customer and merchant, which can only be seen at the market.
Scenery of a traditional five-day market. The Sejong Traditional Market operates only within the arcade at the usual time, and for five market days, it is permitted to have a street stall. The number of medical herbs available with the street vendor is so numerous that one cannot remember the number. A customer and merchant makes a deal for precious medical herbs.
Scenery of a brown sugar pancake shop. Park Jong-suk (60) has sold brown sugar pancakes and fish cake bars for 32 years at Sejong Traditional Market. “I feel rewarded when customers who were elementary and middle school student back then visited again after turning into a mother and father with their baby,” said Park. She said that that’s when she found it worthwhile to sell sugar pancakes.
Scenery of Korean sausages. Korean sausages, which are called sundae in Korean, are chewy with steam. Sundae with liver is one of the best snacks at the market.
IScenery of fish cake bars. Warm fish cake bars with soup are so great that they remind visitors of well-seasoned fish care bars at a service area. It is another unforgettable snack at the market for the cold winter.
Scenery of a confectionery store in good memory. An elderly man who chooses his favorite snacks, a child who is curious about his choice and his young father who remembers the taste are choosing sweets. When asked which age group buy sweets the most, Kim Gu (54), who has operated this confectionery store for 20 years, said that there are a variety of age groups from three-year-old children to 80-year-old seniors. The shop offers sweets with various tastes such as old cookies, Gyeongju Cookie, chestnut bread, banana bread, cinnamon bread, rice-coated cake, top shell-shaped cookie, and sweet potato bread.