Tuesday, December 23, 2014

[Tour] A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong / King Wanggun Trail in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong
About 1,100 years ago, this country was divided into 3 nations. Two of those countries called 'Corea' and 'Baekje' were fighting a war. It was a big war that would have changed the warfare history of Mt.Palgong.  A loyal subject of Corea gave his life for his master after the army was in rout. This is the story of general Sung-gyeom, Shin' in 'Gongsan Battle'.

Wanggun, the king of CoreaSung-gyeom, Shin, the general of Corea

[Wanggun, the King of Corea(Left) and Sung-gyeom, Shin, the general of Corea(Right)/Photo by Wiki] 

The story of Gongsan Battle began when the king of Baekje was upset in that 'Shilla', the last one of the 3 nations, has friendly relations with Corea, the Baekje’s enemy.  This caused the king of Baekje to invade Gyeongju which was the capital of Shilla. The king of Shilla timely asked Corea  for help and the king of Corea therefore headed for Shilla with many soldiers. However, the king of Baekje occupied Gyeongju before Corea arrived and make the king of Shilla stab himself with a sword.

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong
When the king and soldiers of Baekje were near Mr. Palgong on the way back to their country, they bumped into the king and soldiers of Corea who were running to Gyeongju to help Shilla.  Corea's soldiers did their best to subdue the Badkje’s soldiers but only to fail. At the moment when the king of Corea was almost besieged, a general, Sung-gyeom Shin, rushed into the battle again wearing king’s garment to cheat the enemy. The king of Corea returned his country in tears. The general Sung-gyeom Shin and Corea's soldiers bravely charged into the enemy camp, but they all were killed after all.


A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong

A Korean Historical Story in Mt.Palgong
When a general of Baekje beheaded Shin and brought it to Baekje's king, he realized that it wasn't the head of Corea. Though Baekje’s king was upset, he returned the head to Corea. The king was so lamented that he held a big consolation event paying his respects to the soul of general Shin. Since the place where general Shin died was Mt. Palgong, there are many sites named after this historic incident in and near the mountain.  

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There is a historical trail course in Mt.Palgong related to Gongsan Battle. That's called 'King Wanggun Trail'. It starts at the historical site of general Sung-gyeom, Shin and end at Donggokji Lake near Ansim station.
The map of King Wanggun Trail in Mt.Palgong

Name of Trail Course
Distance/Time
Course
Public Bus
Start
Final
Yongho Sangbak Gil (course 1)
4.3 /80mins
Historical Site of general Sung-gyeom, Shin→Daegokji Lake→Wanggun Observatory→Yeoljae Lake
101 / 101-1
101 / 101-1
Yeol-lin Hanul Gil (course 2)
4.5 /140mins
Yeoljae Lake→Hanul Bridge→Mt.Geojeo→Hanul Maru→Bunam Bridge
101 / 101-1
Palgong 1
Mukyeon Chaeheom Gil (course 3)
5.4 /140mins
Bunam Bridge→Mukyeongil road→Tongsi rock→Balbadak rock→Mulnumjae Hill
Palgong 1
Palgong 1
Munhwa Yesul Gil (course 4)
3.3 /60mins
Mulnumjae Hill→Bangjja Yugi Museum→Baek-an junction
Palgong 1
Palgong 1 / 401
Gojin Gamrae Gil (course 5)
5.2 /120mins
Baek-an junction→Kaltakjae HIll→Saeteo village→Pyeonggwangji Lake→Pyeonggwang Final Destination
Palgong 1 / 401
Palgong 1
Hoyeon Jigi Gil (course 6)
5.0 /120mins
Pyeonggwang Final Destination→Cheombaekdang→Oggoljae Hill→Yoryeongbong mountaintop→Maeyeo Final Destination
Palgong 1
Suseong 2
Gapal Hwancho Gil (course 7)
3.3 /130 mins
Maeyeo Final Destination→Practical site for studying agrobiology of Kyoungpuk National University→Rest area→Choryebong mountaintop
Suseong 2
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Gusa Ilsaeng (course 8)
4.0 /110mins
Choryebong mountaintopPhoto zoneDonggokji Lake
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Ansim station(subway)
 508 / 708 / 808

[Tourist Attractions in Wanggun Trail Course]

-Historical Site of the General Sung-gyeom, Shin
The spot is where General Sungkyeom Shin, one of the major contributors to the establishment of the nation, died in battle with Baekjae forces while protecting his king.
-Bangjja Yugi Museum
Daegu Bangjja Yugi Museum is Korea's first bronzeware-specialized museum built to preserve the Bangjja Yugi, a traditional cultural property. It also aims to hand down its manufacturing technology to posterity so that the excellence of traditional Korean cultural assets may continue to be presented, and the development of local culture will be promoted.

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