Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring in Korea's traditional Village | Inheung Village (Hanok Tour)



Now that the winter chills are finally over, you can stop huddling up in your house with your heater on full blast and get outside again! Take a whiff of fresh air and see the spring flowers. If you’re interested in exploring the more traditional side of the city, make your way down the Inheung Hanok Village for a journey back to the past.  The village was built by Moon Gyeong-ho (1812-1874), a descendant of Moon- Ik-Jeom (1331- 1400) who was the first man to bring the cottonseed to Korea from China in the 15th century.  There are several key points of the village to check out so make sure you leave no stone unturned, and the best thing is admission to the village is FREE.

Right in the front of the village they have an information booth that offers information pamphlets in English that provides information about the village layout and the special buildings in the area.

Points of interest:
Inheungwon Garden


The first place I visited was the garden. The garden is located right outside the village and is the perfect place to take a seat and enjoy the calming sounds the water and view the flowers.


Cotton Field


Located near the garden is the cotton field. As previously mentioned, the village founder Moon Gyeong-ho is a decedent of Moon Ik-jeom who first brought cottonseed from China to Korea in the 15th Century.

Inheungsaji Stone Pagoda


Located near the cotton fields is the Inheungsaji Stone Pagoda.


Traditional style buildings:
  
The library, shrine, and pavilion and traditional houses were built in the Joseon Dynasty. Currently, 9 traditional houses still stand that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. However, they are private resident’s homes and you can’t go inside or take photos, but you can still explore the inside of the village and get stunning pictures of the stone wall surrounding the homes.

Insu Library

The Insu Library Representative private library houses about 10,000 books from both Korea and foreign countries.

The back of Gwanggeodang

The Gwannggeodang shrine was built by Moon Bong Seong and his son in 1910 as a place for educating the youth of the Moon clan.

Subong-Jeongsa

The Subong-Jeongsa Subbaekbang was built as a meeting room for the clan.


Trees


Something that is quite noticeable about the Inheung Village is the giant pine trees spread across the village. This is no coincidence as the pine trees were strategically planted around the area to protect the village from both storms and floods.  And they’re humongous as the average is 14m high. The trees are estimated to be over a hundred years old and have been designated as a natural forest reserve in 1982.


The best part about the village was that it was so calm and peaceful. It is located a little outside of central Daegu so if you visit, you get to relax in the serenity of the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  There was a steady, but relatively low traffic of visitors coming through so it seemed many times that I had the entire village to myself!


The scenery around the village is breathtaking, so it’s also a great place to take pictures or have a photo session. Perfect place to explore with by yourself, with friends, or for a family outing.


Directions
Take the Dalseong 2 bus to Hwawon Boli 1 Gyo 2
If you don’t like taking a bus, the nearest subway is Daegok station and a taxi ride to the village takes less than 10 minutes and should only cost you around 4000 won.
  
Address: 16, Inheung 3-gil, Hwawon-eup, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
KR Address: 대구광역시 달성군 화원읍 인흥3 16
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