Boryeong area is an interesting location where mountains, fields and sea are harmonized. It is a four-season tourist destination with its 78 islands, Sungju mountain, Oseo mountain and various cultural properties such as Sungjusaji, Ocheonsung, Galmaemot Martyrium, etc.
Boryeong is known around Korea for its beaches, particularly Daecheon Beach, and its annual mud festival. The city's beach-mud is widely touted for its cosmetic properties. As elsewhere along the southwest coast of the Korean peninsula, there are numerous small islands, many of which are connected by ferry to Daecheon Port.
Korail has regular (non-KTX) trains to and from Daecheon from Yongsan Station in Seoul. Travel time is about 2.5 hours one way.
There are 3 terminals in Seoul that you can use to get to Boryeong.
There is a bus from Incheon that directly goes to Daecheon Beach (Boryeong) but only once a day. It departs at 13:20, ticket price is 1,3400 won. However, it will be very difficult to find a ticket for this.
Incheon --> Cheonan Shinbu Terminal (Cheonan), then from Cheonan --> Daecheon (Boryeong) (Estimated Time : 2 hours 30 mins, 7,400 won)
East Daegu Express Bus Terminal --> Daejeon (Estimated time : 2 hours. Economy 7,400 won, Business 10,800) Daejeon --> West Daejeon Terminal (Take Bus No. 841.)
Busan Express Bus Terminal --> Gunsan (Estimated time : 4 hours and 40 mins. 20,000 won). Then go from Gunsan To Daecheon (Boryeong)
The Coal Museum was established to preserve and study the history of coal, which was the main source of power behind the nation’s industrial development in the 1970s and ‘80s. The museum features a wide variety of materials and exhibits related to coal, encompassing the formation of coal, the development of a mine, and the working environment and equipment of coalminers. Phone: +82-41-934-1902, +82-41-930-3566 Website: www.1stcoal.go.kr
Zip Track is the first facility in Korea to allow four passengers to fly at the same time for the first time in Korea. The tower is 52m high and the wire rope is 613 meters long. You will feel as if you’re flying through the sky at 80km/h as you descend along the wire, which makes a “zip” sound. Phone: +82-41-934-3003
Boryeong Energy World is an exhibition hall dedicated to publicizing the largest thermoelectric power station in Korea. Visitors can learn about the process of producing electricity and ways of saving energy. Phone: 070-7511-2885~6 Website: www.energyworld.co.kr
Boryeong Arts Center has a museum, a tideland ecological science museum, a literature hall and a tour center, and is a place where visitors can learn about the history of Boryeong. The first-rate, specialized museum built in Boryeong Arts Center shows periodic relics from prehistoric to modern and present age. Phone: +82-41-934-3721 Website: http://culture.brcn.go.kr
Situated in Daecheon Hanhwa Resort, the ‘Alive Museum’ is a theme park based on optical illusions that makes art works ‘come alive’. The park has three themed spaces consisting of painting art, digital art, and object art. Visitors can enjoy a special experience in each of the theme spaces. Phone: +82-41-930-8590
Built in the Baekje Period, Seongju Temple was famous for its splendor and rich history. It was the supreme Buddhist temple among the Nine Mountains School of Zen. At its height during the Silla Period, some, 2,000 heritages were produced in the Unified Silla, Goryeo and Joseon Periods, so the sites excavated here have yielded up many cultural assets including Geumdangji, Hoernagji, and Jungmunji Halls.
General Kim Jwa-jin was a Korean independence fighter who won a glorious victory as the commander-in-chief of the Korean Independence Army at the Battle of Cheongsalli. He is also known to have established Homyeong School to abolish illiteracy in the area. His grave was consecrated in 1974 to commemorate his accomplishments and patriotism.
Yi Ji-ham was a talented scholar of the mid Joseon Period, skilled in medicine, the Chinese classics and geography. He strived to help the poor, leading relief efforts on their behalf while serving as the Magistrate of Asan.
Chungcheongsuyeongseong Fortress was built to defend the area against the frequent incursions by Japanese raiders in the late Goryeo Period and the early days of the Joseon dynasty at Ocheon Port, which had been a trade hub with China since the Baekje Period. As the General HQ responsible for protecting the west coast of the Korean Peninsula during the Joseon Period, Chungcheong Suyeongseong Fortress had command of eighteen towns and forts around the coastline in Chungcheong-do Province. A number of stone defensive structures dating back to this period are scattered along the beautiful coastline.
The Galmaemot Martyrs Sacred Place is the spot where, during the Byeongin Persecution of 1866, five Catholic martyrs including Bishop Daveluy were executed after being sentenced to death in Seoul and transferred under escort. It is famous for being the only holy ground situated near the sea anywhere in the country. Historically, it was also the place where punishments and executions were carried out.
Nampo has been an important production site of ink-stone, an essential item for classical scholars, since antiquity. Indeed, it still produces 60-70% of the domestic output of ink-stone. The ink stick is grounded easily and the ink remains longer in Nampo ink-stone.
Branching away from the Charyeong Mountain Range, Seongjusan Mountain (677m) is so wooded that the sky is completely blocked in daytime. In particular, Hwajanggol Valley of Seongjusan has a beautiful cypress forest where visitors can enjoy a pleasant stroll for several kilometers among the trees. Phone: +82-41-930-3529 Website: seongjusan.brcn.go.kr
Oseosan Mountain (790.7m) is famous for Myeongdae Valley and the dense forests and tall grass fields near its summit. Since it is the highest mountain on Korea’s west coast, you can view the entire West Sea and many islands from the peak on a clear day. Phone: +82-41-936-5465 Website: www.huyang.go.kr
Located in Seongjusan Mountain, Gaehwa Art Park is an ideal theme park for family picnics. It consists of the Mosan Sculpture Park, Birim Park, Handwritten Poem Pakr, Hwain Concert Hall, Herb Land and an Eco Experience Center for children. Website: www.gaehwaartpark.com
This park features a very attractive pinewood trail and an 8km-long cherry blossom walkway near Boryeong Dam, attracting many tourists. It also contains the Memorial Shrine for Anti-Japanese Poets of Korea, which commemorates Korean poets’ resistance to Japanese imperialism. Phone: 070-4112-5337 Website: www.poet.ne.kr
Converted from the tunnel of a former coal mine, this unusual facility takes advantage of natural cold air circulating underground. Unusually, the higher the outside temperature is, the lower the interior temperature – even during the hottest part of summer. Visitors can purchase button mushrooms raised in the cold air here. Phone: +82-41-933-9601
This has been held at Daecheon swimming beach every month of July for 10 years. There are Mud massage programs (Self massage at the Beach, Ultramodern mud massage) and Mud Experiential Land program using mud powder made through the processing procedure, that is, we gather mud from pure plain and remove all impurities. There are many events such as mud wrestling, mud king contest, mud fireworks fantasy and mud sliding. There will also be a photo competition in which past members have come in first place. This is a high profile event. There is a gorgeous beach there as well, which will come in handy as you won’t have any choice but to get dirty. You will be put into a prison until you get some mud on your body. The mud itself is very good for your skin and health. At night, you can relax or experience some games and watch fireworks at the gorgeous night beach. The beach itself is very beautiful and a great place to go swimming, and this is one of the biggest festivals in Korea.
Phone: +82-41-931-4021 Website: www.mud.brcn.go.kr
Jusan Cherry Blossom Road is filled with beautiful cherry blossoms and yuchae flowers during the festival. You can take a picture against a beautiful background at the “Green Spot for Pictures” of Boryeong Dam, which is located 6km away from the Cherry Blossom Road.
Daecheon Port, the most important harbor of the west coast, abounds in inexpensive, fresh and nutritious seafood. In addition, the Boryeong Islands pleasure boat trip is ideal for a spring excursion.
This festival is held to promote a local specialties including webfoot octopus and flounder, as well as the ‘Mystic Sea Road.’ It offers various hands-on experiences such as picking clams, catching fish with one’s bare hands, and fishing.
In the middle and last day of every month on the lunar Calendar, the sea from Muchangpo Beach to Seokdaedo Island is parted. Visitors can enjoy such activities as clam hunting, catching fish with one’s bare hands, fishing, and walking along the 1.5 kilometer-long sea route during this festival.
As typical sea foods of autumn, prawns, shrimps and gizzard shad are good for reviving the loss of appetite associated with hot summer weather. Visitors to the festival can enjoy fresh seafood at affordable prices.
This autumn festival is held around Seongjusan Mountain, a famous mountain in Boryeong, every October. Visitors can enjoy walking along maple trails and discover hidden attractions at this festival, as well as taking part in various folk games such as tuho (throwing arros into a barrel) and jegi (Korean shuttlecock), not to mention interesting performances and a fantastic fireworks display.
This colorful autumn festival is held at Cheongna Ginkgo Village, which has the largest colony of ginkgo trees in Korea. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs recommends Cheongna as one of the finest rural festival places for its story of successful gingko harvesting.
Daecheonhang Port-> Boryeong Thermal Power Plant and Penguinbububawi Rock -> Waksaeseom Island (Namgeunbawi Rock) and Woldo Island -> Heoyukdo Island (Samhyeongjebawi Rock) -> Mongdeokdo Island (Geobugiseom Island) -> Chudo Island and Sodo Island -> Anymyeondo Island Yeongmok Port -> Hyojado Island -> Wonsando Island -> Daecheonhang Port Phone: +82-41-934-6896, +82-41-934-8896 Website: www.enjoyboat.com
The Rail Bike Track located at the foot of Seongjusan Mountain was built by modifying the original railway track. Visitors can enjoy pedaling along the 5km track amid a pleasantly fragrant rural environment in which various sculptures are displayed. Phone: +82-41-936-4100
Boryeong is also famous for Chungsuk with blue color, Aesuk that is mainly used as the religious purpose, etc. except Osuk.
There are many restaurants in Boryeong. Most of them offer fresh seafood. However, if this is not your taste, there are of course other kinds of restaurants such as Korean Barbeque restaurants and Galbi Houses.
There are basically 3 kinds of accommodation available in Boryeong. The most popular ones are motels. They are easy to be found because they are all over the place in this beach area. There are also many hotels. You can tell the difference between a motel and a hotel by the size of the building. Buildings that are more than 5 stories and larger in size are hotels. The quality of the room is not much different, but they have more facilities that customers can use such as spas, swimming pools and restaurants.
If you do not mind experiencing a Korean-style house for couple of days "minbak" (a private residence temporarily taking lodgers) is the one for you. In fact, there are more "minbaks" than any other accommodation, because for many people there, it's become another way to make a living.