Nicknamed the “City of Love” as the setting of a famous Korean love story, Namwon lies on the edge of Jirisan National Park. It’s home to a historic garden and theme park celebrating this Korean Romeo and Juliet tale, as well as museums honouring the region’s musical and literary legacies.
Things to do in Namwon
Learn more about the love story between Chunhyang and Mong-ryong at the Chunhyang Theme Park, which is divided into five themed sections. Step into the “Scene of First Encounter” and explore a replica of the house where they spent their wedding night, then see a re-enactment of Chunhyang’s life in jail in the “Scene of Suffering”.
Wander through the historic Gwanghalluwon Garden, built in the 15th century during the reign of King Sejong. It’s the location where the lovers first met and features tranquil ponds, ornate bridges and the beautiful Gwanghallu Pavilion.
If you’re interested in Korea’s literary legacy, visit the Honbul Literary House, which celebrates the much-loved novel “Honbul” by Choi Myeong-hee. Admire the yangban-style architecture of the traditional house in which the museum is situated and learn about the indomitable spirits of the novel’s female characters.
Discover South Korea’s musical heritage at the Holy Land of Korean Traditional Music in the nearby village of Unbong. It was here that Master Heung-rok Song, the “King of Korean traditional music”, was born. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the Pansori genre of musical storytelling through its instrument displays.
Getting around Namwon
Namwon is just under two hours by train from Gwangju Airport or 3.5 hours from Incheon International Airport. Buses connect to the surrounding towns and access most of Namwon’s attractions.