Seocheon county is located in the middle of the West Sea in Korea and one of the small counties located in the southern extremity of the Chungcheongnam-do.
Seocheon is famous for the calm and clean environment, fresh fishes and several other marine products. As well, Seocheon producing high quality agricultural products such as rice, vegetables and forest products from the broad land.
Seocheon is a small city harmonized with farm, fishing and riverside villages.
As located in the southern extremity of the Chungcheongnam-do, Seocheon has many beautiful places through the way of the Golden river all the way down to the West sea. Because it has extensive fields and farms working as good food source for the birds, it is also famous for one of the visiting place for seasonal birds. Thousands of all seasonal birds visiting this place every year.
It also has beautiful seashore facing the West sea about 72.5 km. Especially, as it has the Rias coast with many sandy plains, mud, bays, it has been reported as the good natural source of marine products. Because the difference between the rise and fall of the tide are big and shallow seashore, it has slow sandy beach good for the swimming, walking and digging out shellfishes. With these good environments, it has been reported one of the best rest area.
Seocheon is also famous for the several specialties. Because of its location, it has been trade with china from long time ago. Several historical architectures, towers, especially Hansan ramie fabrics and rice wine are the most famous specialties. Seocheon got closed with Incheon international airport by opening of the west sea express way. Please come and visit Seocheon having beautiful sceneries, warm people, plenty of marine products. Please enjoy and having a good time with the clean environment, beach, digging out shellfishes, swimming, fresh sushi, Hansan ramie fabrics and rice wine.
Camellia forest in Mayang-ri and sunrise
About 500 years ago, an admiral of naval forces in Maryang-ri received a divine message that asked to build alter of worship for the safety against rough sea wave. At the moment of building the altar, Camellia was said to be planted and the Camellia planted that time grew and eventually formed the Maryang-ri Camellia forest. 85 rich Camellia trees are planted on the area of 3,145㎡. On every April, the full bloom of Camellia creates magnificent scenery and there is a tower called ‘Camellia Tower’ on the top of the surrounding mountain.
Hansan ramie fabric is the traditional fabric for summer that represents the beauty of Korea. Since its historic value is highly evaluated, its production technique is appointed as an important intangible cultural asset (The 1st intangible cultural asset of Chungnam).
Special Hansan ramie fabric weavers such as Moon, Jung-Ok (designated as important intangible cultural assets No. 14) and Na, Sang-Duk (designated as Chungcheongnam-do intangible cultural assets No. 1) are designated as special technicians to succeed the essence of Korean tradition. Also to provide an opportunity for the tradition successors to learn the tradition while announcing the excellence of Hansan ramie fabrics to those who visit Seocheon-gun, the Museum of Hansan Ramie Fabric was opened in August 1993. The museum was constructed with 85,000 ㎡ scale on the foot of the mountain where Hansan ramie fabric was first produced equipped with ramie fabric hall, traditional craft space, education hall, place to make Hansan Sogokju, folk hall, etc.
Reed forest in Sinsung-ri
Seocheon is the county with a lot of reed. Reed forms a group around wet land, shore of an estuary, and lake.
As for a good example to judge the natural environment of Seocheon, the view of lined up reed around the fishing and seaside villages along the coast of Seocheon for about 80 km can be witnessed. Among those reed forests, the one at Sinsung-ri is counted as the ‘seven representative reed forest in Korea’ appointed by the Korea Tourism Organization and it has become a popular place as for various educational organizations as well as photographing in Korea.
Surrounded by rich acacia forest and Big Cone Pine, Chunjangdae Beach has gentle inclination with 1.5 degree and peaceful water surface. Unlike other beaches in west coast, it shows off the splendid view attracting visitors for their summer holidays.
Along with the Busa Tide Embankment near the Chunjangdae Beach, Hongwon Port, Camellia forest in Mayang-ri, and Geumgang estuary dyke, it becomes one of the popular places for families and companies during summer.
Geumgang estuary dyke
It is an estuary bank with 1,840m length connecting Dosam-ri, Maseo-myeon, Secheon-gun and Sungsan-myeon, Gunsan-si. The tide embankment is 1,127 m and floodgate is 714m. There are separate gate for ships and fish. In the tourism sites at the Geumgang estuary dyke, various facilities for commerce, entertainment, and relaxation are provided.