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  • No. 313 Silhak Museum What is the background for the foundation of The Museum Of Silhak (practical learning)?

    □ According to the “2001 Survey on the Identity of Gyeonggi Province” by the Gyeonggi Development Institute, provincial residents consider filial piety and The Museum Of Silhak (practical learning) to be representative elements of Gyeonggi Province.
    □ Accordingly, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government founded The Museum Of Silhak to foster filial piety and serve as the core of this spiritual culture together with “The Museum Of Silhak Festival.” Focusing on extensive recognition, The Museum Of Silhak was founded to serve as a central institution for worldwide Silhak research, to lead Silhak studies in East Asia by systematically collecting, exhibiting and studying Silhak-related relics that are considered to have been generated and developed commonly in Korea, Japan and China, and to contribute to the activation of the local economy as a cultural and tourist resource.

  • No. 312 Silhak Museum Where is The Museum Of Silhak located and how large is it?

    □ Location : (On the opposite side of the Remains of Dasan) 27-1 Neungnae-ri, Joan-myeon, Namyangju City, Gyeonggi Province
    □ Size
    – Site area:4,075.57㎡
    – Building area:2,038.05㎡
    – Floor area:2,993.83㎡(1 FL – 1,876.08㎡/2 FL – 1,117,75㎡)
    • 1st Floor: Information, Lobby, Special Exhibition Room, Auditorium, Warehouse, Offices
    • 2nd Floor: Year-round Exhibition Rooms (1, 2 & 3), Service Area

  • No. 311 Silhak Museum What are the exhibition rooms of The Museum Of Silhak like?

    □ Exhibition goals
    – To express the new academic wave of The Museum of Silhak that led to innovation and change in the Choseon Dynasty and the world.

    □ Exhibition concept: “With the eyes and mind of The Museum of Silhak”

    □ Exhibition direction
    – See: See the insightful and practical lives of Silhak researchers and discover the ideas of Silhak;
    – Touch: Feel the invaluable achievements of Silhak researchers and sense the values of Silhak;
    – Experience: Experience with the researchers of Silhak and acquire the spirit of Silhak.

    □ Exhibition content
    – 1st Exhibition Room: Birth of Silhak (Standing at the center of the world); Pioneers of Silhak
    – 2nd Exhibition Room: Expansion of Silhak; schools of discipline beneficial to the world; a discipline enriching people’s lives and seeking truth based on facts; Chinese Silhak and Japanese Gohak
    – 3rd Exhibition Room: Development of astronomical, geographic and natural sciences; Celestial observation experience

    □ Exhibition area: 803.49㎡ (243.03 pyeong) in total
    – 1st Floor: Special Exhibition Room (162㎡/49 pyeong), Central Hall (522㎡/157.9 pyeong)
    – 2nd Floor: 1st Exhibition Room (284.4㎡/86 pyeong), 2nd Exhibition Room (337.36㎡/102 pyeong), 3rd Exhibition Room (181.7㎡/54.9 pyeong)

  • No. 310 Silhak Museum What should I do to sell or donate relics to The Museum of Silhak?

    The Museum of Silhak seeks to obtain precious cultural treasures for exhibition, research and education and to contribute to their preservation and transmission by persuading individual owners andf amilies to sell or donate those items.

    □ Purchasing relics and data
    – Public announcement of purchase plan for relics and materials in newspapers and on the home page
    – Those relics equal to designated cultural treasures are purchased according to the actual assessment of the commissioner responsible for appraisal of relics.
    – Auctioned relics including those from overseas regions are tendered for based on the determination of the curator in consideration of the results from the appraisal of the commissioner aforesaid.

    □ Donation of relics and materials
    – Donation : All the year round
    – Things to be donated : Items to be donated : Silhak-related cultural data and materials

    □ Processing of donated cultural relics
    – Registered as an item possessed by the museum and then used for exhibition, research and education
    – Research literature is published for old documents and books and collections possessed by a family depending on importance
    – Important and significant materials will be submitted for designation as national cultural treasures(national treasure, treasure, Do(provincial) cultural treasure, important folk materials etc.
    – Cultural relics that need urgent maintenance and processing are to be restored with in-house budget.
    – Entrusted cultural treasures that are hard to be donated are disinfected with steam for free of charge and insured.

    □ Privileges for donators
    – An appreciation plaque and enlarged picture of the donated items are given(※ Depending on significance, the appreciation plaque is given by the Governor of Gyeonggi Province or the President of the Gyeonggi Culture Foundation
    – Portraits donated are produced with the same material, size and format if the donator wants for free of charge.
    – Donators are registered as members of the museum, provided with exhibition documents and a wide range of academic books and invited to major events.
    – In case the donator demands, he or she can be rewarded for the items donated within the budget not exceeding 20% of the appraised value determined by the commissioner.
    – In honor of those who made special contributions of relics and data, memorial projects are carried out.

    □ Inquires regarding donations
    – Person in charge) Sanghun Yang of the Art & Science Dept. ☎ (031) 579-6006 

  • No. 309 Silhak Museum Is it possible to take pictures in the exhibition rooms of The Museum of Silhak?

    □ It is generally prohibited to take pictures in the exhibition rooms of The Museum of Silhak because the tripods and flashes may possibly obstruct the audiences’ field of vision and disturb their viewing. In particular, the flash may harm the paintings and old records.

    □ Furthermore, in the Special Exhibition Room, not just the relics belonging to The Museum of Silhak but also those of other institutions and individuals with copyright claims may be displayed, so picture-taking is prohibited.

    □ To photograph, copy or publish items belonging to The Museum of Silhak, prior written permission must be obtained from the museum.

    □ If one photographs the façade of the museum or outside structures/sculptures, hindrance to others must be avoided.

  • No. 308 Silhak Museum How can I get to The Museum of Silhak?

    As The Museum Of Silhak is located in the area where the water sources are protected and development is prohibited, public transportation is limited. When using public transportation, it will take 20-30 minutes to walk to the museum after you get off the bus. However, the slip road passes through a tranquil forest area, so the stroll to the museum is pleasant.

    □ Public transportation
    – Use the national railway Jungang line and get off at Deokso or Dosim or Paldang station → Transit to No. 2000-1 or 2000-2 or 167 bus → Get off at the slip road of the Remains of Dasan → Walk for 30 minutes
    No.* 2000-1 and 2000-2 buses leave at Gnagbyeon station with 30-90 minutes of running interval
    No.* 167 bus leaves at Gyeongdong market with 7-15 minutes of running interval


    □ Private vehicle
    – From Suwon (southern Gyeonggi)
    * East Suweon IC → Singal JC(Gyeongbu Express HIghway Pangyo/Seoul direction) → Pangyo JC(outskirt circular road Guri/Seongnam direction → Hanam JC(Jungbu Express Highway Daijeon direction) → Hanam toll gate → Paldang bridge → Paldang dam → Tunnel under former railway to Chuncheon → Take a right turn to the Remains of Dasan → the Remains of Dasan(the public parking lot)
    – From Incheon (western Gyeonggi)
    * Gyeongin Express Highway → Olympic road → Misari boating race site → Paldang bridge → Paldang dam → Tunnel under former railway to Chuncheon → Take a right turn to the Remains of Dasan → Public parking lot in the Remains of Dasan
    – From Uijeongbu (northern Gyeonggi)
    * Uijeongbu IC(outskirt circular road Guri/Byeolnai direction) → Guri IC(Namyangju direction) → Go straight to Deokso direction → Paldang station → Paldang dam → the Tunnel under former railway to Chuncheon → Take a right turn to the Remains of Dasan → the public parking lot in the Remains of Dasan
    – From Chuncheon (eastern Gyeonggi)
    * No.46 National Highway(Seoul direction) → Gangchon → Gapyeong → Cheongpyeong → Daiseongli → Geumnam IC(Yangpyeong/Yangsuli direction) → the Remains of Dasan → the public parking lot in the Remains of Dasan

  • No. 307 Silhak Museum I’d like to become a volunteer with The Museum of Silhak.

    The Museum of Silhak recruits qualified volunteers who will play a role as PR ambassadors and promote the museum internationally as follows:
    □ Recruitment period: Year round

    □ Number of volunteers: ○

    □ Qualifications:
    – Males or females 20 years of age or older living in Namyangju City or neighboring areas
    – Applicants should be able to work at least for 6 months and on holidays and weekends

    □ Volunteering period: From the opening date in 2009.

    □ Volunteering time: 09:00 – 18:00 (8 hours)

    □ Main activities
    – Exhibition rooms: Provide information on exhibition rooms
    – Information desk : Provide information on museum
    – Support education/experience programs

    □ Inquires
    – Chiyong Chae of the Art & Science Dept. (☎ 031-579-6007)

  • No. 306 Silhak Museum Can I rent a hall in The Museum of Silhak.

    □ Rental fee: Available on homepage > Exhibition Hall Rental
    □ Rental application and permission

    1. Restrictions on rental
    – Prevention of offense against public order and morals
    – Prevention of facility and/or equipment destruction
    – Prevention of other inappropriate cases in terms of maintenance
    – Prevention of commercial intent to promote or sell specific products
    – When applicant cancels application without appropriate cause more than twice

    2. Cancellation of rental permission
    – When facility is not available due to disasters and/or force majeure
    – When applicant violates proposed purposes of use or permitted conditions or fails to pay rental fees
    – When applicant receives permission to use facilities based on falsehood or misrepresentation
    – When cancellation is considered appropriate for other public benefits

    3. Reduction and exemption of rental fees
    – Total exemption
    A. For events hosted or held by central government organizations, regional autonomous offices and Gyeonggi Culture Foundation
    B. For events considered relevant to the Museum of Silhak and necessary for public good
    – 50% reduction
    A. For events supported by central government and regional autonomous organizations or by Gyeonggi Culture Foundation
    B. For events considered relevant to the Foundation’s operation and necessary for pubic good

  • No. 305 Silhak Museum Is parking available at The Museum of Silhak?

    – General and group viewers are advised to use the free public parking lot about 50 meters away from the museum.
    – Handicapped viewers can use the parking space for up to 20 cars for free in front of the museum.

  • No. 304 Silhak Museum What are the tourist attractions around The Museum of Silhak?

    You can visit the following sites near the Remains of Dasan:

    Jeokgapsan Mt. ⇒ Yebongsan Mt. ⇒ Folk History Museum ⇒ Remains of Dasan ⇒ Mr. Hanhwak’s Tombstone ⇒ Ungilsan Mt. ⇒ Suzong Buddhist Temple

    □ Geokgapsan Mt.
    Geokgapsan Mt. has a height of 561m and looks over Yebongsan Mt. (683m). The two mountains are connected by a 1.5-km ridge. There is no renowned attraction around the mountain, but there is an enjoyable hiking course along Yebongsan and Ungilsan (610m). Some start their hike on top of Yebongsan. It is less well known than Ungilsan or Yebongsan but commands a fine view of Paldang Lake and the surrounding landscape.

    □ Yebongsan Mt.
    Yebongsan is a small and scenic mountain linked with Jeoksapsan (1.5-km distant). The starting point of the hiking course is located in the diverging point between Paldang-li and Joan-li. At Paldang-li, the main hiking path passes the Paldang-2-li Community Hall and the bus stop at Paldang-2-li (Hanilgwan restaurant) through the alley on the railway side and under the tunnel. At the top of the mountain, the Han River and Geomdansan across the river can be seen as well as Ungilsan to the east.

    □ Folk History Museum
    The Folk History Museum opened in September 27, 2000, for the purpose of uncovering, preserving and transmitting the traditional cultures of Namyangju City. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm. It is Korea’s first epigraph theme museum. The epigraph refers to letters or pictures carved in bowls, bells and tombstones made of metal or stone which offer accurate and specific historical data and help the study of hand-writing styles and picture trends of given ages. The museum consists of exhibition rooms and management offices as well as rest areas. Displayed items include over 70 rubbed copies of Gugwang’s Tombstone, the Bongseonsa Temple Bell, Kwangchan Kim’s Tombstone, Choi Rhee’s Tomb Plate, and Cheol Rhyu’s Tombstone in the form of scrolls, frames and screens as well as other folk relics of Namyangju City. The museum runs classes in which people can get rubbed copies of epigraphs with paper and enjoy shuttlecock and other traditional activities. Around the museum, tourist attractions can be found such as the Remains of Dasan, the Namyangju filming site, the Moran Art Museum and the Natural Recreation Forest of Cheonmasan and Chukryeongsan.

    □ Remains of Dasan
    The great master Yakyong Jeong was a renowned scholar of the late Choseon Dynasty. He was born in this region in 1762 (the 38th year of the King Youngjo’s reign). After seeing Seonho Rhee Ik’s literary remains, he aimed to set up a discipline to help govern the world for the benefit of people’s lives, and became interested in the then new discipline of Seohak (Catholicism). In 1789 (the 13th year of the King Jeongjo’s reign), he passed the national civil service exam and was appointed as a censor of literary and art materials, but was impeached for being a Catholic by the Namin Gongseopa party and forcefully sent into exile to Haimi Chungcheongdo; his exhile was rescinded in 10 days. In 1792 he took the position of Jeongearn, Jypyeng and contributed ”Sig-yeong-eui-pal-baek-zo”; he was appointed as Hongmungwan Suchan the following year. In 1792 (the 16th year of King Jeongjo’s reign), as the Hongmungwan Suchan, he designed Hwaseong Fortress and developed the Geojunggi (a form of crane). Further, he built Hwalcha and Nokro (a pulley), making it possible to move heavier loads with less power, thus contributing to the construction of Hwaseong Fortress. In 1794 (the 18th year of King Jeongjo’s reign), he served the country as a secret royal commissioner in Gyeonggi Province and became Byoengzo Chameui (1795) and Wubu Seungzi (senior official positions). When Father Jumunmo was arrested, he was drawn into the case and demoted to Chungcheong Province. He then published several books as Gyuyoungbugyoseo in Gyujanggak and wrote Magwahoitong. In 1801 (the 1st year of King Sunjo’s reign), at the time of the Sinyubakhai historical incident, he was sent into exile to Gyeongsang-do Janggi Masan-li and then moved to Gangjin in October of the following year as a result of Hwangsayoung Baikseo. While in exile, he devoted himself to Gyeongseohak (the Confucian classics) for 18 years to complete a disciplinary system. In 1818, he was released from exile and came back to his homeland in Mahyeon. spending the rest of his life writing. During his last few years, he wrote 30 volumes of “Heumheumsinseo”, 49 volumes of “Kyeongseyupyo”, and 48 volumes of “Mokminsimseo” to argue political and economic innovation as well as other 500 books. In February 22, 1836 (the 2nd year of King Heonjong’s reign), he died of old age. Dasan’s Silhak ideas and thoughts are widely admired for contributing to the development of living civilization through the discipline of seeking truth based on facts.

    □ Han Hwak’s Tombstone
    Han Hwak (1403~1456) was a civil minister of the early Choseon Dynasty. His family originated in Cheongju. His Za was Zayu, and his Ho was Ganyeejai and his pen name was Yangzeol. When his sister became a mistress of Seongzo of the Ming Dynasty in China, he was appointed to an official position in China and contributed to seamless diplomatic relations between the two dynasties. When his sister became the queen of Seongzo of the Ming Dynasty, he was given Kwangroksisogyeong in the Ming Dynasty as the Jinheonbusa in 1417 (the 17th year of King Taizong’s reign). The following year, when the Great King Sejong came to the throne, he came back to Choseon as Chaekbongjeongsa of the Ming Dynasty and became Jungchuwonbusa in 1435 (the 17th year of King Sejong’s reign). In 1453, when Gyeyujeonglan broke out, he helped Suyangdaigun and was recorded as the preeminent meritorious man (Jeongnangongsin) and appointed to Seoseongbuwongun.

    □ Ungilsan Mt.
    Ungilsan Mt. stands in the northwest of Dumulmeori (or Yangsuri), where the North Han River and the South Han River meet. It is described as Ungil in Suzongsajungsugi written in 1890 (27th year of King Gozong’s reign) and Zogoksan in Donggukyeojiseunglam. It commands beautiful scenery and boasts convenient transportation so it is well known as a family hiking curse on weekends. It is a base point for walking along the ridges of Geokgapsan to the west (561m) and Yebongsan(683m). Hiking starts at Songchonli or Jinjungli. At the top of the mountain, the ridge to Yebongsan and Geokgapsan can be seen.

    □ Sujongsa Temple
    Sujongsa temple is located near the top of Ungilsan at Songchonli in Joan-myeon. It is a branch of the Bongsoensa Temple. With the auspicious aura of the Gwangju mountain range running south and westward, Ungilsan is not only majestic but tranquil and secluded. Particularly, the view from Sujongsa temple is excellent with high and low peaks as well as the spectacular landscape of the North Han River before it joins the Han River. It is not certain when it was founded, but according to Beomwoogo, King Sejo visited this temple in person and excavated the ground to find a water well, or a bell, which is why it is called Sujongsa Temple. In 1939, when the stone-appended map was restored, it was found to have been built in 1439 (the 21st year of King Sejong’s reign) and presumed to have been first established in the early Choseon. Sujongsa Temple is the scene of the following legend: On his way back home from Geumgang Mt., King Sejo rode the royal ship and stayed at Yangsuman (now Yangsuli) for a night when, out of nowhere, a bell sound was heard. The next day, the king ordered a man to find where the sound came from. A rock tunnel was found with 18 Buddha’s disciples at the heart. The bell sound came from the water drops falling into the tunnel and resonating clearly. Considering it extraordinary, the king ordered his men to build a structure with stone enforcement and called craftsmen for the founding a temple. Then he granted paddy fields to the craftsmen, let monks stay at the temple and named it Sujongsa Temple. Suzongsa Temple has been repaired and restored over time. Because of age, the Daiwoongjeon (main hall) and the Yosachae crumbled and the statue of Buddha deteriorated. In 1890 (the 27th year of King Gozong’s reign), a Punggyeheil Buddhist priest was bestowed a budget 8000 nyang by King Gojong and began restoration on March 27 and completed on June 28. The following year he was granted an additional 4000 nyang to build 4 Buddha statues and three displays of Buddhist pictures, and painted the Daibeopdang, Nahanjeon and Erhyanggak as well as Sanwanggak. In 1939, the leading priest Iljotaiwook restored the superstructure of the Daiwoongjeon and, in 1940, the Youngsanjeon, Dokseonggak, Sansingak and Eryounggak were re-built (all of which were destroyed during the Korean war). In 1975, the Buddhist priest Hyegwang restored the Daiwoongjeon and expanded the temple and, in 1999, the leading priest Jusi Dongsan rebuilt the Seonbuljang and Samjeonghun. In 1972, the octagonal five-layered stone padoga (No.22) and in 1995 the Budo (No.157, appended chart) were designated and preserved as tangible cultural treasures of Gyeonggi Province.

    □ Paldang Recreation Park
    The Paldang Recreation Park is located along the upper part of the Han River from the Paldang Dam to Deokso. On May 24 in 1974, the Paldang Dam was constructed to create a huge lake with nearly 240 million tones of water at the upper part of the dam; this area was developed into an recreation park. With the harmony of mountain and river , the place is suitable for water skiing and boating. The recreation site is divided into the Gyeongpo Gangbyeon recreation park and Dongmak recreation site with hot-and-spicy fish stew village. The former, located between the first Dogok Bridge and the Dogok Bridge, is well known for a river side consisting of gravels and sand. Dongmak recreation park covers the area passing the Dogok Bridge and reaching the Yeondai Farm, where hot-peppered fish stew is available in the village.

    □ Wooseokheon Museum of Natural History
    The Wooseokheon Museum of Natural History is located in Jinjeop-eup of Namyangju Ccity. It opened in December 2003, and displays fossils and minerals from ancient times as well as extinct creatures from different geologic eras. The place abounds with rare items including fossils representing the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, skeletal fossils of dinosaurs and the fetus fossils of dinosaurs which were used in the early days of dinosaur DNA extraction. Further, the museum has adopted Korea’s first “4 focus viewing method” so that every visitor can appreciate the displayed items from much closer and various angles. The 2700 items displayed were selected from 100,000 items collected for year-round display or special occasions. Moreover, for practical learning by students, the fang fossils of mammoths and the egg fossils of the world’s largest dinosaur (Therizinosaurus) are presented for in-person handling. With double-lined free moving paths, the museum minimizes congestion and delays in a group viewing. The museum also runs customized experience and learning programs with a wide range of authentic fossils and minerals; these programs attracted 60,000 participants in the first 10 months of operation. Due to its popularity, advanced reservations are recommended.

    □ Kim Gyogak Memorial Hall
    The Kim Gyogak Memorial Hall is located in Daihan Buddhist Jogyejong Baikcheonsa Temple in Yulseok-li of Wabu-eup, Namyangju City. Born as a son of King Seongduk of the Unified Shilla Period, he left all riches behind and went to China by himself to seek the truth of entering Nirvana. He was the Jijangwangbosal Buddhist priest. The memorial hall was built on September 20, 1998, in his honor. He gave up the crown princess and went to the Dang Dynasty, taking the Buddhist name of Jijang. He entered the Buddhist priesthood and wandered China seeking after truth. Witnessing the miserable lives of the people in the midst of civil war, he devoted himself to the Buddhism as the Jijangbosal. He spent his days of seeking truth in a small cave located in the Guhwa Mt. in the southern part of the Yangtze River. As more and more disciples gathered around him and his practice of austerities improved further, he founded Hwaseong temple and made Guhwasan a Jijangdoryang so as to spread the Jijang religion, which was still unfamiliar to Chinese people at the time, resulting in the recognition of Guhwasan as one of the four sacred Buddhist lands. Of particular note, Kim Gyogak’s prediction before his death was for his reincarnation as a Yuksin Buddha three years after he entered Nirvana. He has become a subject of an absolute religion among the Chinese people as a Jijang incarnation. There is an original temple named Gwangjesa in his honor at Jasan near Muho City in China where he first started to practice asceticism. At the Guhwahanggung of the Jijangjeon in the Gwangjesa Temple, a hanging board bearing calligraphy of Shjlla Daigak is assumed to originate from him. In the Kim Gyogak Memorial Hall, his shoes, hat and stones of his foot traces are displayed. Also, a video is screened with depicts the process by which he became a Deungsin Buddha.

    □ Moran Art Museum
    The Moran Art Museum is a well-known tourist and cultural site located in Woelsanli Hwado-eup of Namyangju City. In the 8,500-pyeong outdoor sculpture park, art works of domestically renowned sculptors are displayed year round. In the 160-pyeong indoor exhibition room, diverse plane and solid works are displayed. The museum has more than 350 items. In addition to exhibition space, the museum has a wide outdoor stage and sufficient leisure space for visitors to enjoy in a pleasurable and agreeable environment. Further, in the art and science department, domestic and overseas art-related book collections and slides are kept for art history research.  

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