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San 6-3, Dongjeom-dong, Taebaek-si

 

Introduction

GumunsoWater, flowing down from Hwangji, penetrates into a big mountain when it arrives at Dongjeom-dong. Here it meets a big stone gate, and spreads out to create a deep marsh called Gumunso. In Chinese characters, Gumunso (Ï´Ú¦á»), Ï´Ú¦ signifies a hole or cave. Another word for Gumunso is Tturunae, since water flows penetrating into a mountain. The surroundings of Gumunso are made of limestone. It is 20¡­30 meters high and 30 meters across, and is several times larger than the entrance of Hwanseon Cave, regarded as the largest in the Orient. This strange mountain range was created between 150 million and 300 million years ago, boasting its rareness in Korea. Strangely shaped cliffs lined with pine trees create a panoramic view. Located in this region are the Gumun Palgyeong, the eight most famous sightseeing sites in the Gumun area, including Madangso marsh, Jagaemun gate, Yongso marsh, The Three Borthers' Falls, Yeoulmok, Ttongso marsh, a unique rock shaped like the head of a rooster and Yongcheon stream. In particular, a 4-km-long waterside in the vicinity of Gumunso is an optimal place for geological searching for rocks dating back to the Paleozoic period. Gumunso and its surroundings are designated as Natural Monument ¢à417, for Gumunso's ancient environment and its exposed rocky outcrops. The Gumunso educational field trip site is also here, providing interested visitors with an-hour-long tour of Paleozoic rock formations.
 
Three Legends Pertaining to the Origins of Gumunso

¡Ü It was pierced out when struck by a large floating clover bush, uprooted from a slash-and-burn field.
¡Ü It was cut out with a knife by King U of Ha in China, after he learned methods of water control .method from Dangun, the founder of Korea.
¡Ü It was created during a fight between a white dragon from Hwangjicheon stream and a blue
dragon.from Cheolamcheon stream, when they fought for control of the Nakdonggang.
¡Ü Another Legend Pertaining to Gumunso The Baek Byeong-seok Legendary of Um Jong-hwan

 
Tourist Sites in the Vicinity
Fossil and Tree Exhibition Hall, Gumchoen Valley, Yeonhwa Falls, Coal Museum
 
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