|The modern monument designating the Juchon-ri Pass as a significant point along the Baekdu-daegan
Ridgeline-Trail (as it is the first pass along that line outside of Jiri-san National Park) erected by the
Namwon City government in 2005. Its main feature is a stone map of the Korean Peninsula with the
Baekdu-daegan and its main branches shown; some history is told on the stone on the sides. This pass
is the intersection of Local Highway #60 and the Baekdu-daegan trail are right on the border between
Jucheon-myeon District and Unbong-myeon District of Namwon City, North Jeolla Province.
|Jiri-san's Deokchi-ri / Juchon-ri Pass
A Key Point on the Baekdu-daegan Trail,
including Seongbul-am Temple and the Guryong Scenic-Valley
in the Inner-Northwest Sector of Jiri-san
|the back of the main monument
"From Baekdu-san to Jiri-san"
"It would be safe to say that the Baekdu-daegan is the spine of
the Korean Peninsula. It starts from Baekdu-san and reaches
all the way down to Jiri-san without being interrupted by any
rivers or gorges. This place, Namwon City Jucheon-myeon
District Nochi-maeul Village is one of the most important
points that the Baekdu-daegan passes through.
However, the Japanese (imperialists) tampered with this town
in a nasty manner as part of the nationwide plot to disconnect
the channels of the earth energy in the peninsula with the aim
of crippling the Koreans’ spirit. To elucidate, they drove a
colossal stone stake in the ground, bury charcoals and
cauterized the spot with moxa. In 1976, some residents here
eradicated the stake. The spot now remains as a puddle
which clearly demonstrates our tragic history.
This town is where the mountain range extending down from
Deogyu-san ends, and at the same time, the ridge extending
up from Jiri-san begins. Not only that, it takes up a huge part of
a vessel of the earth energy that flows in the Baekdu-daegan.
We have established a small model of the Baekdu-daegan
and its mountain ranges, so as to make our town’s history and
culture known to the public and eventually disseminate the
significance of the Baekdu-daegan."
|"Jucheon-myeon Deokchi-ri Nochi-maeul
The only village that the Baekdu-
daegan passes directly through "
The original name of this town is Galjae. During the
early Joseon Dynasty, a branch of the Gyeongju Jung
Clan settled down here for the first time, and then later
on so did a branch of the Gyeongju Lee Clan.
The town was restored after the South Korean Army
totally burnt it down while tracking down and killing
North Korean guerrillas during the Korean War.
It is located between Unbong-eup Town and
On the other side of this ridge we can find the
Nochi-sanseong mountain-fortress, which was built
during the Three Kingdoms Era. Situated on the
borderline between Shilla and Baekje, the fort played a
militarily significant role. Nowadays, it is useful as a
place where hikers can take a short break.