Sandong Valley and
in the Southwestern Sector of Jiri-san
This valley was the original site of the Royal Sanshin-gak for Jiri-san as Nam-ak [South Sacred-
Guardian Peak]. It contains a Hot Springs Resort with tourist village, along with the Surak-pokpo
shown above. Curiously, there is not a single Buddhist temple or large Shamanic Shrine that
can be found in the entire valley east of the highway -- unusual for any sector of Jiri-san!
|The waterfall is easy to walk to from the parking areas, allows swimming for free in its pools,
and the outer area has several nice country-cuisine tourist-restaurants. It was probably a sacred
site in traditional times, but there is no sign of that now -- no shrine or temple anywhere nearby.
|This is one of the 3 great waterfalls of the Exquisite Wisdom Mountains,
along with Bulil-pokpo and Guryong-pokpo.
|monuments at the entrance to Wonjwa Village, central Sandong
|tourist map of Gurye County
|Sandong Valley shot from above, from the Nogo-dan Highway Ridge to its east
The vast Sandong-gol [Mountain-Village Valley] of Sandong-myeon District is most of the western
side of venerable Nogo-dan Peak at the western end of Jiri's long Main Ridge. It is Korea's capital
of red sansuyu berries, which make a variety of healthful products including a nice wine -- the
Sansuyu Cultural Festival is a great annual event.
|Part of the site where they hold the annual Sansuyu Cultural Festival
|Jiri-san Hot Springs Area