Major Tourist Attraction

Natural Monuments

Globular Granite Gneiss
Globular Granite Gneiss

An orbicular bead is a spherical stone formed under particular environmental conditions. Orbicular beads have been discovered only in 100 places worldwide including five in Korea. Most orbicular beads are found in granite, but the orbicular gneiss beads of Muju are found in metamorphic rocks. Therefore, this rock is rare and significant for research.


Excavation Site, Keeping Place, Type of Cultural Asset, Transport
Classification Natural Monuments NO.249
Quantity 3,385㎡
Designation Date September 6, 1974
Address 229 Osan-ri, Muju-eup Muju-gun Jeollabuk-do
Rock Pine Trees in Seolcheon-myeon

Rock Pine Trees in Seolcheon-myeon

This kind of pine tree is also called 'Jeoksong' (Red Pine Tree) or 'Yuksong' and it grows straightly spreading many branches fanwise upward from the ground showing a beautiful appearance of it.

The community members call this kind of pine tree
'Gucheonsong' (Pine Tree of Gucheondong) meaning
that it symbolizes the image of the village,
Gucheondong, well.

Location, Type of Cultural Asset, Transport
Location around Samgong-ri (Boan village) Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun
Type of Cultural Asset The Natural Monument No. 291
Transport Downtown of Muju-eup ⇒ Boan village: 38kms (It takes around 40 min. by bus) ⇒ Then, it is located at a place taking only around 10 min. on foot.

Fireflies inhabiting in the whole area of Muju and the feeding Habitats
Fireflies inhabiting in the whole area of Muju and the feeding Habitats

It was designated as the natural monument no. 322 in Nov. 4, 1982 for the first time. And then, as the fireflies in the area of Muju and the feeding habitats, the three areas, that is, Garim Village in Muju-eup, 88 Olympic Commemoration Forest in Mupung-myeon and Suhan village in Seolcheon-myeon, were designated by correcting the areas and have been protected.

From the ancient days, fireflies have maintained a close relationship with human beings well enough to affect the emotional life of a human being. However, in these days, the number is being drastically decreasing day by day due to water pollution and environmental pollution by frequent uses of

chemical parasites. Therefore, it is hard to find out even in the middle of summer in these days. Meanwhile, since the biggest number of fireflies inhabit in Muju county, the area was designated as a natural monument. A firefly belonging to the Lampyridae family is also called 'glow worm'. This insect emitting twinkling lights from the tail and it is said that a female emits lights as producing some phosphorous from the fifth body joint while a male emits them from the 5th and 6th joints. This light emission is a kind of signal to call the other sex each other and when entering the breeding time, those insects emit much stronger lights to illuminate the night sky like a fairy world in summer.
Yew trees in gucheondong

Yew trees in gucheondong

From the summit of Mt. Deokyu, Hyangjeokbong, numerous yew trees grow wild in clusters stretching along the upper ridges. As a kind of alpine trees, this tree wears maroon skin and rises in a cone shape with the branches having closely dangling dark green leaves while showing a better look with the fruits as red as a cherry in fall.

The community members call this tree 'Hyangmok' (Aromatic Tree) or 'Jeokmok' (Red Tree). That's why this mount is called 'Hyangjeokbong' (Mount with Aromatic Red Tree).


Location, Type of Cultural Asset, Transport
Location Samgong-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun (around the summit of Mt. Deokyu)
Type of Cultural Asset The Substantial Monument No. 80 of Jeonlabuk-do
Transport Downtown of Muju-eup (toward Anguk Temple) ⇒ Hajo Intersection (toward Gucheondong) ⇒ Gucheondong Tunnel ⇒ Resort Forked Road, from here,

1. How to use a gondola in Muju Resort (easily can be seen) ⇒ Take a gondola at Seolcheon House of Muju Resort (15 min.) ⇒ Arriving at the peak, Seolcheonbong (1520m) -> Yew trees are seen while you take a walk along Hyangjeokbong (600m)

2. Way going through Gucheondong Tourism Complex ⇒ Resort Forked Road (go direct to Gucheondong) ⇒ Samgong-ri forked road (toward Gucheondong) ⇒ Gucheondong Tourism Complex ⇒ Parking Lot ⇒ Samgong Ticket Office ⇒ Baekryeon Temple ⇒ around Hyangjeokbong ⇒ Yew trees colony in the area linked to Seolcheonbong

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