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Healing Gwangneung Forest Trail in Namyangju

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Healing Time Through the Aroma and Sound of the Forest Gwangneung Forest Trail in Namyangju
Healing Time Through the Aroma and Sound of the Forest Gwangneung Forest Trail in Namyangju

When you step into the forest that the sunlight cannot penetrate, the fragrant smell of the trees will fill up your nose like ocean waves. Gwangneung Forest has been strictly protected since its designation as a royal tomb forest during the reign of King Sejo of the Joseon Period. After King Sejo died and the Gwangneung Royal Tombs (Tombs of King Sejo and Queen Jeonghui) were formed, the place has been well-conserved under the royal family’s management, not allowing even the collection of a single grass root. Thanks to the strict supervision, the forest has become one of the most beautiful and dense forests in the country. The Gwangneung Forest Trail is a thick forest trail of around 3 km between Bongseonsa Temple and the Korea National Arboretum. The trail is cleared of plants that grow naturally on the forest edge as well as wild animals to minimize damage to the forest. The fir trees that stand to either side of the winding path are enough to relieve the stress of daily life, as they provide shade, fragrant grass, shining sunlight, chirping birds, and the cool fall breeze. You can also take in the phytoncide discharged from the typical quercitron, loose-flower hornbeam, and Mongolian oak trees of Gwangneung Forest and enjoy a forest bath while meditating alone. Check out the signboards that introduce plants here and there, as well as photo zones and the bird sound garden to visit with children.

Healing Time Through the Aroma and Sound of the Forest Gwangneung Forest Trail in Namyangju

  • Address
    179-27, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Tel
    +82-31-590-2454 (Cultural Policy Division, Namyangju Local Government), +82-31-540-2000 (Visit to the Korea National Arboretum upon reservation)
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  • Recommended Tour Route
    • ① One-Day Trip: Bongseonsa Temple → Gwangneung Forest Trail → Gwangneung Royal Tombs → Korea National Arboretum
    • ② Two-Day, One-Night Trip: Bongseonsa Temple → Gwangneung Forest Trail → Gwangneung Royal Tombs → Korea National Arboretum → (Lodging) → The National Asean Recreational Forest → Majang Lake (Suspension Bridge) → Chang Ucchin Museum of Art Yangju City