Jukgye Gugok Valley is famous for “Jukgye Byeolgok,” a song on the separation of loverscomposed by An Chuk, a renowned sage and essayist in the second half of the Goryeo period, and as the retreat where the Confucian scholars of Joseon, such as Yi Toe-gye and Ju Se-bung, relaxed and meditated.
Jukgye Gugok Valley is famous for “Jukgye Byeolgok,” a song on the separation of lovers composed by An Chuk, a renowned sage and essayist in the second half of the Goryeo period, and as the retreat where the Confucian scholars of Joseon, such as Yi Toe-gye and Ju Se-bung, relaxed and meditated.
Jukgye Gugok (meaning “nine valleys”), beginning at the first valley in front of Choamsa Temple, stretches 20km until it reaches Samgoejeong along the stream. It was named by Sin Pilha, a Sunheung governor in the early years of King Yeongjo's reign. On the rock wall of the ancient Choam Buddhist Hall,“Jukgye ilgok” (meaning “Valley 1”) was engraved in large letters, and in the rock dipped in the stream,“Jeilsuseo” (meaning “No. 1 Water Stone”) was engraved in powerful strokes. They have been all but erased by the passage of time, however, making them barely recognizable.
At Jukgye Gugok, you will feel the excitement and emotions that must have been felt by the ancient Korean sages. Modern men who live in concrete buildings will surely experience a profound, indescribable feeling of peace and healing from nature.
The clear wall under the valley, the thick green forests, and the white rocks in between them combine to form Jukgye Gugok, where you can sit, dip your feet in the stream, and relax at any point. In summer, people visit the valley to escape from the scorching heat, and in autumn, people visit it to behold the movingsight of fallen red leaves. In winter, mountain climbers will experience the vitality of life under the frozen valley water. At any season, Mt. Sobaek Jukgye Gugok offers visitors a beautiful mountain, clean waters, and a spectacular sky.
Jukgye Gugok not only boasts splendid natural beauty; it also houses the first private Confucian academy of Sosuseowon, allowing one to feel traces of history.