Gwanghallu Pavilion
Gwanghallu Pavilion
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Solo
Gwanghallu Garden is one of the most picturesque spots in Korea. Because it has been a filming location for so many tecent historical drama films (Masquerade, The Face Reader, The Throne, The Princess and the Matchmaker, and the Royal Tailor to name a few) quite easy to imagine the Joseon era noblemen taking a break in one of its pavilions or being entertained. The main pavilion Geanghallu cannot be entered but it can be admired with its photogenic surroundings that includes the stone bridge. Few smaller pavilions like Yeongjugak are open for visitors to relax in. Wonwoljeong Pavilion is used as a performance space where a short pansori performance takes place a few times a day.
Written 16 July 2020
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SophieKorea
London, United Kingdom39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Business
We visited Gwanghallu in the early evening as the light was beginning to fade and it was simply idyllic. The pavillions and ponds and the gardens that they are surrounded by were really beautiful and a great place to daydream of days gone by in Korea.
I think this spot is particularly good for couples, as the beautiful scenery has a distinct air of romance.
Leaving the Gwanghallu park there was a row of well kitted out souvenir stalls too which are run by the local community and sell many attractive and curious Korean goods.
Written 2 June 2012
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Sookyoung1101
Suwon, South Korea674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Gwanghallu is a place for traditional party in a beautiful garden.
To appreciate the place to its full potential, you have to know about the Choseon dynasty's gardens which can be classified into three different categories: Royal gardens; public (built by local goverments) gardens and private gardens (built by rich aristocrats)
Good examples of each would be the garden of Changdeokgung palace; Gwanhalluwon and Soswaewon(Damyang).
Namwon used to be an important large town in the southern part of Korea with variety of agricultural goods from Jeolla province.
So the public garden built by Namwon govmn't was pretty huge and beautiful with manmade pond and islands.
The garden itself was made to resemble the utopia of Taoism.
Three islands were made to represent three holy mountains namely Bonglae mt (蓬萊山), Bangjang mt (方丈山) and Youngju mt (瀛洲山).
On each island crape myrtle, bamboo were planted along with a small gazebo.
The water drawn in from the near by river was representing the milky way and the only bridge that crossed milky way was believed to be Ojkagyo, and the bridge in Gwanhalluwon was named so. (Ojakgyo is from another traditional story)

Gwanhalluwon is also famous for the setting of Chunhyangjeon, the oldest Korean romance story and you can find a shrine for Chunhyang and a model of her mother's house in Gwanghalluwon.

During the winter time, the park opens until 8 pm.
After 6 pm, you don't have to pay the entrance fee which is 2500 KRW per person during the day time.
Written 7 January 2014
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Julbo09
Seoul, South Korea108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2012 • Couples
I really enjoyed Gwanghallu. The layout of the area is relaxing and enjoyable. A few buildings on the grounds, but the pond was great (loads of big fish looking for a snack) and I thoroughly enjoyed the ancient and awesome trees spread throughout. Plenty of picture opportunities.

Cheap entrance fee, 2,500 I think. Unfortunately we couldn't go in the evening...the website said open until 10pm but the place actually closes at 8. The tourist info guide (in the very small building inside of the gates) was pleasant helpful for Namwon and other nearby towns and cities.

Also interesting to try out the giant swing!
Written 6 August 2012
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veggiejeonju
Jeonju, South Korea72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
Gwanghallu is a short walk from the bus station and is a pleasant park with a pavillion bridge, and pond. There are several good restaurant to eat in around the park. The park is famous because of the Chunhyang who was a woman in the Joseon dynasty who refused the advances of a local magistrate. You can dress up in hanbok at several locations around the park.
Written 25 March 2012
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Stanimir C
Ottawa, Canada164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
I haven't even heard of Namwon before we actually got there. This park is very beautiful. From what I heard it used to be someone's private property long time ago(must have been someone pretty rich). You can dress up in traditional clothes and go for a walk around, for a fee of course. There's also a small lake with giant fish inside. Not a lot to do but perfect for a relaxing afternoon walk after lunch.
Written 29 April 2018
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trippedonearth
South Korea154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Family
Garden with ancient gazebo and old trees, which are more than 400 years old. It's peaceful garden. There's the house to introduce Chunhyangjeon that is kind of love story composed around 300 years ago. That was interesting.
Written 7 June 2016
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Piyanuch P
Bangkok, Thailand81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015
It is a garden with a pavilion in the middle of the pond. There are activities that my kids really enjoyed like Korea giant swing and other Korean traditional games.
Written 25 March 2016
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ishanishah
Manchester, UK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Very nice garden. Peaceful. Beautiful landscaping. Can spend about an hr and half here. Fun traditional korean games in one corner of the garden. You can get your pictures clicked in traditional korean clothes. Worh a visit if you are in Namwon. There is a minimal fee to enter the garden. Also you can send a post card to your loved ones for free anywhere in the world from the Tourist information center in the garden.
Written 26 April 2015
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delfin
Yokosuka, Japan1,533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Gwanghalnu Garden, a reproduction of a Joseon-era garden, is famous as a filming location for period dramas.
It is also known as the setting for the Joseon-era classic Chunhyangjeon.
It was once a popular spot for domestic travel and school trips.
The largest Gwanghalnu was used as a courtroom in the upper part and a prison in the lower part during the Japanese colonial period.
The Namwon Chunhyang Festival is held every May.
You can rent hanbok at the adjacent Hwaindang (dressing and hair styling included).
Dressing up = entering the garden is free if you wear hanbok.
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Written 8 May 2024
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