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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Maewoldae Falls, Cheorwon, Gangwon Province: The Place of Exiled Minister, Kim Si-seup


Maewoldae (Hanja: 梅月臺) means a precipitous pocky cliff of 40-meter-high located on the mountaintop, 595m above the sea level at the mountain edge of Mt. Bokgye (Specific Location: 818 Haojae Avenue, Jamgok-ri san 130-9 beonji, Geunnam-myeon, Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province) where Maewoldang Kim Si-seup (Hangul/Hanja: 매월당 김시습/梅月堂 金時習), one of Six Living Ministers a.k.a SaengYukshin (Hangul/Hanja: 생육신/生六臣) and 8 martyrs who abandoned their official posts by resenting Grand Prince Suyang’s throne usurpation (later King Sejo) against Young King Danjong and went into retirement to this mountain area.

According to the legend, the tradition has been handed down that the 9 scholars engraved a baduk board to a rock and played baduk with planning restoration of Danjong, later, people called this rock Maewoldae by naming after the title of Kim Si-seup, and there is Maewoldae Waterfall at about 1 km to the east from the top of Maewoldae, which is a famous place to offer magnificent views all around the 4 seasons.

Maewoldae is surrounded by a lush forest with a deep valley, and also offers a magnificent view of Seonam Waterfall at the foot of the mountain standing across. At the entrance of Maewoldae is the Cheongseokgol Outdoor Studio, where such popular Korean TV dramas as Im Kkeok-Jeong and Damo were shot.



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