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The river has continued to run for myriads of time without being dry. Despite the changes over time, the river has always been close to the people. The clear river water has preserved the stories of people’s lives. Precious things that man cannot make but only nature can create, and long-preserved heritages can be found in this river.
The Lamenting River Across the DMZ
Hantangang River runs across the DMZ, and its name means both lamentation and a large stream in Korean. But it sounds like a lamenting river, given the divided Korea. Hantangang River eventually came from a large stream.
Hantangang River was created by the lava-run trail following a volcanic explosion, making it a very special river. It originates from Pyeonggang-gun in Gangwon-do, runs through Cheorwon-gun in Gangwon-do, and Pocheon-gun and Yeoncheon-gun in Gyeonggi-do before flowing into the Imjingang River. It extends to a total of 136 km. The surroundings of the river include rugged cliffs and plenty of geological resources, delivering picturesque views. The river is famous for its tumultuous changes and splendid scenery more than any other rivers in Korea. The river flows through the lava terrain involving basalt from its point of origin through to the Imjingang River, and is surrounded by amazing vertical cliffs and canyons along the stream. It also has a good rafting site.
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Looking for Hantangang River’s Jewel-like Heritages
Despite the changes over time, the Hantangang River remains close to Koreans. Previous generations saw a large number of literary works, art works, and humanities works being created under the theme of the Hantangang River. The genres of the works containing the theme of the Hantangang River range widely from folktale, poetry, novels, and songs. First, let us listen to the stories from those who were told about incidents related to the Hantangang River.
An old man, who was raised and spent many years near the Hantangang River (the story provided by Lee Pung-eop), vividly remembered the Hantangang River during the Korean War. In Gomun-ri, Yeoncheon, the old man’s hometown, there is the Jaein Waterfall. In the past, up the Jaein Waterfall, in the sharply curved part of the river, there was a white beach called Amteo.
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One day, he met a South Korean soldier who blocked his way and fired a gun. To escape from that soldier, the old man hid himself in one of the caves in Hapsumeori where the water from the Jijangsan Mountain and the Hantangang River meet.
Soldiers continued to capture suspicious-looking people. He hid deep in the cave for 2-3 hours, and managed to escape to his village. Actually, the cave served as a good shelter for people during the Korean War, and this anecdote tells of how the Hantangang River, running for myriads of time, functioned during the Korean War.
Literary works, involving the Hantangang River as a restored area from the Korean War, include many poems, novels, and scenarios that depict the pain of the Korean War and the 38th Parallel Line dividing South and North Korea.
Also, there are pieces of sad music that lament the national scars of the Korean War as people look at Hantangang River and remember their hometown. Such humanities works tell of the memories of Hantangang River along with the painful feelings of war and a divided Korea. The Hantangang River boasts of splendid views, but during the war, works could not be written about its picturesque scenes, with only a few exceptions, such as Korea’s landscape artist Gyeomjae Jeong Seon’s Hwajeokyeon Pond, Sambuyeon Pond, and Jeongjayeon Pond, which were all done before the Korean War. They honestly depict the amazing scenes of Hantangang River. As Jeong Seon traveled to present-day Hwajeokyeon Pond in Pocheon and to Sambuyeon Pond and Jeongjayeon Pond in Cheorwon on his way to Geumgangsan Mountain, he painted the breathtaking scenes of Hantangang River, which have survived until the present day.
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Furthermore, Hantangang River preserves myriads of precious humanities heritages. Thus, we vow to explore humanities materials that are associated with Hantangang River, and to re-establish the great and precious cultural heritages of the Hantangang River.
Hantangang’s Yet Another Present, Its Major Sightseeing Attractions
The sightseeing attractions of Hantangang River, which connects Yeoncheon and Pocheon in Gyeonggi-do, and Cheorwon in Gangwon-do and features a pristine natural environment, include Jaein Waterfall in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi-do, which was formed as the plains were sunken, creating a large canyon, Jiktang Waterfall in Cheorwon in Gangwon-do, which features splendid views as the vibrant currents of water fall vertically from 80-m high gigantic rocks, Goseokjeong Pavilion in Cheorwon, which King Jinpyeongwang of Silla erected, and where the peasant rebellion leader Im Kkeok-jeong was said to dwell, and Sundam Valley in Cheorwon, in which a canyon was created as the river winds down.
They all have a geologically unique structure, and feature splendid views. Geographical heritages in the surroundings of Hantangang River also include Natural Monument No. 537, Bideulginang Waterfall, and Natural Monument No. 542, Auraji Pillow-Shaped Basalt Lava, among other awesome geographical formations.
There are also sheeting joints in Eundae-ri – where eccentric circle-shaped cracks are seen in granites, hills, and cave-like cliffs – which were created by the river’s erosion, and Meonguri Canyon, where a river water-eroded cave is seen. As such, Hantangang River encompasses not only humanities resources but also geological resources, making it a precious river.
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The River Meets A Friend River, , Road
There are myriads of walking roads nationwide. But Hantangang Jusangjeolligil (columnar jointing road) highlights the Hantangang River or the core resources of the river, making it as the river with the highest profile. Both sides of Hantangang River boast of high and low rugged cliffs, which are joined by columnar joints that are found in lava eruption areas, Jeju, and Hantangang River. Columnar joints are created as lava cools, leading the river water and seawater to meet and harden, and forming columnar shapes. They boast of stone sculptures as well. Actually, the Hantangang River basin has columnar joints in the Chatancheon Stream, Gomun-ri, Namgye-ri, Gungpyeong-ri, and the Gorang Inlet.
Columnar joints, a major splendid view of the Hantangang River, allowed the roads constructed along the Hantangang River to be named after them. Hantangang Jusangjeolli aims to help the areas, including Cheorwon in Gangwon-do, and Yeoncheon and Pocheon in Gyeonggi-do, through which Hantangang River passes, and to promote the regional humanities resources of Hantangang River. As we stroll along the peaceful Hantangang River in areas bordering Cheorwon, Yeoncheon, and Pocheon, we can fully enjoy the clear river. As we walk along Hantangang Jusangjeolligil, we can encounter myriads of unique geological and humanities resources with the backgrounds of amazing scenes and Hantangang River.
Stories Along Jusangjeolligil (Columnar Jointing) Road
Hantangang River boasts of crystal clearness and cleanness. In this river, there are myriads of hidden humanities resources flowing. Hantangang Jusangjeolligil will showcase precious humanities resources through further investigations. To allow more people to hear the story of how Jusangjeolligil embraces Hantangang River as they walk through the road, research efforts on humanities resources, which helped create the Hantangang Jusangjeolligil and formed the background of Hantangang, will continue.
Constructed humanities-resources-based footprints and brands for the border-area Hantan River (October 2015) - Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs
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