Boasting a rich history in the production of ceramics, Mungyeong lies along the ancient Great Yeongnam Road on the doorstep of the spectacular Mount Songnisan National Park. It’s home to excellent museums and a beautifully maintained Joseon-era mountain pass.
Things to do
Get a taste of travelling on the Great Yeongnam Road during the Joseon dynasty along the Mungyeong Saejae mountain pass. Admire the three gates that once maintained control over the pass, then learn about the significance and history of the pass at the on-site museum.
Discover the importance of coal in South Korea’s rapid industrialisation at the Mungyeong Coal Museum. Explore the Miner’s Private House Exhibition Hall to learn about the working conditions of coal miners and admire the vintage machinery and artefacts.
Mungyeong is a gateway to the sharp granite peaks and deep valleys of Mount Songnisan National Park. Follow one of the scenic hiking trails to admire the changing autumn leaves or cherry blossoms during spring, then marvel at one of the world’s largest Buddha statues at the sacred Beopjusa Temple.
Mungyeong is known for producing exquisite ceramics, so get an up-close look at the Mungyeong Ceramic Museum. Learn about the region’s production of buncheongsagi (a grey-blue celadon) since the early Joseon Period and discover why the country’s master ceramicists have been designated National Intangible Cultural Property.
Mungyeong is around two hours by train from Seoul and just under four hours from Incheon International Airport. Buses and trains connect Mungyeong with surrounding towns and cities, while the downtown area is easily explored on foot.