Hamyang Terrace Fields Description
Hamyang-gun is located at the southern end of Gyeongnam Province and borders Jeollabuk-do. Half of the main range of Baekdudaegan encircles Hamyang-gun. Two national parks, Jirisan and Deoguysan, along with fifteen other peaks rising over 1,000m are located in Hamyang-gun.
Because of the significance of Baekdudaegan and the steep mountainous area around it, Hamyang-gun has been protected from development. Because of this, Hamyang-gun has preserved its pristine valleys and natural beauty. In conclusion, t is now attracting a great deal of attention as a beautiful new tourist spot.
The ‘daraknon’ or terraced fields in Macheon Region have been there since ancient times because of insufficient farmland in the region due to the steepness of the terrain around Jirisan. Therefore, the villagers of Macheon have continued building up stone wall for terraces to farm for thousands of years.
Some 300 terraced fields have been constructed, the most beautiful of which are located along Jirisan Dulle-gil No. 4 (Geumgye-Donggang) towards the Donggang River, covering a distance of 1km. In early autumn, when the rice plants start to ripen, the golden rice fields reflected by sunlight create a stunningly beautiful scenic view in harmony with their natural surroundings. Other beautiful terraced fields are located in Gunja-ri, right after passing Macheon.
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