Nonsan in Chungcheongnam-do is better known for its army training center than tourist attractions among Koreans. Recently however, hidden attractions have come to light on social media, highlighting the area as a popular travel destination. We introduce popular Nonsan attractions on social media from drama filming locations and new landmarks to beautiful forests and hanok houses.
Sunshine Land is a multi-cultural complex with various experience programs and four attractions divided into a survival experience center, military experience center, 1950 Romance Studio, and Sunshine Studio. Sunshine Studio was the filming location for popular Korean drama “Mr. Sunshine (2018).”
Once you enter Sunshine Studio, it’s like traveling back in time to the setting for the drama in the 1900s. The studio is made up of hanok and Japanese style old houses, very accurate for that time period. Also, many of the drama filming spots and props are available for viewing and taking photos.
For viewers of Mr. Sunshine, this trip will rekindle memories from the series, and for those who haven’t, you can still enjoy the studio by trying on clothes from that period and taking beautiful photos.
Tapjeongho Lake is a popular spot for enjoying the sunset over the water. The already famous attraction of Nonsan recently got a new landmark. Tapjeongho Suspension Bridge opened in November 2021 and stretches 600 meters with a width of 2.2 meters, making it the longest suspension bridge in Asia. With the opening of Tapjeongho Suspension Bridge, the lake immediately became a popular spot for taking photos during sunset and night time.
You’ll definitely feel a thrill walking on the wooden decks and metal net of Tapjeongho Suspension Bridge. Take a break at the Sky Garden observatory, the center of the bridge, where it has a great view of both sides of the bridge.
There are also many attractions near the lake, such as a music fountain, ecological park, and cafés with a unique view of the lake. Tapjeongho Suspension Bridge is having a soft opening with free admission, so make sure to visit before its official opening with paid admission.
Tapjeongho Suspension Bridge
A particular attraction in Nonsan recently became popular over a few photos on social media. The photos were taken at Onbit Recreational Forest. Although it is not very well known, the image of the forest cottage has made it a must-visit among avid social media users.
After walking about ten minutes from the entrance, there is a yellow house in the metasequoia forest by a lake. The view is unlike anything found in Korea and the reflected scenery on the emerald lake is beautiful.
Onbit Recreational Forest
Ganggyeong in Nonsan is a place where you can feel the footsteps of Father Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean priest and martyr. In particular, Ganggyeong Catholic Church, where Father Kim Dae-geon first started his missionary activities, is not only a national cultural asset, but also a holy place for Catholics, so many people visit for pilgrimage.
Father Kim Dae-geon Memorial Hall at Ganggyeong Catholic Church is a quaint and elegant building. The building is for admiring the saint and has a serene beauty that is well-liked by all, whether Catholic or not. The church has great spots for beautiful photos both indoors and outdoors.
Ganggyeong Catholic Church
Myeongjae Historic House is a typical aristocrat’s house built in 1709. Although the house is very old, the descendants still reside here and take very good care of the premises. There are hanok stay programs as well as various cultural events held throughout the year.
The most eye-catching view at Myeongjae Historic House is the countless jangdokdae spread across the field. The hundreds of jangdokdae and the big zelkova trees create a unique scenery. The large field of the house and various types of trees illustrate a beautiful scenery all throughout the year. In spring, magnolia and royal azalea bloom, and in summer, crepe-myrtle bloom. Autumn foliage and snowfall in winter show the beauty of nature and hanok in harmony.
Due to COVID-19, reservations are required to visit the house and nearby facilities.
Myeongjae Historic House
* This column was last updated in December 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.
* Column content provided by TRAVELHOLIC writer Haru (최보윤)