‘Hangang,’ deriving from the vernacular name ‘Hangaram,’ means the ‘large river.’ ‘Han’ is an adjective signifying ‘big,’ ‘long’ or ‘great,’ and ‘garam,’ an ancient term meaning ‘river,’ though some say that it was itself used to designate large rivers, rather than as a general term for rivers. In some foreign records, the Hangang River is also referred to as "Seoulgang (Seoul River)." The Hangang is the largest river in Korea, flowing from Gangwon-do, then through Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeonggi-do and Seoul, finally emptying into the West Sea.
Danyang of Chungcheongbuk-do is a town that lies near the Namhangang River, famous for its pretty limestone formations. The Eight Scenic Views of Danyang, the most attractive corners in this area selected by the those living long ago, include Dodam Sambong Peaks, Seongmun Gate, Gudambong Peak, Oksunbong Peak, and four rocks, each named Sangseonam, Jungseonam, Haseonam and Sainam Rocks. Dodam Sambong are three rocks awash, located in the middle of the Namhangang River. The largest and most majestic-looking middle rock isle, known as "Janggunbong (General Peak)" or "Nampyeonbong (Husband Peak)," is flanked by two smaller ones. The pavilion erected on the middle isle adds to the draw of this group of rocks. Dodam Sambong is regularly visited by photographers trying to capture the gorgeous scene of the sun rising above the river, between its three rocks.
Garlic is the main ingredient in this specialty dish of Danyang, a rural area where garlic is one of the principal crops. Four different grains, namely, black and white rice, millet and glutinous rice, are cooked together in a stoneware pot, along with chestnuts, dates, ginkgo nuts and soybeans. The hearty grain and nut dish is served hot with a hefty variety of garlic-based side-dishes, such as a garlic and crab meat salad, deep-fried whole garlic heads, deep-fried chili pepper and garlic, pickled garlic and garlic bread.
A great way to enjoy Danyang’s scenic corners, known as the Eight Scenic Views of Danyang, is by hopping onto the tour boat departing at Janghoe Ferry Terminal. The tour boat travels back and forth between Janghoe Terminal and Oksunbong Peak several times a day. Afloat on the gentle waves of the Namhangang River, tourists can approach the awe-inspiring sheer cliffs and rock formations assuming myriads of shapes, in a way a foot tour does not permit. The round trip takes about one hour.