|Closed: Seomjingang River (Gwangyang) (섬진강 - 광양)|
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|Seomjingang River originates from Jinan, Jeollabuk-do Province and flows through three provinces (Jeollabuk-do, Jeollanam-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do Provinces) for 225 kilometers before reaching its final destination in Gwangyang, where it enters Gwangyang Bay.
The river was originally called Moraenae or Dasagang (both meaning ‘river of sand’) because of its fine sand-covered banks. The name Seomjingang literally means “toad ferry”, from the Chinese characters ‘seom’ (toad), ‘jin’ (ferry), and ‘gang’ (river). According to legend, a swarm of toads blocked the Japanese invaders from crossing the Seomjin into northern Jeolla. The toads scared the Japanese away so that the nation could be safe.
Seomjingang is considered as one of the most pristine of Koreas major rivers and is a habitat for sweetfish and corbiculas. The river is surrounded by mountains with Jirisan Mountain to the left and Maisan, Naejangsan, and Mudeungsan Mountains to the right. This is the reason why the water of Seomjingang is so clean and abundant with different types of fish.
|From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hadong (하동).
* Bus Schedule: 06:30-22:00, runs 9 times a day
From Hadong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Daap-myeon (다압면).
Get off at the Maehwa Village (매화마을).
* Local Bus Schedule: 1 hour-1hr, 30min intervals
Or, take a taxi from Hadong Terminal to Maehwa Village (10-15min).