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Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)

  • Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)
  • Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)
  • Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)
  • Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)
  • Address 442, Byeokgolje-ro, Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do
    전라북도 김제시 부량면 벽골제로 442
  • Type Monuments/ Historical Sites
  • Inquiries • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
    (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    • For more info: +82-63-540-4094
  • Homepage www.gimje.go.kr (Korean only)
  • Information
    Introduction
    The Byeokgolje Reservoir in Gimje is the oldest irrigation facility in Korea. According to the Samguk Sagi (history of the three kingdoms), Byeokgolje was first built in the 21st year of the reign of King Heulhae (AD 330) of the Silla Kingdom. However, this region belonged to the Baekje kingdom at that time, so some counter that the embankment was actually built in the 27th year of King Biryou (AD 330) of the Baekje kingdom. Historians agree, however, that the reservoir was mended by King Wonseong of Silla in AD 790 and by King Hyeonjong and King Injong of the Goryeo Dynasty in AD 1143. In 1415, King Taejong of the Joseon dynasty rebuilt the whole facility, but it was washed away in heavy rains five years later in the 2nd year of King Sejong.

    Only about three kilometers of the reservoir embankment remain intact today. Moreover, the original embankment underwent major transformations in 1925 when the Dongjin Land Improvement Association remolded it into a channel for carrying water to nearby fields.

    In 1975, an archeological study of the sites where the two floodgates once stood revealed that highly refined measuring techniques had been used in the original construction of the reservoir. Thus, despite its many changes, Byeokgolje not only holds significance as Korea’s oldest manmade reservoir, but also as a historical relic that points to the highly developed engineering technology of the past.

    Current Status
    [Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir] Historic Site No. 111 (January 21, 1963)

    Operating Hours
    March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00

    Parking Facilities
    1,700 parking spaces

    Admission Fees
    Free

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