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Mt. Surak is a border mountain between Ujeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, Nowon-gu, Seoul, and Byeolnae-myeon in Namyangju. Boasting magnificent and strange-looking rocks and beautiful granite ridges, Mt. Surak is known for its elegant terrains and deep gorges. Visitors can appreciate various rocks named based on their resemblance to trains, helmets, and others. The routes up to the top of the mountain offer the visitors excellent views of the areas surrounding the region, making Mt. Surak one of the most popular destinations in the Seoul/Gyeong-gi region.
637.7 m high from sea level, the mountain is not very high, and climbing up is a joy whatever the season. Some of the well-known attractions on the way to the top are Keumryu Valley in the east, Ssangamsa Temple in the western slope, Gyerimam Rock in the south, and Naewonam Rock in the north.
While its founding year is not definite, Wonhyo Temple is believed to have been the place where the Buddhist master Wonhyo, who popularized Buddhism, stayed. In commemoration of this legend, the temple has a statue of the Buddhist master Wonhyo. It also owns the Gyeonggi-do-designated Cultural Asset No. 196 “Myobeop Yeonhwagyeong,” a Buddhist scripture written in Korean.
Founded in 639 A.D. (8th year of the reign of Queen Seondeok) by the Buddhist master Haeho, Mangwol Temple is considered the oldest temple in Uijeongbu. It boasts various Gyeonggi-do-designated cultural assets, including Hyegeoguksabudo, which appears to have been created in the early Joseon period, and Cheonbongdang Taeheultop, which had been built in the late Joseon period.
Uijeongbu City is promoting the Jungnangcheon Stream Water Quality Improvement and Ecosystem Regeneration Project, which aims to create a green resting site at the center of the downtown, where the Uijeongbu citizens and nature can co-exist; a natural learning center where children and the citizens can learn the importance of natural life; and an entertainment space for offering a pleasant and rich natural and cultural hub for the city.
We are planning to create cultural sites where arts and cultural performances can be held in various areas near Jungnangcheon Stream. Furthermore, we will create an ecosystem observation route, an inline skating rink, and other physical exercise facilities to promote a healthy lifestyle for the citizens.
Also to be created along the Jungnangcheon Stream are waterfalls, fountains, stepping stones, and green spaces that will allow for the Uijeongbu citizens’ healthy and green life.
Facing the statue of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye at the entrace of Haengbok-ro towards Uijeongbu Station is a neon structure of the rodeo. This is Rodeo Street, one of Uijeongbu’s thematic streets. Like Green Street, Rodeo Street is packed with shops selling clothing, jewelry, and stationery, as well as with restaurants and beauty shops. Rodeo Street leads to Jaeil Market.
The street was named by the citizens, and after a series of regeneration projects, it has been reborn as a unique thematic street. Benchmarking Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, a famous shopping district, whose name has been adopted by many different streets in South Korea aiming to highlight fashion trends, Rodeo Street in Uijeongbu is the city’s trend-setting spot, teeming with youthful spirit.
Ujeongbu budaejjigae uses ham, sausage, and chopped beef as the main ingredients, along with seasoning, kimchi, chili paste, and vegetables, to create South Korea’s best fusion dish. Despite its affordable price, its taste is second to none. In other words, Uijeongbu budaejjigae is the best fusion dish merging the taste of the east and west and loved by both Korean and foreign tourists as well as by the local residents.
From Haengbok-ro, where one can nature in an urban landscape, and thematic streets like Budaejjigae, Green, and Rodeo Street, you will find yourself at Jaeil Market, Uijeongbu’s traditional market, the local commercial hub where the traditional and modern Uijeongbu economy intersect.
Boasting a 50-year history, Jaeil Market is what is driving the popularity of these various thematic streets. The commercial tradition of Darakwon or Jangsuwon, which had a huge impact on the distribution channel of the Kwanbuk region in the Joseon period, can now be traced to five-day-interval folk markets, which have led to Jaeil Market. The largest of its kind in north Gyeonggi-do and attracting many people from Dongducheon, Jangju, Pocheon, Yeoncheon, and Cheolwon, Jaeil Market still stands strong as an important traditional market in the region. According to the “Traditional Market Promotion Assessment Report (as of the end of June 2008),”
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