Seocheon is a county in Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea, famous for its location near the mouth of the Geum River and is popular for its seafood. Seocheon county is located at the midpoint of the west coast of Korea, and in the southernmost region of Chungcheongnam-do. The Geumgang River is one of the four major rivers of Korea that flows down to the southeast area of Seocheon. There are loads of things to do in Seocheon and some beautiful places to see, too. One of which is the Janghang Skywalk or the Gibeolpo Naval Battle Observation Deck. During our cultural trip, we had a morning tour at Janghang Skywalk before heading to the National Institute of Ecology.
Janghang Skywalk, also known as the Gibeolpo Naval Battle Observation Deck, is a skywalk right beside the beach located in the Chungnam Province. It is a 250-meter-long skywalk observatory that offers visitors a spectacular view of the beach.
Poet’s Sky Road
The pathway through the pines is called the “Poet’s Sky Road”. On the way to the skywalk, you will see the lush greenery of the tall pine groves. Before heading to the observatory, enjoy the time walking under these pines while hearing the sounds of mother nature, birds chirping and the cold breeze coming from the nearby seaside that at some point feels like a healing. When you get closer to the skywalk, you will begin to see the very wide ocean ahead of you.
Walk up the 91 steps from the ticket booth and information corner to get into the skywalk. You will walk into a see-through path so, if you’re afraid of heights, refrain from looking down and just look at the beautiful view of the ocean in front of you. Before reaching the end of the skywalk, you will notice a small monument that serves as a tribute to the naval battles that were fought in this place. That is also the reason why the Janghang Skywalk Observatory is also called the Gibeolpo Naval Battle Observation Deck.
Based on history, Gibeolpo was the former name of Janghang, which was the military and economic hub of Baekje. It is also known as Geumgang Estuary, the first international battlefield in Northeast Asia where Baekje, Silla, Tang, and Japan fought for control and authority over the Korean Peninsula in the mid-7th century. It was a significant location in history that becomes a tourist attraction in the present.
panoramic view of the endless sea
Once you get to the front-most part of the skywalk, you will witness the amazing beauty of the sea ahead of you. A panoramic view of the endless sea, tall pine trees, and the blue sky welcomes you. The sea, sand, and sky were just so naturally beautiful.
And of course, taking a walk on the seashore after the skywalk activity is a must. The sea is just a minute walk from the observatory so why not go for a few-minute stroll and play with the sands. Hear the waves of the ocean, take photos with tall lush grass near the seaside, feel the cold breeze, and refresh your minds.
Address: 74-45 Janghangsandan-ro 34 Beon-gil, Janghang-eub, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Weekends: 9:30 am ~ 7:00 pm
Weekdays from March to October: 9:30 am ~ 6:00 pm
Weekdays from November to February: 9:30 am ~ 5:00 pm
The admission costs only 2,000 Korean won per person. Very cheap right? The ticket booth is just below the observatory, and you can just easily buy tickets here.
Actually, I am not afraid of heights, so for me, the Janghang Skywalk experience was an exciting adventure. If you would like to try sky walking, you can visit and have a morning tour at Janghang Skywalk, too. In Seocheon, there are lots of things to do and nice places to see.