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Banggok is the region where people uphold the great tradition of ceramic art. An ancient scene takes place in the village whose roads, rivulet, and pine trees form the perfect backdrop, as well as the boundary between the province of Chungcheong and that of Gyeongsang.
The village retains an old fashioned atmosphere with only several buses passing through a day, and pottery baking in the kiln on the burning firewood.
Banggok literally means the gathering of abundant corn in a spare room in the household. The village of Banggok has become famous due to the rich earth and pine trees. To enter the village of Banggok from the Dan Yang, people cross over a mountain peak called Bitjae, where earthenware is made. The raw material of the glaze, Multo, is made from the areas natural sand mixed with mud. This sandy soil produces the best quality of glaze in the whole country.
Before today¡¯s technology the pine tree was considered good material to make a fire from. The fine quality of the pine trees in the mountainous area near the village is signaled by a post placed there in the Joseon period, still standing today, signaling the fine quality wood found in the mountain.
Ceramic products produced in Banggok through traditional methods are somehow rough and shapeless, yet also dignified. The methods that villagers use to make the original green ceramics are still today kept secret. Bukgok villagers also produce ceramics in more modern styles.
Visitors can take a turn at making themselves ceramic ware. Koreans see the village as an important place not only for students to practice making ceramic products using traditional methods, but also to preserve wider aspects of Korean cultural heritage.
Other attractions in the region are Mountain Whangjeong, Mountain Dorak, Ul san, and Samseon Valley.
Location Danyang Kun Dae Kang Myeon, Ban Kok Ri, Chung Cheong Buk Do.
How to get there
(Public Transport) Take a bus for Ban Kok Ri at Dan Yang ( bus runs 11 times a day, and it takes 1 hour to arrive from Dan yang to Banggok)
(By Private car) Go out of the Seo Jae Cheon I.C. and pass Je Cheon (in the direction of Keum Seong), Yang Wha and Mul Tae (Cheongpung-myeon). Then, turn left at Su San crossing with three corners, and from here drive on the national road no5, and provincial road 597. Continue to pass, Kye Ran Jae, Woe Jung Bang and Jung Bang. Turn right just before bridge in front of Dan Seong. Follow national road 36, you will arrive at Bang Kok after passing Haseonam, Jungseonam, and Sang seonam.