The scenery of Damyang Juknokwon
The scenery of Damyang Juknokwon

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Sandy walking trails wend through Juknokwon Bamboo Forest, past pavilions and film locations for Korean dramas. It’s one of the area’s most popular attractions and can get crowded on weekends. But if you get a quiet moment – enough to hear the wind rustle the leaves – it can be enchanting. Complete your visit to Damyang Bamboo Crafts Museum, a traditional and modern bamboo products showroom.

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