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Sosaewon Garden in Damyang

A gentleman, Sanbo Yang, retired out of a purge of Confucian scholars in the era of Joseon Dynasty... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2015
Pan-Bong H
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Joseon Garden of Exile

Who knew exile could be so peaceful? This remote location is the real-life place of exile for an... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2013
Los Angeles, California
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good23%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible10%
17 Apr 2018
“Beautiful small Korean old garden like Oriental painting.”
30 May 2017
“Closed for renovations”
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123, Jigok-ri, Nam-myeon, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

CY+c ( 18.04.15 ) There was small garden, but the view was excellent to us. The entrance fee was a little higher than I think, but it was worth to enjoy seeing this painting. I was impressed with this view, smell, atmosphere and feelings. I've...More

Thank CanisHan
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This garden is closed for renovation as at May 2017. No Indication on website. Most of the garden can be seen from the access road without going in except for the inside of the buildings. Okay for a visit if you are passing by but...More

Thank BusTravSydney
Reviewed 21 May 2017

A small traditional style garden with a small brook running through it. It was rather busy even though it was under construction. I imagine as being a nice place to visit if it was quiet so possibly early morning or in inclement weather. If I...More

Thank devis0n
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I visited in April 2017 and the gardens were being renovated and were closed. Please check to see if it is open before making a trip down here as it's quite remote. I'm pretty sure the garden is stunning when open! Unfortunately all I got...More

1  Thank Kiks_UK
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

A gentleman, Sanbo Yang, retired out of a purge of Confucian scholars in the era of Joseon Dynasty came here and built this garden. There is a pavilion looking down a stream flow. You can see bamboo and pine forests in there.

Thank Pan-Bong H
Reviewed 30 June 2015

It's very nice to drive about maximum 30 mins from Gwangju. It's quiet small, but it's very nice to visit to see how the Joseon dynasty's garden look like. Very peaceful place to heal yourself or with good friends with less than USD10 each.

Thank Hyun-ji L
Reviewed 11 September 2014

Purportedly the retired official who created the garden of Soswaewon had other yangban practically begging for an invitation to visit. This garden is not huge, but it is lovely and very natural feeling. The sound of the stream in particular enhances the sense of peacefulness.

Thank Shosh W
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Who knew exile could be so peaceful? This remote location is the real-life place of exile for an important Joseon politician in the early 16th century. The scenery is superb, and one can easily imagine a brilliant (ambitious) politician being sent here for a life...More

3  Thank kjmagnuson
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