|Location||Banseok-dong, Ansan-dong, Yuseong-gu|
|Distance/time||4.0km / 1 hour|
|Course||Saemirae Park → Guamsa Temple → Seonnyeobawi Rock → Promenade with a poem → Ansangyo 2 Bridge → Ansangyo 1 Bridge|
|Transportation||City bus (Saemirae Park) : 101, 109, 116
Subway (Saemirae Park): Line No. 1 Banseok Station (10 minutes on foot)
City bus (Ansangyo 1 Bridge) : 109
|Point of departure / Point of arrival||Saemirae Park / Ansangyo 1 Bridge|
Section 4 is a place that is connected to Sejong City, the multi-functional, administrative city named after a sage King in Joseon called King Sejong the Great. It is also a trail with the Seonnyeobawi Rock where wishes come true.
Section 4 starts by going into Saemirae Park, passes Heunjeokgolsan-gil, Guamsa Temple, Seonnyeobawi Rock, and then a mountain trail along the promenade with a poem. The trail then descends down the mountain and reaches Ansangyo 1 Bridge located at Ansancheon Stream.
A long time ago, a classical scholar who failed the Gwageo (highest-level state examination) and his mother lived in Ansan Village, Yuseong. The mother of the classical scholar prayed sincerely for her son every day at the rock, where she suddenly saw a Taoist fairy. On the 100th day, the classical scholar won first place in a state examination and she held a big celebration at the Seonnyeobawi Rock where her wish had come true. Since then, this rock was called Seonnyeobawi Rock which made wishes come true, and it became so famous that people living in villages faraway visited.
A long, long time ago, a classical scholar who had studied for a long period of time lived in Ansan Village, Yuseong. The family of the classical scholar was from Yangban household (noble family) and although they were not well-off, there were many virtuous people with outstanding wisdom. This classical scholar emulated his ancestors and studied hard, but every time he took the state examination, he failed.
Later, when the classical scholar was more than 30 years old, even the maiden that he had liked secretly married another man. The mother of the classical scholar who had witnessed all this was sad that her only child couldn’t enter the government service. As she encouraged her son who was preparing for the upcoming state examination, she cried in her heart.
One night, his mother saw an auspicious light shine from afar while she was returning home from her cousin’s house. She didn’t think much of it and continued walking towards her house. After a while, she realized that the auspicious light was stationary so she hid herself and stared. As she looked, a Taoist fairy came down from the sky, landed gently on a rock and was taking a rest in the most beautiful manner. From the next day, she cleaned up the rock where the fairy had sat, placed a cup of clean water and started praying.
"Dear fairy, please let my son pass the state examination this time so that he can enter the government service. Please."
While she prayed every day, it was time for her son to sit for the state examination. He left on a long journey to Hanyang to take the state examination. On the 100th day since she had started praying, his mother fell asleep early after her prayers. In the early morning, she had a dream. The fairy appeared in the dream and said as she smiled,
"Your sincere prayers have been praiseworthy so I will make your wish come true. You will hear the good news soon, so wait."
After the dream, his mother thought that it had been good after all, and waited for her son to return. After a few days, her son returned. He had won first place in the state examination so he bowed deeply to his mother and showed her the horse tablet. His mother believed that the fairy had made her wish come true so she went to the Seonnyeobawi Rock together with her son and held a ritual.
Her son became a secret royal emissary, married a bride who was beautiful and pretty like a fairy, and fulfilled his filial piety towards his parents. Just like his ancestors, he became an outstanding person for the country.
The rock where the mother prayed for her son was known as Seonnyeobawi Rock among the people, and it became so famous that people living in villages faraway visited.
The Stepping Stone Trail which connects Sejong and Yuseong is a trail of encounter and communication between people and nature. In fact, there is a small secret that if you sincerely wish for happiness as you cross the Stepping Stone Trail, it would come true. Every step you take, every time you step on the stone, you will become closer to your lover, and your hope for happiness will slowly come true. The Stepping Stone Trail - the trail to happiness will excite your heart.
This Stepping Stone Trail which connects Sejong and Yuseong, brings people together, connects people with nature and activates encounter and communication.
This Stepping Stone Trail is a trail that connects many people and nature. There is a little secret about the Stepping Stone Trail. If you sincerely hope for happiness as you cross this Stepping Stone Trail, it would eventually come true.
Every step taken on the Stepping Stone Trail will gradually bring you closer to the ties that you would be bound to meet and your hope for happiness will slowly come true. The Stepping Stone Trail, leading to happiness, is a trail that already stirs up excitement in your heart.
This is a folk tale about Gujeolbong Peak located at the west of Wonansan Village in Yuseong. A long time ago, a fox living in Usanbong Peak nearby saw a monk protecting a temple in Gujeolbong Peak. He disguised himself as a maiden and tempted him. When the monk didn’t fall for it, the fox burnt the temple down and killed the monk. Lightning struck, killing the fox, and the mountain was divided into 9 parts. The divided mountain nodes represented the monk’s fidelity and it is said that the monk took one node up to the sky. After, people called this mountain Gujeolbong Peak, a mountain with 9 knots of fidelity breathing.
On the western part of Wonansan Village in Ansan-dong, Yuseong, there is a mountain called Gujeolbong Peak. This mountain is called Gujeolbong Peak because there are 9 peaks in this mountain. There is a folk tale about this Gujeolbong Peak.
A long time ago, there was a temple in Gujeolbong Peak that was protected by a monk who recited the Buddhist scriptures by himself. One day, an old fox living in the nearby Usanbong Peak disguised himself as a pretty maiden and tempted the monk every night. When it didn’t work, the old fox set the temple on fire. As the fire was burning fiercely, the old fox lured the monk and played the coquette, but the monk didn’t run out and in the end, he died in the temple.
Perhaps it was a punishment from the sky when the fox was struck by lightning on its way back to the ravine and died. The peak with 9 nodes symbolizes the fidelity of the monk who was burnt to death, and one of the peak’s nodes was said to have been taken to the sky by the monk. So, since then, this mountain is called Gujeolbong Peak, a mountain with 9 knots of fidelity breathing.
A long time ago, a lady living near Gapcheon riverside in Yuseong during the Baekjae Period prayed sincerely to the mountain god of Usanbong Peak and gave birth to three sons. The three sons grew and left to fight against the Silla armed forces but didn’t return. The lady heard from the mountain god that her three sons had become fairies of Usanbong Peak. All of a sudden, she died on the spot and lived happily with the three sons in the fairyland. To this day, there is a rumor that if people pray sincerely in Usanbong Peak, they would get a good son, so it is visited by women.
A long time ago, in the Baekjae Period, a wife lived for 10 years without a child at Gapcheon riverside in Yuseong. When the husband who was always complaining ran away with a young woman, the wife thought it was her fault, and went to Usanbong Peak after hearing the rumor that the mountain god would help her have a baby.
"Dear mountain god, please let me have 3 sons. I want the first son to have strong faith, the second to be wise and a third to be skilled in martial arts. Please, I pray to you. Please let my wish come true.”
The lady prayed sincerely for 10 days and for 100 days. Then, one night, the mountain god appeared in front of the wife and told her that there would be signs of pregnancy. After this message, there were signs of pregnancy and the lady gave birth to the first son, and after a year, she had the second son, and in 2 years, she gave birth to her third son. One day, when the sons were grown up, they lost their country and left the house in sadness and fury. In Jinjam district, there was a big fight with the Silla armed forces. The sons didn’t return for 3 years. The lady who missed her grown up sons pulled her aged body up and went to Usanbong Peak just as the mountain god who appeared in the dream had told her to do.
Then, the mountain god appeared and told her that her sons had become fairies, protecting Usanbong Peak with their heads up to the sky. She stroked the faces of each son who had died in battle and passed away in Usanbong Peak. The lady lived happily in the fairyland of Usanbong Peak together with her sons that she had received from Usanbong Peak.To this day, there is a rumor that they are still in the fairyland in Usanbong Peak, and if one prays sincerely in Usanbong Peak, a good son will be given, so it is visited by many women.
This is a folk tale about Ansansanseong Fortress in Ansan-dong, Yuseong-gu. A long time ago, brother and sister merchants lived with their mother during the Baekjae Period. Because they were both merchants, their mother was worried and made a suggestion. They made a bet. While the sister was building a castle, the younger brother would chase the calves to Hanyang and back, and whoever finished last would sacrifice their life. While the sister was almost done, there were no signs of the brother. The mother who wanted the son to survive interrupted her daughter. Eventually, the son won and the sister left the castle and killed herself.
In Ansan-dong, Yuseong-gu, there is a castle that has been built using stones approximately 600m in circumference. There is a sad story about this castle that was built in the Baekjae Period that has been passed down from the past.
It is a story during the Baekjae Period before the Ansansanseong Fortress was built. In this village, a brother and sister merchant lived together with their mother. The sibling merchants were so strong and powerful and whatever they did, they wanted to win. However, there was a saying that if there are two merchants in one family, it would create a big dissonance. Due to this reason, their mother was always concerned, and one day she painstakingly called the sibling merchants.
"Guys, why don’t one of you use stones to build a castle here, and the other person chase the calves to Hanyang and come back, and only the person who finishes can continue living.”
The two merchants were always trying to prove that they were stronger than the other so they willingly accepted their mother’s suggestion. In the end, the sister merchant decided to build the castle and the brother merchant decided to chase the calves to Hanyang and back. After a few days, the sister was almost in the last stage of building the castle and there were no signs of the brother. Their mother, who secretly wished that the son would win, made her daughter eat rice cake and fried beans, delaying the construction time. In the end, the brother merchant returned with the calves before the sister merchant was finished. The sister merchant who lost the bet couldn’t break the promise, so she left the castle to her brother merchant and killed herself.