The Jejang village is located on the banks of the River Dong. It features sedimentary topography having diverse endangered species in its surroundings. The village has profound historical and cultural values. Not only have traces of farming and a mound of neolithic relics been found, but also shards of broken pottery can be easily seen in farmland, backing up the claim that a considerable amount of artefacts are still uncovered. Before modern transportation reached the area, the village was prosperous as a place for raft carriers to take a rest or stay before they went downstream.
In the early 1990s, however, the River Dong became threatened by a dam construction plan in the region of Yeongwol near the village, proposed to prevent floods and secure stable water resources. The project was immediately opposed by several environmental organizations because of the predicted negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystem. Soon, local communities joined in the protection movement to save their homes and it gained a momentum through a significant amount of support from a range of sectors including academics and religious community. Together with supporters, National Trust of Korea organized a protection campaign to safeguard the River Dong and its surrounding areas. Confronting strong backlashes from the public, the government finally annulled the construction plan in June 2000.
Although the dam construction was scrapped, the River Dong was still in danger of being destroyed by indiscriminate development. In order to protect the area permanently, National Trust of Korea secured land of Jejang village in June 2004 through crowd funding. A year later, the house ‘Donggang Sarang’ was built by utilizing eco-friendly straw-bale construction method. Since then, the building has been used as a regional office as well as a guesthouse for visitors.
Opening time ｜ 10:00 – 17:00 (Wednesday – Sunday between March and November)
Price ｜ Free for entry, but accommodation fee charged for Donggang Sarang ($45 for two persons in one night)
Facilities & access ｜ Parking is available on the site. For accommodation booking is required.
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