직탕폭포
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직탕폭포

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동송읍 가운데를 꿰뚫는 한탄강 물줄기 아래에 풍부한 수량과 나직한 골짜기를 가진 몇 가닥의 강물이 서로 합쳐 떨어지는 직탕폭포가 있다. 이 폭포는 여느 폭포와는 달리 밑으로 긴 것이 아니고 옆으로 긴 것이 특징이다. 높이는 3m에 불과하지만 너비는 50 ~ 60m에 이른다. 수직으로 낙하하는 폭포는 장엄하고 아름다워 일명 한국의 나이아가라 폭포라고 불리며 철원 8경의 하나로 손꼽히고 있다. 신비롭고 황홀한 철원 지방의 대표적인 관광지로 이곳은 여름철 피서지로서 최적지이며, 민물고기 매운탕을 끓여주는 식당에서 깔끔한 맛도 즐길 수 있다. 자료제공: visitkorea.or.kr

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Korea is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world with over five thousand years of history. According to the original creation myth, the world we live in today is the work of the Heavenly Prince Hwanung, whose father was the King of Heaven.

The Heavenly Prince asked his father to give him some land to govern, so the Father sent him down to Mount Taebaek. With him the Prince brought the Minister of Clouds, the Earl of Rain and the Chancellor of Wind. They also brought three thousand helpers.

Under the shade of a sandalwood tree the Prince founded a holy city called Sinsi, the City of God. He put his Ministers in charge of three hundred and sixty areas of human culture, teaching them to grow crops and to make laws concerning what is good and what is evil.

A tiger and a bear living in a nearby cave saw this city and desperately wanted to become human. Every day they came to the sandalwood tree at the center of the city to pray fervently for becoming humans.

Hwanung saw their devotion and gave them instructions to remain in the cave and fast for one month, eating nothing but garlic and mugwort. The tiger was too impatient to stand the long and boring days in the cave, so he gave up and left, but Bear maintained the fast. At the end of the month she was transformed into a beautiful woman who became the mother of the Korean people.

Her first son was Don-gun, the First King of the Korean people. When Don-Gun passed on the throne to his own son, he became a Mountain God. It is interesting that mountain gods are still worshipped today in Korea.

Text by Steve Smith.

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