This is a small list of things to see and do in Miryang. The tourism office, located in the square
directly in front of the train station, can offer other suggestions and further information about these
attractions. The workers there are helpful and speak English.
Located close to Gajisan Provincial Park along highway 24 connecting Miryang and Ulsan, the name
Eoreumgol, or “Ice Valley” refers to a fascinating phenomenon that occurs during the summer months
when ice forms in the rocks of the valley despite hot temperatures at the valley entrance. There is
a hotel located within the bounds of Eoreumgol, as well as a small restaurant. In addition, a shop
near the parking area and before the walking bridge over the river sells all variety of picnic,
camping, and hiking supplies to the many families who come to relax and swim by the river on hot
summer days. Eoreumgol is accessible from town via regular busses from the main bus terminal.
Located on a cliff in the center of town overlooking the river, the Yongnamru Pavilion has been
the subject of numerous paintings and stories in Korean history. Within the structure are numerous
buildings and artifacts of historical significance. One can walk to the top of the hill along the
old fortress walls to a lookout point giving beautiful, sweeping views of the city and surrounding
Miryang City Museum
This new museum is located at Miryang Park on the edge of town in Gyo-dong. Displays highlight
the history of the region, as well as local and Korean culture.
Famous nationwide, Pyochungsa is known for the beauty and geomantic significance of its location.
Set below three major peaks in a magnificent green valley, the temple is home to a number of Buddhist
relics, as well as a stone monument called Pyochungbi reputed to ‘sweat’ in times of national crisis.
More information can be gathered at the
website associated with the Korean National Tourism Organization.
Miryang Arirang Festival
Occurring annually in May, this festival commemorates the Miryang Arirang (traditional folk song)
with traditional and modern musical and dramatic performances. The Miryang Arirang is notable throughout
Korea as being one of the closest versions of the Arirang to the original.
Miryang city is easily accessible from many points in Korea via public bus and train. The train
station, located at the Southern end of town, provides service by Mugunghwa, Saemaeul, and KTX trains.
The station can be accessed quickly and cheaply from nearly anywhere in town by city bus or taxi.
The bus station, located in the center of town, provides regular bus service to many locations, both
regional and further afield, throughout South Korea.
There are many good restaurants and bars scattered throughout Miryang with options ranging from major
fast food chains such as McDonalds, Lotteria, and Mr. Pizza, to good, family run establishments catering
to all tastes. Many provide free delivery. There are numerous eating options on the “island” in Sammun-dong,
as well as many bars, cafes, pool halls, and love motels in the neighborhood adjoining City Hall and the
This café/bar is a popular meeting place, as is the quirky pool hall located directly next door, which
also doubles as a wedding photography center. Unfortunately, they do not provide on the spot wedding services!
As well as bars, there are numerous singing rooms (norae bangs) around town for late night fun and excitement.
The newly opened Ice Bar Munchen in Sammun-dong is popular amongst foreigners and Koreans alike. This swanky
bar with massive, crushed velvet couch booths and neon lighting has decent drink prices including a long list
of imported beers and whisky, matched only by the fun of throwing your empty “ice mug” at a blinking target,
surrounded by cheering onlookers in hopes of winning free drinks or food.
Food and Homeware Shopping
Miryang contains a wide variety of shopping choices. There is a large Homeplus supermarket for nearly
everything, including many foreign foods and products, as well as numerous mid-size markets such as Feel
Price, Top Mart, and Trial Supercenter. Smaller markets and convenience shops are scattered throughout the
city at regular intervals. A covered market in the center of town is packed with vendors peddling cheap
produce and other products. It is located near Yongnamru Pavilion.
Miryang contains numerous banks and ATMs. Nong Hyup (NH) is perhaps most omnipresent, with a large
central branch downtown with English speaking tellers capable of sending International Transfers. There
is also a Nong Hyup located in City Hall, as well as other branches of varying sizes and capabilities in
other parts of the city. Most ATM’s have an English option and many branches have staff with basic English
There is a fitness complex located next to City Hall, including a gym, swimming pool, public tennis
courts, a public running track and field, as well as free outdoor fitness equipment. The gym and swimming
pool have day rates, as well as monthly and annual memberships.
Runners will enjoy the 5 km trail around the island in Sammun-dong.
As is the case in much of Korea, hiking abounds in the mountains surrounding Miryang. The Tourism Office
at the train station can provide more information about popular trails and possibilities in the region.
Gajisan Provincial Park is popular and close.
Rock climbers should look on this Korean rock climbing website
for information about climbing in the region. The forums on this site are full of friendly people, mostly foreigners,
who can provide information about the region and others throughout Korea. It should be noted that the wall called
Bueongsae, located behind the Noblian Restaurant on roadway 1077 towards Pyochungsa, is closed to climbing at the
behest of the restaurant’s owner. As is the case in much of Korea, access issues abound in the case of rock climbing
and extreme courtesy and care should be taken to foster good relations, as well as to protect the natural environment
and ensure continued access to Korea’s rocks for local and foreign climbers alike.