goes that about 400 years ago, a navy commander in charge of the
area around Maryang-ri received a spiritual calling that he should
build an altar to pray for safe sailing on the sea.
So he constructed an altar to perform religious services and also
planted camellia trees around the altar. Those trees grew and have
formed a present spectacular forest.
The forest covers 23,145§³ and houses 85 fully-grown large
camellia trees. In every April, the camellia trees display their
flowers in full bloom. There is a traditional Korean pavilion called
"Camellia Pavilion" on the hill.