Daranginon is the name given to the terraced rice fields created on a mountain slope to cultivate rice.
It is a famous spot showing an aspect of human life in harmony with nature.
The fields in Gacheon Village, Namhae cover steeply sloping land at the foot of Seolheulsan Mountain and Eungbongsan Mountain and consist of 100 curving terraces.
The high mountains in the back and the wide open sea in the front combine to create spectacularly beautiful rural scenery.
There are no exact records on the origin of Gacheon Village; according to materials on the Gimhae Kim Clan and Haman Jo Clan, who have lived here from generation to generation, however, it is estimated to date back to the time of King Sinmun of Silla.
There is also a story of Maitreya believed to be responsible for the rice cultivation, with the six rocks at the foot of the mountains marking the spots where six Buddhas attained salvation; thus indicating that life here began before the Goryeo Dynasty.
In addition, the beacon mound on Seolheulsan Mountain -- supposedly used during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592 -- shows that there was a large settlement here at least before that time.
The village was originally called Gancheon but renamed Gacheon in the mid-Joseon Dynasty.
In 2002, the Rural Development Administration designated Gacheon as a traditional rural theme village.
The natural scenery of forests, fields, and sea along with cultural features such as Gacheon Amsubawi Rock, which refers to two rocks -- male and female -- that were believed to drive away misfortune, Bammudeom (Rice Tomb), Seolheulsan Beacon Fire Station, and Nodo Island where Kim Man-jung was exiled make this area a famous scenic spot.