San 86-2, Sucheol-ri, Punggi-eup, Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Yeongju-si Gyeongsangbuk-do
Stretching along a scenic valley in Sobaeksan National Park, this path served as the main route linking Yeongju and Danyang in the old days.
The beautiful scenery features long tree tunnels along the road and surrounding mountain ridges.
The oldest known record of the road is found in Samguk sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), which says, "A road is opened at last over Jungnyeong, the Bamboo Pass, in the third month of the fifth year of the reign of King Adalla of Silla (A.D.
158)." According to the 15th-century national gazetteer, Survey of the Dongguk yeoji seungnam (Augmented Survey of the Geography of Korea), "Jukjuk was tired to death after building the path over Jungnyeong Pass in the fifth year of the reign of King Adalla; there is a shrine on the ridge, where memorial rites are held for him." Due to its strategic importance, the area around Jungnyeong Pass was incessantly contested by rival states.
According to the History of the Three Kingdoms, Silla seized 10 villages north of the pass in alliance with Baekje in the 12th year of the reign of King Jinheung (A.D.
551); four decades later in the first year of the reign of King Yeongyang (A.D.
590), the famous general Ondal of Goguryeo volunteered to lead troops on an expedition against Silla, pledging not to return until he recovered the lost territory.