Guam Park is located
in the area around Heogabawi Rock, a natural rock cave beneath Tapsan Mountain. It is said that Heo Seon-mun, the forefather
of the Yangcheon Heo clan, was born here. The park was built to commemorate Heo Jun who is widely known as a saintly physician. Guam is his penname. It is said that after retirement, Heo Jun came to Heogabawi Rock to compile the famous medical book Dongui Bogam.
A part of the Hangang River here was turned into a lake due to the construction of the Olympic Expressway and high-rise apartments surrounding the park. There is a statue of Heo Jun treating a patient
and in the lake, there is a purple-colored rock with holes called Gwangju Rock. Before the construction of the Yanghwadaegyo Bridge, this area used to be where
visitors would take a ferry (Gongam Ferry) to cross the other side.
Heogabawi Rock, which is wide enough to accommodate about
20 men, is said to be where people took refuge there during wars, including the Imjin Waeran War, Byeongja Horan War, and the Korean War. Gwangju Rock and Heogabawi Rock is the site of Jechapaeui (the rock where rituals were offered to the God of the
Earth and the God of Crops during the Hanseong Baekje period). This was also
the first historical name given to this area.
[Heogabawi Rock] Monument of Seoul Metropolitan City - No. 11 (Designated on December 24, 1991)
1993. 10. 31
N/A (Open all year round)
Pond, pavilion, children's playground, music fountains, statue of Heo Jun, etc.