The name, “Taean,” was given in 1298 (24th year of King Chungnyeol’s reign over Goryeo) and has since been used for over 700 years. It is actually an abbreviation of the word, “Guntaeminan,” which means “The nation is peaceful, and the people are at peace,” while “Taean” simply means “peaceful and comfortable.”
Situated on the western part of Chungcheongnam-do Province, Taean-gun is a peninsula bordered by water on three sides. As the one and only place that contains a coastal national park in Korea, Taean boasts a scenic coastline that stretches across a distance of 559.3km and faces 114 islands of various sizes at sea.
The inland area is mostly comprised of low hills, and a large part of the mountainous areas have been reclaimed for agricultural use. The rias coast features extreme curvatures and contains well-developed reclaimed land.
Also, Taean-gun is known for the Anmyeondo Island Recreational Forest, some 30 beaches that connect the beautiful coastline, and a large number of islands that have fascinating legends associated with them.