The white porcelain pottery kilns in Kwangju-gun, Namjong-myon`s Punwon-ri and Kumsa-ri are would renown as the origin of the Choson white porcelain. The entire region of Kwangju-gun was used primarily for state-run porcelain factories since the early Choson period.

A branch of the Saongwon kiln, which manufactured all the porcelain for the royal family and officials, was open and operated here until the late Choson era. Firewood was abundant, the white clay was of excellent quality, and the Han River facilitated transportation of the finished goods.
Considering such geographic conditions, its easy to see why so many ruins of pottery kilns were discovered in this region.