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  • 1 Seoraksan National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mountain peaks high in the clouds, waterfalls, rare birds and even the 7C temple of Sinheung-sa from where paths lead up to Mount Ulsan Bawi: Seoraksan National Park has plenty to encourage the droves of visitors. Hike up to the top of the mountains,..

  • 2 Haein-sa Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gaya-myeon

    Haein-sa, a magnificent Korean Buddhist temple, symbolises religious teaching (Dharma). Inside you will discover the Tripitaka Koreana, holy scriptures composed of some 50 million characters engraved into 80 000 woodblocks (from the 13C)! It is on th..

  • 3 Byeongsan Seowon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    There are several Confucian sites in the vicinity of Hahoe. Among them is Byeongsan Seowon, an academy founded in 1614 that is devoted to the teachings of the philosopher Confucius. Its vast lecture theatre is of particular note. A visit to this site..

  • 4 Dosan Seowon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    A remarkably peaceful spot. The Dosan Seowon academy was established in 1574 in memory of Yi Hwang (1501-70), also known as Toegye, who introduced Neo-Confucianism into Korea and whose funerary tablets are preserved here. The buildings, set amid abun..

  • 5 Gyeongju National Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    118 Iljeongno

    If you want to discover the treasures left behind by the Silla kingdom, make Gyeongju National Museum your first stop. Artefacts dripping in gold and ornamentation, displayed most notably in Tumuli Park, are exhibited alongside more mundane objects i..

  • 6 Bulguk-sa Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bulguk-sa, completed in 774, suffered repeated destruction before being partially restored in the 1970s. It is a foremost example of the Buddhist temples constructed in Korea in the Silla Kingdom. Built according to the Lotus sutra, its aim was to re..

  • 7 Hallasan National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hallasan National Park is home to the country's highest peak (1 950m), the Hallasan volcano. It's easy enough to hike to the crater at the summit (as long as you find out about routes before setting out), and the walk takes you through a landscape th..

  • 8 Dolmen Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    676 Dosan-ri

    A Unesco world heritage site, Gochang Dolmen Museum, spread over 2.5km, houses 447 enigmatic dolmens of impressive proportions. A visit to the museum provides some answers to the many questions we all ask ourselves when confronted with these dolmens...

  • 9 Songgwangsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    12 Sinpyeong-Ri

    Songgwangsa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Buddhism symbolising the Sangha, or community of followers of Buddha. No less than 16 national masters were trained here - their portraits grace the Guksa-Jeon - and the temple remains an important cen..

  • 10 Jeonju Hanok Village Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Visitors flock to Jeonju Hanok Village to see the traditional buildings that are beautifully preserved and conform to strict architectural conventions. Pass through Pungnammun Gate then wander about the little streets lined with buildings reminiscent..

  • 11 Maisan Provincial Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Several Buddhist stone temples, nestling between two peaks reminiscent of a pair of horse's ears, are located in Maisan Regional Park. Two of these are Unsu-sa Temple and Tap-sa Temple, which are linked by a magnificent footpath. Surrounded by amazin..

  • 12 Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    161 Sajikno, Jongno-gu

    Gyeongbokgung, a royal palace built in the 19C on the ruins of the former city of kings (late 14C) of the Joseon Dynasty, was damaged in the early 20C during the Japanese occupation. Regular restorations have revealed the outstanding heritage of this..

  • 13 Bukchon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bukchon, on the doorstep of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, is home to a host of early 20C traditional buildings, hanok, erected on the site of the former aristocratic district of the Joseon Dynasty. This charming neighbourhood, whose streets are li..

  • 14 Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    99 Yulgok-ro

    A Unesco world heritage site, Changdeokgung was built in 1404 to house the royal family and remained a royal residence up until 1989. The palace, fully worthy of its illustrious residents, is flanked by the splendid Huwon Garden, steeped in serenity ..

  • 15 National Museum of Korea Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    168-6 Yongsan-dong 6-ga

    Calligraphy, painting, sculpture, lacquered and wooden objects and porcelain are among the countless works of exceptional quality on display at the National Museum of Korea, which provides a unique panorama of Korean history. This huge museum also ho..

  • 16 Hwaseong Fortress Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The superb Hwaseong Fortress (1796), built by King Jeongjo in homage to his father, forms a tight circle of ramparts around Suwon. Over 5km of walls ranging in height from 4m to 7m, punctuated by four gates (at each of the cardinal points) and around..

  • 17 Daereung-won Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Daereung-won contains some of the 200 tombs of Gyeongju, tumuli dating from the period prior to the peninsula's unification by Silla. Stroll around this unique landscape of green hillocks to discover for yourself the secret of the burial places of th..

  • 18 Seokguram Grotto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Built in the 8C not far from Bulguk-sa Temple is Seokguram Grotto, a real feat of architecture housing Bojonbul, a seated, 3.5m-tall Buddha statue. The statue is surrounded by bodhisattva that have been carved into the granite, creating an ensemble t..

  • 19 Jagalchi Market Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A paradise for fishermen, fishmongers and lovers of fish of all kinds: whether fresh, dried, straight from the sea or already prepared, it's all here. The unique Jagalchi Market encompasses colourful stalls giving off a terrific smell, restaurants, a..

  • 20 Ilchulbong Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The magnificent extinct volcano of Ilchulbong resembles a superb natural fortress that has resisted the assault of violent tides and winds. Its black slopes plunge abruptly into the sea. However to the west, it stretches out in a long green belt, dot..

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