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  • 1 Hwaseong Fortress Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    KOR - Suwon

    The superb Hwaseong Fortress (1796), built by King Jeongjo in homage to his father, forms a tight circle of walls 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 50..

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

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Daegu

    Haein-sa, a magnificent example of Korean Buddhist temples, symbolises teaching (Dharma). Inside you will discover the Tripitaka Koreana, the holy scriptures composed of some 50 million characters engraved into 80 000 woodblocks (from the 13C)! A des..

  • 3 Dosan Seowon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Andong

    A remarkably peaceful spot. The Dosan Seowon academy was established in the 16C in memory of Yi Hwang, a Confucian scholar, and his funerary tablets are preserved here. The buildings, set amid abundant foliage, have seen the most brilliant pupils pas..

  • 4 Tumuli Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    KOR - Gyeongju

    In Tumuli Park the royal tombs of the Silla period are concealed within the round green hillocks. Wander around this unique setting before discovering for yourself the burial places of the kings by entering the Cheonmachong tomb... Bound to whet the ..

  • 5 Gyeongju National Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    118 Iljeongno KOR - Gyeongju

    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

    KOR - Gyeongju

    Bulguk-sa, completed in 774, was repeatedly damaged over the years before being partially restored in the 1970s. It is a foremost example of the Buddhist temples constructed in Korea in the Silla Kingdom. Note in particular the two pagodas representi..

  • 7 Hallasan National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Eorimok

    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 Seongsan Ilchulbong Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Seongsan

    Seongsan Ilchulbong stands to the east of Jeju-do, looking over the waters of the East China Sea like a watchtower. This crater, which rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption 100 000 years ago, is blanketed with greenery in summer and is conne..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    22 Sajikno KOR - Séoul

    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 legacy of this h..

  • 10 Gwanghwamun Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sejongno KOR - Séoul

    Gwanghwamun owes its fame to the numerous abodes that line its streets, the most famous of which is the sumptuous palace of Changdeokgung. Dotted with sanctuaries and gardens, this historic district bears witness to its prominent role during the Jose..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    99 Yulgok-ro KOR - Séoul

    A Unesco world heritage site, Changdeokgung was built in the early 15C 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 ..

  • 12 National Museum of Korea Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    168-6 Yongsan-dong 6-ga KOR - Séoul

    Calligraphy, painting, sculpture, lacquered 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 hosts work fr..

  • 13 Seoraksan National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Sokcho

    Mountain peaks reaching beyond the clouds, waterfalls, rare birds and even the 7C temple of Sinheung-sa: Seoraksan National Park has plenty to encourage the droves of visitors. Hike up to the top of the mountains, the highest of which reaches 1 708m...

  • 14 Seokguram Grotto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Gyeongju

    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..

  • 15 Bukchon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gye-dong KOR - Séoul

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

  • 16 Hwaseongul Cave and Daegeumgul Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Samcheok

    Make your way along nearly 2km of stairways to discover the magnificent concretions of the majestic Hwaseongul Cave. The more modest Daegeumgul Cave can only be visited on a guided tour. These underground treasures would perhaps benefit from less sho..

  • 17 Jikji-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Gimcheon

    When Buddhism was imported from China it had a heavy influence on the Silla Kingdom and it is from this period that Jikji-sa dates. Come and admire the superb ornamentation of its 20 or so buildings, rebuilt several times - some 40 buildings in the 5..

  • 18 Byeongsan Seowon Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Hahoe

    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..

  • 19 Jagalchi Market Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    KOR - Busan

    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 Beomeo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Busan

    According to legend, a fish, Beomeo, came down from the sky and took up residence in the golden fountain located at the summit of Geumjeongsan Mountain. The temple constructed at the foot of the mountain in 678 was named after it. The various buildin..

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