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  • 1 Tongdo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Synpyeong

    Tongdo-sa (7C) houses and safeguards relics of the historical Buddha himself. It is also renowned for the absence of Buddha statues in the main room. This magnificent and impressive religious complex is complemented by an interesting museum.

  • 2 Geoje-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Seoyang

    Geoje Island has a hilly landscape and the majority of its towns lie along its rugged coastline. The buildings with their blue-green roofs create a striking contrast with the cultivated fields and the surrounding lush vegetation. Out at sea, you can ..

  • 3 Jeju-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Jeju-si

    Jeju-do is a distinctive-looking island, created entirely from volcanic eruptions, which shaped astonishing reliefs and a magnificent multi-coloured landscape. Go to the market in Jeju-si, the main city, enjoy the fine beaches in the south, visit the..

  • 4 Manjanggul Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Jeju-si

    Even though only 1km of the 13km-long Manjanggul Cave is open to tourists, a visit is an unforgettable experience. This impressive lava tunnel was formed naturally by the Geomunoreum volcano and features concretions in a variety of shapes and sizes.

  • 5 Ung-no Lee Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 Dunsandaero KOR - Daejeon

    The Ungno Lee Museum of Art, dedicated to Goam Ungno Lee (1909-1984), is a suitably modern setting (designed by Laurent Beaudouin), for the works of an eclectic artist. He experimented with numerous techniques throughout his life and divided most of ..

  • 6 Gyeryong-san National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Daejeon

    Explore Gyeryong-san National Park by traversing the ridges of the sacred mountain of the same name. The peak looms over the park, which covers some 65km2 and is home to numerous animal species, major temples such as Donghak-sa and a waterfall that m..

  • 7 Songnisan National Park (Beopju-sa Temple) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Cheong-ju

    Songnisan National Park is best known for being home to the Beopju-sa Temple, built in 553 BC and site of memorable Buddha statues. From the temple take the path leading up to the mountains in the park and enjoy the view from the top of Munjangdae (1..

  • 8 Buyeo National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    16-1 Dongnam-Ri KOR - Buyeo

    Buyeo National Museum has a precious collection of cultural artefacts from the Baekje Kingdom: pottery and stone tools from the Bronze Age to the pre-Sabi period, celebrated Buddha statues including the "Baekje Smile" and, the highlight of ..

  • 9 Gwangju National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    KOR - Gwangju

    Gwangju National Museum is dedicated to the cultural heritage of Jeollanam Province. Objects from prehistoric times, religious art, pottery, fine celadons and other pieces make up the abundant collection of this museum, which stands in a garden with ..

  • 10 May 18 National Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    KOR - Gwangju

    The May 18 National Cemetery is the final resting place of demonstrators killed during the military repression organised by General Chun Doo-hwan that started on this fateful date in 1980. It was a bloody repression, in response to Gwangju's steadfas..

  • 11 Dolmen Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    676 Dosan-Ri KOR - Gochang

    The Dolmen Museum houses almost 500 enigmatic dolmens of impressive proportions. As you visit the site, you will be reminded that Korea, and the area around Gochang in particular, has the highest concentration of these megalithic monuments in the wor..

  • 12 Jirisan National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Nature lovers will delight in the sights offered by Jirisan National Park. With some ten high peaks, the site throws down the gauntlet to experienced hikers, who can look forward to fine views from the path along the ridge. Hwaeom-sa Temple makes for..

  • 13 Hwaeom-sa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Hwaeom-sa Temple was built in the middle of the first millenium on the territory where Jirisan National Park stands today. Most of the various buildings that make up the shrine in its current guise, however, date from the 16C-17C. Note the majestic s..

  • 14 National Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    138 Namnongro KOR - Mokpo

    If you are interested in maritime trade, the lives of fishermen and the history of the Korean fleet then the National Maritime Museum is for you! On show: shipwrecks, precious cargoes, technical instruments...

  • 15 Dadohae Haesang National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - Ilgu

    Of the 1 700 islands that make up Dadohae Haesang National Park, a few inspire special interest: Heuksan-do, for the excursion to the top of Sangnabong; Jindo, which is accessible on foot when the sea rolls far back in March; and Hong-do, which proff..

  • 16 Daehan Dowon Tea Plantation Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    KOR - Boseong

    Millions of tea plants as far as the eye can see, their intense green foliage creating sculptural forms across more than a million square kilometres... Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation is the country's largest tea plantation. An ancestral culture.

  • 17 Hyangiram Hermitage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Yeosu

    Having climbed a steep path through subtropical vegetation, you come to Hyangiram Hermitage, one of Korea's major Buddhist temples, which was built upon a rock in the 7C. It honours Gwaneum and believers come here to offer her their prayers. Don't mi..

  • 18 Songgwangsa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    12 Sinpyeong-Ri KOR - Suncheon

    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..

  • 19 Jeonju Hanok Village Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    KOR - Jeonju

    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..

  • 20 Maisan Provincial Park Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - Jinan

    Several Buddhist temples built out of stone nestle between two peaks reminiscent of a pair of horse's ears. Two of these are Unsu-sa Temple and Tap-sa Temple, which are linked by a magnificent footpath. Don't miss out on a trip here, an hour away fro..

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