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  • 1 Seonamsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Seungseongyo, a beautiful stone bridge (1707) that is the epitome of simplicity and perfection, marks the start of your visit to the Buddhist Seonamsa Temple, dating back to the 9C and built by the priest Doseon. The main entrance boasts an abundance..

  • 2 Gwanghwamun Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sejongno

    Gwanghwamun is the historical, political and emblematic capital of Seoul. Avenue Jongno, the oldest shopping street that runs from the east and the century-old Dongdaemun Gate, owes its name to the city's belfry, Boshingak. The district is famous for..

  • 3 Naksan-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Naksan-sa, built in the late 7C, enjoys an exceptional setting. On one side is the sea, on the other are the mountains of Seoraksan. Come here to meditate under the watchful eye of the statue of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara or to watch the sun risi..

  • Make your way along nearly 2km of staircases to discover the magnificent concretions that evoke fantasy animals of the majestic Hwaseongul Cave. The largest chamber (100 x 300 m) is worthy of a cathedral. The more modest Daegeumgul Cave is nonetheles..

  • 5 Jikji-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Buddhism imported from China 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, of which there were originally 40. The 15C hall of a thousand ..

  • 6 Beomeo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 7 Tongdo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Tongdo-sa, the largest temple of the country known as that of the "salvation of the world", is reached by a path that runs alongside a river and a lovey pine forest. The complex was founded in 646 to house the relics of the historical Buddh..

  • 8 Namhae-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Within the Hallyeo Maritime National Park, the mountainous island of Namhae-do offers lovely landscapes along the road that hugs the southern coast: rocky coastline, sandy beaches, paddy fields, garlic fields, terraced tea plantations... a fine setti..

  • 9 Geoje-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 ..

  • 10 Jeju-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jeju-do is a distinctive-looking island, created entirely from volcanic eruptions, which shaped astonishing reliefs and a magnificent multi-coloured landscape. The main city, Jeju-si, is full of attractions ranging from fine beaches in the south to p..

  • 11 Ung-no Lee Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 Dunsandae-ro, Seo-gu

    The Ungno Lee Museum of Art, dedicated to Goam Ungno Lee (1904-1989), 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 ..

  • 12 Gyeryong-san National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Explore Gyeryong-san National Park, which covers some 65km2 and is home to numerous animal species, major temples such as Donghak-sa and a waterfall that makes for a refreshing break en route, without forgetting the 1.6km-long ridge path that runs fr..

  • The stunningly beautiful Songnisan National Park is best known for being home to the Beopju-sa Temple, built in 553 and the site of memorable Buddha statues. From the temple take the path leading up to the mountains in the park and enjoy the view fro..

  • 14 Buyeo National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    16-1 Dongnam-ri

    Buyeo National Museum has a precious collection of cultural artefacts from the Baekje Kingdom 18C BC-660 AD): bronze daggers, halberds and mirrors from the Bronze Age to the pre-Sabi period, famous Buddha statues including the "Baekje Smile"..

  • 15 Gwangju National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    114 Bakmulgwan-ro, Maegok-dong, Buk-gu

    Gwangju National Museum, whose collection comprise s over 50 000 objects, is reputed for its magnificent celadon ceramics dating from the Goryeo Period (10-11C). Celadon, "cheongja" in Korean, refers to glazed ceramic ware ranging from tran..

  • 16 May 18 National Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    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..

  • 17 Jirisan National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    7 Deoksandaepo-ro Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-Do

    Nature lovers will adore Jirisan National Park. With a dozen or so high peaks, most of which are over 1 000m, the site throws down the gauntlet to experienced hikers, who can look forward to fine views from the trail along the ridges. Hwaeom-sa Templ..

  • 18 Hwaeom-sa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Hwaeom-sa Temple was built in the middle of the first millennium on the current site of Jirisan National Park, although most of the various buildings that make up the shrine date from the 16C-17C. On the forecourt of Gakhwangjeon Hall, the largest wo..

  • 19 Mokpo National Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    138 Namnong-ro

    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...

  • 20 Dadohae Haesang National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

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