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  • 1 Ilchulbong Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - 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..

  • 2 Seonamsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - Suncheon

    Seungseongyo, a beautiful stone bridge (18C) that is the epitome of simplicity, marks the start of your visit to the lovely Buddhist Seonamsa Temple, which dates back to the 9C. The main entrance boasts an abundance of ornaments, shrines and stone ba..

  • 3 Naksan-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - Sokcho

    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..

  • 4 Hwaseongul Cave and Daegeumgul Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - 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..

  • 5 Jikji-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - 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..

  • 6 Beomeo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - 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..

  • 7 Tongdo-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - 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.

  • 8 Namhae-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - Namhae

    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

    ROK - 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 ..

  • 10 Jeju-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - 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..

  • 11 Ung-no Lee Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    99 Dunsandae-ro, Seo-gu ROK - Daejeon

    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

    ROK - 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..

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

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - 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..

  • 14 Buyeo National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    16-1 Dongnam-ri ROK - 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 ..

  • 15 Gwangju National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

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

  • 16 May 18 National Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    ROK - 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..

  • 17 Jirisan National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

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

    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..

  • 18 Hwaeom-sa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    ROK - Masan-Myeon

    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..

  • 19 Mokpo National Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    138 Namnong-ro ROK - 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...

  • 20 Dadohae Haesang National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ROK - 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..

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