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  • 1 Daehan Dowon Tea Plantation Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1288-1 Bongsan-ri

    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.

  • 2 Hyangiram Hermitage Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Hyangiram was built in 659 to honour Gwaneum, one of the most important divinities of Mahayana Buddhism. Built on a rock in the 7C, the temple is devoted to scripture and in particular to the divinatory art that consisted in sacrificing a tortoise be..

  • 3 National Palace Museum of Korea Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 Sajikno, Jongno-gu

    For a complete picture of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), head straight to the National Palace Museum of Korea. It presents the symbols, artefacts and rituals of this monarchy impregnated with Confucianism, through displays that range from the refine..

  • 4 Jongmyo Shrine Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    157 Jongno

    Like many buildings dating from the Joseon Dynasty, the Jongmyo sanctuary was rebuilt in the early 17C on the ashes of the original edifice destroyed by Japanese invasions. This Confucian sanctuary, an architectural masterpiece, remains the scene of ..

  • 5 Changgyeonggung (Changgyeong Palace) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2-1 Waryongdong - Jongno-gu

    The palace's royal origins date back to the 12C, and despite successive reconstructions following Japanese invasions and fires, the edifice's handsome proportions and superb ornamentation continue to impress. Not to be missed, particularly when the g..

  • 6 Insadong Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Insadong-gil

    Insadong was formerly the haunt of Seoul's bohemian artists and its tiny lanes dotted with hanok and old shops selling brushes, paper and antiques were steeped in charm. Even though it is more akin to a centre of mass tourism today, a few gems remain..

  • 7 Cheonggyecheon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The historic centre of Seoul laid out around the town hall is where the majority of the city's public transport networks, underground shopping malls, hotels, offices, luxury department stores, countless boutiques and major historic monuments, includi..

  • 8 Deoksugung (Deoksu Palace) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5-1 Jeong-dong

    Deoksugung, a palace built in the 15C, provided sanctuary for the royal family on several occasions. Among the various edifices, most of which were rebuilt in the early 20C after a fire, look out for the amazing Seogodang. The reconstitution of the c..

  • 9 Jung-gu Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Namchang-dong

    Start exploring the Jung-gu district by Namsangol Hanok Village and its traditional hanoks, then go for a stroll along the streets of Namdaemun and Chungmuro to admire the buildings dating from the Japanese occupation. You may also be tempted by the ..

  • 10 Manjanggul Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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 between 200 000 and 300 000 years ago and features concreti..

  • 11 Leeum Samsung Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    747-18 Hannam-dong

    Three architects, three halls and three exhibition areas. Jean Nouvel, Mario Botta and Rem Koolhaas combined their skills and talents in Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, creating a series of complementary and attractive volumes where traditional Korean a..

  • 12 DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The tangible trace of the Korean War, which tore the country apart between 1950 and 1953, is summarised in three letters: DMZ stands for Demilitarized Zone, a 240km-long divide between the two worlds of the North and the South. If you are interested ..

  • 13 Gangjin Celadon Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    The Gangjin Celadon Museum celebrates the beauty of celadon, pottery that is characterised by its finesse and blue-green colour. The collection takes visitors on a journey of discovery of this thousand-year-old art, which is entwined with the Korea's..

  • 14 Dolsan Do Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Dolsan Do, one of the islands of Yeosu, is remarkable for the 7C Hyangiram Hermitage, and for the bridge that links it to the mainland: Dolsandaegyo. This 450m-long work of art is a sight to behold by night. In the daytime the bridge also affords lov..

  • 15 Unhyeongung (Unhyeon Palace) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    114-10 Unnidong, Jongno-gu

    Built in the second half of the 19C for the formidable Prince Regent Daeweongun, Unhyeongung provides a chance to see an interior typical of aristocratic homes and features a remarkable complex of wooden buildings restored in 1996. A small exhibition..

  • 16 Itaewon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Itaewon-dong

    While the cultural highlights of the Itaewon district are undoubtedly the National Museum of Korea and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, it is also home to a rich and varied nightlife, a throwback to the former American military presence. Caution reco..

  • 17 Namsan Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Mount Namsan (265m) is first and foremost a historic site, as the bonghwadae (monticule from which messages were transmitted) at its summit bears witness. This hilltop was vital to the capital's defence during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Admire t..

  • 18 Samneung Park Interesting

    Religious buildings

    47 Gil 5 Seonneungro-dong

    Samneung Park, a haven of greenery in the sprawling business district of Seoul, is home to three royal Seonjeong tombs, which are Unesco world heritage sites, as are the other Joseon Dynasty royal tombs. Not to be missed.

  • 19 Seodaemun Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Muak-dong

    An unusual ambience reigns in Seodaemun at the heart of urban Seoul. Climb to the top of Inwangsan (338m) and walk along the old ramparts round the city to enjoy the view over this lush green district. It is home to the Seoul Museum of History and Se..

  • 20 Korean Folk Village Interesting

    Museums and art

    107 Bora-dong, Giheung-gu

    Although there is no substitute for discovering rural South Korea for real, the Korean Folk Village is worth visiting for its vast reconstruction of traditional buildings (14C-19C) and their interiors. You can also see craftsmen at work and attend fe..

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