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  • 1 National Palace Museum of Korea Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    34 Sajikno KOR - Séoul

    For a complete picture of the Joseon Dynasty, that reigned from the late 14C to the early 20C, admire the rich collections of the National Palace Museum of Korea: artefacts, furniture, paintings, etc. An ideal way to complement a tour of Gyeongbokgun..

  • 2 Jongmyo Shrine Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    155 Jongno KOR - Séoul

    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 ..

  • 3 Changgyeonggung (Changgyeong Palace) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2-1 Waryongdong KOR - Séoul

    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..

  • 4 Insadong Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Insadong-gil KOR - Séoul

    Don't be put off by the hordes of tourists that throng here; Insadong is full of hidden treasures. Former haunt of artists, its narrow lanes are lined with innumerable art and craft shops, galleries and traditional hanoks. Well worth a stroll.

  • 5 Cheonggyecheon Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jeong-dong KOR - Séoul

    Cheonggyecheon now boasts yet another asset as the banks of the River Cheonggye have been landscaped into a long and pleasant riverside walk. However don't miss the late 19C Western buildings, the Deoksugung or a glimpse at the frenzied bustle that d..

  • 6 Deoksugung (Deoksu Palace) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5-1 Jeong-dong KOR - Séoul

    Deoksugung, a palace built in the 15C, served as sanctuary for the royal family on several occasions. Among the various edifices, most of which were rebuilt in the early 20C, look out for the amazing Seogodang. The brightly coloured changing of the g..

  • 7 Jung-gu Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Namchang-dong KOR - Séoul

    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 ..

  • 8 Leeum Samsung Museum of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    747-18 Hannam-dong KOR - Séoul

    Three architects, three halls and three exhibition areas. Jean Nouvel, Mario Botta and Rem Koolhaas combined their skill and talent to work on Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, creating a series of complementary and attractive volumes where traditional Ko..

  • 9 Naksan-sa Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - 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..

  • 10 Namhae-do Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    KOR - 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..

  • 11 Seonamsa Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    KOR - 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..

  • 12 DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    KOR - Daesung-dong

    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

    KOR - Gangjin

    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

    KOR - Yeosu

    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 KOR - Séoul

    Built in the second half of the 19C for Prince Regent Daeweongun, Unhyeongung provides a chance to see an interior typical of aristocratic homes at the end of the Joseon era. The edifice, entirely built out of wood, was beautifully restored in 1996.

  • 16 Itaewon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Itaewon-dong KOR - Séoul

    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

    KOR - Séoul

    A cable car leads up to the highest point of Namsan Park, which is dominated by N Seoul Tower and stands in the heart of the Korean capital. Admire the breathtaking panorama at your feet, after enjoying a walk down refreshingly lush green paths.

  • 18 Samneung Park Interesting

    Religious buildings

    47 Gil 5 Seonneungro-dong KOR - Séoul

    Samneung Park, a haven of greenery in the sprawling business district of Seoul, is home to three 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 KOR - Séoul

    An unusual ambience reigns in Seodaemun at the heart of urban Seoul. Climb to the top of the sacred mountain of Inwang and enjoy the view over this lush green district, home to the Seoul Museum of History and Seodaemun Prison History Hall, both of wh..

  • 20 Korean Folk Village Interesting

    Museums and art

    107 Bora-dong KOR - Yong-in

    Although there is no substitute for discovering rural South Korea for yourself, 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 atten..

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