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Korea's Best 3-star Tourist Sites Recommended by the Michelin Green Guide - Gyeongsang-do

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Andong Hahoe Village [UNESCO World Heritage Site]

One of the most well-known clan villages in Korea, Andong Hahoe Village has been inhabited by members of the Ryu clan of Pungsan for hundreds of years. Nestled along the bends of the Nakdonggang River, the village is currently home to 120 families and features many cultural assets, including important houses and other national treasures. Even the Mansongjeong pine groves on the banks are designated a natural monument.

What does Michelin say?
This quiet and simple village makes one imagine people coming out of their homes at around 6 in the evening to gather together and celebrate life.

☞ Go to Andong Hahoe Village
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Andong Hahoe & Gyoengju Yangdong Clan villages from the Joseon Dynasty

Byeongsanseowon Confucian School

The Byeongsanseowon Confucian School was built to commemorate the scholarly achievements and virtues of the notable Confucian scholar and politician Ryu Seong-ryong (1542-1607, Prime Minister in the late 16th century). Originally a school, the institution was royally chartered in 1863 by King Cheoljong, renamed 'Byeongsan,' and promoted to the status of ‘seowon’ (Confucian school).
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Dosanseowon Confucian School

Dosanseowon Confucian School was built in 1574 to commemorate the scholarly achievements and virtues of Toegye Yi Hwang (1501-1570, a prominent Korean Confucian scholar of the mid-Joseon Dynasty). The grounds include the Dosan Seodang (a school built by Yi Hwang to offer instruction in the classics to his disciples) and the Nongun Jeongsa dormitory. The ancient academy was royally chartered in 1575 after King Seonjo presented the school with the Dosanseowon tablet, which was handwritten by Han Seokbong (a noted calligrapher in the mid-Joseon Era).
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Bulguksa Temple [UNESCO World Heritage Site]

As an embodiment of the ideal world of Buddha, the Bulguksa Temple is a historic site that represents the Buddhist culture, religion, and spirituality of the Silla Dynasty (when Buddhism was accepted as the official religion). The temple is a representation of the most advanced architectural techniques of the time and is home to many national treasures, including the famed Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas.

What does Michelin say?
Bulguksa is one of the most visited temples in Korea and is also a must-see for the mesmerizing natural landscape surrounding the temple.

☞ Go to Bulguksa Temple
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Cultural Heritage Sites > Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto

Seokguram Grotto [UNESCO World Heritage Site]

Seoguram Grotto was carved out of granite and covered on the outside with soil, making it look earthy and cave-like on the outside while holding great treasures within. The centerpiece of the sanctuary is a Buddha statue seated in the main chamber, which is hailed as the best example of Buddhist art from the Unified Silla Kingdom of the 8th century. Built 1,200 years ago, the grotto drew on architectural techniques, science, geometry, and art that, even with today’s modern technology, are hard (if not impossible) to replicate.
☞ Go to Seokguram Grotto

Yandong Village [UNESCO World Heritage Site]

Yangdong is a clan village that has been home to the Gyeongju ‘Son’ family and Yeogang ‘Lee’ family for more than five centuries. On the hilltops and high grounds are the tile-roofed residences of the upper-class and on the lower, flatlands are the thatched-roofed home of the servants and commoners.

What does Michelin say?
If you have a chance to visit this quiet village, there is no doubt that you will enjoy walking around and soaking up the quiet and peaceful spirit of years gone by.

☞ Go to Gyeongju Yangdong Village
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Andong Hahoe & Gyoengju Yangdong Clan villages from the Joseon Dynasty

Daereungwon Tomb Complex

The largest of the tumuli clusters in Gyeongju, Daereungwon Tomb Complex is home to 23 tumuli of the Shilla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD). The complex is landscaped as a park, allowing visitors a more scenic look around while strolling among the tombs. The only tomb whose insides are open for viewing is Cheonmachong, which exhibits how the tomb was built and what kind of burial accessories were found inside.
☞ Go to Daereungwon Tomb Complex
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Gyeongju, Capital of the Silla Kingdom for a Thousand Years

Gyeongju National Museum

The Gyeongju National Museum is home to a myriad of relics from the Silla Kingdom that were unearthed in the Gyeongju area. The museum has permanent galleries for Archeology, Art, and Anapji, and also holds special exhibitions on a regular basis. Outside are the Seongdeok Daewang Sinjong (Bell of King Seongdeok, National Treasure 29), a major bell of Korea, and many stone relics like pagodas and Buddha statues recovered from temple and palace sites.
☞ Go to Gyeongju National Museum


Haeinsa Temple

Located in Hapcheon in Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Haeinsa is one of the ‘Three Jewel Temples of Korea’ along with Songgwangsa and Tongdosa. The temple (built in 802) is also called ‘Beopbo Sachal,’ or ‘Temple of the Tripitaka Koreana’ (Buddhist scripture woodblocks). The Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks are designated a UNESCO Memory of the World, and the depositories of Janggyeong Panjeon are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the early Joseon Era, Janggyeong Panjeon was established on the most elevated grounds of Haeinsa Temple in order to provide the woodblocks with the best protection from the elements.
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☞ Go to Haeinsa Temple Janggyeongpanjeon Hall
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Cultural Heritage Sites > Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon Hall
Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana and Miscellaneous Buddhist Scriptures

Date 07/12/2011

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