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

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Suncheonman Bay

With an impression 40-kilometer coastline, Suncheonman Bay is counted among one of the world's five major coastal wetlands. Its far-reaching mudflats and reed fields unfold with a beauty beyond words and the Yongsan Observatory offers the perfect vantage point from which to take it all in. The large colony of reeds purifies the water, keeping this area as clean as it is stunning. Also onsite are walking trails and boats to view the reeds up close and a Natural Ecology Center that offers information on the mudflats and the various rare birds in the area.
☞ Go to Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park
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Seonamsa Temple

Built over 1,200 years ago, Seonamsa Temple is famous for its beautiful forest road and its arch-shaped Seungseongyo Bridge (National Treasure 400). The bridge is supported by natural rock and the section that protrudes out from the middle is sculpted in the shape of a dragon’s head, adding an extra unique element to the historic bridge. On the temple grounds are a wild green tea field and a hanok building where visitors can learn about the Korean tea ceremony.
☞ Go to Seonamsa Temple

Songgwangsa Temple

One of the three major temples of Korea, Songgwangsa has produced 16 guksa monks (‘guksa’ is the highest title a monk can receive and is reserved for those who are deemed masters). The temple has all types of educational facilities for training monks and is also visited by foreign monks who come to learn Korean Zen. There are no pagodas in front of Daeungjeon Hall, which gives the temple a larger and grander appearance; its grandeur is augmented further by the paintings of Buddha’s achievements and teachings on the outer walls. On the weekends, the temple runs a one-night, two-day temple stay program to teach visitors about daily Buddhist rituals.
☞ Go to Songgwangsa Temple


Jeonju Hanok Village [Slow City]

Jeonju Hanok Village is a cluster of 700 or so traditional hanok homes and is the largest hanok village in the world. Ten of these homes are offered as guesthouses, and many others are used as restaurants, coffee shops, museums, or hands-on workshops. The village is a place to experience living history and Korean traditional culture. It is located in Jeonju, a ‘Slow City’ known for its food, so don't forget to try the local bibimbap and hanjeongsik dishes, which are some of the most well-known Korean foods.
☞ Go to Jeonju Hanok Village
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Gochang Dolmen Museum

The dolmen relics in Gochang are the largest dolmen clusters in the world and boast a variety of shapes. The Gochang Dolmen Museum shows dolmen culture from around the world as well as the relics of the Bronze Age, other exhibits, and hands-on programs.
☞ Go to Gochang Dolmen Museum
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Jinan Maisan Provincial Park

Mt. Maisan [pronounced ma-i-san] forms two peaks in the shape of a horse's ears. The whole mountain is composed of conglomerate rock, which is quite unusual in Korea. In the mountain are Eunsusa Temple, where King Taejo, the first king of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1398), prayed for a hundred days, and Tapsa Temple which features 80 or so stone towers left in their original state. The towers have survived for more than a hundred years and are considered a mysterious testament to the power of yin and ying.
☞ Go to Maisan Provincial Park

Date 07/12/2011

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