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100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Korea

100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots

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  • Seoul5 Royal Palaces of Seoul that Hold a Special Place in Our Hearts

    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    This is the primary palace and center of Joseon’s government, named as a wish for the palace to realize great prosperity forever. Originally built in 1395 by order of Taejo (Yi Seong-gye), the founding monarch of Joseon, Gyeongbokgung Palace was burned down during the Japanese invasion of Korea (Imjin War) and rebuilt in 1867 by order of Gojong. The project to restore the palace to its former appearance began in 1991 and is expected to continue until 2045. Today’s Gyeongbokgung Palace is no longer confined to the use of one man—it is now Seoul’s most beloved historical site shared by everyone. The National Palace Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum of Korea can be found nearby. Visitors can enter the palace free of charge when wearing a hanbok, which is available for rent from shops nearby. One of the most popular additions to Gyeongbokgung Palace is the nighttime tour, which is so popular that the tickets for spring and fall are often sold out within moments of opening. The popular K-pop boy band BTS made headlines by performing at the Geunjeongjeon Hall and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion of the palace. Historic Site No. 117 (designated in January 21, 1963)

    * Major Cultural Heritage 1) Gyeongbokgung Palace (Historic Site No. 117) 2) Geunjeongjeon Hall (National Treasure No. 223) 3) Gyeonghoeru Pavilion (National Treasure No. 224) 4) Jagyeongjeon Hall (Treasure No. 809) 5) Chimney with Ten Symbols of Longevity in Relief at Jagyeongjeon Hall of Gyeongbokgung Palace (Treasure No. 810) 6) Chimneys in Amisan Garden of Gyeongbokgung Palace (Treasure No. 811) 7) Geunjeongmun Gate and Corridor of Gyeongbokgung Palace (Treasure No. 812) 8) Wind Streamer Pedestal of Gyeongbokgung Palace (Treasure No. 847)

    Deoksugung Palace
    Formerly the residence of King Gojong of Joseon, this palace reflects the historical context of modern transition in its mixture of Korean and Western architectural styles. Jeonggwanheon Hall where Gojong would receive foreign dignitaries or enjoy coffee, Seokjojeon Hall where turns out Daehan Empire History Museum nowaday, West Wing in Seokjojeon Hall where houses the Deoksugung branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art throw into relief the beauty of architecture. Gojong returned to this palace from his temporary refuge in the Russian legation in 1897. At that time, it was called Gyeongungung Palace. The palace gained its present name of Deoksugung Palace after Gojong abdicated in favor of his son Sunjong in 1907, reflecting the wish for the new emperor emeritus to have a long life in his palace. However, Gojong would eventually be poisoned by the Japanese colonial authorities on January 22, 1919, which catalyzed the March 1st Independence Movements later that year. Historic Site No. 124 (designated in January 18, 1963)

    Gyeonghuigung Palace
    While Changdeokgung Palace is the palace of the east, Gyeonghuigung Palace is the palace of the west. When the palace was completed in 1617 (9th year of Gwanghaegun), it was called Gyeongdeokgung Palace. Actually several kings handle political affairs in this palace and it was considering massive complex containing about 1,500 buildings. Today’s Gyeonghuigung Palace is considerably smaller, with only the Heunghwamun Gate, Sungjeongjeon Hall, Jajeongjeon Hall, and Taeryeongjeon Hall (home to the royal portrait of King Yeongjo) left standing. Upon Gwanghaegun’s ouster by a coup, his successor King Injo used the palace as the seat of the government as Changgyeonggung and Changgyeonggung Palaces had been burned down. The palace assumed its present name in 1760 (36th year of Yeongjo), but a great fire in 1829 (29th year of Sunjo) resulted in the loss of nearly half of the buildings in the palace. Then, it was restored in 1860 (11th year of Cheoljong), but most of the buildings were either dismantled or used as a school for Japanese colonists in the Japanese forced occupation. Kyung Sung Middle School (present-day Seoul High School) was established at the site of the palace in 1915. Thereafter, the palace was made open to the public in 1986 as a park. Gyeonghuigung Park and the Seoul Museum of History can be found at the front of the palace. Historic Site No. 271 (designated in September 16, 1980)

    Changgyeonggung Palace
    Changgyeonggung Palace was built in 1418, the first year of King Sejong, to become the third palace in Joseon after Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, which was used as the supplementary palace during the Joseon period after the former. It was burned down by the Japanese invasion force during the Imjin War and witnessed a number of tragedies in the royal family of Joseon, such as the conflict of Queen Inhyeon and Royal Consort Huibin Jang during King Sukjong’s rule and the death of Crown Prince Sado during the reign of King Yeongjo. It was reduced to a zoo by the colonial authorities during the Japanese forced occupation, with Japanese gardens and an arboretum being built over the grounds. Eventually, the palace was restored to its glory in 1987, following the efforts to purge the lingering traces of Japanese imperialism. In addition to Myeongjeongjeon Hall, the oldest of the remaining Joseon-era palatial buildings, Changgyeonggung Palace also contains structures such as Honghwamun Gate, Tongmyeongjeon Hall, Yanghwadang Hall, and Chundangji Pond. Crossing the footbridge will bring you to Jongmyo Shrine. Moreover, the Grand Greenhouse, built in 1909 (3rd year of Emperor Sunjong) as a part of the zoo built in the palace, exhibited a variety of rare plants, including ornamental plants from tropical regions. Historic Site No. 123 (designated in January 18, 1963)

    * Major Cultural Heritage 1) Honghwamun Gate (Treasure No. 384) 2) Myeongjeongmun Gate (Treasure No. 385) 3) Myeongjeongjeon Hall (National Treasure No. 226) 4) Tongmyeongjeon Hall (Treasure No. 818) 5) Okcheongyo Bridge (Treasure No. 386) 6) Grand Greenhouse (Registered Cultural Heritage No. 83)

    Changdeokgung Palace and the Secret Garden
    Taejo (Yi Seong-gye) moved the capital to Hanyang (Seoul) in 1392 and completed Jongmyo Shrine, Sajikdan Altar, and Gyeongbokgung Palace in the fourth year of his rule (1395). Changdeokgung Palace was built to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace in his fifth ruling year (1405), and the Secret Garden was completed the following year. The palace suffered from several fires but served the longest as the king’s residence for about 260 years. While Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the seat of Joseon’s government, Changdeokgung Palace served as the place of residence for the dynasty. Unlike Gyeongbokgung Palace, which has a bold and linear structure, Changdeokgung Palace was designed for harmony with the mountains nearby. It was lost to a fire set by the Japanese invasion force during the Imjin War but was soon rebuilt in 1609 (1st year of Gwanghaegun) and served thereafter as the royal residence. The palace retains its original structure relatively well and maintains the architectural characteristics of the period, leading to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is true that a visit to Changdeokgung Palace is not complete without going to its Secret Garden (Huwon: lit. rear garden). The garden is most beloved in spring when red prumusmume flowers bloom. It was used as a royal garden, banquet hall, or place for recreation for the royal family. Its alternative name, Biwon (Secret Garden), originated from the garden being used as a clandestine banquet site for Japanese colonial administrators, such as Ito Hirobumi, or the Korean collaborators serving the Japanese colonial interest. Ongnyucheon Stream and Sinseonwonjeon Hall are currently undergoing restoration and thus are closed to the public. Historic Site No. 122 (designated in January 18, 1963)

    Don’t Miss
    At the Royal Culture Festival, you have a chance to enjoy the palatial culture of Joseon. It is held in May and October in the five palaces of Seoul, Jongmyo Shrine, and Sajikdan Altar. It includes programs that recreate life in the Joseon-era palace, such as resting in the palace, following the footsteps of King Jeongjo by engaging in writing or art in Jipbokheon Hall of Changgyeonggung Palace, and witnessing the beauty of the moon by joining the Moonlight Tour. The festival even operates a YouTube channel with English subtitles. Night tours in Changgyeonggung Palace and Deoksugung Palace are also available throughout the festival period except on Mondays.

    Tourist Information

    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Web Page
    Gyeongbokgung Palace: royalpalace.go.kr
    Palace Guide: palaceguide.or.kr
    The Rediscovery of Korea: rekor.or.kr
    Available Hours
    January–February, November–December, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entrance 4:00 p.m.)
    March–May, September–October, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entrance 5:00 p.m.)
    June–August, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (last entrance 5:30 p.m.)
    * Opening hours may be subject to change.
    * Closed every Tuesday
    Fee
    Individual (ages 25–64) KRW 3,000
    Group KRW 2,400 (50% discount for residents of Jongno-gu)
    * Free entrance for visitors with disabilities, patriots and veterans, and visitors wearing hanbok
    * Free entrance for individuals eligible for concession prices according to relevant regulations, including the Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities and the Act on the Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons of Distinguished Service to the State
    * Free entrance for individuals who are guiding tourist groups while wearing their Tourist Guide or Cultural Tourism Interpreter license IDs
    * Free entrance for armed forces members who are in uniform
    * Free entrance for cultural Heritage Committee members and expert members
    * Culture Day (last Wednesday of the month) and others. For more details, please refer to the web page.
    Others
    Manual wheelchair rental is free of charge.
    An audio guide device and PDA rental are available at the ticket box.
    A sloped path is available in the pavilion.
    Service dogs are allowed on premise.
    Baby changing stations are available in the lactation room and standard restrooms.
    A lactation room is available (women’s restroom at Heungnyemun Gate and parking lot).
    How to Get There
    Use the elevator at exit 4 of Seoul Subway Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Station, and then use the low-floor bus at Gyeongbokgung Station bus stop.
    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental


    Deoksugung Palace
    Web Page deoksugung.go.kr
    Available Hours 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (last ticket purchase 8:00 p.m., exit 9:00 p.m.)
    * Closed on Mondays
    Fee Individual KRW 1,000, group KRW 800 (50% discount for residents of Jung-gu, documentation required)
    * Separate reservations required for Seokjojeon Hall, Daehan Empire History and Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Deoksugung Palace
    * Free entrance for visitors aged 6 years and below, 65 years and above
    * Free entrance for visitors who are wearing a hanbok
    * Free entrance for individuals eligible for concession prices according to relevant regulations, including Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities and Act on the Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons of Distinguished Service to the State
    * Free entrance for armed forces members who are in uniform
    * Free entrance for cultural Heritage Committee members and expert members
    * Culture Day (last Wednesday of the month) and others. For more details, please refer to the web page.
    ※ Please make sure to present your certification and receive the free tickets at the ticket booth.
    Others
    A sloped path is installed at pavilions located along the tour route.
    A barrier-free restroom is available (left side of Seokjojeon Hall and Jeonggwanheon Hall)
    A manual wheelchair is available (3).
    Baby stroller rental is available (4, next to Information Center).
    A barrier-free ticket booth is available.
    How to Get There Use the elevator at exit 2 of Seoul Subway Line 1 and 2 City Hall Station, or disembark at Deoksugung Palace bus stop.
    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / services for visitors with auditory impairment / baby stroller rental


    Gyeonghuigung Palace
    Available Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed on January 1 and Sunday)
    Others
    Fee-free
    A sloped path is available, but the incline tends to be steep.
    A visitor help bell is offered.
    How to Get There By an accessible low-floor bus (disembark at Seoul Museum of History [Gyeonggyojang] bus stop)
    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / services for visitors with visual impairment / services for visitors with auditory impairment


    Changgyeonggung Palace
    Web Page cgg.cha.go.kr
    Available Hours 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (last ticket purchase 8:00 p.m., closed on Mondays)
    Parking 33 spots available
    Fee Individual KRW 1,00; group KRW 800
    * Free entrance for visitors aged 6 years and below and those 65 years and above (documentation is required)
    * Free entrance for visitors wearing hanbok
    * Free entrance for individuals eligible for concession prices according to relevant regulations, including Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities and Act on the Honorable Treatment of and Support for Persons of Distinguished Service to the State
    Others
    Braille promotional materials and signboards are offered.
    Braille guides are available at the ticket booth.
    A sloped path is installed at pavilions located along the tour route.
    A baby changing station is available in the lactation room and women’s restroom next to Honghwamun Gate, Gwancheondae Observatory, and Grand Greenhouse.
    There is a lactation room on the right side of Honghwamun Gate. Visitors are required to place a request at the management office, as the room is locked when not in use.
    A baby changing station, baby crib, and sofa are available.
    Baby stroller rental is available (4, information booth at left side of Honghwamun Gate).
    Wheelchair rental is available (3, information booth).
    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / stroller rental


    Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden
    Web Page cdg.go.kr
    Available Hours
    Palace
    February–May, September–October, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entrance at 5:00 p.m.)
    June–August, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (last entrance at 5:30 p.m.)
    November–January, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (last entrance at 6:30 p.m.)
    Secret Garden
    February–November, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last entrance at 3:30 p.m.)
    March–May, Sep–Oct, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (last entrance at 4:00 p.m.)
    June–August, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entrance at 4:30 p.m.)
    December–January, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last entrance at 3:00 p.m.)
    * Closed on Mondays
    * Admission to Secret Garden is limited. Visitors must be accompanied by a tour guide.
    Fee
    Palace
    Adult (25–64 years of age) KRW 3,000, Child (under 24 years of age) free of charge (excluding foreigners) / Group KRW 2,400
    * 50% discount for Jongno-gu residents (identification is required)
    * For information on groups eligible for free entrance, please refer to the official web page of Changdeokgung Palace.
    Secret Garden
    Adult (19–24 years old) KRW 5,000, Adult (25–64 years old) KRW 8,000, Child (7–18 years old) KRW 2,500 / Group KRW 7,400
    * Secret Garden’s adult ticket includes palace admissions.
    * Free of charge for children under 6 years of age, visitors with disabilities, patriots and veterans
    * 50% discount for Jongno-gu residents (identification is required)
    Others
    A sloped path is installed at pavilions located along the tour route.
    A baby changing station is available at the lactation room and women’s restroom at the Donhwamun Gate (Nakseonjae Complex restrooms).
    The lactation room (restroom across Nakseonjae Complex) includes facilities such as a baby changing station, washbasin, microwave oven, water cooler, and sofa.
    Baby stroller rental is available (10, information booth on the left of Donhwamun Gate).
    Wheelchair rental is offered (6, information booth).
    Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (2, left side of Donhwamun Gate).
    An emergency bell is installed in all three barrier-free restrooms (Donhwamun Gate, Nakseonjae Complex, Buyongjeong Pavilion).
    How to Get There Use the elevator at exit 6 of Seoul Subway Line 3 Anguk Station, or disembark at Changdeokgung Palace bus stop.
    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental


    • Gyeongbokgung Palace 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-3700-3900 Deoksugung Palace 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul / +82-2-771-9951, +82-2-751-0753(Seokjojeon Hall) Gyeonghuigung Palace 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-724-0274 Changgyeonggung Palace 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-762-4868 Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-3668-2300
  • SeoulA Hangout for the Youth: Hongik University (Hongdae) Street

    The streets of Hongdae are lined with shops, designer brand ateliers, quirky collections, bookstores, galleries, cafés, and restaurants. It is a never-ending festival of buskers and performers who make their home in streets famous for murals, clubs, and other themes. Visitors in Hongdae are never tourists; they are a part of the neighborhood’s artistic community and its grand outdoor market of culture. Is it any wonder that many of Korea’s art markets have their roots in Hongdae? Nowhere else in Korea can be this constantly charming with its powerful youth and trends pulsating with senses and dynamism. Daytime is for quirky shops, but when the sun comes down, clubs and bars light up to welcome the youth.

    Don’t Miss
    Yeonnam-dong is a neighborhood located near Donggyo-dong Samgeori from Exit 3 of Hongik University Station. It was once a haven of 24/7 restaurants catering to taxi drivers, but today’s Yeonnam-dong is a vibrant neighborhood of colorful shops, cafés, and restaurants. Culinary cosmopolitans will rejoice in many of the neighborhood’s restaurants serving the finest from every corner of the world. They bloom like flowers along the Gyeongui Line Forest Park, also known as “Yeontral Park.”

    How to Get There
    Hongik University Main Gate can be reached in 7–8 min on foot from Exit 9 of Hongik University Station, Seoul Subway Line 2, AREX, and Gyeongui–Jungang Line.

    Tourist Information
    Web Page mapo.go.kr/site/culture/content/culture010204


    • 20, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-323-2240
  • SeoulA Renaissance in a Historic Palace: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA: Seosomun Main Building)

    SeMA is housed in a former court building with an arched entrance and a brown tile façade. The building is an immaculate example of the 1920s façade, making its historic value in architecture considerable. Originally built as the Hanseong Court in 1895, it was renamed as Gyeongseong Regional Court during the Japanese forced occupation and hosted the Supreme Court of Korea after the liberation. After the Supreme Court’s relocation in 1995, it became the home of Seoul’s premier art museum. Today’s SeMA serves as a systematic collector and repository of art, which is brought to the public with interesting feature exhibitions. There are 6 exhibition spaces located throughout its three-story building, with 1 exhibition hall housing 32 out of the 93 pieces donated by artist Chun Kyung-ja since 2002. Other on-site facilities include lecture halls, seminar rooms, a museum hall, and a cafeteria.
    *Exhibitions can only be accessed with reservations in line with SARS-CoV-2 regulations in the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area.

    Don’t Miss
    While you’re in the area, we recommend that you check out the nearby Jeongdong-gil, which retains the classical heart of Seoul with buildings such as SeMA, Jeongdong Theater, and Chungdong First Methodist Church. Discover the sculptures located throughout the neighborhood, and look far and wide to see the charming stone fences.

    How to Get There
    7–10 min by foot from Exit 2 of City Hall Station and Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 2

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / services for visitors with auditory impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental / sign language interpreter

    Tourist Information
    Web page sema.seoul.go.kr
    Available Hours
    Summer (March–October) 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, before 7:00 p.m.)
    Winter (November–February) 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, before 6:00 p.m.)
    * Last admission is 1 hr before closing time
    * Closed every Monday and January 1
    * Museum night event: Extended closing on the second and final Wednesday of the month (before 10:00 p.m.)
    Parking Public transportation is recommended given limited parking space.
    Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (two outdoor parking spaces).
    Fee Depends on the exhibition
    Audio Guide An audio guide is available (front desk at the first-floor exhibition space).
    Others
    A baby changing station is available (within the lactation room, first floor restrooms, and the children’s playroom on the first floor).
    A lactation room is available (within the first-floor playroom).
    Braille blocks, a barrier-free elevator, and staff assistance are available.


    • 61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-2124-8800
  • SeoulThe Most Charming Picture of Seoul at Night: Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

    The unique silhouette of DDP, often compared to a spaceship that has landed on earth, underlines a venue of dreams, design, and play that has hosted numerous exhibitions, fashion shows, product presentations, forums, and conferences since its opening on March 21, 2014. It includes cultural spaces such as the Art Hall, DDP Design Museum, Oullim Square, and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. The Art Hall has hosted major events such as Seoul Fashion Week, MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition, and BMW product launch. The Design Museum has hosted exhibitions on themes ranging from Korean boy band BTS to the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. D-Forest lounge was established in 2019 to allow everyone to become a designer, while the Design Lab includes a souvenir shop in the form of the DDP Design Store. Design Market hosts cafés, restaurants, and bakeries for all visitors.

    Don’t Miss
    DDP is perhaps best known for its nighttime photography, which has generated a considerable following in social media. Its designer, British–Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, focused on “the dynamism of the Dongdaemun area, which is in a state of constant flux from the early morning to late at night” using a unique architectural language of curved and oblique lines and surfaces, all connected in a continuum without any joints. The entrance to Oullim Square is often said to be the best place to do nighttime photography of the structure.

    How to Get There
    Exit 1 of the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and Seoul Subway Lines 2, 4, and 5 connect to the Design Lab and Design Museum. Exit 2 connects to the first-floor entrance of the Design Lab.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page ddp.or.kr
    Available Hours Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
    Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (15 slots).
    Fee Free entry for visitors (events and experience programs may have different fees)
    Access Braille blocks and a barrier-free elevator are available.
    Others
    A lactation room is available (first floor, Design Lab).
    Baby stroller rental is available and free of charge (Information Center, second underground floor).
    Wheelchair rental is available and free of charge (Information Center, second underground floor).


    • 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-2153-0000
  • SeoulGet in Touch with the Korean People’s Love for Festivities: Lotte World

    Lotte World Adventure, a massive indoor amusement park connected to a subway station, department store, and hotel, was opened to the public on July 12, 1989. Many of its attractions, including The Conquistador, the French Revolution rollercoaster, the Flume Ride, and the Camelot Carousel, were a part of the opening fare. Magic Island, an outdoor lake park, was added in 1990. Moreover, massive rides were added, such as the Gyro Drop in 1998. According to an article from Sports Seoul in 2019, the cumulative distance covered by its daily parades for the last 30 years reached 8,760 km (400 m per parade, twice a day), one-quarter of the Earth’s circumference. The distance covered by the French Revolution rollercoaster is 100,871 km, equivalent to a twice-and-a-half round trip of the Earth. The Conquistador served 87.5 million people, the highest record of any attraction in Korea.

    Don’t Miss
    Lotte World Ice Rink shows different faces day and night for visitors, accentuated by the festive lights of the theme park and the joyful atmosphere of the parade. The Folk Museum offers exhibitions and dioramas depicting life in Korea from the Paleolithic period to the Japanese forced occupation and hosts traditional craft experiences as well.

    How to Get There
    2 min by foot from Exit 4 of Jamsil Station, Seoul Subway Line 2

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page lotteworld.com
    Available Hours 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., nighttime 4:00 p.m. onward
    * Closing times differ for each weekday. Please check the amusement park’s web page before visiting.
    * Open throughout the year (Magic Island attractions may close because of weather conditions / rides may be suspended or undergo maintenance independent of the weather)
    Fee
    Park and Museum Pass (Lotte World + Folk Museum) 1 day
    Adult: KRW 59,000 / Youth: KRW 52,000 / Child: KRW 47,000 / Baby: KRW 15,000
    Park and Museum Pass (Lotte World + Folk Museum) Entry after 4:00 p.m.
    Adult: KRW 48,000 / Youth: KRW 42,000 / Child: KRW 36,000 / Baby: KRW 15,000
    Park Ticket (Lotte World) 1 day
    Adult: KRW 56,000 / Youth: KRW 50,000 / Child: KRW 46,000 / Baby: KRW 15,000
    Park Ticket (Lotte World) Entry after 4:00 p.m.
    Adult: KRW 45,000 / Youth: KRW 40,000 / Child: KRW 35,000 / Baby: KRW 15,000
    * Special price offers
    Visitors with disabilities / patriots and veterans / armed forces members on leave / pregnant women / Dadungi Happy Card holders
    Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (shared between Lotte Mart and Lotte World visitors).
    Access Multiple entrances and a barrier-free entrance are available.
    Others
    Baby stroller rental is available (requires fees, 300 strollers for babies under 36 months old, KRW 3,000 rental fee and KRW 10,000 deposit).
    Wheelchair rental is available (10 wheelchairs, KRW 10,000 deposit).


    • 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
    • 1661-2000
  • SeoulSeoul’s Premier Dating Spot for the Ages: N Seoul Tower

    N Seoul Tower is a landmark of Seoul, one of its most recognizable sights for the last 40 years, and a beloved date spot of its people. Its fences are lined with numerous padlocks, each bearing a vow of unchanging love. Buses and cable cars offer an accessible route to the top of the Namsan Mountain. Namsan Circulation Buses connect nearby subway stations such as Dongguk University Station with Namsan Mountain. Other than scenic views from beloved sites such as the Proposal Staircase, roof terrace, and observation deck, the area also hosts Ryan Cheezzzball Adventure, Game Plaza, and other activities. If you’re preparing for a special event, you should check out the restaurants and cafés on-site, including the French restaurant n.GRILL.

    Don’t Miss
    Namsan Cable Car is an equally beloved and romantic spot for many couples. This 600 m–long cable car service has been operating for more than 50 years, having opened in 1962, and connects the stations at Hoehyeon-dong and Yejang-dong with a 3 min one-way trip at 3.2 m/s. Visitors can access the terminal from Myeongdong Station by foot in 7–8 min, or they can opt to take shuttle buses from Exit 1 of Myeongdong Station or Seoul Station’s Seoul Square bus stop to the parking lot.

    How to Get There
    About 40 min on foot from the staircase (next to Seoul Education Research & Information Institute) to Palgakjeong
    About 30 min by foot from the entrance of the Southern Circulation Road in front of Namsan Public Library to N Seoul Tower
    About 40 min by foot when walking along the Southern Circulation Road from the ticket booth at the National Theater of Korea (30 min when using the right-hand staircase from the Southern Circulation Road)
    15 min from Exit 5 of the Seoul Subway Line 4 Myeongdong Station, moving straight to Hoehyeon Sageori, turning left, using the escalators to access the cable car terminal, and taking the cable car service
    15 min from Exit 2 of Chungmuro Station, Seoul Subway Lines 3 and 4, proceeding straight to the bus stop, and taking Circulation Bus 02 to N Seoul Tower
    10 min from Exit 6 of Dongguk University Station, Seoul Subway Line 3, moving toward Jangchung Gymnasium, turning right at the Sageori, proceeding along the Jangchungdan Park, and taking the buses Circulation 02 or 04 to N Seoul Tower

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page seoultower.co.kr
    Available Hours Monday–Friday 12:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 pm
    * Namsan Cable Car is available at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (operations may be extended on Friday, Saturday, and holidays).
    Fee Adult: KRW 16,000 / Children: KRW 11,000 for entry to observation deck (N Seoul Tower T5, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
    Namsan Cable Car
    Adult round trip: KRW 13,000 / Adult one-way: KRW 10,000 / Children round trip: KRW 9,500 / Children one-way: KRW 7,000
    Parking Parking spaces are available for drivers with disabilities (registered vehicles can proceed to N Seoul Tower parking lot).
    Others
    Ticket free of charge for visitors under 36 months old (limited to 1 visitor per 1 guardian, children’s fare applied for kindergarten groups)
    A lactation room is available (fifth floor).
    Barrier-free restrooms are available (first, second, fourth, fifth floors, T5).


    • 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-3455-9277
  • Seoul“A Nation That Forgets Its Past has No Future.”: Seodaemun Prison History Hall

    Seodaemun Prison was originally built as Gyeongseong Prison by the Japanese colonial authorities in 1908 as part of their campaign against the Korean Empire. The brutal repression of independence activists led to many being jailed, resulting in the construction of the Gongdeok-dong prison. Gyeongseong Prison changed its name multiple times over its life. When Seoul Detention Center relocated to Uiwang, Gyeonggi-do, the complex containing the office building, prison buildings, engineering works, and execution building was left behind. The prison was then reopened as a history hall on August 15, 1992, as part of Seodaemun Independence Park, along with Dongnimmun Gate, March 1st Declaration of Independence Monument, and the Patriot Martyrs Monument. Seodaemun Prison was changed to Seodaemun Prison History Hall in 1998, with its three prison buildings and the execution building designated as Historic Site 324 of Korea. The prison is built as a panopticon; the cells holding the participants to the March 1st Independence Movement fan out from the watch building to maximize surveillance and control.

    Don’t Miss
    For a genuine feel of the message cast by this historic site, visitors are recommended to brush up on its history and context through the guides and leaflets on the Seodaemun Prison History Hall app or home page.

    How to Get There
    50 m by foot from Exit 5 of Dongnimmun Station, Seoul Subway Line 3
    Take Jongno 5 Green Bus from Exit 3 of Seodaemun Station, Seoul Subway Line 5, and disembark at Dongnimmun Station Exit 3
    When using the bus service, disembark at Dongnimmun Station or Hansung Science High School

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / services for visitors with auditory impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page sphh.sscmc.or.kr
    Available Hours
    Summer (March–October) 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Winter (November–February) 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    * Last entry is 30 min before closing.
    * Closed every Monday (Tuesday, if the Monday of the week is a public holiday), January 1, Seollal, and Chuseok
    Fee
    Adult: KRW 3,000 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 1,500 / Children: KRW 1,000
    Group standard: KRW 2,400 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 1,200 / Children: KRW 800
    * Free entry for visitors below the age of 6, above the age of 65, visitors with disabilities, patriots, and veterans (must present certificate)
    * Armed forces concessions are limited to personnel in uniform (including the police service) below the rank of Sergeant.
    * 50% discount for residents of Seodaemun (must present identification) and students attending schools in the area (elementary, middle school, high school; discount is not cumulative)
    * 20% discount for visitors who present tickets to Seodaemun Museum of Natural History (only limited to individual visitors)
    Experience Programs Student Field Trip
    Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (three slots in the Independence Park parking lot).
    Entrance Outdoor pathways are barrier-free and flat, but all exhibition spaces within the prison building require mobile lifts, as they all have staircases at the entrance. Inter-floor movement is impossible for the underground floor and second floor within the exhibition hall.
    Access A sloped path is available (approximately 6°).
    Guide Staff On-site throughout the opening hours
    Others
    A baby changing station is available (within restrooms).
    Wheelchair rental is available (two electronic wheelchairs in the electronic wheelchair storage, three manual wheelchairs in the baby stroller storage).
    Magnifiers are available (2).
    Mobility aid is available (2).
    An emergency light, escape route guide, and hearing aid are available (1).
    Braille blocks are available (main entrance staircase, restrooms).
    A barrier-free restroom is available (with an emergency signal device).
    A service dog is allowed on premise.


    • 251, Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-360-8590
  • SeoulAnyway, Here’s a Hanok Neighborhood: Ikseon-dong

    Back in the early 2000s, Ikseon-dong’s collection of hanok buildings were in danger of demolition because they were modified hanoks built as residential houses rather than traditional ones. This all changed in 2008 when Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its plan to preserve the hanok buildings in the city. Since its designation as a Hanok Heritage Preservation area in 2018, Ikseon-dong became a center of Seoul’s newtro (new and retro) boom, a gate in time where narrow alleyways crisscross through the neighborhood of quirky cafés, restaurants, bookstores, arcades, beer halls, accessory shops, and photography studios. Today’s Ikseon-dong exemplifies Albert Einstein’s famous quote, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” The heritage of the past is used to capture the hope of the future by the creative minds of today.

    Don’t Miss
    Each small door in the neighborhood opens to a surprise, and each store reflects a balancing act between trendy refinement and unabashed playfulness. Interesting exhibitions pop up in unlikely places and even in arcades, beer halls, cafés, and photography studios. Cosmetics and fashion brands scramble to open their flagship stores. The most famous of them can be found at Supyo-ro 28-gil.

    How to Get There
    9–10 min by foot from Exit 6 of Jongno 3-ga Station, Seoul Subway Lines 1, 3, and 5, proceeding toward Jongno Community Service Center or ibis Ambassador Hotel Alternative routes can be found toward Nagwon Instrument Arcade or Donhwamun-ro 11-gil.

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.jongno.go.kr/tour/main/contents.do?menuNo=110753


    • Ikseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-2148-1114
  • SeoulThe True Face of Seoul the Metropolis: COEX (Starfield)

    A library with towering bookcases located right in the middle of a shopping mall? This unlikely picture is the face of Starfield COEX Mall. Starfield Library is a cultural space where reading and thought meet famous figures in Korean culture and art. As one of the most recognizable shopping malls in Korea, Starfield COEX Mall has nearly 320 brand shops catering to everything from beauty to fashion and lifestyle, 100 restaurants and cafés, exhibition spaces, hotels, a Megabox theater, and the Youngpoong Bookstore.

    Don’t Miss
    Halfway between the subway station and Starfield COEX Mall lies SMTOWN@coexartium, a theme park that has become a veritable pilgrimage site for K-pop fans. Under the idea of a physical space where one meets one’s favorite celebrities, SMTOWN@coexartium offers merchandise emblazoned with K-pop artists, accessories designed by celebrities, and a café that screens the performances of K-pop’s most recognizable names. The first sense of wonder comes when the day seemingly passes quickly inside studios involved in music videos and hologram concerts; the second sense of wonder comes when one realizes that one was never bored.

    How to Get There
    5–10 min by foot when using the underground passage connected to Exit 6 of Samseong Station, Seoul Subway Line 2
    13 m from Exit 7 of Bongeunsa Station, Seoul Subway Line 9, 2–5 min by foot

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page starfield.co.kr/coexmall
    Available Hours 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    * Open throughout the year


    • 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
    • +82-2-6002-5300
  • IncheonFor the Active and Adventurous: Yeongjongdo Island

    Yeongjongdo Island is the sixth-largest island in Korea, formed from the six smaller islands of Yeongjongdo, Yongyudo, Sammokdo, Sinbuldo, and others. Nearly half the present area of Yeongjongdo Island was established through the land reclamation project. The 45 km–long coastal road that circles the island is beloved by cyclists for its gentle and flat slope, which led to the bike trails around the island. In May 2021, some sections of the 16 km–long bike trail were opened to the public. Yeongjongdo Island is also known for its expansive fish market that is full of fresh catch from the West Sea. Olive flounder, rockfish, and crab are popular here, and many visitors often choose to enjoy them raw right after purchase.

    Don’t Miss
    Yonggungsa Temple makes its home in Baegunsan Mountain. The road to the temple is famous for its mysterious and serene forest, while the nearby areas feature a coastal cliff and cave formations shaped by the waves over millennia. Yonggungsa Temple’s wish rock is a popular pilgrimage site for those preparing for exams, and the temple’s sprawling Zelkova tree, Designated City Monument 9 of Incheon Metropolitan City, is estimated to be around a thousand years old. Baegunsan Mountain’s peak offers a great view of the Incheon International Airport.

    How to Get There
    Take the Green Bus 4 from a bus stop 250 m away from Exit 1 of Yeongjong Station, AREX, and disembark at Yonggungsa Temple Entrance. 7 min by foot to Yeongjongdo Island

    Tourist Information
    Web page yeongjong-do.co.kr


    • Yeongjongdo Island, Jung-gu, Incheon
  • IncheonTrace the Strands of Jajangmyeon’s History: Incheon Chinatown

    Incheon’s Chinatown is a settlement founded by the Chinese diaspora and their descendants in 1884. It served as a focal point of the Chinese diaspora in Korea until the beginning of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. More than 90% of today’s 1,000 Chinese residents in the neighborhood hold Taiwanese citizenship. In addition, Incheon’s Chinatown is home to many dishes that established themselves as enduring favorites in Korean–Chinese cuisine spearheaded by jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce), a dish said to have been created at Gonghwachun, a restaurant that opened in 1912. Street vendors and shops sell dumplings, moon cakes, and fortune cookies that are perfect for snacking before heading to nearby sights such as Jajangmyeon Museum, The Incheon Museum Modern, and Incheon Station. Jajangmyeon Museum was built out of Gonghwachun’s building in 2012 (Registered Cultural Heritage 246), an exhibition dedicated to everything related to the iconic dish.

    Don’t Miss
    Incheon was the center of trade in Korea’s modern history. Enjoy Chinatown’s food first and walk along the Incheon Open Port. The streets lead to prominent landmarks in finance, rail, and postal service during that period, such as the Modern Architecture Exhibition Hall, Incheon Open Port Museum, and the former 18th Bank of Japan building. Install the smart tourism application “Incheon Easy” to get access to a plethora of features, such as augmented reality (AR) tour guides, artificial intelligence (AI) recommendations, MY PASS, NFC payments, and 1330 SMS chat. You can even map out paths and look up information on tourist sites.

    How to Get There
    10 min by foot from Exit 1 of Incheon Station, Seoul Subway Line 1, crossing toward Incheon Station Sageori and proceeding straight from Ha, Incheon Precinct

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page ic-chinatown.co.kr
    Guiding Devices Guiding devices are installed along movement routes.
    Parking Public parking spaces and parking for visitors with disabilities are available (29 slots).
    Access The uneven road may present mobility problems for wheelchairs (8° slope at the entrance).
    Others
    The public restroom is available at the Community Service Center (weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., weekends and holidays 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).
    Wheelchair rental is available and free of charge (10 slots).
    A service dog is allowed on premise.


    • Chinatown-ro 59beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
    • +82-32-777-1330
  • IncheonThings That are Only Visible When Walking: Gangwha Old Town Story Walk

    Following the Gangwha Old Town Story Walk is a comprehensive lesson on the island’s history, industry, and religion. It extrapolates from the story of an island to its impact on the modern history of Korea. About 2 hr are needed to visit the sites and listen to the stories in this 2.6 km–long walking tour starting from the Simdo Textile factory site, the symbol of Ganghwado Island’s heyday and the site of the Korean Catholic church’s intervention for the laborers, to Ganghwa Anglican Church, a church built in a hanok; a 700-year-old ginkgo tree; Ihwa Gyeonjik Fence Road, which tells the story of Ganghwa’s textile factories; Joyang Bangjik, a former textile factory turned into a café; Ganghwa Central Methodist Church, the center of Ganghwa’s resistance against Japanese imperialism; and Sochang Experience Hall, a place to experience the history of the island’s textile industries.

    Don’t Miss
    We recommend the Ganghwa Story Tour, which is a ride around the Outer Wall of Ganghwa Fortress on an environmentally friendly e-bike. It is a great way to explore the history and sites in Ganghwaeupseong Walled Town, such as the Goryeo Palace Site, Ganghwahyanggyo Confucian School, Yongheunggung Palace, and the historic Yeonmudang. In addition to an interesting and accessible tour of the area’s history, one even gets some exercise out of it.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 10A, 27, 54, 88, 96, or 902 from Ganghwa Terminal toward Ganghwa Anglican Church, and disembark at Ganghwa Supermarket, Suhyup, Jungang Market, and Ganghwa Police Station bus stop (shortest distance to the church when disembarking at Ganghwa Supermarket bus stop at 372 m). 6 min by foot

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.ganghwa.go.kr/open_content/tour/trip/storywalk.jsp


    • 10, Gwancheong-gil 27beon-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
    • +82-32-930-3124
  • IncheonIn the Pulsating Heart of Life at Sea: Sorae Port

    Incheon’s Sorae Port is a quick and lovely destination for a day trip from Seoul. Deep and blue seas, fishing boats’ lights illuminating the waves, seagulls, the lively sound of the fish market, and fresh seafood present an idyllic picture of a bustling port. Sorae Port is one of the few traditional fishing ports left in the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area and made its name with shrimp, swimming crab, and salted seafood. A recent addition to the port is the Shrimp Tower, a small observation tower in the form of a shrimp. It is connected to a walking trail, and an on-site elevator brings visitors to a view of the sea and port. Sorae Port’s fish market was reborn in a brand-new building after the 2017 fire. Outside the two-story–tall building lies many street vendors who beckon the hungry with their clean and inviting appearance.

    Don’t Miss
    The fish market has an underground floor and 2 aboveground floors with nearly 300 restaurants specializing in sliced raw fish and 340 shops specializing in seafood. The second floor, in particular, features restaurants that serve seafood purchased from the market below. There is even a children’s café. The Shrimp tower is 21 m tall and is ideal for small groups.

    How to Get There
    From Seoul Subway Line 1 Incheon Station, take Subway Line 1 and transfer to Suin–Bundang Line toward Sinpo Station. Disembark at Soraepogu Station. Walk 852 m from Exit 2. Approximately 40 min from Incheon Station to Soraepogu Station

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page sorae-pogu.co.kr
    Parking Public restrooms and public parking lots are available in Sorae Port fish market and the sliced raw fish center.
    Others
    An elevator is available.
    Braille blocks are available (restroom, elevator).


    • 2-6, Pogu-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon
  • IncheonA City of the Future Surrounded by the Sea: Songdo Central Park

    This artificial island is the new symbol of Korean urban elegance. All buildings and structures in the area undergo a stringent review process that includes urban landscaping and design, resulting in the entire city resembling an outdoor art installation. Visitors of Songdo mention feeling like stepping into a city of the future, and when one sees the Waterfront helmed by the iconic Tri-Bowl, one can understand why Songdo is hailed as the cutting edge of contemporary architecture. A five-star hanok hotel ‘Gyeongwonjae’ located near Songdo Central Park Station adds to the elegance of the area. A harmony of business and residential areas, saturated with parks, leisure facilities, and art and culture—this is the city of tomorrow that we all dreamed of.

    Don’t Miss
    If one has to choose the highlight in a visit to Songdo Central Park, one must certainly choose its view at night. The panoramic view of the skyscrapers, lakes, and parks is simply gorgeous. Art and cultural sensibilities abound, and water transportation such as boats, canoes, and water taxis coexist with footbaths, floor fountains, Tokkiseom Island, and Edge Square’s media wall. One cannot find the time to be bored when visiting Songdo.

    How to Get There
    15 min by foot from Incheon Subway Line 1 Central Park Station, Exit 3, to Songdo Central Park
    30 min by car from Incheon International Airport to Songdo Central Park
    About 1 hr by car from Seoul to Songdo Central Park

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page insiseol.or.kr/institution_guidance/central_park/index.asp
    Available Hours
    Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Fee
    Payment is required for Dalbit Park Stadium, the performance hall (indoor sports hall), the futsal field, the little league baseball stadium, and photography and video filming (KRW 30,000–400,000).
    Others
    An elevator is available (exit to the outside).
    Braille blocks are available (restroom, elevator).


    • 160, Convensia-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
    • +82-32-837-4753
  • Gyeonggi-doFrom the Pinnacle of Joseon-Era Architecture: Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

    Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site constructed during the reign of King Jeongjo of Joseon as part of the relocation of his father Crown Prince Sado’s tomb to Suwon. The fortress mostly retains its original appearance. Its most popular site is Yongyeon, which offers a view of a lake and a lonely island dug below a dragon-shaped rock. Seojangdae is located at the summit of Paldalsan Mountain, where one has a full view of the city of Suwon. Next, Hyowon’s Bell is a short walk away, and visitors can try striking the bell for a small fee. Hwaseong Fortress was selected as the site of the government’s smart tourism city project in 2021.

    Don’t Miss
    Haenggung-dong is a great place to see the lives of people during the Joseon period. However, today’s Haenggung-dong is more famous for its café street. Suwon Haenggung Street has numerous small workshops, cafés, and shops nestled along alleyways and murals. Haenggung Palace itself has gained a new neighbor in SIMA (Suwon IPark Museum of Art).

    * Status of Suwon Hwaseong Special Tourist Zone (designated in 2016)
    Scope | Paldalsan Mountain - Jangan Park - Yeonmudae - Paldalmun Market areas, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
    Land area | 1.83 km2

    * Facilities in Suwon Hwaseong Special Tourist Zone
    Janganmun Gate, Paldalmun Gate, Changnyongmun Gate, Hwaseomun Gate, Northwest Watchtower, Northeast Pavilion and Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion, Buksumun Gate, Hwahongmun Gate, Southeast Pavilion, East Turret No. 3, East Sentry Post No. 2, etc.

    How to Get There
    Taking the East Suwon IC is quicker when arriving via expressways.
    Visitors are recommended to take a bus from Suwon Station, Seoul Subway Line 1, or Gwanggyo Station, Shinbundang Line.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities

    Tourist Information
    Web page swcf.or.kr


    • 780, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-228-4672
  • Gyeonggi-doA Meaningful and Fun Trip Through Time: Korean Folk Village

    Korean Folk Village was established in 1974 to introduce the traditional culture, lifestyle, and customs of Korea. Take a trip through time by taking part in traditional plays and festivals, having crafts and games through experience programs, and seeing the new side of the village through nighttime admissions and special performances. Walk around the old village recreated from the Joseon era, and experience the flair of the Korean folk in nongak (farming music) performances and traditional marriage events. During traditional holidays like Seollal or Jeongwol Daeboreum, visitors can participate in seasonal customs, while experience programs like Madangguk theater and Joseon-era painting are available throughout the year.

    Don’t Miss
    Nighttime admission at Korean Folk Village allows visitors to enjoy the view of the Korean Folk Village at night, which is said to be more beautiful than during the day. LED performances and media art blend seamlessly into the village’s traditional beauty. Walk along the Jigokcheon Stream and take a photo with the moon’s reflection in the background. Rides such as the merry-go-round, pirate ship, and bumper car are near the food trucks at the Play Village, while the Market Village offers traditional fare from the Eight Provinces of Korea in a faithfully recreated Joseon-era market street.

    How to Get There
    Take airport bus A8877 from Incheon International Airport.
    Take Bus 5001-1 (Red Bus) from Sinnonhyeon Station or 1560 (Red Bus) from Gangnam Station, and disembark at Folk Village Entrance.
    Disembark at Seoul Subway Line 1 Suwon Station, Bundang Line Jukjeon Station, or Sanggal Station.
    When using the free shuttle bus service between Korean Folk Village and Suwon Station, go to the back of Exit 4 to find the bus stop for the shuttle bus service.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page koreanfolk.co.kr
    Available Hours Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Weekends and holidays: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    * Opening hours may vary according to nighttime admissions in summer and other seasonal factors. Please visit the official home page of the Folk Village for up-to-date hours.
    Fee
    Adult: KRW 25,000 / Free Pass: KRW 30,000
    Adolescent: KRW 22,000 / Free Pass: KRW 27,000
    Child: KRW 20,000 / Free Pass: KRW 24,000
    Others
    A lactation room and baby changing station are available.
    Baby stroller rental is available with payment (KRW 2,000 rental fee and KRW 1,000 deposit).
    Wheelchair rental is available (free of charge, KRW 10,000 deposit).
    A service dog is allowed on premise.


    • 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-288-0000
  • Gyeonggi-doAttractions, Safaris, Festivals, and Water Parks: The Ever Lovable Everland, Yongin

    Everland began in 1976 as a collection of nine rides and a zoo. Back then, lions in the Safari World roamed the area freely, and most of the land was an orchard. The addition of a Safari Bus allowed the visitors to see the tigers, bears, and giraffes. The Rose Garden was built out of 120 species of roses and has hosted the rose festival every year since 1986. The park was renamed Everland in 1996, and Caribbean Bay, the first water park in Korea, was added to the complex. In addition, T Express, Korea’s first wooden rollercoaster, was introduced in 2008. The area is divided into five sections, namely, European Adventure, Zootopia, Global Fair, American Adventure, and Magic Land. The theme park is also home to beloved festivals with themes of tulips and roses, Halloween, Summer Splash, and Romantic Illumination. The most popular attraction in Zootopia, home to nearly 2,000 species of animals, is the Lost Valley, a safari tour on a convertible amphibious vehicle.

    Don’t Miss
    In recent months, Everland’s Panda World has seen a massive surge in popularity thanks to Fu Bao, the first panda cub born in Korea from the residential panda couple Le Bao and Ai Bao. Fu Bao’s story can be seen on Everland’s YouTube channel.

    How to Get There
    From Bundang Line Giheung Station, transfer to Everline (people mover line) and disembark at terminus Jeondae–Everland Station. Take the shuttle bus to Everland or Caribbean Bay (free of charge).
    When using buses, take Bus 5002 from Sinnonhyeon Station, 5700 or 1113 from Gangbyeon Station, 1500-2 from Sadang Station, 66 and 66-4 from Suwon Station, or 670 from Gwanggyo Station.
    Shuttle bus services are available from Hapjeong Station, Hongik University Station, Sinchon Station, City Hall Station, Seoul Station, Shinsegae Department Store in Myeongdong, Myeongdong Station, Jongno 3-ga Station, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Sadang Station, Yeongdeungpo Times Square, and Sindorim Station. For more details, please refer to the web page.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web page everland.com
    Parking Parking is available (visitors are required to follow the instructions of the parking agents and park their vehicles, after which they are directed to take the shuttle bus service at the park).
    Parking spaces are available for visitors with disabilities (in parking lots MA, MB, 1–5).
    Fee Adult and teenager KRW 50,000-60,000 / Children and senior citizens: KRW 40,000-48,000
    * Special price offers
    Visitors with disabilities (certificate is required)
    Visitors with severe disabilities - Visitor: Concession fares applied / Guardian: Concession fares applied (up to one person)
    Visitors with mild disabilities - Visitor: Concession fares applied
    Patriots and veterans (certificate is required)
    Holder: 50% discount to day ticket / Company: 50% discount to day ticket (up to one additional visitor)
    Others
    Barrier-free restrooms are available (in front of Home Gift Shop at the entrance, next to Columbus Adventure, next to Aesop’s Gifts, next to Good Friends Cabin, and seven additional sites).
    Wheelchair rental is available (Customer Service Center to the right-hand side after entering through the main gate, priority given to customers with mobility-related disabilities, on-site confirmation via mobile phone required) for KRW 3,000 (free of charge for visitors who can present their disability certificate). Electric wheelchair: KRW 10,000 (KRW 5,000 for visitors who can present their disability certificate)
    Baby services (lactation room, breastfeeding room, Missing Children Center, baby changing station, microwave, baby bottle sterilizer, water cooler, baby bed, and baby chairs) are available.
    Table and chairs available.
    A service dog is allowed on premise.


    • 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-320-5000
  • Gyeonggi-doAn Innovative Theme Park with New and Exciting Features: Seoul Grand Park (Seoul Land)

    This theme park encompasses about 50 rides, a water park, and a sledding slope. It also holds innovative performances, festivals, and events. In 2019, it hosted the Luna Happy Holidays, a grand festival of illuminations, fireworks, and performances with LED illuminations and hologram shows set to music. Jurassic Land, which opened in the same year, has about 100 items on display, including a moving 18 m–long dinosaur, fossils, and dinosaur eggs. Nearby sights include the Seoul Grand Park and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

    Don’t Miss
    Another way to enjoy Seoul Land Character Park’s charm is to take a 6 km–long drive from the outer circulation road near Seoul Land to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. In spring, cherry trees form a tunnel of cherry blossoms, while falling leaves create a romantic view in fall. Whether it’s a clear sunny day, a rain of petals on a rainy day, or a romantic view at night, the drive never fails to impress.

    How to Get There
    Exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park (Seoul Land) Station
    When using the Elephant Train, disembark at Seoul Grand Park paid parking lot. Information Center - Seoul Zoo - Seoul Land
    When using the express bus, start from Line 7 Express Bus Terminal Station, transfer to Line 4, and disembark at Seoul Grand Park (Seoul Land) Station.
    When using the intercity bus, take Line 2 from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and Line 3 from Nambu Bus Terminal.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page seoulland.co.kr
    Fee
    Park Ticket
    Daytime (one day) Adult: KRW 46,000 / Youth: KRW 43,000 / Child: KRW 40,000
    Nighttime (4:00 p.m. onward) Adult: KRW 39,000 / Youth: KRW 36,000 / Child: KRW 33,000
    * Limited to entry and free use of park attractions (admission fare for experience programs, coin facilities, seasonal attractions, feature exhibitions, and performances not included)
    * Concessions (visitors with disabilities)
    Daytime (one day) Adult: KRW 33,000 / Youth: KRW 31,000 / Child: KRW 29,000
    Nighttime (4:00 p.m. onward) Adult: KRW 28,000 / Youth: KRW 26,000 / Child: KRW 23,000
    Others
    A Baby Care Lounge is available (next to Lava Twister).
    Baby stroller rental is available (right-hand side after entering through the Main or East Gate, KRW 3,000).
    Medical office and table and chairs (food and beverage area) are available.
    A guide staff is available.
    Wheelchair rental is available (free of charge, right-hand-side building after entering through the Main Gate across the Central Information Office, under Black Hole 2000 after entering through the East Gate).


    • 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-2-509-6000
  • Gyeonggi-doA Theme Park Born from a Derelict Mine: Gwangmyeong Cave

    Gwangmyeong Cave is a 275 m–deep coal mine that was mined by forced labor during the Japanese forced occupation. Since its closure in 1972, it was used to store salted shrimp before the City of Gwangmyeong renovated it into a tourist site. The cave is divided into eight levels, and the first level starts at 180 m above sea level and goes down to -95 m at a -7 m level. Wine Cave is located at the -7 level, and visitors can enjoy a glass of wine with a cheese plate or can opt to purchase wine as well. The cave’s turbulent history is reflected in the numerous sights available in it, from the Modern History Museum to the Wormhole Plaza, Cave Botanical Garden, Wine Cave, Cave Arts Center, an underground lake, Aqua World, and Seonnyeotang Basin.

    Don’t Miss
    Embark on a trip to higher dimensions with Gwangmyeong Cave’s virtual reality (VR) programs from the 12-seater mining cart in Mine Adventure to mining for gold in GM Miner, mountain climbing and bungee jumping with Climbing, and a hang glider ride with a view of Gwangmyeong in Hang Gliding. Gwangmyeong Cave also has an exhibition of Weta Workshop, a special effects company based in New Zealand that includes life-size models of Gollum, Gandalf’s staff, and a 41 m–long sculpture of a dragon.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 77 from KTX Gwangmyeong Station Exit 8 and disembark at Gwangmyeong Cave (first parking lot) terminus.
    If using a car, you must take the Gwangmyeong IC - Gahak Samgeori - Gwangmyeong Cave route (first and second parking lot).
    Elephant Car service is available near Gwangmyeong Cave’s rear gate (near the third parking lot) every 15 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.gm.go.kr/cv/index.do
    Available Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
    Fee Individual adult: KRW 6,000 / Armed forces members: KRW 4,000 / Youth: KRW 3,500 / Children: KRW 2,000
    * 50% discount for Gwangmyeong citizens
    * Closed every Monday
    Access Wheelchair access is facilitated through a barrier-free entrance (comparatively steep slope).
    Others A guide staff is available.
    Wheelchair access is possible in some parts of the cave (no access to Cave Underground World).
    Wheelchair rental is available (three, ticketing office and visitor center).


    • 142, Gahak-ro 85beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-70-4277-8902
  • Gyeonggi-doA Festival of Forest and Flowers: Hwadam Botanic Garden

    Hwadam Botanic Garden is an arboretum of 17 gardens that host 4,300 plant species from around the world, such as narcissus flowers between birch trees and azalea flowers blooming beside monorail tracks. A hanok stands guard at Wonang Pond, and pine gardens are deep enough for secrets to be buried. Hwadam means “a friendly conversation,” and Hwadam Botanic Garden indeed pursues the goal of establishing an ecological space where human beings can communicate with nature. Furthermore, 5 km of walking trails are accessible for baby strollers and wheelchairs. The forest serves as a biodiversity recovery research site with the Korea National Park Service, and ecological restoration methods for endangered species such as fireflies and wonang (Mandarin ducks) are studied in the forest. Visitors with small children, the elderly, or those who may find it difficult to walk for extended periods can opt to take the circulatory monorail that runs along the 1,213 m–long track. It connects the Moss Garden, Hwadam Botanic Garden summit, and Bonsai Garden.

    Don’t Miss
    There is a variety of itineraries available, from forest walks to thematic gardens and trekking. The 1.9 km forest walk is a gentle and flat trail connecting the Moss Garden to the Royal Azalea Road and Birch Forest. A 3.4 km trail through the thematic gardens leads to the Nature and Ecology Center, Mugunghwa Hill, Stone Garden, and other major gardens in the complex. The forest trekking course is a 2 km walk in a deep forest, including the Pine Garden and Ecological Wetland. The trails take about 40, 60, and 50 min, respectively, to complete. Details on guided tours, home gardening classes, and other events can be found on the official home page of the forest.

    How to Get There
    Take Shinbundang Line from Seoul Subway Line 2 Gangnam Station to Pangyo Station, transfer to Gyeonggang Line to Gonjiam Station, and take a taxi to Gonjiam Resort (10 min by taxi). Proceed on foot or use a free lift service to Hwadam Botanic Garden.
    1 hr and 30 min by Bus 1113-1 from Gangbyeon Station, Seoul Subway Line 2
    1 hr 30 min by Bus 500-1 from Jamsil Station, Seoul Subway Line 2 and 8
    1 hr 40 min by Bus 500-2 from Samseong Station, Seoul Subway Line 2
    8–10 min by car from Gonjiam IC, Jungbu Expressway (7 km)
    40–55 min by car from Deokpyeong and Yangji IC, Yeongdong Expressway (17 km and 21 km, respectively)
    24 min by car from Jangji IC, National and Regional Road

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page hwadamsup.com
    Available Hours
    Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
    Weekends: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
    * Opening hours may be subject to change according to the season and weather.
    Fee
    Spring–Fall
    Adult: KRW 10,000 / Youth and senior citizens: KRW 8,000 / Child: KRW 6,000 (monorail ticket not included)
    Winter
    Adult, youth, and senior citizens: KRW 10,000 / Child: KRW 8,000 (monorail ticket included)
    Others Monorail services are available (payment required).


    • 278-1, Docheogwit-ro, Docheok-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-8026-6666
  • Gyeonggi-doA Refuge in Nature and Peace: Imjingak, Paju (Pyeonghwa Nuri Park)

    Imjingak Park is located 7 km away from the Armistice Line. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the division of Korea from the Steam Engine Train in Jangdan Station of Gyeongui Line to Mangbaedan, where North Koreans who ended up in the South hold memorial services for their home, and the Freedom Bridge, a bridge used by prisoners of war. Since hosting the “Global Peace Festival” in 2005, Imjingak became the host for the Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, a cultural space combining an outdoor exhibition, campground, and 1 million m2–wide grass field. On sunny days, a large crowd of visitors flocks to the field with mats or tents. In addition, Peace Land is a theme park with about 20 attractions, and the Hill of Wind, home to nearly 3,000 pinwheels, is a beloved photo zone. Hill of Music is a performance hall with a capacity of about 25,000 and hosts various festivals, concerts, and other events.

    Don’t Miss
    Peace Gondola offers a 5 min ride with a view of the fields and rivers of the area. Before going back, follow the fences to find the observatory, which offers a panoramic view of the Imjingak, Freedom Bridge, Gyeongui–Jungang Line, Bukhansan Mountain, and Jangdanbando Peninsula.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 058 from the Munsan Terminal, and disembark at the Imjingak Park bus stop. 5 min by foot from the bus stop to the park

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page imjingak.co.kr


    • 164, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-953-4744
  • Gyeonggi-doA Place to Spend a Peaceful Day In: Dumulmeori

    Dumulmeori is the confluence of Bukhangang River, originating from Geumgangsan Mountain, and Namhangang River, originating from Geomnyongso in Gangwon-do. It served as a ferry crossing until the 1990s, and today, it is a popular destination for TV shows, films, and wedding photography. During winter, it is a popular destination for sunrise-watching as well, with many photographers from Korea flocking to capture the dawn emerging beyond Jeongamsan Mountain and the river. Hangang River in these earlier hours is shrouded in the morning mist, creating a dreamy landscape that contrasts magnificently with the 400-year-old Zelkova tree on the other side. Summer is also popular for photography when white lotus flowers bloom around the sailboat floating on the river. In fall, face the sunset and walk among the silver grass along the trail.

    Don’t Miss
    Follow Dumulmeori Mullae-gil Trail for a 2 hr walk that takes one along the scenic sites of the Yangsu-ri area, including Yangsu Station, Semiwon Garden, boat bridge, and Sangchunwon if you want to see more of Dumulmeori’s attractions. Namhangang Bicycle Path, in particular, is a great path for bikers that takes them along old tunnels and lush forest trails.

    How to Get There
    Take a bus to Yangpyeong, and disembark at Yangsu-ri bus stop. Proceed on foot for 15 min to Dumulmeori. When using subways, you will take about 30 min by foot from Exit 1 of Yangsu Station to Dumulmeori.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.yp21.net
    Access Trails are accessible for wheelchairs and baby strollers for their flat slope.
    Others Fee-free


    • 697, Yangsu-ri, Yangseo-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-770-1001-2
  • Gyeonggi-doA Captivating Island for the Eyes and Tongue: Jebudo Island

    The road to Jebudo Island, which is located in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, opens up twice a day when the tides separate. Visitors who want the full experience of the island should enter it on foot. However, the hours may differ according to tidal conditions. Family visitors often venture out to the mudflats to catch shellfish with their children. In addition, visitors in July and August can find “sok,” a crustacean that resembles crayfish or shrimp. Jebudo Art Park is a two-story building complex formed from six shipping containers and is Jebudo Island’s premier cultural space. The first floor is an exhibition hall, and the second floor offers a great sea view through a massive window. Jebudo Beach is a 1.8 km–long white sand beach with showers and camping facilities. Next, Swallow Tail Road is a 50 min coastal walking trail that takes one from the island’s red lighthouse to Tapjaesan Mountain. On its peak, one has a wonderful view of the seagulls flying against the sunset and the expansive mudflat below.

    Don’t Miss
    Jebudo Waterwalk is at the entrance of the island. The platform offers a great island view, with waves splashing below one’s feet in high tide and mudflats stretching to the horizon in low tide. Don’t miss the sunset view behind Jebudo Island.

    How to Get There
    Take Buses 330, 1000, 1002, 1004 to Jebudo Island Entrance bus stop. It takes about 15 min to reach the island when taking the Green Bus from the Green Bus terminal to Jebudo Island.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.hscity.go.kr
    Access The main entrance and walking trails are accessible for wheelchairs.


    • Jebu-ri, Seosin-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • 1577-4200
  • Gyeonggi-doSurrounded in the Fragrance of Flowers: The Garden of Morning Calm, Gapyeong

    The Garden of Morning Calm is a 330,000m2–wide arboretum nestled in the folds of Chungnyeonsan Mountain. Home to about 5,000 species of plants, it has hosted numerous festivals and events in its gardens, such as the Herb Garden, Coniferous Garden, and Wildflower Garden. Meanwhile, Seohwayeon is a lake garden that impresses with an elegant view of a pavilion standing in the middle of the pond surrounded by seasonal flowers. In spring, the garden is decked out in cherry blossoms and Mongnyeon magnolia, while summer and fall see lotus flowers and falling leaves, respectively. The shop next door is a gardening shop and café that handles gardening tools and experience kits for home gardeners, such as terrariums and moss bowls. It also offers experiential programs as well.

    Don’t Miss
    Spring Festival is a mainstay of the Garden of Morning Calm. Once tulips bloom in April and May, it is time to walk along the trail, following the scent of the flowers until one reaches a small church. Take a photograph with tulips and the church in the background, and if you manage to make it in the early hours of the morning, you should make sure to capture the droplets of dew on the petals.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 30-6 or 30-7 from Cheongpyeong Terminal and disembark at the terminus. Approximately. 30 min

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page morningcalm.co.kr
    Access The main entrance and walking trails are accessible for wheelchairs.
    Available hours 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (open throughout the year)
    Fee Adult: KRW 9,500 / Youth: KRW 7,000 / Children: KRW 6,000 (for individual visitors)


    • 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    • 1544-6703
  • Gyeonggi-doFollow the Artistic Alleyways for a Trip Around the Neighborhood: Heyri Art Valley, Paju

    Heyri Art Valley, built on a field that is approximately 70 football fields in size, is a collection of shops, cafés, galleries, and music bars that play music from record turntables, all formed by artists. The entire village is filled with quirky sculptures and installations, making a stroll through the neighborhood an artistic experience in itself. A plethora of programs such as flea markets, baking, and pottery awards diligent visitors who take the time to browse and reserve activities in advance. The Unification Hill at the center of the village is a spacious meadow filled with silver grasses. Remember to check out the forest paths in the park as well.

    Don’t Miss
    Sunset Hill Park is a good place to catch the sunrise and sunset in the village. Behind the hill lies the “Barrier-free Forest Trail,” which leads visitors along a gentle slope to the view of the village and North Korea beyond Imjingang River.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 2200 from Exit 1 of Hapjeong Station, Seoul Subway Lines 2 and 6, and disembark at Heyri Bus Stop. The bus runs every 15 min and takes about 45 min to reach Heyri.

    Tourist Information
    Web page heyri.net
    Others Fee-free (separate entrance fees are required for different spaces).


    • Heyri Art Valley, Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-946-8551
  • Gyeonggi-doA Day Spent in Nature: Anseong Farmland

    Anseong Farmland’s 1.3 million m2 land area is home to cows, donkeys, geese, and other animals. In addition, it has interactive programs that bring one close to them. Visitors can also opt to explore the area with e-bikes for two to six passengers that offer an interesting way to explore the bike trails around the farmland. Photo zones are a must-visit feature of Anseong Farmland, as well as goat, cow, and ostrich free ranges, the rabbit village, and bee village. The outdoor performance hall hosts performance programs, and the view of frolicking ducks, pigs, and sheep brings much-needed healing to urbanites. Anseong Farmland also offers a wide range of convenient facilities for younger visitors, such as lactation rooms and baby stroller rental, and play areas such as racing carts and a multi-play zone.

    Don’t Miss
    Myeonyang Village offers its visitors a chance to become shepherds. From shepherding and feeding sheep to taking a picture with the sheep in front of the windmill, it is a great place to take a day off and make great memories in nature.

    How to Get There
    Take a taxi from Gongbo Bus Terminal, or use a shuttle bus service during weekends and holidays. It takes about 15 min by bus to reach Anseong Farmland.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page nhasfarmland.com
    Available hours 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (February– November), 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (December–January)
    Fee Adult: KRW 12,000 / Child: KRW 10,000


    • 28, Daesindu-gil, Gongdo-eup, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
    • +82-31-8053-7979

Gangwon-do Area

  • Gangwon-doAn Island Nation in Korea: Nami Island

    Nami Island, also known as Naminara Republic, is an island state within the Republic of Korea with its own flag, passports, post stamps, and its own currency called Nami Tongbo. The republic is accessible with a ferry that runs every 20–30 min or through a zip line or motorboats. It takes only 1 min and 30 s for zip line riders to reach the island through a high-speed trip zipping across the Bukhangang River. Nami Island is known for its walking paths, exemplified by its famous Metasequoia-lined Road. The changing seasons bring something new to each visit. The island was selected as a UNICEF Child Friendly Park; true to its name, it boasts of a wide range of facilities catering to children and companion animals. A host of activities such as the Sky Bike and UNICEF Charity Train adds playfulness to the island, while restaurants, cafés, and accommodations, such as the Hotel Jeonggwanru, offer a wide range of choices for visitors staying overnight.

    Don’t Miss
    It takes about an hour to explore the island using a bicycle. Nami Island’s Bike Center offers bicycles and e-bikes for rental. Visitors can rent out two-seater couple bicycles and three- to four-seater family bicycles. Sky Bike offers a unique experience of riding on a railroad.

    How to Get There
    It takes about 20 min on foot to reach the Nami Island Ferry from Gapyeong Station. The shuttle bus service from Gangnam Station and Jamsil Station is offered during weekends and holidays.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page namisum.com
    Fee Standard: KRW 13,000 / Concessions: KRW 10,000 / Special concessions: KRW 7,000
    Access There are no barriers, but assistance is needed when embarking and disembarking at the quay.


    • 1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
    • +82-31-580-8114
  • Gangwon-doFollow the Mountains and River: Ganhyeon Tourist Area

    The Ganhyeon Tourist Area is a recreational area formed along the Ganhyeon Valley. It has popular sights such as the 200 m–long Sogeumsan Suspension Bridge, Seomgang River, and Samsancheon Stream. A round trip to the bridge takes about 1 hr and 30 min. Starting at the entrance to the Sogeumsan Mountain’s hiking trail, visitors can reach this bridge 100 m aboveground and take in the thrilling view of the surrounding area. Then, the bridge leads to the Sogeumsan Mountain hiking trail. The summit can be reached in about 20 min, from which visitors have a great view of the Seomgang River. Moreover, the Ganhyeonam Rock features 37 rock climbing courses with varying difficulties, making it one of the focal points of Korean rock climbing culture. There are three parks in the Ganhyeon Tourist Area: the Wildflower Park, surrounded by flowers and trees; Deulmeori Park, with an observation deck overlooking Seomgang River; and the Waterside Park, for playing in the river. The Waterside Park, in particular, serves as a massively popular destination for the people visiting in summer when the park opens to the public between July and August.

    Don’t Miss
    The Ganhyeon Tourist Area has two campgrounds: Forest and Phytoncide. The former has 37 campsites with a floor made of broken stone and is located in a lush forest, ideal for backpackers. Phytoncide has 32 campsites with raised wooden decks, which makes it ideal for family visitors. Both campgrounds are equipped with showers, water fountains, and other convenient facilities.

    How to Get There
    Take Buses 52, 57, 58 from Seowonju Station (toward Ganhyeon), and disembark at the Rail Park bus stop after about 10 min. It takes about 5 min to reach the Ganhyeon Tourist Area on foot.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page ganhyeon.wonju.go.kr
    Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (10 slots).


    • 12, Sogeumsan-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-749-4860
  • Gangwon-doIn The Bosom of Nature: Museum SAN

    Museum SAN’s exposed concrete building impresses with its harmony with the mountains that surround it, as expected from a work by the maestro Tadao Ando. The museum’s permanent exhibition details the history of paper, while feature exhibitions include Afterglow Spirit, an exhibition of ink and brush painting. The road from the Welcome Center leads all the way to the James Turrell Exhibition like a forest trail alternating between outdoor and indoor spaces. On the way, one can see the works of Mark di Suvero and Alexander Liberman; the “Archway,” a sculpture by the latter, is formed out of 12 red pipes. The view of the Archway standing between the two halves of the lake with a modern building in the background is a great place for picture taking.

    Don’t Miss
    Café Terrace, located within the main building, is the perfect spot to take a breather while enjoying the view of the mountains and the museum surrounding it. It also has an excellent menu featuring a prosciutto sandwich, coffee with locally roasted beans, and misutgaru (powdered mixed roasted grains). In addition, don’t miss the Meditation Hall near the Stone Garden. It is a serene refuge of soothing aroma, singing bowls, and the scenery of the world outside through curving windows.

    How to Get There
    Take the Wonju City Tour Bus or Oak Valley shuttle bus from Wonju Intercity Bus Terminal, which will take about 40 min. When using trains, disembark at Manjong or Wonju Station, and transfer to Wonju City Tour Bus. This option will take around 70 min of travel time.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web Page museumsan.org
    Fee Standard ticket (outdoor garden, permanent exhibition, art gallery)
    Adult KRW 19,000; Youth KRW 11,000; and free of charge for preschool-aged children


    • 260, Oak valley 2-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-730-9000
  • Gangwon-doGather the Bounty of the Sea in One Place: Jumunjin Port

    Jumunjin Port is a fishing port serviced by about 350 fishing boats per day. It is a reputable source for squids, Korean sand lance, and cod, with fresh catch sent directly to Jumunjin Fishermen Fish Market. The fish market only offers the seafood caught by the fishers of Gangneung. Snow crabs, in particular, can be delivered anywhere in Korea. The Jumunjin Fish Market located nearby is famous for its fresh seafood sold under the actual names of its sellers as a sign of trust. It offers specialized seafood for raw slices, grill, semi-drying, and other purposes, and the market’s purchase can be taken to the restaurants across the market to be served in soup, braised, or as raw slices. Pungmul Market’s food street is famous for grilled fish served in a mixed platter.

    Don’t Miss
    The street, known as Jumunjin Dried Seafood Market, connects Jumunjin Terminal and Jumunjin Port and is home to purveyors of dried seafood. It offers dried seafood such as dried squid and ray, seaweed and salted seafood, and snacks such as dried pollack and monkfish.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 314 from Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal, and disembark at Onemart bus stop. From Gangneung Station, take Bus 314 from the bus stop across the Onemart bus stop. Proceed on foot for 700 m to Jumunjin Port.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page jumunjinport.co.kr
    Access The road between the bus stop and port is flat and accessible.


    • Jumunjin-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-662-3639
  • Gangwon-doA Cup of Gangneung’s Finest Brew: Gangneung Coffee Street

    Gangneung Coffee Street is a collection of cafés formed along Anmok Beach. It is a haven of roastery cafés that offer premium coffee different from the usual, from the Terarosa Coffee Factory to Bohemian, a roastery operated by the first-generation barista Park Yi-Choo. There are specialty cafés such as Le Cottage, a café in a hanok that maintains a reservation-only service. Another interesting feature of the area is the number of experience programs that detail the art of coffee-making and its history in Gangneung. Innovative desserts such as the coal bread, inspired by the ashes of briquettes used in the past, and the sea pizza, made with squid ink dough, complement the coffee served, while sculptures inspired by coffee cups and beans, photo zones, and performance venues add variety to the experiences available.

    Don’t Miss
    The Gangneung Coffee Festival is held annually, featuring seminars, talk shows, and exhibitions. The crown jewel of this festival is the barista competition, where baristas across Korea come together to test their skills in hand drip, tasting, latte art, and other fields. It is not to be missed for those who enjoy their cup with a little more flair.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 202-1, 302, or 303-1 from the Gangneung Intercity bus terminal, and disembark at the Anmok bus stop. 30 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Access It is different per café.


    • 20-1, Changhae-ro 14beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • Gangwon-doThe Closest Geological Heritage from Seoul: Hantangang River UNESCO Geopark

    It was registered as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2020 and designated as Natural Monument No. 436 of Korea in 2004. Some parts of the Hantangang and Imjingang Rivers, such as basalt cliffs, columnar joint formations, valleys, and waterfalls, were created from a volcanic eruption that took place about 500,000–100,000 years ago. Accordingly, this geopark was built around the Hantangang River. It functions as a site for geological education, geotourism, festivals, and exhibitions. There are different guided tour programs offered, taking about 2–4 hr to complete, which bring visitors to Jaein Falls, Chatancheon GEO Trail, and other destinations within the area as well. In winter, the river also serves as a bird-watching spot for cranes.

    Don’t Miss
    We recommend the GEO Trail, which passes through about 10 geological sites in the area. The most popular destination is the Dulle-gil Hiking Trail, which brings one along a forest road with a view of the yawning Meonguri Canyon. Then, the most difficult path is the Hantangang Jusangjeolli-gil trail, a 27.9 km–long trail that takes about 9–10 hr to complete. It is, however, the fullest way to enjoy the view of the columnar joint formations and historic sites in the area. Hantangang River Geopark Center offers information on the area’s significance and history.

    How to Get There
    Take buses 3000, 3001, and 3002 from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Uncheon Bus Terminal, and proceed via bus 53 or taxi in front of the Township Office.
    Take buses 3003, 3005, and 1386 from Dobongsan Station Metropolitan Transit Center to Uncheon Bus Terminal, and proceed via bus 53 or taxi in front of the Township Office.
    Take bus 3006 from Jamsil Metropolitan Transit Center to Pocheon City Hall, and transfer to bus 53.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Parking for visitors with disabilities

    Tourist Information
    Web Page hantangeopark.kr
    Avaliable Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays or the following Wednesday if Tuesday is a public holiday)


    • 1825, Taebong-ro, Dongsong-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-450-5534 / Hantangang River Geopark Center +82-33-450-4802 (Cheorwon), +82-31-538-3030 (Pocheon), +82-31-839-2289 (Yeoncheon)
  • Gangwon-doFollow the Storied Curves that Connect the Peaks: Seoraksan National Park

    Seoraksan National Park sprawls over Inje-gun, Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun, and the city of Sokcho, home to 30 famous peaks like Socheongbong, Hwachaebong, and the renowned Daecheongbong Peak. More than 10 trails take the visitors through the mountain, offering a range of choice in difficulty and duration. Daecheongbong Peak stands 1,707 m above sea level as the highest peak in Seoraksan Mountain, and its peak is covered in snow for five to six months each year. Visitors of Daecheongbong Peak can choose between the four courses of Baekdam, Hangyeryeong, Seorak-dong, and Osaek. Most visitors plan their visit over two days, but the Osaek course offers a route that only takes about 4 hr to complete. The peak offers a remarkable view of Ulsanbawi Rock, Cheonbuldong Valley, and the East Sea at Sokcho. Don’t forget to explore the hidden sights of Heundeulbawi Rock and Geumganggul Cave.

    Don’t Miss
    The Biryong Falls course is recommended for beginners to the art of mountain climbing. Starting at Sogongwon Park, it takes about 1 hr and 30 min to complete the course, passing through Yukdam and Biryong Falls and ending at Towangseong Falls Observatory. The way to Biryong Falls is easy enough to be considered a leisurely walk. After the Yukdam Falls lies a suspension bridge that offers a thrilling experience of walking above the currents below.

    How to Get There
    Buses 7 or 7-1 in Sokcho City Center can be taken to Seoraksan Sogongwon Park, the terminus, on a trip that takes about 30–40 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page seorak.knps.or.kr
    Avaliable Hours No limits (entry may be suspended depending on weather conditions)


    • 833, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-801-0900
  • Gangwon-doFour Seasons of Fun and Joy: Sono Belle Vivaldi Park

    Sono Belle Vivaldi Park is a resort that caters to the four seasons and has wonderful playgrounds such as the Ocean World water park and a sledding slope called Snowyland. Ocean World is a massive water park as big as 14 football stadiums and equipped with outdoor baths, kids’ pools, and spa facilities. Exciting water attractions such as wave pools, 300 m–long tube slide Monster Blaster, and Giant Waterplex attract huge crowds every summer. In winter, Ski World picks up the duty as a massively popular site for skiers, snowboarders, and sledders. Taking the gondola up brings visitors to a remarkable view of Vivaldi Park, the snowy village blending into the majestic view of Dureungsan and Maebongsan Mountains. Indoor attractions such as racing, bumper cars, and roller rinks ensure that visitors will not be bored in the rainy weather. The resort complex is equipped with a shopping mall, a pharmacy, a hair salon, and other facilities for longer stays.

    Don’t Miss
    Vivaldi Park also has an excellent dining space that offers a wide range of options: the Rodin, a buffet restaurant with a great view; Michaewon, a Korean restaurant that accommodates group meals for up to 20 guests; La Mattina, a comfortable bar for a casual night out; and many other restaurants and bars that cater to different tastes and preferences.

    How to Get There
    Take the bus service to the ski resort at Yangdeokwon Terminal or Hongcheon Terminal, and disembark at Daemyung Ski Resort. It takes about 35 min to get there from Yangdeokwon Terminal and about an hour from Hongcheon Terminal.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / barrier-free rooms

    Tourist Information
    Web page vivaldipark.com
    Avaliable Hours/Fee Depends on the facility


    • 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
    • 1588-4888
  • Gangwon-doThe “Avengers” of Gangwon-do’s Tourist Sites: Daegwallyeong Special Tourist Zone

    Daegwallyeong Special Tourist Zone includes five cities and counties in Gangwon-do, including Gangneung, Donghae, and Hoengseong-gun. Spread over an area of 428 km2, it has many hidden sights throughout the Daegwallyeong area. Visit Daegwallyeong for skiing and other winter sports, and then make your way to the Ski History Museum to brush up on the history of skiing in Korea, skiing equipment, and competitions. The Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch releases its sheep in May for visitors to watch them grazing peacefully like clouds on the field. Visitors can make a small payment for a basket of dried grasses to feed the sheep with. Gangneung, a city close to Daegwallyeong, is famous for the 6 km–long white sand Gyeongpo Beach. Try the Korean beef at Hoengseong, and visit the limestone caves of Hwanseongul and Daegeumgul in Samcheok to beat the summer heat.

    Don’t Miss
    Located 700 m above sea level, Pyeongchang-gun is the center of winter sports in Korea. Visitors can find a variety of venues from bobsleds to ski jump and figure skating, and they can use a monorail train service to climb to the top of the ski jumping hill that comes with a dizzying view of the Pyeongchang area. Moreover, Odaesan National Park is beloved for its beautiful scenery in winter.

    Tourist Information
    Web page gn.go.kr/tour, dh.go.kr/tour, samcheok.go.kr/tour.web, tour.pc.go.kr, hsg.go.kr/tour.web


    • Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-330-2799
  • Gangwon-doA Picture of Scandinavia in Gangwon-do: Wondae-ri Birch Forest

    This forest is made up of nearly 700,000 birch trees planted from 1974 to 1995. Its trail starts from the Birch Tree Information Center leading to a group of birch trees with more than 20 years of age. The sight of the white birch trees standing straight toward the heavens is rare in Korea. In summer, the forest is awash in the verdant scent of grasses and ferns. You can stop by under an expansive canopy and take in the air of the woods or head to one of the seven trails to get to know the forest better. Course 5 (healing) is the shortest course among them; nevertheless, it offers a great opportunity to get in touch with the unspoiled heart of the forest. Other facilities on-site include the observation deck, convenience store, and wooden bridge.

    Don’t Miss
    The highlight of the birch forest is during winter when the harmony between snow and white birch trees creates a truly Scandinavian feel. It is a very popular place for wedding photographs. Family travelers, on the other hand, will certainly benefit from the natural experience programs offered on-site.

    How to Get There
    Take buses toward Waterside Park at Inje Intercity Bus Terminal for about 35 min. Disembark at Waterside Park bus stop. It takes about 1 hr on foot to reach the Wondae-ri Birch Forest.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page www.forest.go.kr/kfsweb
    Avaliable Hours Summer (May–October) 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Winter (November–March) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    *Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays


    • 760, Jajangnamusup-gil, Inje-eup, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
    • +82-33-461-9696

Chungcheong-do Area

  • DaejeonBarefoot Trekking on Red Clay: Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail

    This forest trail is a great place to feel nature more intimately, where one can walk barefoot on a trail made out of red clay. It takes about 3 hr and 30 min to complete it. Gentle slopes make walking a breeze, while in summer, the red clay cools one’s feet for hot days. Nearby, the Dulle-gil Hiking Trails allow shoes. The forest square at the entrance to the Red Clay Trail also offers information on the benefits of red clay and art exhibitions. Other facilities on-site include a playground, pavilion, and foot washing stand. From April to October, visitors can enjoy a free open-air classical music performance on weekends at the performance hall within the forest. In addition, Gyejoksan Mountain Barefoot Festival is held every May, with a barefoot marathon as its main event. Other events include Red Clay Forest Trail photograph frame–making and UCC contests.

    Don’t Miss
    One can find signboards pointing to the direction of Gyejoksanseong Fortress in the trail, and Gyejoksanseong Fortress is reachable on foot with a 20 min stroll. The fortifications are built about 420 m above sea level. Today, they serve as the premier observation platforms of the mountain, as well as Daecheongho Lake, cherry trees, and other areas in Daejeon city center.

    How to Get There
    Take bus 74 from the Hoedeok-dong Community Service Center bus stop for about 20 min. Disembark at Jangdong 2-gu bus stop. It takes about 8 min to reach the Gyejoksan Mountain Red Clay Trail on foot. Parking lots are available near Jangdong Forest Park Management Office. When visiting with a car, set the directions to Jangdong Forest Park Management Office.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page daedeok.go.kr
    Access The road from the entrance to the indoor facility is wide, and some parts are equipped with walking platforms.


    • San 59, Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon
    • +82-42-608-5163
  • DaejeonTake in Phytoncide with Every Breath: Jangtaesan Recreational Forest

    This recreational forest is best known for its lush metasequoia forest, which was planted since the 1970s, supported by accommodations, walking trails, and sports facilities. It also offers experience programs, such as ecological ponds and insect experience halls, which are ideal for families with small children. The forest experience program is led by an expert guide who walks the participants through stories of nature and forest and includes opportunities to learn more about nature, such as plant examinations using magnifiers. In addition, the forest adventure can be found near the ecological pond. There’s also a sky tower that offers an expansive view of the forest. Daring visitors can opt to go to the suspension bridge for a dizzying view of the forest below. Overnight stays can be arranged in a campground in the forest or the Forest House as well, which comes equipped with refrigerators, bedding, and other convenience facilities.

    Don’t Miss
    Early summer is the best time for a forest vacation full of phytoncide. Walk through the forest in early summer, catch the scent of young leaves that emerge in late spring to early summer, and see the youthful green of the forest. For the sunset, cross the suspension bridge, and head to the observation deck by following the hiking trail to the Jangtaesan Mountain. The view of the Jangan Reservoir, Hyeongjebong Peaks, and the red sky is simply not to be missed.

    How to Get There
    Take bus 20 from Daejeon or Seodaejeon Station, and disembark at Jangtaesan Recreational Forest bus stop. This takes about 50 min of travel.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page jangtaesan.or.kr
    Access The sections of the trail are barrier-free with continuous railing.
    Others Fee-free


    • 461, Jangan-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon
    • +82-42-270-7883
  • Chungcheongbuk-doLike the Clouds above Bibongsan Mountain: Cheongpung Cable Car

    This cable car service connects Multae-ri, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon, with the peak of Bibongsan Mountain and covers a distance of 2.3 km. Crystal Cabin cars are built with a reinforced glass bottom, allowing visitors to see the village and the Chungjuho Lake below. A 10 min ride on the cable car brings one to Bibongsan Station at the peak, and the observation deck at 531 m above sea level offers a panoramic view of the Gyemyeongsan, Woraksan, Chiaksan, and Sobaeksan Mountains. Heart Observatory, located at the terrace, is the place to go if you want to capture the mountain ranges and lakes at once. If that’s not your fancy, you can choose between the crescent moon and other structures and take a picture for your album. There is also a monorail service connecting Dorok-ri Station and the summit via a 25 min ride.

    Don’t Miss
    A glittering structure catches one’s eyes on top of Bibongsan Mountain—the “Bibongsan Pavilion,” a sculpture by artist Kim Hee-won inspired by the mythical bird Bonghwang. Its shape, inspired by the traditional bokjumeoni (fortune pouch), explodes with vibrant colors, an effect that is only taken further by the sunlight. The structure can be found about 35 min away on foot along the forest trail starting at the summit of Bibongsan Mountain.

    How to Get There
    Take buses 950, 961, 971, and 982 from Jecheon Bus Terminal or Jecheon Station, and disembark at Cheongpung-myeon Office bus stop. It will be a 5 min walk.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / barrier-free main entrance / parking for visitors with disabilities / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web Page cheongpungcablecar.com
    Fee
    Standard Cabin
    Adult KRW 15,000, Youth KRW 11,000
    Crystal Cabin
    Adult KRW 20,000, Youth KRW 15,000


    • 166, Munhwajae-gil, Cheongpung-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
    • +82-43-643-7301
  • Chungcheongbuk-doWhere the Spirits Used to Frolic: Uirimji Reservoir and Jerim Woods

    This agricultural reservoir doubles as the premier recreation site for the people of Jecheon. Its embankments are lush with old willow and pine trees, drawing many visitors throughout the year. Old pine trees and their canopies stand over walking trails, cooling the walkers on hot summer days. Following the scent of pine needles brings one to a bridge, which connects to a course that passes along Yongchu Falls. Furthermore, a glass observation deck can be found near the waterfall, standing over the valley stream. It is a great place to feel the refreshing power of the water falling 30 m from above. Gyeonghoru and Yeonghojeong Pavilions offer a place to rest among the beautiful landscape of the Uirimji Reservoir and its pine trees. In addition, paddleboats can be rented out at Uirimji Reservoir for a more leisurely exploration of the lake.

    Don’t Miss
    Uirimji History Museum can be found next to the parking lot of Uirimji Reservoir. It hosts various exhibitions on the history and ecology of the area. A park can be located next to its entrance, which is equipped with hammocks, swings, and slides. There is even a traditional water wheel on-site.

    How to Get There
    From Jecheon Bus Terminal, walk for about 6 min to the Intercity Bus Terminal bus stop, and take bus 31 or 35. Disembark at Uirimji Reservoir. This will be a 5 min walk.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus

    Tourist Information
    Web Page www.jecheon.go.kr
    Others Fee-free


    • 241, Mosan-dong, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
    • +82-43-651-7101
  • Chungcheongbuk-doA Glimpse into the Most Storied Vacation Spot in Korea: Cheongnamdae (Presidential Villa)

    Cheongnamdae, the “Cheongwadae of the South,” served as the Presidential Villa of the Republic of Korea. A military patrol route was made into an accessible walking path to Cheongnamdae from the nearby tourist sites. There are six trails amounting to 13.2 km, each named after the former presidents who favored the trail. From suspension bridges to metasequoia trees, the 645-step road to the observatory, wide fields, and the shades of pine trees, Cheongnamdae offers relaxing scenery that lives up to its name. The Yeongchunje Festival held every May celebrates the flowers of spring. In addition to exhibitions of wildflowers, bonsai, and modern Korean calligraphy, the festival also includes music performances and experience events.

    Don’t Miss
    The best place to enjoy the view of the Cheongnamdae complex is the “645 Steps of Happiness.” Meanwhile, the observatory is more known for the view of the serene waters of Daecheongho Lake and the greenery around the villa. If not pressed for time, one must try the “Cheongnamdae Presidential Trail Stamp Relay,” a great way to fully explore the presidential villa.

    How to Get There
    35 km away from Cheongju Station, 40 min by car; 28 km away from Cheongju Intercity Bus Terminal, 45 min by car

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / wheelchair rental / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page chnam.chungbuk.go.kr
    Access Barrier-free trail implemented throughout President Chun Doo-hwan Road (1.5 km)


    • 646, Cheongnamdae-gil, Munui-myeon, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
    • +82-43-257-5080
  • Chungcheongbuk-doA thrilling Way to Cross the River: Danyanggang Jando Trail and Mancheonha Skywalk

    Danyang is a great place for the dynamic and daring. The Danyanggang Jando Trail is a riverside walking trail propped up against a sheer cliff facing the Namhangang River. Creaking wooden bridges and the sound of the river crashing against the rocks are enough to forget the troubles of the world. The Mancheonha Skywalk and observatory on the cliff are must-see sights as well. The spiraling path leading to the observatory offers a multifaceted view of the area, while the observatory offers a breathtaking view of the Namhangang River beyond the mountain slope. A 980 m–long zip line, a 1,000 m–long Alpine Coaster, and an alpine slide are next to the observatory. Visitors planning to explore both the Jando Trail and Mancheonha Skywalk should use parking lots 3 and 6, which are connected to both of their entrances.

    Don’t Miss
    The Skywalk is a naturally wonderful spot for photography. The trick to getting a majestic picture is to capture the mountain, river, and village in a single angle, rather than a frontal angle. The Moss Tunnel, a recent addition to the area, is a photo spot remodeled from a derelict railroad, giving a mysterious air from the wall face filled with moss and trees that block the sunlight with their canopy.

    How to Get There
    Danyanggang Jando Trail entrance located 2.8 km away from Danyang Station, 4 min by car May be reached on foot through Sangjindaegyo Bridge from Danyang Station Danyanggang Jando Trail entrance located 5 km away from Danyang Intercity Bus Terminal, 10 min by car

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page
    Danyanggang Jando Trail: danyang.go.kr/tour/527
    Mancheonha Skywalk: mancheonha.com
    Access Both manual and electronic wheelchairs can access the observatory through the spiral path within the building.


    • Danyanggang Jando Trail San 18-15, Aegok-ri, Jeokseong-myeon, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
      Mancheonha Skywalk 60-186, Otbawi-gil, Jeokseong-myeon, Danyang-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
    • Danyanggang Jando Trail +82-43-420-3114
      Mancheonha Skywalk +82-43-421-0015
  • Chungcheongnam-doWalking on Water: Yedangho Suspension Bridge (Musical Fountain)

    Yedangho Lake is the largest reservoir in Korea, serving the agricultural land in the Chungcheong-do region. However, it is more well-known among tourists for its suspension bridge. Walking on the platform above the rushing water is an exercise in tension and thrill. This 5 km–long bridge connects Husa-ri, Eungbong-myeon, and Dongseo-ri, which are Daeheung-myeon areas. A back-and-forth walk on the bridge amounts to about 20,000 steps, making it a popular walking course as well. The nearby walking trails are adorned with artificial waterfalls and sculptures of Yesan’s symbols: stork and apple. At night, the bridge lights up with LED lights. Another attraction is the Musical Fountain, a 20 min water fountain performance with LED lighting that rises to 100 m. Watching the show and its colorful lighting feels like an outer space experience.

    Don’t Miss
    Don’t miss the observation deck at Yedangho Suspension Bridge’s main tower. One has a stork’s-eye view of the surrounding areas from the deck, from the sleek appearance of the suspension bridge to the park goers taking a leisurely walk and fishers perched on their favorite spots.

    How to Get There
    Located 6.8 km away from Yesan Station, 9 min by car, 36 min by bus Located 7.9 km away from Yesan Bus Terminal, 11 min by car, 1 hr by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page yesan.go.kr/bridge.do
    Access The bridge is accessible for wheelchairs because of the lack of slope at the entrance and bridge.
    However, because of steel construction, wheelchair users are advised to take caution to avoid any slippage.


    • 161, Yedanggwangwang-ro, Eungbong-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    • +82-41-339-8282
  • Chungcheongnam-doHow Familiar Are You with the West Sea? Daecheon Beach

    Daecheon Beach is a white sand beach with a gentle tide, creating a relatively unchanging landscape of fine sand and powdered seashells. Behind the beach lies a lush and comfortable pine forest that doubles as a campground. Any discussion of Daecheon Beach must mention its most popular feature: the Boryeong Mud Festival. It is a massively popular festival featuring activities involving mud sourced from Boryeong, such as massages, mudslides, and log bridge crossing. After a hot day in the sun, head to the food streets beyond the beach—one specializing in grilled clams by the shore and the other offering more general fare.

    Don’t Miss
    Daecheon Beach also offers exciting activities. Daecheon Zip Trek is a thrilling high-speed ride to the sea, while the Sky Bike, Korea’s first sea rail bike, connects Daecheon Beach and Daecheonhang Port. The rail is built about 8–15 m above sea level, and the 2.3 km–long path takes about 40 min for a round trip. Visitors are recommended to take advantage of the high tide, as the feeling of riding on the sea comes easier when the water is closer to the feet.

    How to Get There
    Located 7.5 km away from Daecheon Station, 7 min by car, 27 min by bus Located 8.1 km away from Boryeong Bus Terminal, 10 min by car, 40 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page daecheonbeach.kr
    Access Guidance and information facilities are available in Citizen’s Tower Square and Mud Square Tourist Information Center.


    • 123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    • +82-41-933-7051
  • Chungcheongnam-doThe Flower of Anmyeondo Island: Kkotji Beach

    The name of the beach comes from a lush colony of sweet red briar rose flowers near the sand beach. Halbaebawi and Halmaebawi Rocks stand in the middle of the shore. Halbaebawi (Grandpa rock) is said to be the husband sent off to war during the Silla Period, while Halmaebawi (Grandma rock) is said to be the wife who died while waiting for her husband to return. The sunset view beyond the pair is said to evoke their tragic tale, making the rocks a popular destination for sunset-watching. During low tide, a pathway opens to the rock island. One can sometimes see folks gathering seashells, conches, crabs, and seaweed on the island. One need only lift the stones or dig a shallow hole to find them. As the tide rises, the people return to land, and the coast guard vessels begin to patrol the rock island to check for stragglers. Make sure to get out in time.

    Don’t Miss
    Anmyeondo Island, the location of Kkotji Beach, is also famous as a swimming crab fishing site. Local dishes heavily use swimming crabs in sauces, soups, and stews, and each restaurant serves its variations with oysters and other ingredients.

    How to Get There
    2.4 km away from Anmyeon Intercity Bus Terminal, 4 min by car, 8 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page taean.go.kr/tour.do
    Access A barrier-free walking trail is located at the entrance


    • Seungeon-ri, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    • +82-41-670-2691
  • Chungcheongnam-doGwanbuk-ri Archeological Site, Busosanseong Fortress, Seodong Park, Gungnamji Pond

    The Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site and Busosanseong Fortress are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and Baekje Historic Areas. This refers to the site of Baekje’s final capital, Sabi, and the fortifications built to defend the capital. The archeological site is situated on a wide grassy field and compartmentalized into different areas, each denoting the location of the palace, its structure, and the roads. The Busosanseong Fortress is located at the back of the Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site. Its gentle fortress wall leads to Yeonriji, which are two trees intertwined together. Moreover, the legendary Nakhwaam Rock can be found at the end of the cliff. About 2 km away from the Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site and Busosanseong Fortress lies the first artificial pond in the Baekje period, Seodong Park and Gungnamji Pond. The view of the blue sky and the verdant growth helps to destress from the mundane world.

    Don’t Miss
    Flower festivals are held in summer and fall at Gungnamji Pond. The Seodong Lotus Festival celebrates the breathtaking view of the lotus flowers blooming across the pond, while the Goodtrae Chrysanthemum Exhibition showcases chrysanthemums with regional artists.

    How to Get There
    Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site located 500 m away from Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal, reachable on foot; Seodong Park located 1.3 km away from Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal, 3 min by car, 13 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.buyeo.go.kr


    • Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site 229-16, Seongwang-ro, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
      Seodong Park 181, Dongnam-ri, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    • Gwanbuk-ri Archeological Site +82-41-830-2880
  • Chungcheongnam-doAncient Tombs in Songsan-ri, Tomb of King Muryeong, and the Gongsanseong Fortress

    The Ancient Tombs in Songsan-ri, located in Gongju, is a collection of royal tombs from the Kingdom of Baekje. Despite being a tomb complex, the area has a rather comfortable and warm feeling from being nestled between the Gyeryongsan Mountain to the east and the Geumgang River to the southwest. The tombs spanned the period of Baekje’s establishment and the late 7th century, and they varied in forms following their region and time but mostly feature the characteristic “stone chamber” construction of Baekje tombs. Baekje’s “stone chamber” tombs were constructed with chambers that allowed for additional internment of other remains. These also featured a passage and an entrance built to the side of the tomb for easy access. There are seven tombs in total. The only verified occupant of the tomb complex is found in the seventh tomb—that of King Muryeong, the 25th King of Baekje, and the queen. The Exhibition Hall hosts artifacts excavated from the Tomb of King Muryeong. When viewing these elaborate and lavish artifacts, one often forgets that these artifacts were created 1,400 years ago. Following the Geumgang River to the right side of Ancient Tombs in Songsan-ri leads to the Gongsanseong Fortress. A short jaunt along the fortifications reveals the view of the gently sloping fortress wall and the Imnyugak Pavilion emerging between the evergreen trees.

    Don’t Miss
    Gongsanseong Fortress is illuminated by light fixtures between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The view of Gongju at night is best enjoyed from across the Geumgang River or by walking up the Gongsanseong Fortress from the left side, passing through the western Geumseoru Gate. Visitors during the Baekje Cultural Heritage Week in September every year can cross the Geumgang River on a pontoon bridge.

    How to Get There
    Ancient Tombs in Songsan-ri located 2.9 km away from Gongju Terminal, 8 min by car, 25 min by bus
    Gongsanseong Fortress located 2.1 km away from Gongju Terminal, 4 min by car, 10 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.gongju.go.kr


    • Ancient Tomb in Songsan-ri 280, Ungjin-ro, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
      Gongsanseong Fortress 53-51, Geumseong-dong, Gongju-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    • Gongju Tourist Information Center +82-41-856-3151
      Gongsanseong Fortress +82-41-856-7700
  • Chungcheongnam-doFly, Fly, the Storks of Yesan: Yesan Stork Park

    Yesan Stork Park was created as part of the conservation and restoration efforts on the Korean stork, the Natural Monument No. 199 of Korea. The park was built to emulate the conditions in wetlands and forests, the natural habitats of storks, which are sent off to nature yearly once fully grown. Sixty-eight birds have been released into the wild since 2015 (in January 2021). In addition to the efforts in ecological restoration, the Yesan Stork Park also oversees experience programs in the Stork Culture Hall, Stork Open Field, an eco marsh, a breeding center, a treehouse, stork feeding, and a phytoncide forest. The nearby Baegwolsan Mountain has two reservoirs, and the Dulle-gil Hiking Trail that connects Yesan Stork Park to Baegwolsan Mountain is a popular destination for walks.

    Don’t Miss
    The Stork Open Field is where storks raised in the park are trained for their eventual release to nature. It doubles as a place for visitors to see the glory of storks in flight. The area’s open ceiling allows storks to fly around the field and nearby village freely. At about 2:00 p.m., breeders throw feed for storks to the nearby riverbank, allowing the visitors to see them feed at a distance.

    How to Get There
    Located 21 km away from Yesan Station, 30 min by car, 1 hr and 30 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page yesanstork.net


    • 62-19, Simokdaeri-gil, Gwangsi-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    • +82-41-339-8271-2
  • Chungcheongnam-doContinuing the History of Hanok Culture: Oeam Folk Village

    Oeam Folk Village retains the appearance of a late Joseon-era village. Following the customary traditions of “facing the river, mountain at the back,” the village was established about 500 years ago and continues its life as a traditional, agrarian village until today. One can find the distinct styles of Joseon-era houses, such as thatched roofs, stone fences, and gardens in the village. The area has 60 houses, all referred to with the owner’s origin or governmental posts. The resulting names, such as Champan’s House or Byeongsa’s house, hearken back to the colloquial names used during the Joseon period and give the buildings a unique sense of living, breathing authenticity. Some houses are open to the public, and the entrance to the village offers experience programs such as rice cake–making with a wooden hammer. Festivals held in the village likewise continue the traditional festivals in the Joseon period, from the Jangseungje, a rite offered to the guardian poles on the 15th day of Lunar February, to traditional marriages, coming-of-age rites, funerals, and ancestral rituals. October and November include festivals that are closely related to architecture.

    Don’t Miss
    One can find bottles of rice wine by the entrance of the Champan’s House. These Yeonyeopju rice wine bottles are made with rice, yeast, and lotus leaves by an Intangible Cultural Property Holder of Chungcheongnam-do, using a recipe passed down through the Yean Yi family for generations. Oeam Village is the only place in Korea where one can find this rice wine.

    How to Get There
    Located 8.7 km away from Asan Intercity Bus Terminal, 12 min by car, 35 min by bus
    Located 13.5 km away from Asan Station, 14 min by car, 1 hr by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page oeam.co.kr


    • 5, Oeamminsok-gil, Songak-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    • +82-41-541-0848
  • Chungcheongnam-doDid Korea Have Any Desert? Sindu-ri Coastal Sand Dune

    The Sinduri Coastal Sand Dune was formed by fine sand deposited on land over 15,000 years after the Ice Age. Its unique ecosystem is protected through its designation as the Natural Monument No. 431 of Korea and the first Protected Marine Area of Korea. The lack of high-rise buildings and other geographical features in the area allows visitors to fully experience the majesty of dunes. One often forgets that there is an entire sea located behind the dune. Following the walking trail leads to a fork, but visitors are recommended to take the road to Sunbigi Hill first for a surprising sight of plants who overcome the arid conditions and carve out a place for themselves on the dune.

    Don’t Miss
    Behind the entrance to Sinduri Coastal Sand Dune lies the Duung Wetland, one of the wetlands in Korea protected by the Ramsar Convention. This 7,000-year-old wetland served as a home to numerous animals and plants, having never dried in the driest weather conditions. Today’s Duung Wetland is home to rare and endangered species, such as the Seoul frog (Pelophylax chosenicus), boreal digging frog (Kaloula borealis), and coon’s tail (Ceratophyllum demersum L.). In summer, water lilies can be found along the edge of the water.

    How to Get There
    Located 23 km away from Taean Bus Terminal, 25 min by car, 1 hr and 20 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities

    Tourist Information
    Web page sinduri.x-y.net/sinduri


    • 201-54, Sinduhaebyeon-gil, Wonbuk-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
    • Sinduri Coastal Sand Dune Center +82-41-672-0499
  • Sejong-siThe Premier Spot for Resting at Sejong City: Sejong Lake Park

    This artificial lake is built to the south of Sejong Special Self-Governing City’s administrative district. It is built from the water of the Geumgang River and hosts five small islands in it. With five themes, such as a floating stage, a festival, playing in the water, water flowers, and a wetland, the lake holds many cultural events for the citizens of Sejong. Three walking trails that circle the park are named Wind Hill, Wanggeune, and Marronnier Beach. Moreover, there are water activities such as kayaking, rubber boating, and water biking. Another popular option is a leisurely bicycle ride around the island.

    Don’t Miss
    At night, spread a mat and enjoy a picnic by the lake. As the sun sets at Sejong Lake Park, the park transforms itself through light performances centered around its floating stage inspired by a pebble. A view of the silver lake is the perfect prelude to the exciting performances held onstage.

    How to Get There
    Located 3.7 km away from Sejong Express and Intercity Bus Terminal, 8 min by car, 10 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page sejong.go.kr/lake.do


    • 155, Hosugongwon-gil, Yeongi-myeon, Sejong-si
    • +82-44-301-3921-6

Gyeongsang-do Area

  • BusanA King’s View Over the Seas of Busan: Taejongdae Park

    Any visit to Taejongdae is a rich experience in harmony with the sea, the wind, and the plants of the area. Taejongdae Park is situated on a rolling hill below 200 m in height, consisting of forests enveloped by coastal cliff formations. Taking a left at the entrance toward the square brings one to a point where the coast and forests converge—the starting point of the trails. Passing the Taejongsa Temple and going down the wooden steps brings the visitor to a wonderful view of the Yeongdo Lighthouse, Yeongdo Lighthouse Pebble Beach, and Sinseonbawi Rock. Afterward, take the stairs up to the observatory. On clear days, one can see Tsushima Island in Japan and Saengdo Island, also known as Kettle Island. Vehicles are prohibited from entering the park on weekdays, so they are advised to proceed on foot or take the Danubi Train to Taejongdae Recreational Area. Moreover, vehicles are allowed to enter the park on weekday evenings and weekends.

    Don’t Miss
    Another famous attraction of Taejongdae Recreation Area is the grilled clams. Walk toward the sea with Yeongdo Lighthouse to one’s back to reach a pebble beach, where one can get raw slices made from clams, conch, abalone, and sea urchin caught by the haenyeo of the area. The taste is exquisite, just like the view of Yeongdo.

    How to Get There
    From the Jangsan Station bus stop, take Express Bus 1011 for 40 min. Disembark at Hanjin Heavy Industries bus stop, transfer to buses 8, 30, and 101, and disembark at Taejongdae bus stop.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web Page bisco.or.kr/taejongdae/
    Available Hours Danubi Train Service Hours
    May–September 9:20 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    October–April 9:20 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Fee Danubi Train
    Adult: KRW 3,000
    Youth: KRW 2,000
    Children: KRW 1,500
    Access Sections of the trail tend to be very steep. Some areas are not barrier-free.


    • 24, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-405-8745–6
  • BusanHit the Beach in the Heart of the City: Haeundae Beach

    With a white sand beach flanked by skyscrapers, this modern and refined beach is one of the most popular destinations in Busan. In July and August, when it is opened to the public, the entire beach is full of colorful parasols and visitors. Its shallow and gentle water makes the beach especially ideal for families with children. Haeundae Beach is also home to numerous festivals throughout the year. In January, you can witness the daring jump into the winter sea in the Haeundae Polar Bear Festival, while June is dominated by the Haeundae Sand Festival. In July and August, there is the Busan Super Cup International Yacht Race and Busan Sea Festival, and in October, the popular Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) occurs.

    Don’t Miss
    Dongbaekseom Island is located at the end of the white sand beach in Haeundae. Formerly an island, it was eventually connected with the land through sedimentation. Dongbaek Coastal Trail offers visitors a chance to walk between the camellia forests on one side and the blue seas on the other. The observatory also offers a view of the Nurimaru and Gwangandaegyo Bridge. In winter, the island is awash in red camellia flowers.

    How to Get There
    Take the express bus 1003 from the Gijang Market bus stop, and disembark at the Haeundae Beach entrance. The trip takes about 40 min. When taking the standard bus 139 from Gijang Station, Donghae Line, you will take about 1 hr to reach Haeundae.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page haeundae.go.kr/tour


    • 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-749-5700
  • BusanThe Good Old Heart of Busan’s Old City Center: Yongdusan and Jagalchi Special Tourist Zone

    This special tourist zone covers the three markets of Jagalchi Market, a market that sells the freshest catch of the day; Gukje Market, a general market that sells everything; and Bupyeong Kkangtong Night Market, a night market that sells food from all over the world. The zone is also home to other famous sights, such as Bosu Book Street, a 50-year-old street of used bookstores; Gwangbok-dong, a center of Busan’s young shoppers; Arirang Street, a street specializing in traditional crafts and specialties; and Yongdusan Park, a park overlooking Busan’s heart. BIFF Square at Nampo-dong is known as one of the centers of Busan’s street food scene, offering eomuk (fish cake), ssiat hotteok (sugar-filled seeded griddlecake), and bbibim dangmyeon (spicy glass noodles).

    Don’t Miss
    Busan Modern History Museum is housed in the former Oriental Development Company building, a company established by the Japanese Empire to expropriate material wealth from its colonies. After the liberation, the building was taken over by the United States Information Agency (USIA) before it was returned to the city of Busan in 1999, following a sustained civil campaign to take back the building. Today, it houses a museum with about 200 artifacts that detail the modern history of Busan, along with films and models.

    How to Get There
    Take the bus 5-1 om Bujeon Station bus stop, and disembark at Jagalchi Market bus stop in 37 min. You can proceed on foot.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities

    Tourist Information
    Web Page www.bsjunggu.go.kr/tour/index.junggu


    • 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-600-4000
  • BusanA Lively Village on a Hill: Gamcheon Culture Village

    Gamcheon Culture Village is a colorful collection of houses that started out as a shantytown for war refugees during the Korean War. The most distinguishing feature of this village is the narrow streets and buildings built into the slope of the mountain like staircases. It was further reformed through a combined effort of the residents and local artists. The fact that this colorful village is selling unique crafts began to spread, and today, the village sees nearly 3 million visitors every year. Visitors also have access to crafts, caricature, and woodcraft experience programs. Many sculptures and observation decks can be found around the village as well.

    Don’t Miss
    The village is full of photo spots. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries for your smart phone. Some popular sites include the sculpture of the Little Prince, tile art on staircases, and murals.

    How to Get There
    Take bus 17 from Busan Station, and disembark at Jagalchi Station. Proceed on foot to Chungmu Market in 1 min, and transfer to Seo-gu 2-2 bus. Disembark at Gamcheon Culture Village.

    Tourist Information
    Web Page gamcheon.or.kr


    • 203 Gamnae-2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-204-1444
  • BusanBusan Sea Beloved by Busan People: Songjeong Beach

    Songjeong Beach takes its place among Haeundae, Gwangalli, Songdo, and Dadaepo as one of the five beaches in Busan and is particularly beloved by its people. Recent developments near Gudeokpo Port have seen refined shops and cafés moving into the area, and the addition of the Haeundae Beach Train has led to a massive increase in visitors. Starting from Mipo Station near Haeundae Beach, the train takes one along Cheongsapo Village to Songjeong Station, a formerly derelict station renewed as the terminus of the Haeundae Beach Train service. Taking the train service along the former Donghae Nambu Line is a great sightseeing trip in Busan. Songjeong Beach also holds the distinction as one of the first surfing spots in Korea, back when surfing culture made its way into Korean society in the early 2000s. A relatively warm temperature and optimal tidal and wind conditions for surfing have led many surfers to converge on the beach, and several surfing schools were founded along Songjeonghaebyeon-ro.

    Don’t Miss
    The Jukdo Park to the northern end of the white sand beach is an inviting place for a walk among the trees. Back in the Joseon period, the forest was known for its bamboo grove. Today’s Jukdo Park mostly features pine and camellia trees, with only its name left as evidence of the island’s former appearance. Walking along the hiking trail leads to Songiljeong Pavilion, where a great view of the Songjeong Beach awaits.

    How to Get There
    Located 1 km away from Songjeong Station, Donghae Line, or 3.5 km away from Jangsan Station, Busan Metro Line 2 When disembarking at Jangsan Station, take Bus Haeundae 9 or 185 to the beach.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page haeundae.go.kr/tour


    • 712-2, Songjeong-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-749-5800
  • BusanA White Sand Beach with Sunset: Dadaepo Beach and Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream

    Dadaepo Beach, the longest white sand beach in Busan, is located at the mouth of Nakdonggang River. The sand is fine from many years of erosion, and the beach tends to be shallow. The dam construction in the 1980s left the area notoriously foul-smelling and unpleasant, but the beach has been cleaned up with the addition of a seaside park and ecological trails. Don’t miss the Sunset Fountain of Dreams, which opened to the public in 2010. The largest floor fountain in the world reaches 55 m at its highest point. The fountain is open from April to October every year, closes on Sundays, and includes many participatory programs for visitors, such as accepting requests for marriage proposals.

    Don’t Miss
    When visiting Dadaepo Beach during the sunset, take a picture with the “Shadow of Shadow,” a sculpture at the center of the beach. Created by artist Kim Young-won, the sculpture is a beloved fixture of Dadaepo Beach since its debut in the Sea Art Festival 2015.

    How to Get There
    Located right next to Busan Metro Line 1 Dadaepo Beach Station. Take exit 4, and walk for about 100 m to find the entrance to the park and the Sunset Fountain of Dream.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.saha.go.kr/tour


    • 14, Morundae 1-gil, Saha-gu, Busan
    • Dadaepo Beach +82-51-220-4161
      Sunset Fountain of Dream +82-51-220-5897
  • BusanA Walk Along Alleyways with Heart: Huinnyeoul Culture Village

    Busan’s past and present overlap in Huinnyeoul Culture Village. This collection of small houses lining the coastal cliff originated from the Korean War when it was founded as a shantytown by war refugees. An urban renewal project led by the Yeongdo-gu Office in 2011 brought artists into the empty houses and planted seeds of change. The village was featured prominently in popular films, such as Nameless Gangster: Rules of Time and The Attorney. In addition, the village’s unique combination of narrow alleyways reminiscent of the ’70s and the ’80s, the dynamic view of the sea, and quirky stores built into remodeled houses make it one of the most popular tourist sites in Busan these days. The view from Huinnyeoul Culture Village features massive vessels floating in the distance, as Yeongdo serves as a temporary stop for many boats in need of refueling or repairs. Take out your camera and capture the scenic view, framed by the soft sunlight breaking off the waves below.

    Don’t Miss
    While the entire village of Huinnyeoul is seen as one large picture-perfect spot, the most popular photo zone among them has to be the Huinnyeoul Coastal Tunnel, which opened to the public in 2018. Stand at the entrance, take a picture with your back turned against the light, and explore the photo zones located down the tunnel.

    How to Get There
    Take Buses 82, 85, or 508 from Busan Station to reach Huinnyeoul Culture Village bus stop in under 30 min.

    Tourist Information
    Web page ydculture.com/huinnyeoulculturetown
    Parking The public parking lot at the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail entrance is available (payment required).


    • 379, Huinnyeoul-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
    • +82-51-419-4067
  • BusanGood Old Days: Songdo Beach and Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, Busan

    Songdo Beach, the oldest tourist beach in Korea, had its 100th anniversary in 2013. It was the premier vacation spot in the ’60s and ’70s, and the beach remains as a tourist site half a century later. Its famous diving stand, the first in Korea, was built in 1927 but was lost to a typhoon 60 years later before being rebuilt for its 100th anniversary. It is open to the public during summer, but visitors have to swim about 80 m out to the sea to reach it. Another beloved feature restored after 29 years is its overwater cable car, which connects Songnim Park at the eastern end of the beach with Amnam Park at the opposite end. The new cable car system runs four times more than the original and has all the safety features of contemporary cable cars to boot. The latest addition to the beach is the Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, a 127 m–long suspension bridge that starts from Amnam Park and takes one around Dongseom Island. It opened in June 2020.

    Don’t Miss
    Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge during the day is a popular site for a thrilling walk with a beautiful view of the coastal formations and waves. In contrast, the bridge at night offers a romantic view of Busan. Bus 7 covers the 2.2 km distance between Amnam Park, the Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge, and Songdo Beach.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page bsseogu.go.kr/tour
    Fee Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge
    KRW 1,000 (free of charge for children under seven years old, residents of Busan Seo-gu, visitors with severe disabilities, and patriots and veterans)


    • Songdo Beach 100, Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
      Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge 620-53, Amnam-dong, Seo-gu, Busan
    • Songdo Beach +82-51-240-4000
      Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge +82-51-240-4087
  • DaeguWhen You Wish upon a Mountain: Palgongsan Mountain

    Palgongsan Mountain is a 1,192 m–tall mountain that straddles the border between the northeastern part of Daegu and the neighboring cities of Gyeongsan and Yeongcheon. It has nearly 5,300 species of animals and plants, such as the Eurasian otter and Siberian flying squirrel, and natural monuments of historic sites, such as the Wonhyosa and Bulguksa Temples and the Gasansanseong Fortress. Moreover, it is a popular mountain trekking destination for folks in nearby cities, such as Daegu, Gyeongsan, or Chilgok. It is also a well-known location for a leisurely drive among younger visitors. The mountain has a cable car service and a Hantijae Service Area. The cable car service brings visitors to an observation deck that offers a great view of the slopes and mountain peaks. Palgongsan Provincial Park is managed by the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, while the Palgongsan Natural Park is a part of Daegu Metropolitan City.

    Don’t Miss
    Another popular feature of any hiking trip to Gatbawi Rock is the Buddhist meal available in Seonbonsa Temple. If one is lucky (or has the foresight) to visit the temple complex between the Gwaneum Service Area and Gwanbong Peak at mealtime, one can clear one’s mind of worldly desires and dine with the monks. The Buddhist temple fare prepared with care is a perfect way to end a hiking trip to Gatbawi Rock.

    How to Get There
    Take Daegu Metro Line 1 from Daegu Station (Gyeongbu Line), and disembark at Ayanggyo Station. From exit 2, Take Express Bus 1, and disembark at Donghwasa Temple Entrance bus stop (17 stops; 30 min). Walk for 1.2 km to Palgongsan Natural Park.

    Tourist Information
    Web page gb.go.kr/Main/open_contents/section/palgong


    • 1, Donghwasa 1-gil, Dong-gu, Daegu
    • +82-53-981-6406
  • DaeguFrom a Historic Market to Night Market: Seomun Market and Seomun Night Market

    Seomun Market is the biggest traditional market south of the Hangang River and the pride and joy of Daegu’s people. This market, originally called “Daegujang,” skyrocketed in importance with the emergence of Daegu’s textile industry in the 1960s. At its heyday, half of the total Korean textile trade originated from the Seomun Market. As the textile industry declined in the 1990s, the market expanded to encompass pottery, dried fish, and food, now establishing its new reputation as a beloved general market for the people of Daegu. Seomun Night Market, which opened in 2016, is one of the biggest night markets in Korea and an instant favorite among visitors and locals alike. Vendors are screened through a rigorous internal review process to ensure the quality of food. Cultural events such as busking, song contests, dance-off competitions, and media façades provide plenty of entertainment for other senses.

    Don’t Miss
    The most popular menu at the night market is Daegu’s specialty— grilled pork intestine—served in a convenient cup. Spicy rice cakes, thinly sliced radish, which adds depth to the soup, and shrimp-and-chips, a creative spin on the quintessential British menu fish-and-chips, are also popular among visitors. The night market is open from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the market opens for 30 min longer. In December, January, and February, the market closes an hour earlier than usual.

    How to Get There
    Its location next to Daegu Metro Line 3 Seomun Market Station offers convenient access to the market.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page
    Seomun Market: seomun.eneeds.gethompy.com
    Seomun Night Market: nightseomun.com


    • 50, Dalseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
    • +82-53-256-6341
  • DaeguFour Seasons of Charm and Fun: Suseongmot Lake Recreational Area

    Suseongmot Lake is one of the favorite rest and recreation areas in Daegu. Its walking trails are covered with swirling petals of cherry blossoms in spring, shaded with willow leaves in summer, and framed by fall colors and waves of silver grass in fall. Snowfall is quite dear in Daegu, and Suseongmot Lake stays lovely in white. Originally built as an artificial reservoir during the Japanese forced occupation, the lake became a park in the 1980s when the residential districts nearby were developed. It went on to become a popular dating and family outing spot among the people of Daegu, and the tradition was passed to the Millennials and Gen Z when the advent of quirky cafés and shops rose in the 2010s. A music fountain installed in 2007 puts on a show twice every night between May and October.

    Don’t Miss
    There’s plenty of things to enjoy at Suseongmot Lake. Pedal boats remain an enduring favorite among visitors, while Suseong Land, a small theme park equipped with all the popular attractions, continues to please the folks like the old days.

    How to Get There
    Daegu Metro Line 3 Suseongmot Station (to be confirmed or TBC) can be found 700 m away. Take the exit to Dusan Ogeori, and cross the road to find the park.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.suseong.kr/tour/index.do


    • 512, Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu
    • +82-53-761-0645
  • UlsanA Cinderella Story: Taehwagang National Garden

    This ecological park is located by the Taehwagang River, which crosses through the Ulsan city center. The park’s tale is a regular Cinderella story that gave the park the nickname “Miracle on Taehwagang River.” Since the city’s famous industrial complexes were established in the 1960s, Ulsan’s rapid industrialization resulted in severe environmental damage in the city. Taehwagang River was one of the foremost examples of the city’s contamination, suffering from severe water quality issues. The City of Ulsan eventually embarked on a project to restore the river in 2004. Through the participation of numerous environmental organizations, civic groups, and corporations, the city planned out a series of ecological spaces, which resulted in the river being selected as one of the 12 ecological tourist sites in Korea in 2013. In addition, the Taehwagang National Garden existed on land originally planned for property development and became the second National Garden in Korea to earn the designation after the Suncheon Bay National Garden in 2019. The park is 2.3 times the size of Yeouido Park and includes 20-plus thematic gardens under the six grand categories of Ecology, Bamboo, Season, Aquatic Plants, Participation, and Mugunghwa.

    Don’t Miss
    Make sure to explore the Taehwagang Observatory, Bora Garden, and the Galaxy Trail when visiting the thematic gardens found between Taehwa and Samho areas. The observatory is fashioned out of an old water tower and offers a great view of the Taehwagang River and the national garden. From late summer to fall, big blue lilyturfs color the Bora Garden violet, while the Galaxy Trail is the premier place to socialize at night, thanks to the extravagant LED lighting in the bamboo forest.

    How to Get There
    It takes about 40–50 min to reach the meeting point from the Donghae Line Taehwagang Station. Take Bus 327, 357, or 708 to Taehwa-dong bus stop, and walk for 400 m toward the river.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page ulsan.go.kr/s/garden/main.ulsan


    • 154, Taehwaganggukgajeongwon-gil, Jung-gu, Ulsan
    • +82-52-229-3147-8
  • UlsanThe Legend of the Blue Sea: Daewangam Park

    A massive chunk of granite off the coast of Ulsan is perched on the East Sea like a twisted, writhing dragon. Visitors can either observe the rock from the land or opt to cross the bridge to the rock. Daewangam Park is a seaside park built around a pine forest. It was called Ulgi Park following the Ulgi Lighthouse built during the Russo-Japanese War of 1906 by Japanese imperialist forces. The name was changed in 2006 during the 100th anniversary of the lighthouse’s construction, following petitions to remove the traces of Japanese imperialist violence in the region. Daewangam Rock has several different names associated with different local legends. The name Yongchuam is inspired by the legend of the rock being a fallen dragon from the heavens, while another legend claims that the queen of King Munmu of Silla is buried here, having decided to follow her husband and become the guardian dragon of the East Sea. The suspension bridge to the island was laid in 1978, and the arch bridge was donated by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1995. Moreover, the Daewangyo Bridge was installed in 2016. Don’t miss the view of the waves breaking on the cliff as you cross the island.

    Don’t Miss
    The view at Daewangam Park is beloved day and night. As night falls, Daewanggyo Bridge is illuminated in rainbow colors. It is one of the three top night views in Ulsan, along with the illuminated Ulsan Petrochemical Industry Complex at night and the view of downtown Ulsan from the Ulsandaegyo Observatory.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 113 from Taehwagang Station, Donghae Line, and disembark at the Ilsan Beach bus stop. Proceed on foot for 1 km. 40–50 min

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page daewangam.donggu.ulsan.kr


    • 95, Deungdae-ro, Dong-gu, Ulsan
    • +82-52-209-3738
  • UlsanThe Eight Peaks of Yeongnam under My Feet: Yeongnam Alps

    Yeongnam Alps is the mountain range at the border region between Gyeongsangbuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do, named after the famous European mountain range. It is home to nine peaks with over 1,000 m above sea level in height, with Gajisan Mountain at 1,241 m as the highest. Yeongnam Alps is one of the favorite places of seasoned trekkers in Korea, as any of the nine peaks offer a majestic view of the mountain and the surrounding areas. It is home to many scenic sites and hidden views because this is the only place in Korea where multiple peaks over 1,000 m in height can be found grouped together. Geumgang Falls, a beloved place of rock climbers, is a triple waterfall along a long cliff. Sinbulsan Mountain’s Gongnyong Ridge is named the dinosaur ridge because the mountain ridge juts out narrow and straight, like the backbone of a dinosaur. Other popular destinations include the silver grass field, popular in fall; Paraeso Falls, a great place for a breather; and Gajisan Mountain’s Ipseokdae Rock Columns, a rock formation resembling two hands clasped together.

    Don’t Miss
    Successfully climbing the nine peaks in Yeongnam Alps earns one a certificate and a souvenir from the five regional governments bordering Yeongnam Alps. The certificate and the souvenir are sent out via post. 2021’s souvenir is a commemorative silver coin.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 304 from KTX Ulsan Station to Yeongnam Alps Welcome Center. 30–40 min

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.ulsan.go.kr/index.ulsan


    • Yeongnam Alps Welcome Center 103-8, Alpeuseuoncheon 5-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
    • +82-52-204-2931
  • UlsanI’ll Write You a Letter with New Year’s Wishes: Cape Ganjeolgot and Somanggil Trail

    Ganjeolgot Cape is located further south of Homigot Cape of Pohang, a famous destination for sunrise-watching. Visitors to Ganjeolgot Cape can catch the sunset a minute earlier than in Homigot Cape. In the winter, as the sun rises from the southwest rather than the east, Ganjeolgot Cape’s sunrise precedes that of Jeongdongjin in the north by 5 min. The Somanggil Trail is named for Ganjeolgot Cape’s association with a new year’s wish (somang). It is 10 km long. It is divided into two sections of the Myeongseongyo Bridge and Sinamhang Port and is further divided into five thematic trails of Love, Romance, Happiness, and others. The trail passes through famous sites along the East Sea, such as Daebawi, Solgae, Songjeong seaside sarks, and Jinha and Nasa Beaches. Don’t miss the gigantic postbox, a symbol of Ganjeolgot Cape; the Ganjeolgot Lighthouse, one of the 16 most beautiful lighthouses selected by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in 2014; and Myeongseondo Island, an island that is reachable on foot from Jinha Beach at low tide.

    Don’t Miss
    Ganjeolgot Cape’s gigantic postbox named “Somang,” (wish) created in 2006, was a throwback to the old-fashioned postboxes used in Korea in the 1970s. The postbox is serviced by Korea Post, so visitors can take a free postcard on display at nearby shops and cafés to write a letter to friends and families.

    How to Get There
    Namchang Station of Donghae Line is the closest train station in the area. Take Bus 715, and disembark at Ganjeolgot bus stop after 30 min of traveling.

    Tourist Information
    Web page tour.ulju.ulsan.kr


    • 39-2, Ganjeolgot 1-gil, Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
    • +82-52-204-1756
  • UlsanCross the River of Time and Arrive at Ulju: Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace

    The first petroglyph in the world to depict whale hunting and the National Treasure No. 285 of Korea is the Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace in Daegok-ri, Ulju. Bangudae Terrace can only be seen with binoculars from across the river for conservation. Known by the locals for generations, the petroglyphs were revealed worldwide in 1971 by a team of researchers from Dongguk University. There are 296 separate engravings of animals whose detailed and accurate depictions have captured the interest of global academia. The most notable group of engravings is the 58 images of whales, including the northern right whale, humpback whale, right whale, gray whale, and sperm whale, which point to the history of Ulsan’s whaling many thousand years ago. A life-size model of the petroglyphs is found at the Ulsan Petroglyph Museum, standing 3 m tall and 10 m across, with detailed descriptions of its value.

    Don’t Miss
    The best time to visit and see the petroglyphs in person is around 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. They are only seen clearly under specific lighting because the engravings are carved from stone without pigments or paint. It takes 20 min to reach the petroglyphs from the museum through a trail nearby, so plan your visit to get the best lighting.

    How to Get There
    Bus 348 offers the only direct connection between KTX Ulsan Station and Ulsan Petroglyph Museum. Passengers can disembark in front of the entrance after 40 min of travel.

    Tourist Information
    Web page ulsan.go.kr/s/bangudae/main.ulsan
    Designation Status Petroglyphs of Bangudae Terrace designated as National Treasure No. 285 of Korea (designated on June 23, 1995)


    • Ulsan Petroglyph Museum 254, Bangudaean-gil, Dudong-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
    • +82-52-229-4797
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doGyeongju Night: Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond, Cheomseongdae Observatory

    Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond exemplify Gyeongju’s romantic atmosphere at night. Wolji Pond is a massive artificial pond with a circumference of nearly 1,000 m, built by King Munmu of Silla, the unifier of the Three Kingdoms in Korea. Historical records say that Wolji Pond was a beautiful garden home to rare birds and beasts. Donggung Palace was a palace for the Crown Prince of Silla, and Wolji Pond means “a pond that reflects the moon.” Its curved edges ensure that the entire pond is hidden from any point along its circumference so that it would appear as big as the sea. The pond served as the banquet hall for important events or guests for Unified Silla. Today, Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond are most popular at night when the lights in the old palace are captured in the tranquil pond nearby.

    Don’t Miss
    The Gyeongju National Museum has a gallery dedicated to Wolji Pond. When the pond was dug up for survey in 1974, a massive cache of artifacts was unearthed. Subsequent investigations excavated nearly 15,000 artifacts, which can be found nearby in Gyeongju National Museum.

    How to Get There
    Located 2 km away from Gyeongju Station, Jungang Line, the palace and pond are accessible to visitors on foot. Taking buses 11 or 600 from Gyeongju Station and Post Office bus stop will bring visitors to the palace within 10 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page gyeongju.go.kr/tour
    Fee Adult: KRW 3,000 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 2,000 / Children: KRW 1,000
    Designation Status Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond designated as Historic Site No. 18 of Korea (designated on January 21, 1963)


    • 102, Wonhwa-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • +82-54-750-8655
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doExplore the Cultural Heritage of the World: Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto

    Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were the first historical sites in Korea registered as UNESCO World Heritage in 1995. They remain the highlights of any visit to Gyeongju today. Both the temple and grotto are built with harmony in mind, between symmetry and asymmetry, and balance and ratio. UNESCO World Heritage Committee evaluated Seokguram Grotto as “a masterpiece of exquisite beauty with great historical significance and a symbol of the Silla Kingdom (an era of dramatic development in religion, doctrine, science, and the formative arts),” and the Bulguksa Temple as a “religious architectural complex of exceptional significance.” Bulguksa Temple was built with the hope of healing the damages done by the constant wars that preceded the formation of Unified Silla and realizing the land of Buddha in the mortal world. Seokguram Grotto was built in an artificial stone cavern at the eastern slope of Tohamsan Mountain. It’s at a spot overlooking the rising sun where the human seeker Sakyamuni reaches nirvana to become the Gautama Buddha.

    Don’t Miss
    Visitors are recommended to visit the Seokguram Grotto as early as possible on weekdays because of the site’s massive popularity and proceed to the Bulguksa Temple afterward. On Buddha’s birthday, visitors are permitted to see the sculpture of Buddha within the stone cavern without paying any entrance fees.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 11 from Bulguksa Station, Donghae Line, to reach the Bulguksa Temple in 10 min. Seokguram Grotto’s ticket booth is 7.3 km away from Bulguksa Temple or a 15 min car drive. Visitors can follow the Tohamsan Mountain trail to visit the grotto too.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible subway / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page
    Bulguksa Temple: bulguksa.or.kr
    Seokguram Grotto: seokguram.org
    Fee Adult: KRW 6,000 / Youth: KRW 4,000 / Children: KRW 3,000 (each for Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto)
    Designation Status
    Bulguksa Temple designated as Historic Site 502 of Korea (designated on December 21, 2009)
    Seokguram Grotto designated as National Treasure No. 24 of Korea (designated on December 20, 1962)


    • Bulguksa Temple 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
      Seokguram Grotto 873-243, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Bulguksa Temple +82-54-746-9913
      Seokguram Grotto +82-54-746-9933
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doThe Hottest Destinations for Outdoor Travel: Ulleungdo Island and Dokdo Island

    It takes about 2 hr and 30 min by boat from Hupo, Pohang, Gangneung, and Mukhohang Ports to reach Ulleungdo Island. The island became popular in recent years because of the unspoiled and mysterious scenery of the volcanic island. Ulleungdo Island saw numerous visitors either backpacking with camping gear, planning to complete the loop road built in 2008, or exploring the nearby sea. The highlight is the trip to Dokdo Island. Located about 2 hr by boat, the island is hard to reach because tidal conditions limit the accessibility of the island to only 150 days per year. Visitors who don’t get the chance can still find value in the beautiful view of the resolute island rising above the deep blue sea, a haven of rare animals and plants such as the band-rumped storm petrel or black-tailed gull.

    Don’t Miss
    A forest trail to the Sillyeongsu Spring at the entrance to Seonginbong Peak of Ulleungdo Island has recently gained much attention as the “walking trail of the gods.” This 20 min–long flat trail leads to a lush forest and a cool, delicious mineral spring with a footbath.

    How to Get There
    The only way to Ulleungdo Island is by boat. Boats are found at Hupo, Pohang, Gangneung, and Mukhohang Ports, with the shortest trip at 2 hr and 30 min from Hupo and the longest at 3 hr and 30 min from Pohang. Boats to Dokdo Island are only available from Ulleungdo Island. The timetable at Sadong Passenger Terminal varies according to sea conditions.

    Tourist Information
    Web page
    Ulleungdo Island: www.ulleung.go.kr/tour
    Dokdo Island: dokdo.mofa.go.kr
    Designation Status Dokdo Island designated as Natural Monument No. 336 of Korea (designated on November 16, 1982)


    • Ulleungdo Island 236, Taeha-gil, Seo-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
      Dokdo Island 27, Dokdo-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Ulleungdo Island +82-54-790-6454
      Dokdo Island +82-54-790-6644
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doHeld by the Mountain, Wrapped by the River: Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

    Seowon refers to Joseon-era educational institutions that doubled as a political and social forum in that period, where scholars would gather to discuss public opinion and prepare their petitions for the central government. Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy is said to be the most beautiful of all such academies in Korea. The entrance to the academy offers a mountain view surrounding the complex like a screen. Passing through the Bongnyemun Gate, the de facto main gate of the complex, leads to Mandaeru Pavilion. The mountain slopes between the seven pillars that support the pavilion, the view of the Nakdonggang River, and the sandbank below are visible. When descending from the pavilion, one is brought to the front of Ipgyodang Hall, the lecture hall for the students who used to study here, and Dongjae and Seojae to the left and right, functioning as dormitories for the students. After visiting the Jondeoksa Shrine, the resting place for the commemoration tablets of Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong and his son Ryu Jin, one can either opt to explore the academy’s architectural features in leisure or sit at the open floor of Ipgyodang Hall and enjoy the sight of Mandaeru Pavilion and the Nakdonggang River beyond.

    Don’t Miss
    Upon close inspection, the pillars of Mandaeru Pavilion were not rounded but left in their natural form. Its foundation stones were also left unprocessed, allowing the pavilion to blend in with nature in harmony. A popular photo zone for SNS uploads is the area behind Ipgyodang Hall.

    How to Get There
    Take Bus 246 to Hahoe Village and Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy when starting from KTX Andong Station or the neighboring Andong Terminal. However, the bus trip takes more than 1 hr and 30 min to get there. Taking a car shortens the time to 30 min and below.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Parking for visitors with disabilities

    Tourist Information
    Web page byeongsan.net
    Designation Status Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy designated as Historic Site No. 260 of Korea (designated on March 31, 1978)
    Designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of “Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies” (designated on July 6, 2019)


    • 386, Byeongsan-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • +82-54-858-5929
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doA Trip in Time to a Historical Drama: Hahoe Village, Andong

    From Netflix’s Kingdom to the films Untold Scandal and YMCA Baseball Team set in the Joseon and modern periods, Hanoe Village is a favorite filming site for many TV shows and films because of its status as a living monument to Korean folk history. Nearly 130 old buildings are found in this village, whose name comes from the shape of the Nakdonggang River bending around the village like lotus flowers floating on water. The center of the village is dominated by tiled roof houses and surrounded by small homely thatched roof houses. Yangjindang and Chonghyodang Houses exemplify the elegance of the village’s architecture, while houses like Gwichon, Bukchon, and Namchon offer a glimpse into the past life of the Korean folk.

    Don’t Miss
    A stretch of the Hahoegangbyeon-gil road 350 m to the north of the village outskirts is a wonderful pedestrian-only road that turns into a cherry blossom road in the spring.

    How to Get There
    20 min by car from KTX Andong Station or Andong Terminal When taking Bus 246 from Andong Terminal bus stop, it takes 1 hr to reach the Hahoe Village bus stop.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page hahoe.or.kr
    Designation Status Andong Hahoe Village designated as Folk Cultural Heritage No. 122 (designated on January 14, 1984)
    UNESCO World Cultural Heritage (designated on July 31, 2010)
    Fee Adult: KRW 5,000 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 2,500 / Children: KRW 1,500


    • 2-1, Hahoejongga-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Hahoe Village Tourist Information Call Center +82-54-852-3588
      Cultural Guide & Translation Services +82-54-840-3803
      Andong Hahoe Village Management Office +82-54-854-3669
  • Gyeongsangbuk-doDo You Recognize the Baeheullim Pillars of Muryangsujeon Hall: Buseoksa Temple

    The last few years have been remarkably kind to Buseoksa Temple, from its registration as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2018 to its selection as one of the most beautiful temples in Korea by the CNN and inclusion in the 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Korea for 4 years in a row. The temple was built by the great monk Uisang, who brought the Hwaeom (Huayan) school of Buddhism to Korea during the reign of King Munmu of Silla. The temple saw massive expansions during the rule of King Gongmin of Goryeo, including its famous Muryangsujeon Hall, which established the temple as the foremost wooden Buddhist temple of Goryeo. Muryangsujeon Hall, in particular, enjoys enduring popularity for its architectural features as exemplars of Paljak (hipped-and-gabled) roof and Baeheullim (entasis) pillars. Being located at the foot of the Sobaeksan Mountain also means that the temple enjoys a great view of the seasons.

    Don’t Miss
    Take a leisurely walk on the walking trail, which brings one to the three-story stone pagoda, the staircase at Anyangnu Pavilion, and the Muryangsujeon Hall. The stone pagoda’s simple exterior accentuates its atmosphere of tranquility. It is one of the great exemplars of the Three Kingdoms Period architecture in Korea, and the view of the mountain from the Anyangnu Pavilion is simply to die for. One can find apple orchards and stands handling Yeongju’s famous specialty, Yeongju apples, between the parking lot and the Iljumun Gate.

    How to Get There
    Walk from Yeongju Bus Terminal to Yeonggwang Middle School, and proceed with bus 355 to Buseoksa Temple. It takes about 1 hr and 45 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page pusoksa.org
    Access The main entrance has barriers but is accessible through a sloped path. Some buildings only have staircases, making them inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
    Others Braille blocks are available in front of the restrooms.


    • 345, Buseoksa-ro, Buseok-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • +82-54-633-3464
  • Gyeongsangnam-doA Misty Home of Tranquility: Changnyeong Upo Wetland

    TThis is the oldest natural inland wetland in Korea, with its 8.5 km2 being formed by the rise of sea level about 140 million years ago. It is home to nearly 1,000 species of flora and fauna, including some rare species. The area’s most storied triumph is the successful restoration of the crested ibis, Natural Monument No. 198 of Korea, as Upo Crested Ibis Restoration Center is home to 384 crest ibises. About 40 birds have been released to the wild every year since 2019, with a survival rate of 62.5%. Furthermore, the total length of exploration paths in Uponeup Wetland is 2.8 km. It can be accessed either on foot or on a bicycle. Most visitors start their exploration from the Uponeup Wetland Ecological Center. The shortest section is about 30 min long, while the longest section takes about 3 hr and 30 min to complete. All trails connect with each other, allowing the visitors to choose their own path or return to the starting point. In addition, Uponeup Wetland’s most famous feature is the mist rising from the wetland, which can be seen in significant temperature differences in spring, fall, and early morning.

    Don’t Miss
    For a more informative visit, check out the Uponeup Wetland Ecological Center’s exhibition on Uponeup Wetland’s ecology and the four seasons. Ecological guides at Uponeup Wetland Ecological Center earned some public acclaim for their work, The Friends We Can Meet in Uponeup Wetland, a report of their observation on the residents of Uponeup Wetland, including the crested ibis. Changnyeong-gun has recently opened a YouTube channel to share the videos of crested ibis training for their growth and young crested ibis growing up.

    How to Get There
    From Changnyeong Intercity Bus Terminal, move for about 203 m on foot to Yeongsin Bus Terminal, and take buses to Yulwon (Daeji, Ibang). Disembark at Somok and walk for 1 km.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / wheelchair rental / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web Page cng.go.kr/tour/upo.web
    Avaliable Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. (last ticketing 5:00 p.m.)
    *Closed on Monday (if the day is a holiday, then the following day) and on January 1
    Designation Status
    Ecology special protection district (July 26, 1997)
    Ramsar Wetland (March 2, 1998)
    Wetland Protection Area (August 9, 1999)
    Fee Uponeup Wetland Ecological Center
    Adult KRW 2,000; Group KRW 1,500
    Youth, Armed Force Members KRW 1,500; Group KRW 1,000
    Child KRW 1,000; Group KRW 800
    * The entrance is free for visitors under 3 years of age, patriots and veterans and 1 additional party, visitors with disabilities above Grades 3 and 1 and additional party, and visitors above the age of 65.


    • 220, Uponeup-gil, Yueo-myeon, Changnyeong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    • +82-55-530-1521
  • Gyeongsangnam-doA Sea of Golden Waves: Hwangmaesan County Park

    Hwangmaesan Mountain is a large mountain between Hapcheon-gun and Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. It is famous for its massive silver grass colony that glitters like a sea of silver. The best place to see the silver grasses is at Hwangmae Plateau, located about 20 min along the trail from the parking lot in the middle of the mountain. Follow the slope to the west to find a small observation deck. It is best to see the silver grass during sunset because it resembles a sea of golden waves in the setting sun. However, the mountain gets dark after nightfall, so visitors are recommended to bring flashlights for the night. The mountain also has excellent camping facilities, and visitors can opt to bring tents for overnight stays. Every May, the popular “Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea Festival” is held in the area.

    Don’t Miss
    Hapcheon is also home to the Haeinsa Temple, Tripitaka Koreana, and the beautiful Gayasan Mountain. Hapcheon Film Park served as a filming site for numerous TV shows and films. Visitors can see the recreation of an old Seoul street, steam engine trains, and the Cheongwadae Filming Site.

    How to Get There
    2 hr and 30 min or 3 hr via bus from Hapcheon Intercity Bus Terminal

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web page hwangmaesan.kr
    Avaliable Hours No limits (entry may be suspended depending on weather conditions)
    Others Fee-free


    • 4, Hwangmaesangongwon-gil, Gahoe-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    • +82-55-930-4752
  • Gyeongsangnam-doTraveling without a Visa to a Picture of Germany: Namhae German Village

    With houses with orange and angular roofs arranged like staircases between the mountain and the sea, this is a village of former miners and nurses who returned to Korea after migrating to Germany. The village was formed in 2001 to support their retirement and resettlement in their home country. All buildings in this village were built in German style, with materials sourced from Germany. Most houses are three stories tall; many families reside on one floor and rent out the other floors as guesthouses. True to its name, the village offers experience programs such as German beer-making and sausage-making. There is even an Oktoberfest festival held every year, so check the calendar before visiting.

    Don’t Miss
    An interesting part of the village is the Deutscher Imbiss, a German-style snack bar and gift shop serving German-style beer and snacks. Nearby tourist sites include the Namhae German Exhibition Hall, the Rathaus and photo zone, Deutsche Platz, and an observation deck with a view of the German Village. The area is also home to German restaurants, bars, and cafés.

    How to Get There
    From Namhae Intercity Bus Terminal, move for 138 m on foot to Namhae Bus Terminal, and take the bus to Mijo (Eunjeom). Disembark at Mulgeon Village in about 1 hr. Then, walk for 10 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page 남해독일마을.com
    Others Braille blocks are available.


    • 92, Dogil-ro, Samdong-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    • +82-55-867-8897
  • Gyeongsangnam-doCompleted with a Windmill on the Hill: Windy Hill

    Dojangpo Village is better known as the Windy Hill of Geoje, a flat and low hill with a view of the sea and sea breeze. The story of this village began about 10 years ago when a windmill was built on top of this hill. After being featured on different shows, restaurants, accommodations, cafés, and gift shops began to be built around the village. A coastal trail and breakwater were built around the Windy Hill, and a performance hall was built below the hill. Furthermore, the village is home to a camellia forest and offers fishing, cruise, and motor boating opportunities. A good place to take a portrait photograph is the terrace at the bakery café on the way from Windy Hill to the pier.

    Don’t Miss
    Windy Hill is named after the sea breeze. That is why visitors are encouraged to pack windbreakers or jackets. Following the forest staircase to the left side of the windmill brings one to the camellia forest trail. The trail leads to the path above the Dojangpo Village, which is a great place to have a view of the village.

    How to Get There
    From Haegeumgang Oedo Cruise Terminal, move for 424 m to Samjeong Senior Center. Take bus 3116 from Samjeong Senior Center, disembark at Dongbu 119 Safety Center, and walk to Hakdong Samgeori in about 1 min. Take bus 55, and disembark at Dojangpo. Then, take a 5 min walk to Windy Hill.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page tour.geoje.go.kr
    Avaliable Hours It is open 24/7 throughout the year.
    Parking There are no dedicated parking spots for visitors with disabilities, but visitors can opt to use the standard parking spaces.
    Access The windmill can be reached through the staircases. Walking trails with decked roads are available too.
    Others
    Fee-free
    There are braille blocks in front of the restrooms.
    There’s a barrier-free restroom, which includes a sloped path.
    Walking trails with decked roads are accessible through barrier-free roads.


    • 76, Dojangpo 1-gil, Nambu-myeon, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
    • Geoje City Department of Tourism +82-55-639-3000
      Dojangpo Cruise +82-55-632-8787
  • Gyeongsangnam-doA Great Inheritance to the Way Of Enlightenment: Haeinsa Temple

    The way to the temple begins from the UNESCO World Heritage monument erected in the Haeinsa Temple’s Iljumun Gate in Hapcheon-gun Gyeongsangnam-do. There is an uphill path that connects Iljumun Gate with Daejeokgwangjeon Hall, passing through many gates and staircases. As one climbs the 108 stairs, symbolizing the types of sin in the Buddhist faith, one finds that the gates become smaller, staircases become steeper, and space becomes wider. The building at the end of this arduous path is the Daejeokgwangjeon Hall, which symbolizes the equality of all beings under the tranquil light of the Buddha. Janggyeong Panjeon, a UNESCO World Heritage, on the other hand, is a collection of wooden buildings that were built to store the Tripitaka Koreana, a collection of woodblocks dating back to the 13th century. Its windows vary in size, having been designed to maximize the airflow, and the woodblocks are managed only through natural airflow. The interior temperature of the Janggyeong Panjeon is about three degrees lower than the external temperature. Moreover, Beopbojeon Hall exhibits woodblocks stored in Janggyeong Panjeon.

    Don’t Miss
    Visitors who want to see the Tripitaka Koreana, National Treasure No. 32 of Korea, and a part of the UNESCO Memory of the World should make a reservation before their visit. Those with reservations are allowed to see the woodblocks in person every Saturday and Sunday. Each visit takes about an hour, with 20 min to see the woodblocks. Despite their 800 years of history, the woodblocks remain in pristine conditions. Visitors may also see the woodblocks up close, handled carefully by expert researchers. Janggyeong Panjeon complex itself has significant scientific and architectural value, reflected in its designation as the National Treasure No. 52 and UNESCO World Heritage.

    How to Get There
    Disembark at KTX Dongdaegu Station, and take Daegu Metro Line 1 to Seongdangmot Station. Proceed to Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, and take a bus to Haeinsa Temple in about 1 hr and 40 min. Disembark at Haeinsa Temple, and then take the express bus from Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal, Daegu, to Haeinsa Temple.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page haeinsa.or.kr
    Available Hours Tripitaka Koreana Viewing: Summer, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Winter, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open throughout the year)
    Fee Adult: KRW 3,000, Youth: KRW 1,500, Child: KRW 700
    Access A lift is available.


    • 122, Haeinsa-gil, Gaya-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    • +82-55-934-3000

Jeolla-do Area

  • GwangjuA Majestic Presence: Mudeungsan National Park

    Mudeungsan Mountain is a fixed view in the Gwangju city center and wherever you are. Its accessibility makes it a popular weekend destination for the people of Gwangju. Its highest peak, Cheonwangbong Peak, boasts of a majestic presence with its columnar joint formations formed nearly 70 million years ago. The mountain is home to azaleas in spring, tiger lilies in summer, maple trees and silver grass in fall, and snow in winter. Visitors must take care during their visit because the mountain is home to several endangered species, such as the Eurasian otter, Siberian flying squirrel, and Akebian-fruit orchid. Furthermore, visitors can choose between eight climbing courses varying in difficulty and duration. The first course is a great way to see the Gwangju city center and Mudeungsan Mountain’s silhouette. Most trails tend to be gentle in slope, and there are many things to see along the way.

    Don’t Miss
    After a mountain climbing session, head to Mudeungsan Barley Rice Alley. This 30-year-old alley has single-handedly created a culture among the local trekkers by having a table of steamed barley and rice with makgeolli (rice wine). There is a reason why trekkers say the meal tastes as sweet as honey.

    How to Get There
    Located 14.3 km away from Gwangju Station, 33 min by car, 30 min by bus
    Located 17.2 km away from Gwangju Bus Terminal, 35 min by car, 40 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / accessible low-floor bus / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web page mudeung.knps.or.kr
    Access Braille blocks are available.


    • 216, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
    • +82-62-227-1187
  • GwangjuThe Heart that Drives Gwangju’s Artistic Spirit: Asia Culture Center

    The Asia Culture Center showcases exhibitions, performances, and works of all genres as the premier cultural space of Gwangju. Its Haneul Madang Outdoor Park is a grass lawn that has become a popular spot for picnics where many visitors bring food from nearby restaurants. The Asia Culture Center emphasizes children’s programs as much as the programs geared toward adults, from natural and cultural programs based on mythologies around Asia to creativity-building programs and exhibitions on modes of transportation around the world. It boasts of a wide range of programs for younger visitors.

    Don’t Miss
    The Asia Culture Center is located in Gwangju’s downtown area, Chungjangno. The street is home to the Gwangju Chungjang Festival, an event by the people of Gwangju that features performances and events that hearken back to the ’70s and ’80s, such as old-style cafés, black-and-white photography, and discotheques. There are opportunities for urban camping as well.

    How to Get There
    Located 4 km away from Gwangju Bus Terminal, 13 min by car, 25 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page acc.go.kr
    Access Braille blocks are available.


    • 38, Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju
    • 1899-5566
  • Jeollabuk-doAn Art Museum in the Forest: Kim Byung Jong Art Museum, Namwon

    Kim Byung Jong Art Museum of Namwon is a place where literature and art coexist in a forest. It is home to nearly 100 pieces of art and 5,000 manuscripts from Kim Byung Jong, a Namwon-born artist, which were donated to the city of Namwon. This collection formed the heart of this space, created by the city of Namwon as an exhibition space for Namwon-born artists, and an art and cultural space for the people of the region. Regular exhibitions bring Kim’s art to the public with different themes each year, while the next area hosts irregular exhibitions that introduce the works of Namwon’s artists to the public.

    Don’t Miss
    The museum is also famous for its café with the cheeky name of Sorry for Being so Delicious Coffee. It offers a wide range of beverages made from local products and has nearly 2,000 books on art, literature, and humanities.

    How to Get There
    It is located about 1.7 km away from Namwon Bus Terminal and about 20 min on foot. Taking a bus from the terminal also involves about 1.3 km of walking, so visitors are recommended to proceed on foot or by a taxi service.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page nkam.modoo.at
    Access Braille blocks are available at the main entrance and staircase.


    • 65-14, Hampau-gil, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-620-5660
  • Jeollabuk-doA Mountain with Four Faces: Maisan Provincial Park

    Two peaks rise side by side, resembling a pair of horse ears and divided by the Gangjeonggol Pass. Maisan Mountain is home to several famous sites, including the Eunsusa Temple located at the foot of the western peak. Another temple called the Tapsa Temple can be found in front of the Eunsusa Temple, which features nearly 80 stone pagodas made over hundreds of years by the villagers. The peaks of Maisan Mountain appear rough from the distance because the peaks bear tafoni, rough holes formed by pebbles breaking away from rocks over many winters. Maisan Mountain has numerous different names for each season, thanks to its peak reflecting the characteristics of the season in the scenery. In spring, the two peaks are known as Dotdaebong (mast peak) because they resemble two masts of a sailboat when jutting out of the springtime fog; Yonggakbong (dragon’s horn) in summer, for the lush trees resembling a dragon’s horn; Maibong (horse ear peak) in fall, when the peaks are clothed in fall colors resembling horse ears; and Munpilbong (writer’s brush peak) in winter, when snow accumulates on the mountain except for the peaks, resembling a white brush dipped in ink.

    Don’t Miss
    The nearby Tapyeongje Lake is a great place to take leisurely walks. It can be reached from the southern parking lot after a 1 km–long hike. Visitors on the lake can opt to take a pedal boat or enjoy the view of the seasons by the lake. In particular, the lake in the spring creates a wonderful view of the cherry blossoms and the reflection of the two peaks on water. Maisan Mountain is also known for high-quality kudzu vines, and kudzu tea is a mainstay in the stores near the hiking trail. Don’t miss out on the rich and earthy scent of the beverage.

    How to Get There
    Located 10 km away from Jinan Intercity Bus Terminal, 13 min by car, 40 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page jinan.go.kr/maisan


    • 130, Maisan-ro, Jinan-eup, Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-430-8753
  • Jeollabuk-doAn Elegant Taste of Red: Naejangsan National Park

    Naejangsan Mountain, one of the five great mountains of Honam, is located at the border between the city of Jeongeup and Sunchang-gun. It is particularly known for its fall colors, with 11 species of maple changing colors at different periods to create a majestic mosaic that lasts longer than other areas. Naejangsan Mountain is so renowned for its maple because of its geographical location. Being located in an inland region in the southern part of the Korean peninsula creates a large temperature difference in the area, and the lack of large mountains nearby ensures plenty of sunlight for the trees. Visitors can take a cable car service from the entrance of the mountain to the observatory at the summit, which coincidentally offers a wonderful view of the mountain. Passing the ticket booth and proceeding in the direction of the valley leads to a 2.6 km–long hiking trail with a large grassy field that lends itself well to picnics.

    Don’t Miss
    Nearby sights include the Uhwajeong Pavilion, a pavilion floating on the lake near the entrance of Naejangsan Mountain; Sinsun Falls, a part of Naejangsan Mountain’s fortification and the site of a pitched battle during the Japanese invasion of Korea; and Naejangsa Temple, a historic temple built during the reign of King Uija of Baekje that was restored multiple times from multiple calamities.

    How to Get There
    Located 14 km away from Jeongeup Station, 22 min by car, 50 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page naejang.knps.or.kr
    Access Wheelchair rental is available at Naejangsan Mountain Support Center or Information Center. They should be used on barrier-free paths.


    • 1207, Naejangsan-ro, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-538-7875
  • Jeollabuk-doA White Hill of Flowers: Okjeongho Gujeolcho Theme Park

    This flower hill is located near Churyeongcheon Stream, a tributary of Seomjingang River. Its white color comes from white-lobe Korean dendranthema [gujeolcho; Dendranthema zawadskii var. latilobum (Maxim.) Kitam.] The ridge beyond is home to a pine forest. It was initially built as a sports park in 2003, and in 2006, the area was designated as a natural recreational park. Following the trails between the flowers leads one to the pine forest trail, from which Dotongbawi Rock can be seen at the summit of the mountain. Then, below the rock is a small cave that can house 5–6 people. Sometimes, it is used by the Buddhist monks nearby as a praying spot. A suspension bridge can also be found at the entrance to the trail, and various pathways can be found along the stream.

    Don’t Miss
    Every 10th of October, Okjeongho Gujeolcho Park hosts the Jeongeup Gujeolcho Flower Festival. The festival celebrates the idyllic picture of the white flowers on the hill framed by pine trees that stand toward the sky. In addition to enjoying the flowers in full bloom, visitors can also find performances, exhibitions, and markets that handle the agricultural products and specialties of the region.

    How to Get There
    Go to the Chilbo bus stop, the transfer station located about 30 km away from Jeongeup Terminal bus stop. It takes about 1 hr and 40 min. The bus alights at more than 30 bus stops on the way, so visitors are recommended to take a car to the park instead.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page www.jeongeup.go.kr/culture/index.jeongeup
    Available Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Others Fee-free
    *Jeongeup Gujeolcho Flower Festival entry fee : Adult KRW 5,000 Youth KRW 3,000


    • San 186-5, Maejuk-ri, Sannae-myeon, Jeongeup-si, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-539-6171
  • Jeollabuk-doTrendy or Rich; Why Not Both? Jeonju Hanok Village

    This is the largest collection of hanok buildings in Korea, home to nearly 700 hanok buildings. Notable organizations and tourist sites include the Jeonju Korean Traditional Wine Museum, Wanpanbon Culture Center, Jeonju Sori Culture Center, Jeonju Crafts Exhibition Hall, hanok accommodations, and the Jeonju Gugak FM channel building. Ten million tourists visit Jeonju Hanok Village every year. The village began in the 1930s during the Japanese forced occupation. As the colonial authorities demolished all fortifications except the southern gate (Pungnammun Gate) in the city of Jeonju to expedite the dispossession of rice produced in Korea, Japanese settlers began to move into the city center area to occupy the market. Korean residents in opposition began to build hanok houses near Pungnam-dong and Gyo-dong areas, which became the hanok village today.

    Don’t Miss
    Start from the Pungnammun Gate, the entrance to Jeonju Hanok Village, and embark on a historical tour of the city’s rich history. One gets a strange sense of contrast between the Jeondong Cathedral, a Catholic church built in Romanesque and Byzantine styles, and the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, where the royal portrait of Joseon’s first king is enshrined. Don’t forget to explore the trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops that moved into the hanok buildings.

    How to Get There
    Located 3.6 km away from Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal, 6 min by car, 19 min by bus Located 4.3 km away from Jeonju Station, 11 min by car, 30 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page hanok.jeonju.go.kr


    • 99, Girin-daero, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-282-1330
  • Jeollabuk-doIn Front of Korea’s First Stone Pagoda: Mireuksa Temple Site, Iksan

    Mireuksa Temple was once the largest Buddhist temple in the former Baekje area built on the slope of the Mireuksan Mountain until the temple was closed by the Joseon state in the 17th century. What remains today is only a part of the temple complex. Archeological studies have revealed that the temple used to occupy a site of 80,000 m2, and the two pieces of Buddhist artifacts were also discovered. One of them is the Stone Pagoda at the Mireuksa Temple Site, the National Treasure No. 11 of Korea. This six-story-tall pagoda was recognized as the largest and the oldest stone pagoda in Korea, eventually undergoing restoration work to rebuild the pagoda to its presumed original height of nine stories. The pagoda is made out of granite and is recognized as an important landmark in the transition from wooden to stone pagodas in the Korean peninsula. It is also a symbol of Baekje’s rich tradition of Buddhism. The other artifact is the flagpole supports at the Mireuksa Temple Site, Treasure No. 236 of Korea. The flagpole supports supported the flagpoles erected at the entrance of Buddhist temples. The ones in the Mireuksa Temple Site stand 90 cm apart from each other, facing the east and west.

    Don’t Miss
    There were two wooden pagodas in Mireuksa Temple. Two stone pagodas were originally found, and each was named after their direction from the temple. The eastern pagoda was built as a recreation of the western pagoda. However, the western pagoda was not restored to its proper height because, during the Japanese forced occupation, colonial authorities poured 185 t of concrete on the pagoda, ostensibly for repairs. It took nearly 20 years to restore the pagoda to its original appearance. The story on the restoration of the western pagoda can be found at the Iksan National Museum, located at the Mireuksa Temple Site.

    How to Get There
    Located 17 km away from Iksan Station, 25 min by car, 50 min by bus

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page iksan.museum.go.kr


    • 362, Mireuksaji-ro, Geumma-myeon, Iksan-si, Jeollabuk-do
    • +82-63-859-3873
  • Jeollanam-doThe Longest Cable Car in Korea: Mokpo Marine Cable Car

    This is the longest cable car service in Korea, with a total length of 3.23 km. It starts from Bukhang Port in the city of Mokpo, goes up to the summit of Yudalsan Mountain, and then passes over the sea to Gohado Island. Its support tower, standing 155 m high, is the second-highest of its kind in the world. There are two kinds of cars available: the Standard and the Crystal. Crystal cabin cars are built with reinforced glass bottoms for a more thrilling ride. But regardless of the floor, the cable car offers a great view of the city of Mokpo, the ferries and fishing boats on the sea, and the small islands around the area. Passenger terminals can be found at Bukhang Port, Yudalsan Mountain, and Gohado Island. One-way trips are also available. In addition, passengers with round-trip tickets can disembark at any of the three stations and explore the area before resuming their journey. However, the ticket is only valid for 3 hr, so it is advisable to plan beforehand.

    Don’t Miss
    Make a short stop at Yudalsan Mountain to visit the Madangbawi Rock if you are traveling with a round-trip ticket. Madangbawi Rock functions as an observation deck for the entirety of Mokpo and is reachable in about 15 min on foot through the hiking trail. A humble and dignified temple called Dalseongsa Temple can be found below it.

    How to Get There
    Take buses 1, 150, and 112A from Mokpo Station to Ineobawi bus stop. It is about 10 km away, and the travel time is 20 min. Disembark and proceed on foot for 1.1 km.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / barrier-free elevator / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web Page mmcablecar.com


    • 186, Gohadoan-gil, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-244-2600
  • Jeollanam-doGo on an Adventure: Hallyeohaesang National Park (Odongdo Island)

    The Yeosu-Odongdo section of Hallyeohaesang National Park is a collection of islands in the 300 mi stretch of the sea from Odongdo Island, Yeosu, to Jisimdo Island, Geoje. It is well known for its camellia forest between fall and spring, featuring nearly 3,000 camellia trees that impressed many visitors since the inclusion of the area into the national park in 1968. Other attractions include flower beds that house nearly 70 species of wildflowers and crisscrossing hiking paths that are popular as dating sites. Visitors can choose to take the Dongbaek Train, a bus service that circles the island starting from its entrance, or opt to take a ride on cruise ships and motorboats from the Odongdo Quay. The shore area is home to unique rock formations and caverns. It takes about 10 min by car to reach Odongdo Island from the Yeosu city center.

    Don’t Miss
    The Odongdo Lighthouse is located at the summit of the island, on a low hill about 100 m above sea level. This eight-story–tall lighthouse also doubles as an exhibition on maritime resources of the area and an observation deck. Take the elevator up, and marvel at the impressive view of the Yeosu sea and islands.

    How to Get There
    Located about 3 km away from Yeosu EXPO Station, 45–50 min by bus Proceed on foot from Yeosu EXPO Station to Mandeok Sageori or Dong Elementary School bus stop. When using buses, disembark at Expo bus stop or Odongdo Island Entrance bus stop.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page yeosu.go.kr/tour/travel/10tour/odongdo
    Parking Parking for visitors with disabilities is available (three slots). A 50% discount is offered to visitors with disabilities, who can place a request at the parking station and move from Odongdo Island entrance to a parking lot on the island via car.
    Access Some barrier-free forest roads can be found in sections of Odongdo Island’s hiking trails. Paths to coastal cave formations and the observatory are not accessible for wheelchairs because of stairs.


    • 222, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-659-1819
  • Jeollanam-doA Massive Treasure Trove of an Unspoiled Ecosystem: Suncheonman Bay Wetland

    Suncheonman Bay is located between Goheung and Yeosu Peninsula. It is one of the most impeccably preserved examples of estuary ecosystems in Korea and home to 116 species of plants around the wetlands. The wetlands here are deep and full of various microorganisms that break down organic materials. The area also serves as the wintering spot for the hooded crane, a rare migratory bird. Reed beds work as places of refuge for the birds and a natural purifier that offers food to the birds. Elongated waterways run through the area, acting as sources of water or drainage for the nearby farmland. The flat mountains of the area create a wonderfully tranquil scenery with reed beds. The most well-known view of the area is the sky tinged with red during sunset and the glittering streams below.

    Don’t Miss
    Yongsanso Park is home to Yongsan Observatory, which offers an expansive view of the Suncheonman Bay Wetland area. The way to the observatory is flanked with lush grasses, which give the impression that one is hiking in a mountain. There is a separate observatory built on the way—Yongsan Observatory, which lies at the end of the trail.

    How to Get There
    Take bus 66 from Suncheon Station for about 20 min. Disembark at Suncheonman Bay Wetland bus stop, and proceed on foot.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web Page scbay.suncheon.go.kr
    Access The walking trails are spacious enough for wheelchairs, but visitors using wheelchairs can only reach the final restroom of the road. The cruise tour is not wheelchair-accessible. Mostly flat and barrier-free
    Fee Adult: KRW 8,000, Youth: KRW 6,000, Children: KRW 4,000


    • 513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-749-6052
  • Jeollanam-doFrom Bamboo to Metasequoia Forests: Juknokwon

    This is the most well known of the tourist sites in Damyang, a bamboo forest fashioned out of Seonginsan Mountain and eight trails that wind through the forest. The observatory on-site offers a view of the Damyangcheon Stream, Gwanbangje Forest, and Damyang’s famous Metasequoia-lined Road. The 2.2 km–long trail has benches and trash cans made out of bamboo. Observant visitors will also notice tea trees growing in between bamboo trees: these are the jukrocha, or bamboo-dew tea trees, which are said to be sustained on the dew of the bamboo trees. They are known for their gentle flavor and scent. In addition, a nearby art museum introduces the works of Lee Lee-nam, a media artist who reinterprets classical painting in digitalized forms.

    Don’t Miss
    Siga Culture Village at the rear gate of Juknokwon has pavilions that recreate the Joseon era culture of Damyang, decorated to resemble a classical garden. The village celebrates the Gasa (prose and poetry) culture of mid-Joseon period and also offers glimpses into Damyang’s culture through pansori, tea, and hanok experiences.

    How to Get There
    It is located about 2.6 km away from Damyang Express Bus Terminal and 7 min via buses 61-1 and 311.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page juknokwon.go.kr
    Access The main entrance is barrier-free but has a steep incline.


    • 119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-eup, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-380-2680
  • Jeollanam-doWalking through a Verdant Tea Plantation: Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation

    This is the most famous of all tea plantations in Boseong and for good reason, as this 90-year-old plantation produces organic and high-quality tea leaves on the foot of Hwalseongsan Mountain and the area around Oseonbong Peak, protected by nearly 3 million trees of cedar, hinoki, ash, and juniper. It is home to bees, butterflies, and Korean rhinoceros beetles, as well as chipmunks and roe deer. The tea plantation itself, sprawling over an area of 991.735 m2, also includes bamboo forests, waterfalls, Palgakjeong Pavilion, and an observation deck, connected by three types of walking trails. After being enriched by the energy of the tea field, head to the observation deck toward the sea. Walking up about 350 m above sea level brings one to the breathtaking view of rows of tea fields combed into soft mounds and the blue sea beyond.

    Don’t Miss
    Hungry visitors are served well by the restaurant at Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation. It offers classic Korean favorites, such as pork cutlets, bibimbap, cold buckwheat noodles, and noodles in black bean sauce. The pork cutlets, in particular, are made from pigs raised on green tea leaves. The noodles and rice served here are tinged with a green hue from the green tea. Complete the course with green tea ice cream for an intensive experience.

    How to Get There
    It is about 8.1 km away from Boseong Bus Terminal and takes 35 min. Take buses running between Boseong and Jeonpo or Boseong and Gunhak.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web Page dhdawon.com


    • 763-67, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-852-4540
  • Jeollanam-doA Garden on the Sea: Healing Park Ssukseom (Aedo Island)

    The name of this park comes from the mugwort growing on the island. There are also a subtropical forest and the Star Garden, a hill covered in brilliant flowers. The hill leads to the island’s garden, about 4 km in total length. Among many of the walking trails in the area, the most impressive is certainly the Star Garden that was designated as Private Park No. 1 of Jeollanam-do. The garden was created by Kim Sang-hyeon and Go Chae-hoon, residents of Aedo Island, in over 16 painstaking years. There are about 100 species of flowers blooming in different seasons, including bigleaf hydrangea and purple coneflower. The way to the sea and the Seonghwa Lighthouse is framed by a majestic cliff formation. The island is also known for its view of the sunset.

    Don’t Miss
    Galmaegi Café offers coffee with a menu featuring locally sourced foods, including burgers, noodles, and udon. Visitors can also purchase handmade mugwort tea, beverages, and seaweed. The restroom of the café is open to the public.

    How to Get There
    Narodo Coastal Ferry Terminal is located about 688 m away from Narodo Bus Terminal. Take the ferry to the Healing Park Ssookseom from the passenger terminal in about 3 min.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page ssookseom.com


    • 41, Aedo-gil, Bongnae-myeon, Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
  • Jeollanam-doAn Invitation to a Purple Island: Purple Bridge

    This bridge connects Duri Village of Anjwado Island, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do with Bakjido and Banwoldo Islands. It was originally developed for the area’s elderly who wanted a way to walk to the mainland. Over time, the bridge and the islands connected by it became a tourist spot beloved by many, with Bakjido and Banwoldo Islands being referred to together as “Purple Island.” True to its name, the village has houses that are purple, while purple wildflowers adorn the alleyways. Road signs, trash cans, bus stops, and public bathrooms are all decked out in purple. The adult fare of KRW 3,000 for the bridge is waived for visitors who are wearing purple possessions such as clothes, shoes and so on.

    Don’t Miss
    Between May and July, the bridge is wreathed in lavender flowers that grow around it. Even though the entire island is purple, there is still something special about the delicate purple blossoms of lavender. Walk along the field and capture the scene with your camera and the scent with your memory.

    How to Get There
    Take the bus 2004 from Sinan Bus Terminal. Purple Bridge is located 38 km away, and the trip takes about 2 hr and 30 min. Visitors are recommended to use cars when available.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance

    Tourist Information
    Web Page tour.shinan.go.kr/home/tour/island_tour/anjwa/place/place_02


    • 257-35, Sogokduri-gil, Anjwa-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
    • +82-61-240-8357

Jeju-do Area

  • Jeju-doA Sunrise Like No Other: Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone

    Seongsan Ilchulbong is a rock island that stands above the waves like a fortress, from which its name “fortress mountain” originates. It is one of the 10 Jeju sights and a mainstay in the must-visit sites in Jeju tourism. It is also a part of Jeju Olle Trail Route 1. Seongsan Ilchulbong is a tuff cone formed by the magma erupting below the sea. Standing 180 m tall above sea level, only the crater of the rock remains, and the rest were eroded by the waves. As such, its sedimentary layers are exposed as a cross-section on its surface, giving the rock a considerable academic value in geological studies of hydrovolcanic formations. Its value was recognized through its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site in 2007 and a Global Geopark in 2010. It takes about 20–30 min to reach the summit from the ticketing booth, and there are wooden steps to sit on near the top. The view from the top covers the eastern sea of Jeju, the Seongsan-eup area, and Udo Island.

    Don’t Miss
    Follow the path to the left of the ticketing booth, toward a signboard that leads to the observation deck and the Umutgae Beach below. The observation deck offers a different view of the Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone, unlike the view from the entrance or the summit. It is also a great place to examine the sedimentary layers exposed by the waves.

    How to Get There
    The fastest public transportation option from Jeju International Airport to Seongsan Ilchulbong is the Express Bus 111. Take the bus at bus stop no. 1 from the airport, and disembark at Seongsan Ilchulbong Entrance bus stop. 1 hr 30 min

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / lactation room

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.jeju.go.kr/jejuwnh/heritage/seongsan/intro.htm


    • 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-783-0959
  • Jeju-doThe Highest Peak in South Korea: Hallasan National Park

    Standing at 1,947 m above sea level, Hallasan Mountain is the highest mountain in South Korea and a place where different climates coexist because of its location in the warm southern seas. It was designated as a protected area in 1966 and the seventh national park in Korea in 1970, as the mountain is home to nearly 2,000 species of plants and 500 species of animals. It is the only national park managed by a regional authority in Korea, and the love of the people of Jeju has spared the park from damage from development projects. There are seven trekking paths, from Eorimok to Yeongsil, Seongpanak, Gwaneumsa, Donnaeko, Eoseungsaengak, and Seokguram. The Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa courses lead to the summit of the mountain, Baengnokdam Crater. The two courses also operate under a strict system of reservation to protect the natural environment of Hallasan Mountain. Only 1,000 and 500 visitors are allowed per day in Seongpanak and Gwaneumsa courses, respectively.

    Don’t Miss
    Part of the experience in Hallasan Mountain is cup noodles and gimbap. Since 2018, there have been no stores operating in national parks, so visitors are required to bring their food and water. Visitors are prohibited from throwing trash on the trekking paths; all trash must be brought back to the entrance of each path.

    How to Get There
    Different for each course: Refer to the web page of Hallasan National Park.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / services for visitors with visual impairment

    Tourist Information
    Web page www.jeju.go.kr/hallasan/index.htm


    • Hallasan National Park Management Office 2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-713-9950-1
  • Jeju-doA Walk Around Jeju Island: Jeju Olle Trail

    This 425 km–long walking trail is a collection of walkable trails that circle the island of Jeju. Since its introduction in the early 2010s, the island has garnered massive popularity, making Jeju the most popular tourist destination in Korea. The first walking trail was opened in September 2007, a 15 km–long trail from Siheung Elementary School to Gwangchigi Beach. Since then, 26 additional routes were developed, featuring alleyways that wind through Jeju’s rural villages, mountain paths that lead through Jeju’s nature, and paths through beautiful meadows. The trails offer access to Jeju’s seas, Jeju Oreum, forests, and the Hallasan Mountain. Shorter routes take 3–4 hr to finish, while longer routes are 20 km long and require 7 hr to finish. Collectors rejoice at stamp stations that symbolize the characteristics of each route. Jeju Olle Trail’s web page offers information on route characteristics, difficulty, tips, and information centers.

    Don’t Miss
    Jeju Olle, the planner of Jeju Olle Trail, operates official information centers for each route, staffed by knowledgeable guides who are well versed in the details of the route and the broader history of the region and Jeju. They also enjoy a good conversation with visitors.

    How to Get There
    The starting point of each route is found on the official web page of Jeju Olle Trail. Jeju Olle Tourist Center can be reached in 1 hr and 20 min from Jeju International Airport through Buses 600, 181, and 182. Disembark at New Gyeongnam Hotel from Bus 600, Seogwipo Transit Station from Bus 181, and Jungang Rotary from Bus 182.

    Tourist Information
    Web page jejuolle.org/trail/kor


    • Jeju Olle Tourist Center 22, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-762-2190
  • Jeju-doClarity of Mind Through the Clarity of Waterfalls: Cheonjiyeon Falls

    Back in the ’70s and the ’80s, Jeju was the premier honeymoon destination in Korea, and Cheonjiyeon Falls was the mainstay of honeymoon photographs for newlyweds. This 12 m–wide, 22 m–high waterfall offers all the right features for newlyweds and tourists alike, from an excellent form that lends itself well to photography to walking trails that connect to the lake. The valley where Cheonjiyeon Falls is situated features a mixture of subtropical and temperate plants. It is the northernmost limit to the distribution of woodland Elaeocarpus, a subtropical evergreen tree, and home to rare species such as Hongno orange raspberry and whisk fern. As such, the entire valley is designated as a natural monument. It is beautiful throughout the year, but it is especially popular in summer when the clear sound of water and the spray cools the body and mind of visitors.

    Don’t Miss
    Cheonjiyeon Falls is a great place for walks after a nice meal in the city. It is open until 11:00 p.m. between May and October and until 10:00 p.m. outside that period. As the sun sets, walking trails light up, and the waterfall glitters nearby.

    How to Get There
    Take Express Bus 181 from bus stop no. 2 of Jeju International Airport to Biseokgeori Street. 1 hr drive
    Transfer to Bus 612 and disembark at the terminus. 1 hr and 30 min

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental / services for visitors with visual impairment / baby stroller rental

    Tourist Information
    Fee Standard: KRW 2,000 / Youth and armed forces members and children: KRW 1,000


    • 2-15, Namseongjung-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-733-1528
  • Jeju-doThe Largest Camellia Botanical Garden in Asia: Camellia Hill

    This lovely botanical garden entices photographers with a collection of nearly 500 species of camellia originating from 80 countries around the world. Nearly 6,000 camellia trees are found here, some quite rare, with other plants such as cherry blossoms in the spring, bigleaf hydrangea in the summer, and cosmos and silver grass in the fall. Witty photo zones line the walking trail, which can be completed in 40 min. Visitors are recommended to check the map of the garden and choose a path that interests them the most. The garden sits on land with a total area of 172,000 m2, the largest botanical garden dedicated to camellia in Asia.

    Don’t Miss
    Camellia Hill is also known for its bigleaf hydrangea. Hydrangeas bloom here before any other place in Jeju, as the flowers are cultivated carefully in greenhouses over winter to let them bloom in April. The Hydrangea Festival is held until early summer, the actual hydrangea season in the wild. Visitors during that period enjoy the beautiful flowers and then some.

    How to Get There
    Take Express Bus 182 from bus stop no. 5 of Jeju International Airport to Sangchang Community Health Center. Camellia Hill is 1.9 km from there. Visitors have the choice of taking a taxi or walking. 1 hr 30 min

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental

    Tourist Information
    Web page camelliahill.co.kr
    Fee Adult: KRW 8,000 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 6,000 / Children, visitors with disabilities, veterans, and patriots: KRW 5,000


    • 166, Byeongak-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-792-0088
  • Jeju-doA Small Jeju Within Jeju: Udo Island

    Udo Island is the largest and most popular among the smaller islands in Jeju. Because the island suffered from some problems because of its massive popularity, rented vehicles were prohibited from entering the island in 2017. As such, vehicles in Udo Island today are limited to buses, mini electric vehicles (EVs), and scooters. It takes 15–20 min by boat to reach Cheonjinhang Port or Haumokdong Port from Seongsan or Jongdalhang Port. From there, visitors can explore the island by following the coastal road. Start from Seobinbaeksa Beach, formed out of popcorn-like sediments, to Hagosudong Beach, whose beauty shames the most famous beaches around the world. Geommeolle Beach, a uniquely elegant beach with black sand and massive cliff formations, and Udobong Peak, the best place to enjoy the view of Udo Island and Seongsan Ilchulbong in the distance, are the tourist attractions in Udo Island found along the coastal road.

    Don’t Miss
    The highlight of an Udo Island visit is the sunset on Seobinbaeksa Beach. As one waits for the sun to set amid a quiet beach with sounds of waves breaking in the distance, one is eventually treated to the view of the setting sun dropping below the slopes of Jeju Oreum.

    Tourist Information
    Fee
    One-way Ferry Fare to Udo Island Adult: KRW 4,500 / Children: KRW 1,500
    Udo Provincial Park entrance fee Adult: KRW 1,000, Youth: KRW 800, Children: KRW 500, free of charge for residents of Jeju


    • Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
    • Jeju Tourist Information Center +82-64-740-6000
  • Jeju-doA Story Passed Down a Thousand Years: Bijarim Forest

    This gem of a forest is in the Jungsangan region of eastern Jeju. The trees aren’t the usual ones often seen around Korea, such as pine or ginkgo trees. Most trees here prefer the cool and moist climate of the Jungsangan region. Bijarim is well known for its collection of 3,000 Japanese Torreya trees, each 500 years old and beyond. Such a large forest built out of a singular tree species is a rare occurrence, even in global terms. Therefore, the entire forest was designated as a natural monument in 1993. The fruits of Japanese Torreya trees are eaten a year after the flowers fall in the spring. Their seeds resemble almonds, and their effects in promoting circulation and antiparasitic qualities led to their use in Korean traditional medicine for many years. High-quality Japanese Torreya trees were used to make furniture or baduk (Go) boards. Walking under the shade of these ancient trees is certainly a unique experience that is only possible in Bijarim.

    Don’t Miss
    For a truly unique experience, visit Bijarim on a soft rainy day. Trails in the forest are lined with volcanic ash and stay dry on most days, and the lush canopy of the Japanese Torreya trees block most of the rain. Foggy weather is better because the fog accentuates the mysterious atmosphere of Bijarim.

    Barrier-Free Travel
    Barrier-free restroom / parking for visitors with disabilities / barrier-free main entrance / wheelchair rental

    Tourist Information
    Avaliable Hours 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Daily admissions are limited because of COVID-19 distancing rules. Please inquire via telephone before a visit.)
    Fee Adult: KRW 3,000 / Youth and armed forces members: KRW 1,500
    Designation Status Registered as Natural Monument No. 374 of Korea under the name “Forest of Japanese Torreyas in Pyeongdae-ri, Jeju” (designated on August 19, 1993)


    • 55 Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
    • +82-64-710-7912
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