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Center of Seorabeol(the...

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Center of Seorabeol(the capital of Silla)

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

The era in which the ancient Korean kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla dominated the Korean Peninsula and parts of Manchuria is called the Era of the Three Kingdoms. Of the three, Silla was founded first in 57 BC and was the first to conquer and unify the other two kingdoms: Baekje in 660 AD and Goguryeo in 668 AD. As a result, Silla formed the Korean Peninsula. With its strong royal authority, Silla created a systematic and glorious culture. Its 1000-year long capital city, Gyeongju, still holds many vestiges of the kingdom of Silla. Because of that, the entire city of Gyeongju has been designated as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Myeong-dong & Namsan

Seoul Jung-gu

Myeong-dong & Namsan

Seoul Jung-gu

Hanyang (today’s Seoul), the capital of the Joseon Dynasty, was divided into Bukchon (North Village) and Namchon (South Village). In between these two villages is Cheonggyecheon Stream. Myeong-dong and Namsan Mountain were part of Namchon. This area housed many important buildings and structures since it faces the royal palace. The dense forest and beautiful scenery attracted many people to reside here. Today, Myeong-dong and Namsan Mountain are considered Seoul’s representative shopping districts and a major contributor to Korea’s flourishing retail economy. The Myeong-dong and Namsan Mountain Walking Tour will introduce you to many fun and exciting attractions. All the places are within walking distance, so you won’t have to worry about public transportation. Visit the fun-filled shopping streets while learning and experiencing the past, present and future of Seoul.

Baekje Historic Areas

Chungcheongnam-do and 2 districts

Baekje Historic Areas

Chungcheongnam-do and 2 districts

Comprised of major historic sites of the Ungjin and Sabi periods of the Baekje Kingdom, the Baekje Historic Areas have been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2015. Gongsanseong and Busosanseong fortresses are great representations of Baekje-style architecture, and the Jeongnimsa and Mireuksa temple sites, and Archaeological site in Wanggung-ri reveal the Buddhist culture of the time. The Songsan-ri Royal Tombs is where the royal family rests, and through the size of the tombs and their burial accessories we can see the craft skills and artistry of the Baekje people.

Chuncheon

Gangwon-do Chuncheon-si

Chuncheon

Gangwon-do Chuncheon-si

Chuncheon has various nicknames, such as "a city of lakes", "a city of romance" and "a city of fog". As the name Chuncheon refers to "a stream where spring comes", it is always exciting to visit the city. Chuncheon, surrounded by lakes and mountains, offers picturesque landscapes everywhere. Café Street near Gubongsan Observatory provides an uninterrupted view of the city with lakes and mountains. Soyanggang Dam and Gongjicheon Stream have wonderful trails where one can walk along the river. When Soyang 2(i)-gyo Bridge is lit with lights at around sunset, the charm of the romantic city shines brighter. In Chuncheon, there are also various popular recreational facilities. You can ride a classic wooden canoe and paddle down on Uiamho Lake along the Mulle-gil water trail, or take a rail bike in Gangchon Rail Park, which runs along the old Gyeongchun railway. Riding a bicycle or a duck boat by Gongjicheon Stream has always been an charming experience. The city has a number of things to see as well. Namiseom Island draws many local and foreign visitors. Jade Garden is known as a filming site of dramas. Goryeo Seonwon of Cheongpyeongsa Temple has a long history and ancient tales. Chuncheon Nangman Market, a traditional market combined with culture and art, is another tourist attraction that you must not miss in this city.

Jeonju

Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si

Jeonju

Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si

It is told that one should walk slowly to fully feel the city of Jeonju. Jeonju which is now trying to join the international slow city boasts of its Hanok Village as a landmark. Whoever visits the village find peace and comfort inside. Around 700 Korean traditional houses are gathered, forming the only Hanok village nationwide. Hanok Village is very special thanks to other important cultural sites and facilities such as Gyeonggijeon, Omokdae and Hyanggyo, which are unique to Jeonju. The place where you can experience traditional culture and feel the grace of ancestors is Hanok Village.

National Museum of Korea

Seoul Yongsan-gu

National Museum of Korea

Seoul Yongsan-gu

The primary museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea, houses 220,000 artifacts, ranging from a hand axe to the photographs of the modern times in their Permanent Exhibitions, Special Exhibitions, Children's Museum and Outdoor Exhibitions. It is a place where one can experience the history, life and art of Korea. It has extended to house the collections of other Asian nations such as India, China and Japan. Special Exhibitions provide an opportunity to encounter the art and culture from overseas. introduces the artifacts from the Paleolithic Period through the Silla Kingdom around its Prehistoric and Ancient History Gallery 1 and 2.

Bulguk Temple & Seokuram...

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Bulguk Temple & Seokuram & Gwaereung

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Located on the slopes of Tohamsan Mountain, Bulguksa Temple is a symbol of the Buddhist culture of Silla Kingdom. It was built under King Beopheung in 528 for the stability of the kingdom and the well-being of the subjects. Both Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 and have become even more world famous. Located on Tohamsan Mountain, Seokguram Grotto is said to have been built under Kim Gyeongdeok in 751 by the Prime Minister of the time, Kim Dae-seong. Among artificial stone grottos, it was only added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. It exemplifies the unique and outstanding technical skills and artistry of the Silla Kingdom and is a symbol of the Buddhist culture of Korea. Gwaereung Royal Tomb is the grave of King Wonseong, and the stone works around the Tomb are regarded as one of the finest carving of Silla. There is a couple of historically important stone statues with the face of an Arab that shows i

Hahoe Village

Gyeongsangbuk-do Andong-si

Hahoe Village

Gyeongsangbuk-do Andong-si

Hahoe Village is a village where the Pungsan Ryu Clan, one of the well-known aristocrat families in Korea, settled down. Hahoe literally means water waves in Korean. In fact, Nakdonggang River winds around the Village just like an S shape. The Village is still a vibrant living neighborhood. For over 600 years, the Village has preserved the tradition and culture of the Yangban or the aristocrat class of the Joseon Dynasty. Because of this, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List with Yongdong Village in 2010. At , you can witness the old houses of Joseon and the unique living custom of this Village when you walk around the major buildings here. Also displayed are the spirits of filial piety and loyalty of the outstanding figures from the Village.

East Sea (in Gyeongju Sites)

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

East Sea (in Gyeongju Sites)

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Located on Tohamsan Mountain, Seokguram Grotto is said to have been built under Kim Gyeongdeok in 751 by the Prime Minister of the time, Kim Dae-seong. Among artificial stone grottos, it was only added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. It exemplifies the unique and outstanding technical skills and artistry of the Silla Kingdom and is a symbol of the Buddhist culture of Korea. Gameunsa Temple was built to protect the nation with the power of Buddha. Its construction began by King Munmu, who unified the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and was completed by his son, King Sinmun. King Munmu strengthened the royal authority and, with an active diplomatic policy, united the Three Kingdoms of Korea. As he left his last will to become a dragon to protect the sea lines of Silla, he was cremated in the Buddhist way and buried in the East Sea of Korea to protect the United Silla.

Yangdong Village

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Yangdong Village

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Yangdong Village literally means a village with talented people who can offer the monarch virtuous counsel. Renowned for its extensive history, the Village is home to the Wolseong Son and the Yeogang Yi clans. Yangdong Village was formed according to Korean theories of pungsu (geomancy). The historic houses are in harmony with its surrounding nature, and the traditional scenery has been preserved well until today. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List with Hahoe Village in 2010. At , you can learn about the distinct features of the traditional Korean house from the major architectural buildings in the Village. Also, you can hear about the stories of great people who were born here.

Jongno

Seoul Jongno-gu

Jongno

Seoul Jongno-gu

The area around Jongno and Gwanghwamun has long been the center of Seoul since it was designated as its capital in 1394 during the Joseon Dynasty. This area is most loved by foreign and domestic tourists for its balance between tradition and modernity. < Jongno> introduces 16 tourist sites in Jongno and Gwanghwamun, which include Cheonggyecheon Stream, for its history and culture. Included are Cheonggye Plaza, an urban shelter; Bosingak Pavilion that was originally called Jonggak; Gwanghwamun Plaza where the statues of King Sejong the Great and Admiral Yi Sun-sin are situated; and Insa-dong, the center of Korean tradition and cultural art. These tourist sites are the most popular attractions in Seoul that a tourist cannot afford to miss.

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Gyeongju National Museum

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Opened in 1945, Gyeongju National Museum is the place where you can witness the 1,000 year-long history of the Silla Kingdom. It consists of Permanent Exhibitions and Special exhibits. The Permanent Exhibitions are divided into Archaeology, Art, Wolji Halls and Outdoor Exhibition. The Special Exhibits hold a theme-based exhibit to provide various attractions. The Children's Museum and other educational programs are provided to stimulate interest in learning the history around Gyeongju. introduces artifacts displayed in the Halls of Archaeology, Art and Wolji. You can understand the culture and spirit of Silla, which unified the Three Kingdoms of Korea.

History of silla sites

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

History of silla sites

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

The era in which the ancient Korean kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla dominated the Korean Peninsula and parts of Manchuria is called the Era of the Three Kingdoms. Of the three, Silla was founded first in 57 BC and was the first to conquer and unify the other two kingdoms: Baekje in 660 AD and Goguryeo in 668 AD. As a result, Silla formed the Korean Peninsula.

Bukchon

Seoul Jongno-gu

Bukchon

Seoul Jongno-gu

Bukchon refers to the upper town of Jongno and Cheonggyecheon Stream. King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, built Gyeongbokgung Palace after he set Hanyang (currently Seoul) as the capital. Since then, Bukchon, which is located near the palace, had been home to upper class families and high-ranking officials for generations. Bukchon has around 1,000 hanoks, or Korean traditional houses, providing a traditional atmosphere that is uncommon in a city. Here, you can also see many cultural properties that represent the history of Seoul, as well as traditional craft workshops that provide various experience programs. introduces “Eight Scenic Views of Bukchon” and other attractions that you shouldn’t miss. In Bukchon, please be careful not to disturb local residents residing there.

Ulsan

Ulsan

Ulsan

Ulsan

While Ulsan is well known as an industrial city that has been rapidly developing since the establishment of the industrial complex in 1962, it is also an attractive tourist city surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. Ganjeolgot Cape has the first sunrise on the Korean peninsula. Blessed with a spectacular view of the wide sea, Daewangam Park is also haunted by a legend about a patriotic dragon in the Underwater Royal Tomb of King Munmu. At night, the sea by Jinha Beach transforms as the colorful lights turn on on Myeongseongyo Bridge. Nicknamed 'The City of Whales', Ulsan has long been a place where you can watch whales right before your eyes. In Jangsaengpo Port, once the most vibrant whaling port in the country, there is a Whale Culture Village and a Whale Museum that show the heyday of the whaling industry in the 1970s. The city is also full of historical sights. Bangudae Petroglyphs and Cheonjeon-ri Petroglyphs are rock engravings from the prehistoric age, which are both designated as a national treasure. It is also meaningful to visit Seosaengpo Japanese Fortress, which was built in a Japanese style during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592. There are more contemporary places worth visiting. One can visit the largest eco park in the country, which was created along Taehwagang River, a river that runs through the city. Ulsan is full of interesting and exciting stories in every nook and cranny starting with the luring paintings on the walls between alleyways on a hillside shantytown called Sinhwa Village and the traditional earthenware, onggi, found everywhere in the ever unique Oegosan Onggi Village

Gameunsa Temple & King ...

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Gameunsa Temple & King Munmu

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Gameunsa Temple was built to protect the nation with the power of Buddha. Its construction began by King Munmu, who unified the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and was completed by his son, King Sinmun. King Munmu strengthened the royal authority and, with an active diplomatic policy, united the Three Kingdoms of Korea. As he left his last will to become a dragon to protect the sea lines of Silla, he was cremated in the Buddhist way and buried in the East Sea of Korea to protect the United Silla.

Incheon, The City of Hi ...

Incheon

Incheon, The City of History, Culture and Sea

Incheon

[Sound of History] A city that bears the history of our port opening ‘Chinatown’ features an exotic atmosphere created in a melting-pot of different cultures that has existed since the port opened ‘Shinpo International Market’ was the first standing market in Incheon that witnessed the port opening over 100 years ago. [Sound Culture] A city where traditional and contemporary cultures are alive Delve into the world of colorful fairytales at ‘Songwol-dong Fairytale Village’ Visitors can immerse themselves in the garden culture of our ancestors at ‘Wolmi Traditional Garden’, and experience our traditional culture ‘Wolmi Culture Center’. Enjoy thrilling rides and take in the golden Yellow Sea at ‘Wolmi Theme Park’ [Sound of Sea] A city where you can rest in the bosom of nature and the ocean ‘Sorae Wetlands Eco-Park’ is a place where people can rest in the bosom of nature. It features a vast reed field that billows in the wind, mudflats that invite people to jump in, and a white salt farm. Enjoy the energy of a vibrant market and taste fresh seafood at ‘Sorae Fish market’ ‘Sorae History Museum’ offers nostalgia for adults and enjoyable activities for children. [Sound of ASIAN PARA GAMES] The ‘2014 Incheon Asian Games’ for harmony and passion ‘Incheon Asiad Main Stadium’ is a 5-storey, 60,000 seat capacity stadium built for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and Incheon Asian Para Games. The stadium features a dynamic design inspired by the dancing form of ‘Seungmu’, a traditional Korean dance, as well as the flowing waves and winds that symbolize Incheon’s waters.

Hapcheon Movie Theme Park

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Hapcheon Movie Theme Park

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Established in 2004, the Hapcheon Movie Theme Park is one of Korea's best open film sets reproducing the city of Seoul in the period between 1920 and 1980. About 140 movies and TV dramas were filmed here. These film sets are very different from others, because you'll get to really experience what it was like in the 60s, 70s and 80s. You can watch the news and advertisements that were actually aired in the period in a theater, learn how newspapers were printed in the newspaper building, ride a streetcar on the streets, or play the arcade games that were popular decades ago. We invite you to the Hapcheon Movie Theme Park where you can get a glimpse of the modern history of Korea and find out how movies, TV dramas and commercial films are made.

Yangdong Village & Nams ...

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Yangdong Village & Namsan Mountain in Gyeongju

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Yangdong Village literally means a village with talented people who can offer the monarch virtuous counsel. Renowned for its extensive history, the Village is home to the Wolseong Son and the Yeogang Yi clans. Yangdong Village was formed according to Korean theories of pungsu (geomancy). The historic houses are in harmony with its surrounding nature, and the traditional scenery has been preserved well until today. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List with Hahoe Village in 2010.

The Royal Tombs of the Joseon

Seoul and 1 districts

The Royal Tombs of the Joseon

Seoul and 1 districts

The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty refer to the tombs of 27 kings, from King Taejo, the founder of the Dynasty, to King Sunjong, the last king of the Dynasty, as well as other royal family members. They are places where the 500 year Dynasty can be experienced. Out of the total 42 tombs, 40 tombs are kept in tack in South Korea while the other two are located in North Korea. They show the architectural style and artistic originality of the time and were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009. introduces 24 royal tombs out of the accessible 40 royal tombs. You can experience historical teachings and a recounting of cultural heritage by experiencing the tombs of these buried kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty.

Imsil, Osu Dog Course

Jeollabuk-do Imsil-gun

Imsil, Osu Dog Course

Jeollabuk-do Imsil-gun

This section includes a story about the ‘Osu Dog’ that became famous for its loyalty to its owner as well as a tour of the site. You’ll first listen to the story of the Osu Dog, and then visit the birthplace of its master, Kim Gae-in. At the Osu Dog Park, you’ll listen to the stories of various famous dogs from other parts of the world and the introduction to the Annual Osu Dog Festival. At the end of the tour, you'll see and learn about the Osu Watchtower.

World Heritage Sites in Gyeongju

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

World Heritage Sites in Gyeongju

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

With its strong royal authority, Silla created a systematic and glorious culture. Its 1000-year long capital city, Gyeongju, still holds many vestiges of the kingdom of Silla. Because of that, the entire city of Gyeongju has been designated as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Jongmyo

Seoul Jongno-gu

Jongmyo

Seoul Jongno-gu

Jongmyo Shrine is a national shrine where the ancestral tablets of the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Joseon designated Hanyang, which is now Seoul, as its capital and built Jongmyo Shrine even before building the palace. The kings of the Joseon Dynasty supervised the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens each year at this Shrine. It was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995 for its outstanding architectural beauty and anthropological values. At , the story of the Jongmyo Shrine unfolds following its major buildings, including Jeongjeon Hall, the longest wooden building in Korea. It also carries the story about the Royal Ancestral Ritual Music in the Shrine, an elaborate performance of ancient court music, which was selected as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.

Baekje Cultural Land

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Baekje Cultural Land

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Baekje Cultural Land is Korea's largest historical theme park in Buyeo, Baekje's last capital, established to internationally promote Baekje's cultural prestige. The complex consists of the Sabigung Palace, Living Culture Village, Wiryeseong Fortress and Baekje Historical Museum. introduces you to Baekje's culture by guiding you through Sabigung Palace, a Baekje palace; Wiryeseong Fortress, Baekje's first royal palace; Neungsa Temple, Baekje's most renowned temple; and Gobungongwon Tumuli Park, ancient tombs that best represent Baekje. At the Living Culture Village, you can witness how the lifestyle had been for the Baekje people depending on their social classes.
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Muju, Mt. Jeoksangsan

Jeollabuk-do Muju-gun

Muju, Mt. Jeoksangsan

Jeollabuk-do Muju-gun

Jeoksangsan Mountain on the south of Muju-eup is particularly beautiful in the autumn with red foliage. There are three hiking courses in Jeoksangsan Mountain. The first one is in the southeastern part of the mountain. It’s called the "Chimok Maeul Course”, and it passes through Chimok Village, Songdae Falls, Anguksa Temple, Annyeomdae, and Transmission Tower, before reaching the top of the mountain. The second one called the “Seochang Course” in the western part of the mountain. It passes through Seochang Village, Jangdo Rock, and Seomun, before reaching the top of the mountain. It takes about two hours to reach the top of the mountain on both trails. The two trails are connected, so it will take about four hours if you go up the mountain on one trail and go down the mountain on the other. The third course is the shortest one. It starts from Anguksa Temple and passes through Annyeomdae and Transmission Tower, before reaching the top of the mountain. It’s perfect for a stroll, since it only takes about half an hour to reach the top.

Hansung Baekje

Seoul Songpa-gu

Hansung Baekje

Seoul Songpa-gu

Together with Goguryeo and Silla, Baekje was one of the three states that bloomed in the era of the Three Ancient Kingdoms. Baekje's first capital was Hanseong (present day Seoul), which was sustained for 500 years. The Hangang River basin was a vital element that allowed Baekje to be the first among the Three Ancient Kingdoms to reach its golden age. The state greatly contributed in Northeast Asia's cultural development by actively engaging in cultural exchange with China and Japan. presents you to the history and culture of sixteen tourist sites, including the Seoul Baekje Museum, Mongchontoseong Fortress and Seokchon-dong Ancient Tombs.

Gochang

Jeollabuk-do Gochang-gun

Gochang

Jeollabuk-do Gochang-gun

Located in Mt. Seonunsan, this temple is the head temple of 24th administrative district of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. There are two tales about the establishment of the temple. The one is that one day, when King Jinheung of Silla stepped down from the king, he dreamt that the three holy ones of Buddhism cracks the rock and come to the world, then he was moved by the dream and then established the temple. Gochang Eupseong is The rampart is made of natural stones, and designated as historical site No.145 It is also called Moyangseong. The purpose of the fortress was to prevent the Japanese invasion, and it is surrounding Mt. Bangjangsan of Gochang. As the fortress was built around the mountain, it is preserved in the best condition in Korea; even it is a local fortress. There is a myth that the fortress was made only by women. Even now an stepping the fortress festival is held annually.

Sabi Baekje (Buyeo)

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Sabi Baekje (Buyeo)

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Baekje's third and last capital, Buyeo, was the hub that ultimately led Baekje to reach its cultural peak from 538 to 660. The city is considered to be a living museum, overflowing with many cultural assets. introduces you to the history and culture of the Sabi Baekje era, with particular focus on eleven tourist sites, including Busosanseong Fortress of Buyeo, Jeongnimsa Temple Site Museum and Gungnamji Pond. Meet Buyeo's key attractions, such as Nakhwaam Rock, where legend says that three thousand court ladies fell to their deaths, together with the Five-story Stone Pagoda of Jeongnimsa Temple Site which is famous for its perfect structural beauty.

Gunsan

Jeollabuk-do Gunsan-si

Gunsan

Jeollabuk-do Gunsan-si

A time travel to see the modern Korean architecture of the 1930s. This is a tour of modern Korean architecture in Gunsan around the inner harbor of the city, particularly the district dedicated to unique buildings. It will give you a glimpse of the modern history of Korea. At the Gunsan Modern History Museum, you’ll be introduced to a number of topics such as the Gunsan Modern History Zone and the role of Gunsan Port in the past and today. The visit to the museum will be followed by a tour of the Old Hirotsu House, where you’ll get a glimpse of the lives of Japanese people who lived in Gunsan. You’ll also take a tour of Dongguksa Temple, which is the one of the Japanese temples in Korea.

Geumgwan Gaya (Gimhae)

Gyeongsangnam-do Gimhae-si

Geumgwan Gaya (Gimhae)

Gyeongsangnam-do Gimhae-si

Gaya was a confederacy of small city states much like ancient Greece. For the former half of its existence, Gaya was led by Geumgwan Gaya, a central polity with sophisticated culture that flourished along the lower Nakdonggang River basin, an area where Korea's Gimhae is currently located. Taking advantage of its geographical location by the sea, Geumgwan Gaya prospered by trading with Japan and China. introduces you to the Royal Tomb of King Suro, the founder of Gaya; Gujibong Peak, where Gaya is believed to have been created; and Daeseongdong Tombs Museum, where Gaya's cultural artifacts are exhibited. Be amazed at Geumgwan Gaya's dazzling lifestyle that flowered from agricultural and steel-making cultures.

Gimje

Jeollabuk-do Gimje-si

Gimje

Jeollabuk-do Gimje-si

This section introduces Byeokgolje, the oldest and largest reservoir ever discovered in Korea. It shows how the reservoir looked like in the past, as well as how it was built, used, and became obsolete. Geumsansa temple is said that this treasure trove of a temple was built in 599 A.D. (the first year of the reign of King Beop during the Baekje Dynasty). It is located on the skirts of Moaksan Mountain in Geumsan-ri, Geumsan-myeon, Gimje. The temple was rebuilt in grand Buddhist temple style by Monk Jinpyo in 760 A.D. It was at its largest during the reign of King Munjong of Goryeo, but development declined sharply during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. During this time, approximately forty hermitages including Mireukjeon Hall were destroyed. It was not until King Gojong’s reign that Mireukjeon and Daejeokgwangjeon Halls were repaired. Again, Daejeokgwangjeon Hall and Geumgangmun Gate were reconstructed in 1934.

Buyeo National Museum

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Buyeo National Museum

Chungcheongnam-do Buyeo-gun

Buyeo National Museum exhibits approximately 1,000 pieces of relics that have been excavated from Buyeo and its surrounding regions, such as Buddhist art, statues of Buddha and stone pagodas, all of which date back from the Bronze Age to the Sabi Baekje era. Be dazzled by Baekje's diverse glamour like the Gilt-bronze Incense Burner that simply oozes with Baekje's charm, Chiljido or Seven-branched Sword that illustrates Baekje's active diplomatic involvement and Seosan Rock-carved Buddha Triad, which portrays the gentle smile that can be typically found on many Buddha statues crafted during the Baekje era. has a total of three exhibition rooms that are filled with twenty categories of historical artifacts. Come and take a peek into Baekje's daily life.

Namwon

Jeollabuk-do Namwon-si

Namwon

Jeollabuk-do Namwon-si

This tourist site, a Joseon-style garden landscaped about 400 years ago, is what the City of Namwon is known best for. It’s popularly known among Koreans as the place where Seong Chunhyang and Lee Mongnyong meet for the first time. But the truth is that it has always been a popular place among the nobility and government officials for centuries. The Gwanghalluwon Garden includes a Gwanghllu Pavilion, which is regarded as one of the four most beautiful pavilions in Korea. Located in the skirt of Jirisan Mountain, Unbong is widely considered as the mecca and birthplace of traditional Korean classical music.

Haeinsa

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Haeinsa

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Haeinsa Temple is home to the largest number of monks who cultivate themselves religiously in Korea. Haeinsa has a long history and is notable for housing both Janggyeong Panjeon (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks, and Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana and Miscellaneous Buddhist Scriptures (UNESCO Memory of the World). Janggyeong Panjeon was solely dedicated to preserve Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana and Miscellaneous Buddhist Scriptures for long in its sophisticated and scientific structure and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. Kept as safely as they are now in Janggyeong Panjeon, there are over 81,350 Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana and Miscellaneous Buddhist Scriptures in total. They are commonly called Eighty Thousand Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana in Korean. They were originally built to save the nation, Goryeo, from the foreign invasion and, thankfully, kept in tact thanks to Janggyeong Panjeon, making it onto the UNESCO Memory of the World register in June of 2007. At , the story of the Janggyeong Panjeon and Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana unfolds and moves to the hidden stories about the major buildings and cultural assets of Haeinsa Temple.

Buan

Jeollabuk-do Buan-gun

Buan

Jeollabuk-do Buan-gun

Chaeseokgang refers the whole area of Gyeokpohang, the western end of Byeonsanbando, stone cliffs around dakibong mountain top and oceans around it. The cliff is well-known for its bizarre stones and strange rocks and shape of layers of thousands of books. Because the scenery looks like Chaeseokgang River of China, the name came from that river. For the cliff of Dakibong, it is an eroded sedimentary rock layers. The bottom is granite and gneiss of pre-Cambrian group. Above the layer, there is a sedimentary rock layer of the Cretaceous period. Because of erosion by the sea, the shape looks like piles of thousands of books. Naesosa Temple In 34th years of King Mu of Baekje, Monk Hyeguduta built two temples; the larger one called Daesoraesa Temple, and the smaller one called Sosoraesa Temple. The current Naesosa Temple is Sosoraesa. The Daeungbojeon (main shrine) was rebuilt by Monk Cheongmin of Joseon Dynasty in King Injo era. The Dancheong (traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden building) and Lotus sculpture on the Door Lattice are masterpieces.

Gongju National Museum

Chungcheongnam-do Gongju-si

Gongju National Museum

Chungcheongnam-do Gongju-si

Gongju National Museum exhibits around 1,700 cultural assets of Baekje that were excavated from areas near Gongju. The Tomb of King Muryeong Room displays relics that signify Baekje's extravagant royal culture, while the Ancient Culture Room of Chungcheongnam-do introduces the history and culture of Chungcheongnam-do Province from the Paleolithic Age to Baekje until the Unified Silla period. reveals Baekje's remarkable culture and history that had unfolded during its strive towards a new beginning.

Yeonggwang, A Millennia ...

Jeollanam-do Yeonggwang-gun

Yeonggwang, A Millennia of Illumination

Jeollanam-do Yeonggwang-gun

The word Yeonggwang means “Divine Light.” Yeong stands for “holy, divine” and gwang stands for “light.” It entails a unique name compared other regions of Korea, the name for this place is in contrast to the nomenclature of others. Most regions in Korea are named after geological or natural features, but for Yeonggwang, “divine light” is quite unusual. The name is not so much for its geological features, but should be interpreted for its psyche, so to speak. Up until the Shilla Dynasty, Yeonggwang went by a different name, Muryeong. King Taejo of the Goryeo Dynasty changed the name to its current one while overhauling the administrative regions throughout Korea. So, for over a thousand years since the beginning of the Goryeo Dynasty, the name Yeonggwang has remained. The numerous historical as well as tourist sites found in this area carry a noble ambiance, and it very well may be due to it’s name, “Divine Light.” Yeonggwang is also home to the religious sites of the four prominent religions; Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, and Won-Buddhism, which all peacefully coexist in harmony. And, as its name suggests, those who come to Yeonggwang can witness the region’s illuminating brilliance, through the magnificent view of sunrise from the Yellow Sea and glowing sunset towards the west. Let’s take a closer look at the region’s brilliant luminescence.

Jeongeup, Donghak Route

Jeollabuk-do Jeongeup-si

Jeongeup, Donghak Route

Jeollabuk-do Jeongeup-si

This section includes a brief introduction to the phases and Significance of the Donghak Peasant Revolution, as well as a look into how the psychological effects on the people after the peasants have revolted against the corrupt government with the hope to reform it. This section also includes an introduction to the historical relics of Donghak, Manseokbo Site, and Malmok Marketplace of Jusan Village. At the old house of Jeon Bong-jun, the leader of the movement, you'll get a glimpse of his life as well as the historical significance of Donghak.

Daereungwon

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

Daereungwon

Gyeongsangbuk-do Gyeongju-si

There are twenty-three ancient tombs of Silla in Daereungwon Ancient Tombs. Including the many artifacts and grave goods, these tombs suggest what life and culture of ancient Korea of some 1,500 years ago look like.

Travel Hapcheon Hwallo

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Travel Hapcheon Hwallo

Gyeongsangnam-do Hapcheon-gun

Hapcheon occupies the largest area of Gyeongsangnam-do. There are many beautiful mountains of different sizes around Gayasan Mountain and along Hwanggang River, which flows to Nakdonggang River winding through Hapcheon. Most of the mountains are about 1,000 meters high, and Nakdonggang River is the second longest river in the Korean Peninsula. Hapcheon is best known as home for Haeinsa Temple, which houses the world cultural heritage Tripitaka Koreana, but that's not all. There is the historic site of the ancient kingdom called 'Daraguk' with many of its secrets are yet to be unveiled. Just to name a few, there are also many stories about Choi Chi-won, the great scholar of Silla during the 9th century, Buddhist monk named Muhak, the founding contributor to the Joseon Dynasty, and yet another great scholar named 'Nammyeong' Jo Sik. 'Hapcheon Hwallo' are the roads and mountain trails that will take you to all of these sites. A couple of hours of walking or driving in these areas will give you peace of mind and time to heal your soul, thanks to all the natural surroundings, historic sites and entertainments they have to offer, throughout all the four seasons.

Sunchang, Mt. Gangcheonsan

Jeollabuk-do Sunchang-gun

Sunchang, Mt. Gangcheonsan

Jeollabuk-do Sunchang-gun

Though it is not so steep or grand, splendid streams flowing all seasons and rare rocks attract tourists creating spectacular scene. It contains 15 valleys spread around the mountain, Samindae, Sinsundae, Byeongpungbawi(bawi means 'rock'), Beombawi, Eomibawi, Bucheobawi, Biryongpokpo Waterfall, Gujanggunpokpo Waterfall and Yaksupokpo Waterfall.

Gimhae National Museum

Gyeongsangnam-do Gimhae-si

Gimhae National Museum

Gyeongsangnam-do Gimhae-si

Gimhae National Museum portrays the cultural image of Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do Province during the Prehistoric Age and exhibits a collection of cultural heritage from ancient Gaya and Byeonhan. Gallery I on the first floor shows the remains of Ulsan's Geomdan-ri Village Site, a replica of Changwon's no. 1 Daho-ri tomb, and relics from the Prehistoric Age and Byeonhan, on which Gaya's culture later flourished. Also exhibited in Gallery I are the historic artifacts from Geumgwan Gaya, a central polity that led the Gaya Confederacy for the former half of its existence. Gallery II on the second floor displays a wide range of relics that highlight Gaya's originality and evolution of its regional cultures. presents a variety of antiquities that range from Gimhae's Paleolithic Age to the Silla Dynasty.

Jangsu

Jeollabuk-do Jangsu-gun

Jangsu

Jeollabuk-do Jangsu-gun

There is an old Korean saying that Jangsu Village makes you want to cry twice: On your way there because it’s too deep in the mountain, and on your way from the village because the friendly villagers make you don’t want to leave. It means that it’s a very remote village surrounded by mountains, and yet the villagers are some of the friendliest people for the same reason. The village was named as such because of the beautiful mountain and clean water there. It’s also home to a number of most famous people in Korean history, two of which are Nongae and Jeong Gyeong-son. Many hikers take the Jangsu Trail of History and Culture to see traces of these notable historical figures. The trail starts from Nongae Shrine and passes through Jangsu Confucian Temple School, Changgye Seowon, Taru Park, Noha Forest, and Bangchon Park, all of which are excellent places to feel the history and culture of Jangsu. The Baekdu Mountain trails between Muju, Jangsu, and Jinan offer a taste of the history and culture of the mountainous regions in the eastern part of the Province of Jeollabukdo. Jangsu in particular is a great visit if you’re interested in the ecosystem and culture of the region, since it’s where you can see Tteunbongsaem - the spring where Seomjingang River originates - The trail leading to this village also runs between the beautiful mountain village called Banghwadong and Deoksan Valley. While on the trail, you’ll come across a wellspring, which is the source of water for groves of trees that surround it. You’ll also get a chance to learn how the Joseon Dynasty was founded, and how mountain villagers lead their lives.

Woongin Baekje

Chungcheongnam-do Gongju-si

Woongin Baekje

Chungcheongnam-do Gongju-si

Woongjin (present day Gongju) was Baekje's second capital. After losing Hanseong (present day Seoul) to Goguryeo during their territorial expansion southward, Baekje relocated its capital to Woongjin. For sixty years before re-transferring its capital to Buyeo, Baekje strategized its resurgence in Woongjin and finally regained its glory under King Muryeong's reign. After its relocation, maritime activities that had once developed near Hangang River revitalized, as Baekje's revival began to center around Geumgang River, enabling the maintenance of international exchange with China and Japan. presents you with the history and culture of twenty major tourists sites, including the Royal Tomb of King Muryeong and Gongsanseong Fortress. Relive Baekje's revived culture at the Royal Tomb of King Muryeong where both Chinese cultural influence and Japanese timber are evident alongside Baekje's unique techniques and marvel at Gongsanseong Fortress which protected Baekje's capital for sixty years.

Wanju

Jeollabuk-do Wanju-gun

Wanju

Jeollabuk-do Wanju-gun

Opened in 1995, Daea Arboretum is located in one of the five remotest regions in Korea. Thanks to its geographical features, many species of plants were left largely untouched and preserved in the nature. There are naturally growing trees of many different species in the arboretum, such as oak. Located in Mt. Jongnamsan, Soyang-eup, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, this temple is a branch temple of Geumsansa Temple-the head temple of 17th administrative district of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. The temple is established in 867 A.D. (7th year of King Gyeongmun of Silla).

Daegaya (Goryeong)

Gyeongsangbuk-do Goryeong-gun

Daegaya (Goryeong)

Gyeongsangbuk-do Goryeong-gun

Gaya was a confederacy of small city states much like ancient Greece. Daegaya was one of these city states, located in the current Goryeong of Korea. Taking advantage of its geographical location and its steel-making technology, Daegaya prospered to ultimately become Gaya's central polity in the latter half of the Gaya Confederacy's existence. presents the radiant history and culture of Daegaya by guiding you through Daegaya Museum's History Pavilion and Royal Tomb Pavilion, Ancient Tombs in Jisan-dong and Ureuk Museum. Experience the lifestyle of Daegaya's ruling class and its fascinating culture.

Jinan, Mt. Maisan

Jeollabuk-do Jinan-gun

Jinan, Mt. Maisan

Jeollabuk-do Jinan-gun

Located over Jinan-eup and Maryeong-myeon of Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, this mountain is on the Jinangowon Plateau which is 6 to 12 miles in diameter, located between the Noryeong mountain chain and the Sobaek mountain chain. Two mountain peaks are in the Mt. Maisan, and they are the only couple mountain peaks in the world. The name of the mountain came from its shape-it looks like an ear of horse.

Sabi Baekje (Iksan)

Jeollabuk-do Iksan-si

Sabi Baekje (Iksan)

Jeollabuk-do Iksan-si

Iksan illustrates another side to Baekje's history and culture. It is best represented by Mireuksa Temple Site, where Baekje's largest temple had once stood, as well as Wanggungni Historic Site, where King Mu built his palace. introduces you to Baekje's history and culture on Iksan's key attractions, including Korea's No. 11 national treasure, the highest and largest stone pagoda at Mireuksa Temple Site; and Wanggungni Historic Site, which strongly supports the theory that Iksan was one of Baekje's numerous capitals.