Touring Around South Korea

Touring Around South Korea

South Korea is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Asia and in the world. Fascinating pre-historic sites, ancient villages, magnificent palaces, beautiful national parks, golden beaches and islands, mysterious temples or even modern resorts; all can be found in this beautiful country. Visit South Korea, you can experience both the classical and modern aspects of its culture. Here is the list of five famous tourist attractions that you should not miss if you are planning a trip to this country.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Inside Gyeongbokgung Palace

Inside Gyeongbokgung Palace

Located in northern Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace (also known as Gyeongbok Palace) is the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built during Joseon Dynasty. Its name, Gyeongbokgung Palace, means “the palace of shining happiness” and it is the most beautiful palaces of its four sisters, which are all in Seoul. The palace was originally a massive complex of 330 buildings and 5,792 rooms but unfortunately, in the early 20th century, the Japanese people destroyed many of them during their occupation of Korea. Since 1989, the Korean government has rebuilt the structures  damaged in the war. The palace is the symbol of Korean architecture of the Joseon Dynasty. At present, Gyeongbokgung Palace houses the National Folk Museum and the National Palace Museum of Korea. It is the most famous landmark in Seoul that visitors cannot miss when in this city.

Traditional Dance viewed in Korean Folk Village

Traditional dance viewed in Korean Folk Village

Traditional dance viewed in Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village is a living museum in the city of Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The purpose of this village is to display elements of traditional Korean culture. Visit this village you can see many types of buildings representing all social classes and different regions in South Korea; traditional restaurants, crafts and a traditional market can also be found here. Within the village, there are a Folk Museum and an Art Museum to serve visitors a view of the life in the past. In addition, you can watch performances of traditional dance here or take part in various interesting activities like rides, games or recreational activities in an amusement park of the village. Definitely, Korean Folk Village offers many things to discover.

Jejudo, Korea’s Top Honeymoon Destination

Jejudo, Korea’s Top Honeymoon Destination

Jejudo, Korea’s Top Honeymoon Destination

Jejudo or Cheju Island is a well-known vacation destination for both domestic and international vacationers. Internationally known as “the Island of the Gods”, Jejudo is a paradise of newlyweds. The island, with colorful flowers, clear sandy beaches, majesty waterfalls and temperate climate is always the first choice for honeymoon of most Koreans. It offers travelers a wide range of activities to enjoy their trip like hiking on Halla-san (the highest peak of South Korea), riding horses, viewing sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, visit the Natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes or just lying on the beach to contemplate spectacular ocean views here.

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park is the most beloved park in South Korea. Not only Koreans but also foreign visitors consider Seoraksan National Park as the most memorable park in this country. The park has fantastic cliffs and fountains, beautiful valleys and many rare species that forced UNESSCO to recognize it as a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. Seoraksan National Park is famed for its “see of clouds” effect that is often seen in many pictures of the area due to its craggy peaks, they are often shrouded in mist. The best time to visit Seoraksan National Park is in the autumn. Every year, visitors come to see the leaves turn color, it will be great experience for those who love nature.

Haeinsa Temple

A View of Haeinsa Temple

A View of Haeinsa Temple

Haeinsa Temple is the head temple of the Joyge Order of Korean Buddhism in the Gaya Mountains, Gyeongsang Province. It is the most notable for being the home of the Tripitaka Koreana and is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea. The temple represents Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings which are very important to the Buddhists in Korea. It is a must see in this country not only for Buddhists. Visitors often come to enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of a 1,000 years old temple, contemplate its architecture and learn about its rich history. In 1995, Haeinsa Temple and the Depositories for the “Tripitaka Koreana” Woodblocks were added the UNESSCO World Heritage List.

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