Top 4 Architectural Sights
- Beomeosa Temple, Busan
- Seokguram Grotto and Bulguska Temple, Gyengjou
- Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
- Korean Folk Village, Bora-dong
The Beomeosa Temple at Busan dates from 678 AD and is one of the most important temples in South Korea. Its name means the 'Fish Temple' and it is built on the site where a golden fish is said to have descended from heaven. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguska Temple at Gyengjou dates from the 8th century. Sited on the slopes of Mount Toham, it is renowned as one of the finest examples of Buddhist art in the Far East and the temple complex is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul is one of the five grand palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty kings. It was completed in 1412 and has been recognized by UNESCO because of its architecture and gardens and due to its success in harmonizing with its natural setting. The Korean Folk Village at Bora-dong offers visitors the chance to go back in time and learn about the history and culture of the country. The tranquil setting provides a welcome contrast to modern Seoul and frequent events focus on traditional dance and costumes.
Top 4 Natural Sights
- Seoraksan National Park, Seo-myeon
- Nami Island, Chuncheon
- Gwangalli Beach, Busan
- Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, Jeju Island
Seoraksan National Park at Seo-myeon is famous for its tranquil valleys and towering granite peaks. It is also known for the healing properties of its mineral streams and its jade-colored lakes as well as being home to some of the world's oldest Zen temples. Nami Island is just 30 minutes from Chuncheon and is a haven of forests and hiking trails. It is reached by ferry and hosts many cultural events. Gwangalli Beach in Busan is a mile long urban beach known for its fine sand. It is popular with tourists and locals alike and is backed by streets where you will find many shops, bars and restaurants. The yCheonjiyeon Waterfalls on Jeju Island reach heights of 72 feet. The falls are illuminated at night and are a popular romantic spot for couples. The area around the falls is a subtropical garden, home to a huge variety of flora and fauna.