Haeinsa Temple was founded during the third year of King Ae-Jang’s reign (802), by two monks Suneung and Ijung. The name “Haein” originates from the expression Haeinsammae of Hwaeomgyeong (Buddhist scripture), which means truly enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind. Along with the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure Read more [...]
Hahoe Village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses. Birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Period such as Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, the village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited on April Read more [...]
As a main symbol of Jeju Island, Dol Hareubang, literally meaning “Old Grandfather” stone statues, can be found everywhere on the island. But a lack of historical documents has hampered the true understanding of the statue among people. Bukchon Dol Hareubang Park puts together a wide variety of the statutes Read more [...]
Gunsan Modern History Museum Time Travel sets the stage for experience activities that not only Gunsan citizens but also tourists can enjoy together, showing different aspects of Gunsan. In particular, it is significant in that citizens, not professional actors, prepare and stage their performance. In other words, the event places Read more [...]
The Imsil Cheese Theme Park was established in 1958. At the time of the park’s origin, Imsil had no local specialty or unique color of its own; this changed when Ji Jeong-Hwan, a Belgium priest, came to town as a missionary. The town leader asked the priest to work for Read more [...]
Tapsa Temple is located 1.9km away from the southern parking lot of Maisan Mountain in Dongchon-ri, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun, Jeollanam-do. Tapsa Temple is famous for the over 80 stone pagodas built by Lee Gapyong, a retired scholar. Those stone pagodas have different sizes and shapes from cone-shaped to straight-shaped. Behind Daeungjeon, Read more [...]
Haemieupseong Fortress (해미읍성), built during the Joseon period, has been preserved almost fully intact. It is one of Korea’s most renowned cultural heritages. This fortress is a historic site in which a supreme commander of the army in Chungcheong-do stayed, and from which the great Admiral Yi Sun-shin worked. Furthermore, Read more [...]
National Institute of Ecology is a national organization established to find a sustainable balance between the preservation of the natural environment and citizens’ rights to pursue happiness. Ecorium has tropical, temperate, mediterranean and polar exhibitions centers where visitors can experience and learn about a variety of ecosystems. Ecological experience and Read more [...]
Located in Gongju-si, Gongsanseong Fortress is a mountain castle which was established during the Baekje Period (234-678). The castle is about 2.5km long, and there are two ways of touring the castle. One way is to start from the parking lot, pass the west gate, Geumseoru, and walk along the Read more [...]
The Cheongnamdae (청남대) is a presidential vacation villa located near Daecheong Dam (대청댐) in Cheongwon-gu, Chungcheongbuk-do. The former president Chun Doo-hwan was greatly impressed by the scenic surroundings while attending the ceremony for the completion of Daecheong Dam in 1980. The construction of Cheongnamdae started in June, 1983 and was Read more [...]
Eight areas designated as the most beautiful sceneries in Danyang, are Haseonam, Jungseonam, Sangseonam, Sainam, Gudambong, Oksunbong, Dodamsambong, and Seokmun. These areas were visited many times by numerous scholars during the Joseon Period (1392-1910), and contain many historically and culturally important relics. There are Giamgwiseok on Mt. Sobaeksan, Mt. Geumsusan, Read more [...]
Museum SAN (originally Hansol Museum), has its Welcome Center located in the vast abundance of nature, and is composed of three gardens within. From the Museum’s Welcome Center that is reminiscent of a huge fortress, visitors can walk through the the Flower Garden in full blossom, then to the Water Read more [...]
Gyeongpodae Pavilion is famous for the view of the moon on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is a large, tall pavilion, and its architectural feature- a “paljak” roof, is the most common form used in Korean buildings. It has been designated as Regional Cultural Asset No. Read more [...]
Korean artists of various field of work such as writers, painters, actors, architects and musicians constructed the cultural town of Heyri. Within this community, there are residences, workrooms, art galleries and museums. Artists make a living by opening exhibitions, trading or selling their artworks. Currently, there are about 40 museums, Read more [...]
Incheon’s Chinatown area came into being with the opening of the Incheon Port in 1883 and Incheon’s designation as an extraterritoriality of the Ching Dynasty. In the past, the area held many stores trading goods imported from China, but most Chinese businesses are now restaurants. Today, the Chinese residents of Read more [...]
The Songsan-ri Tombs and Royal Tomb of King Muryeong (reign 462-523) contains representative relics of the Baekje period (234~678). The Songsan-ri Tombs contain the graves of kings from the period when Baekje’s capital was Gongju, and it is believed to contain 10 such graves. Only seven graves have been discovered Read more [...]
Gyeongbokgung Palace holds a variety of performances every year. The National Gugak Center presents special performances annually and <A Feast of Gugak in Sujeongjeon>, a regular performance.
Located in Namsan Mountain looking down the panoramic view of downtown Seoul, the Namsangol Hanok Village is a collection of traditional Korean style houses. It reveals well the character of the traditional house in the Joseon Dynasty displaying antique furniture nicely inside the house. It offers various education programs to Read more [...]
It is the place reenacting the real-life village in Amsa-dong during the prehistoric era. There is a stream in the spot where it is presumed to be existed in the past. It is also available to experience fishing of prehistoric era. It presents various earthenware and tools in the Primitive Read more [...]
The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is held every day in Gyeongbokgung Palace. The ceremony presents the noble royal culture reenacting the gate guardsmen’ uniforms, weapons, and accessories in the Joseon Dynasty. This ceremony is performed by a group of 40 people for 15-20 minutes. The Gatekeeper Military Training is followed after Read more [...]
The main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace is evaluated as the best main gate of the palace presenting the beauty of balance and harmony in general with the refined style and magnificent structure.
Deoksugung Palace is one of the four important palaces in the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1910, the Seokjojeon Hall in Deoksugung Palace is the first western style building in Korea. It is one of the busiest attractions as it is surrounded by beautiful, traditional culture and is easily accessible. Traditional Read more [...]
Built with red bricks and granite, this Romanesque style building is the home of Seoul Anglican Cathedral. It enhances the beauty of the building by adding a hint of the traditional Korean style house such as cheoma and roof to the western architectural style.
The Seoul Fortress Wall surrounds Seoul for about 18.2 kilometers, but 10.5 kilometers are preserved at present. There are three courses to tour the Seoul Fortress Wall. The first course starts from Anguk Station or Hyehwa Station and there is the Naksan Park on the way, which is a perfect Read more [...]
It is a multi-purpose museum featuring a gallery, tea shop, tea café and the museum exhibiting collections related to tea. The museum presents a variety of artifacts such as tea cups developed with the Korean tea history and pottery by local artists are exhibited in the gallery. It also represents Read more [...]
Located in Ssamji-gil, Insa-dong, Toto’s Nostalgia Museum and Giftshop exhibits a variety of old stuff reminiscing about the old days such as movie, comics, cigarette, food, dolls, music tapes, etc.
The Seoul Museum of History offers a wide collection of donated artifacts and regular exhibitions presenting the life of people in Seoul and the changes into the modern Seoul. It also provides various hands-on programs for all ages and cultural events.
Located in the Seoul National University, the museum provides opportunities to learn traditional art, archaeology and history. It holds various special exhibitions and it is recommended to check the event schedule in advance on the museum’s website.
Having 60 ground floors and 3 basement levels, it is the third tallest building in Korea. It is a perfect place to view downtown, Seoul and even the West Sea can be seen when the weather is clear. It is a cultural complex featuring aquarium, cinema, restaurants, art gallery, observatory, Read more [...]
Located in Samgaksan Moutain, it is a templestay program run by Hwagyesa Temple surrounded by a dense forest. It is designed to experience traditional Buddhist culture and the essence of the Zen practice including Yebul (pray service; 예불), meditation with music, hiking, 108 prostrations, conversation with monks over tea, Zen Read more [...]