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Yangju Olleung Royal Tomb [UNESCO World Heritage] (양주 온릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])

Yangju Olleung Royal Tomb [UNESCO World Heritage] (양주 온릉 [유네스코 세계문화유산])

11459     2019-12-06

255-41, Hoguk-ro, Jangheung-myeon, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Olleung Royal Tomb is the royal tomb of Queen Dangyeong (1487-1557), consort of King Jungjong, the 11th ruler of the Joseon dynasty. Queen Dangyeong married King Jungjong when she was 13 years old. In 1506, when King Jungjong ascended to the throne, she became a queen as well, but she was deposed due to her father leading a coup against her husband's acendancy. Therefore, her grave at first was not regarded as a royal tomb until 1739.

Paroho Lake (Yanggu) (파로호(양구))

Paroho Lake (Yanggu) (파로호(양구))

4748     2019-12-06

Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

Paroho Lake is a man-made lake that was completed in 1943. The lake was created due to the construction of a hydraulic power plant in Hwacheon during Japanese colonial period. The name was given after President Syngman Rhee designated a plaque in his own handwriting naming the body of water ‘Paroho Lake’ during the Korean War after a victorious feat in a battle against the Chinese army. The power plant has a generation capacity of 105,000 kilowatts, and the lake is one of the top fishing grounds in Korea as it is abundant in freshwater fish.

The area boasts several splendid views and a former president built his country home on the lake. Relics from the Stone Age and New Stone Age were found to be well preserved in the area. Twenty-one dolmens were found on the lake grounds, as well as 4,000 pieces of Prehistoric relics used during Paleolithic age, drawing interest from the academic field. Recently, habitats of mandarin ducks, a national natural monument, were found near the Paroho lakeside.

Soyangho Lake (Yanggu Section) (소양호(양구))

Soyangho Lake (Yanggu Section) (소양호(양구))

6704     2019-12-06

Seokhyeon-ri & Woongjin-ri & Suin-ri, Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

Soyangho Lake is a man-made lake that was created when Soyang Dam, the biggest rock-filled dam in Asia, was built in 1973. The lake is a hotspot for marine tourism and the lakeside road is an important route that connects Chuncheon and Yanggu. You can travel overland for an hour to get to the dam or take the Kwaeryongho Boat, a hovercraft that operates regularly on Soyangho Lake, and get there in 30 minutes. The hovercraft travels by ejecting air against the surface below, sending up a spray of water on either side of the boat to the delight of passengers. Once you are in the valley, you can see fish farms floating among the islets. When the water level is high, you can travel on the lake all the way to Inje and Sinnam enjoying the beautiful scenery of Seoraksan Mountain. Both tourists and locals regularly make use of the ferry service.

Suncheonman Bay Yongsan Observatory (순천만 용산전망대 (S자 물길))

Suncheonman Bay Yongsan Observatory (순천만 용산전망대 (S자 물길))

5527     2019-12-06

513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do

Yongsan Observatory offers an unobstructed view of Suncheonman Bay's large S-shaped waterway. The observatory can be reached by following the trail through the field of reeds, crossing over Daedae Estuary on Mujingyo Bridge. With a birds-eye-view, take in the vast fields of reeds and mudflats, dotted throughout with groups of birds wading through in search of food.

Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)

Gimje Byeokgolje Reservoir (김제 벽골제)

5668     2019-12-06

442, Byeokgolje-ro, Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do

The Byeokgolje Reservoir in Gimje is the oldest irrigation facility in Korea. According to the Samguk Sagi (history of the three kingdoms), Byeokgolje was first built in the 21st year of the reign of King Heulhae (AD 330) of the Silla Kingdom. However, this region belonged to the Baekje kingdom at that time, so some counter that the embankment was actually built in the 27th year of King Biryou (AD 330) of the Baekje kingdom. Historians agree, however, that the reservoir was mended by King Wonseong of Silla in AD 790 and by King Hyeonjong and King Injong of the Goryeo Dynasty in AD 1143. In 1415, King Taejong of the Joseon dynasty rebuilt the whole facility, but it was washed away in heavy rains five years later in the 2nd year of King Sejong.

Only about three kilometers of the reservoir embankment remain intact today. Moreover, the original embankment underwent major transformations in 1925 when the Dongjin Land Improvement Association remolded it into a channel for carrying water to nearby fields.

In 1975, an archeological study of the sites where the two floodgates once stood revealed that highly refined measuring techniques had been used in the original construction of the reservoir. Thus, despite its many changes, Byeokgolje not only holds significance as Korea’s oldest manmade reservoir, but also as a historical relic that points to the highly developed engineering technology of the past.

The Bay 101 (더베이101)

The Bay 101 (더베이101)

47014     2019-12-06

52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan

The Bay 101 is located in a culture and art complex in Haeundae area, attracting many visitors to the area thanks to the beautiful nightscape that it offers.

Jipdarigol Recreation Forest (집다리골자연휴양림)

Jipdarigol Recreation Forest (집다리골자연휴양림)

17021     2019-12-05

130, Hwaakjiam 1-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

Chuncheon’s Jipdarigol Recreation Forest sits atop Chokdaebong peak, separating Gangwon chuncheon and Gyeonggi Gapyeong. Natural forest is formed along the valley, which attracts many visitors who want to spend their summer cooling off. Lodging facilities include the forest lodge, condo styled lodging, and small bungalow-style facilities. Subsidiary facilities include sporting equipment, a promenade, and camping site. The best part about Jipdarigol Natural Recreation Forest is that it is located along a stream, which means its environment is clear and pure. Lodging facilities reservation can be made through the homepage.

Gariwangsan National Recreational Forest (국립 가리왕산 자연휴양림)

Gariwangsan National Recreational Forest (국립 가리왕산 자연휴양림)

4810     2019-12-05

707, Gariwangsan-ro, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

Gariwangsan Mountain in Gangwon-do is one of the major mountains that make up the Taebaek Mountain Range. It is a home to numerous alpine tree species, as well as wild flowers and herbs. Its slopes are gentle enough to allow for pleasant hiking.
Gariwangsan National Recreational Forest is located at the Hoedong-ri Village entrance. It has paths that are lined with thick, tall trees that almost cover the sky. It also has several conveniene facilities.

Sangjogam County Park (상족암군립공원)

11634     2019-12-06

42-23, Deongmyeong 5-gil, Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

The breathtaking view of the South Coast can be seen at a glance from Sangjogam County Park. The glittery surface and towering cliffs create a spectacular backdrop. Clear footprints of dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era remain extending over the coast around Sangjogam region, and thus the area was designated Goseong-gun Gosi No. 20. on November 10, 1983. The beach in front of the Youth Center contains shingles worn down by the tide and a precipitous wall of stratified rocks can be seen beyond the wide bedrock of dinosaur footprints. The rocks are named after the table leg-shaped stone caves such as “Ssangjok” or “Ssangbal”. Many oddly shaped rocks inside the caves have their own folktales. According to one tale, fairies from heaven came down to the Sangjokgul Cave to weave clothes out of brocade for the King of Heaven, and bathed in the Seonnyoetang Pond. The shape of a loom and a puddle still exist. Nearby the cave, Chotdaebawi Rock and Byeongpungbawi Rock create scenery beyond description and leisure cruise boats toss up gentle sea waves. Naturally, the park continuously attracts numerous tourists in all seasons. Also, many are drawn to the mysterious dinosaur footprint fossils at Sangjogam. The site is recognized as one of three major dinosaurs sites in the world, along with those in Brazil and Canada. The footprints belong to dinosaurs familiarized by the popular movie, ‘Jurassic Park’, such as Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Allosaurus and Naranosaurus. It has been designated Natural Monument No. 411, as dinosaur footprints are valuable resources in discovering the uncovered mysteries of life before the appearance of mankind.

Andong School of Korean Etiquette (안동예절학교)

12244     2019-12-06

1333-5, Toegye-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Andong School of Korean Etiquette, which is located in Andong, is a mecca of Korea's Confucian customs and provides an opportunity to experience traditional Korean etiquette.

In addition to Korean traditional etiquette, Andong School of Korean Etiquette also teaches tea etiquette and traditional Korean music using instruments such as janggu and gayageum. Students can also experience the joy of learning how to play folk games such as yunnori and kite-flying. The school offers a wide variety of hands-on programs related to Korea's traditions and customs such as mask dance, paper craft, cooking, wedding, and eco-rafting on Nakdonggang River.

There are other popular tourist attractions nearby such as Dosanseowon Confucian Academy, Forest Science Museum and Yi Yuk-sa Literary Hall.

Yeosu Seonso (Shipyard) Historic Site (여수 선소유적)

8638     2019-12-06

Sijeon-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do

Yeosu Seonso Historic Site is located in Sijeon-dong, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do. This shipyard houses the Turtle Ship designed by Admiral Yi Sun-sin and Na Dae-yong, who were renowned for their shipbuilding skills during the Japanese Invasion of Korea.
The shipyard site includes a gulgang (small stream to dock ships), a stone moorage for anchoring ships, a dolbeoksu (stone pole), and a Segeomjeong site.

The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok (성덕대왕신종)

23691     2019-12-06

186, Iljeong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, the largest Korean bell preserved, stands 3.75-meter tall, has a lip diameter of 2.27 meters, and is 11 to 25 entimeters wide. In 1997, Gyeongju National Museum weighed it at 18.9 tons. The bell was cast to pay tribute to the memory of King Seongdeok. It was completed in 771 and named ‘The Divine Bell of King Seongdeok.’ However, because the bell was installed at Bongdeoksa Temple, it has also been called the Bell of Bongdeoksa.

The bell is also known as the Emile Bell, a name derived from an ancient legend in which a child was sacrificed in order to give sound to the bell, whose echoes of ‘em-ee-leh’ resemble the traditional Korean word for "mommy."

The tubular sound pipe at the top of the bell that helps the sound reverberate is a unique feature that can be found only in Korean bells. The yongnyu, which serves as a loop to hang the bell, has been decorated to resemble a dragon’s head. A band of arabesque patterns can be found at the shoulder, and the striking point of the bell is in the shape of a lotus flower.

The magnificent design and inscription methods used in this bell exemplify the artisan's craftmanship of the Unified Silla period. The bell is also inscribed with over one thousand Chinese characters, and its beauty and integrity have been meticulously preserved despite the passage of over 1,300 years.