39, Jungangbudu-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Gaetbae (boat without engine) is an exotic means of transportation to cross the Abai Village at the mouth of Cheongchoho Lake. It is a rapid means of traveling between downtown Sokcho and Abai Village along the 50 m-long waterway. This small barge-style boat without an engine can be run by pulling the wire manually. When fixing the solid steel wire on both sides of the waterway and pulling it hard with a hook, a boat moves forward slowly. As there is no boatman, passengers need to work together to move the boat. It takes about 5 min to cross the water by boat. This unique experience still attracts many tourists to Sokcho. Furthermore, it is known as the filming location for the Korean TV drama Autumn in My Heart, so many tourists from Japan and China visit the place.
Seoraksan-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Seoraksan Mountain is Korea's famous tourist destination that stretches several areas including Sokcho, Goseong, Inje, and Yangyang in Gangwon-do. It was designated as Korea's fifth national park in 1970 after the designation of Hallyeohaesang National Park, and as Korea's first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1982. It has been also registered in the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas, which is the global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. Having Daecheongbong Peak as the mountain's main peak, Seoraksan National Park with a total area of 398 km² is divided into Oeseorak (Outer Seorak, the east to Sokcho), Naeseorak (Inner Seorak, the west to Sokcho), and Namseorak (Hangyeryeong Pass and Osaek section). Daecheongbong Peak (1,708 m) is the third highest peak in Korea after Hallasan Mountain and Jirisan Mountain, and as the peak is covered with snow for five to six months of the year, the mountain got the name "Seorak" (meaning a snowy peak). The summit of Daecheongbong Peak commands the magnificent natural landscape of Seoraksan Mountain and the East Sea. In particular, it is known for the fantastic views of the sunrise and sunset. In addition to Daecheongbong Peak, Seoraksan Mountain has some 30 grand peaks, such as Socheongbong, Hwachaebong, and Jungcheongbong. The mountain is also full of hidden scenic views of Biryong Falls, Ulsan Peak, Heundeul Rock, and Geumganggul Cave. By using the cable car near Seoraksan Small Park, the disabled and the elderly can go up to the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the mountain.
455, Baekjemun-ro, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Baekje Cultural Land is the largest history-themed park in Korea, built to share the beautiful culture of the Baekje Kingdom with the world. The large site is filled with traces of Baekje culture. Sabigung Palace is a reconstruction of a real royal palace from the Three Kingdoms period. Neungsa Temple, a royal temple representing the Baekje period, has been recreated according to the real size based on excavation research done at the historic site in Neungsan-ri, Buyeo-eup. Just inside Daetongmun Gate is the Five-story Stone Pagoda, the most prominent structure in the complex. Wiryeseong Fortress, built during the Hanseong Baekje Era, gives a different aspect of Baekje in comparison with Sabigung Palace from the Late Baekje Era. A panorama of the complex can be seen from Jehyangnu Pavilion.
587, Chilbosan-gil, Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Chilbosan National Recreational Forest is located west of Yongdeok. The mountain is known to have seven treasures, thus named Chilbo, or seven treasure in Korean. The seven treasures include rock moss, deodeok, wild ginseng, milk vetch root, wild boar, copper and iron. From the peak of the mountain, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the East Sea. Chilbosan National Recreational Forest serves as the perfect getaway with various facilities.
187, Cheollipo 1-gil, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Cheollipo Arboretum is located on the tip of the Taean peninsula, and was founded by Carl Ferris Miller, the "blue-eyed Korean." Miller purchased the land in 1962 and starting in 1970, many trees were planted in earnest. At that time, the park was only open to experts in related fields and members who helped fund the arboretum. In 2009, select sections of the arboretum were finally opened to the general public. The arboretum features more than 13,200 plants, including holly, magnolia, camelia, and maple trees, as well as five varieties of Rose of Sharon, the national flower.
77, Sorae-ro 154beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon
Sorae Marsh Ecological Park is located on a vast plot of land in Incheon. The park first opened in June 1999 at the site of an old saltern on a 660,000 ㎡ plot but has expanded over the years to an area of 3.5 million ㎡. The previous salt storage has been converted into an ecology exhibition space, displaying the history of the area as well as the plants and animals that live here. The park expanded in April 2001 with the addition of the Ecology Hall and Nature Learning Center, offering various educational experience opportunities. The walking paths by the salt storage and the windmill are especially popular photo points. Many people visit in fall for the shimmering silver grass, said to appear in many colors depending on the lighting. The park amenities, including rest areas and benches, make the park a popular destination for families and couples.
Yeonsu-ri, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Jungwonpokpo Falls is located at the eastern edge of Jungwon Valley in Jungwonsan Mountain, Yangpyeong. A 15-minute walk from the parking lot through the valley pathway will take the visitors to the three-tiered waterfalls. Rather a small waterfall less than 10 meters high, Jungwonpokpo Falls is surrounded by cliffs with fantastic rock formations that look like folding screens. The plunge pool is also impressive with its depth and x_width.Located near by is another waterfall known as Chimapokpo Falls.
320, Suseong-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Suwon was one of four main regional government centers during the Joseon dynasty. Hwaseong Fortress, built to protect the city, was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site on December 12, 1997 for its historical value. The fortress offers various performances daily as well as the Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival every fall. The walls stretch for 5.7 kilometers, with Paldalsan Mountain at the center. The fortress, constructed from 1794 to 1796, was built as a display of King Jeongjo’s filial piety towards his father and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.
34, Heonilleung-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Heonninneung Royal Tombs Ecological Preservation Area is home to alder tree forests. It was officially designated as an ecological preservation area by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in 2005.
91, Gangnam-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Opened in 2004, the Hangang River Eco Learning Center is situated on the Namhangang Riverside. The site used to be a sandpit before it was turned into a wetland. Effluent from wastewater treatment plants, which in the past was released directly into the Hangang River, now passes through several ponds with various aquatic plants and a one kilometer-long waterway so that it can be naturally purified. This has contributed to an improvement in the water quality of the Hangang River. The learning center was built to restore the Namhangang Riverside area, which was destroyed due to sand extraction, and to restore its natural ecology of willow trees, reeds, and birds. The center organizes a number of ecological excursion programs for children.
181, Jeonmang-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan
Yeongdo Lighthouse was established in Taejongdae Park in December 1906 and has served as a guiding beacon of light to ships around Busan Port for over 100 years. The old lighthouse was replaced with a new structure in 2004, turning the lighthouse into a coastal tourist attraction. The newly established site consists of the lighthouse, an art gallery, and a museum of natural history. The white cylinder-shaped lighthouse is 35 meters tall and its beam can be seen from as far as 40 kilometers away.
56-24, Doldam-gil, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Damyang Changpyeong Samjinae Village is a farming village that produces vegetables and fruits including tomatoes and strawberries. The name of the village goes all the way back to early Goryeo period. Changpyeong is home to many important historical figures and known for its regional foods and local produce.