139, Nammang-gil, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Nammangsan Sculpture Park was established to display the persistent works of 15 famous sculptors from 10 countries (Japan, China, France, Israel, Venezuela, etc.) who participated in the Tongyeong International Sculpture Symposium. It is also a popular spot for dates because this 30 square kilometer land has beautiful sculptures from which visitors can feel the individual taste of the artists.
140, Yeongnanghoban-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Yeongnangho Lake is a deep and large lake with a circumference of 7.8 km, an area of about 1.2 km2, and a depth of over 8 m, formed by the development of coastal dunes. The source water originates from the Jangcheoncheon Stream, passing through the lake, and goes to the East Sea via the waterway under the Yeongnanggyo Bridge. The lake is adjacent to the areas of Jangsa-dong, Yeongnang-dong, Dongmyeong-dong, and Geumho-dong. The pleasant trail is also established around the lakeside, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms, azaleas, and reeds. According to Samguk yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), the name of the lake comes from Silla’s hwarang (elite warrior group in Silla) member named “Yeongnang.” After training at Geumgangsan Mountain, Yeongnang passed this lake on the way to get to the martial arts competition. As he was so taken by the splendid landscape, however, he forgot about the competition and stayed here for a long time. As the old record says, Yeongnangho Lake boasts outstanding scenery. Beombawi Rock, in particular, evokes visitors’ admiration as one of the Eight Sights of Sokcho. The rock, which resembles the shape of a tiger crouching down, has an aura of mystery. The nearby tourist attractions also include Gwaneumam Rock, which is known for the strange rocks and bizarre stones, Bogwangsa Temple, and the Wetland Eco Park, which is located in the west of the lakeside.
Cheongchohoban-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Cheongchoho Lake, located in the center of Sokcho City, is a large natural lake with a circumference of 5 m and an area of 1.3 km2. The source water originates from the Misiryeong Valley of Taebaek Mountain Range and flows to the Cheongchocheon Stream and to this beautiful lake, and then continues to the adjacent sea. So, the lake is an intermediate stop between the river and the sea. Cheongchojeong Pavilion is located above the lake, offering an open view of Seoraksan Mountain and the East Sea. As it is situated at the end of the 75 m-long ocean bridge, you will feel standing in the middle of the lake and enjoy a panoramic view of the lake. Shining more at night, this pavilion is regarded as the best attraction for the beautiful night view in Sokcho. It also attracts visitors’ attraction with its sculptures of the blue and yellow dragons, which were established based on the local legend associated with Cheongchoho Lake. The trail built around the lakeside is equipped with a nighttime lighting system so that many people visit it at night and the benches for rest and appreciating the view. There are many attractions around the lake, such as Seokbong Ceramic Museum, bird sanctuary, etc. The Cheongchoho Lake Park was the venue of the International Travel Expo ’99 Kangwon and is known for its 73.4 m high Expo Tower Observatory.
103, Imcheonggak-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Head House of the Tapdong Branch of the Goseong Yi Clan, located in Andong, serves as a residential house of the Yi descendents even to this day. Constructed in 1685, this house has all of the beautiful features that are representative of Joseon architecture. After this period, additional structures were added periodically. Across from the house is the Seven-story Brick Pagoda at Beopheungsa Temple Site.
29, Gaesil 1-gil, Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Gaesil Village has preserved the traditional living-style of the past with mud walls along the streets, community well, hanok and more. Convenient facilities such as a water and sewage system, senior citizen center, and the village hall as well as internet café and walking trail make living in the village more pleasant. The village fields grow all sorts of produce such as mushrooms, chives, cucumbers, and more. Visitors to the village can experience traditional culture as well as food and activities through one of the many cultural programs offered throughout the village.
37-41, Jeondeungsa-ro, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
Jeondeungsa Temple is located in Samnangseong Fortress, which is said to have been built by the three sons of Dangun, the founder of Korea. The temple was originally called Jinjongsa Temple during the early Goryeo dynasty; the name changed to the current Jeondeungsa Temple in 1282.
Jeondeungsa Temple contains significant architectural works, including the main building Daeungbojeon Hall (Treasure No. 178), built in 1621. Decorated with delicate carvings, it is a superlative example of the architecture of the mid-Joseon dynasty. Visitors can see names of soldiers written on the walls and columns of Daeungbojeon Hall. These soldiers fought against the French Navy and wrote their names in Jeondeungsa to pray to Buddha for good luck in war.
There are ten other structures of historical significance at the temple including Yaksajeon Hall (Treasure No. 179), Beomjong Bell (Treasure No. 393), and Yangheonsu Victory Monument (Tangible Cultural Treasure No. 26). The compound is also home to many ancient trees.
37, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Jeongbangpokpo Falls is among the top three waterfalls of Jeju Island and is the only waterfall in Asia to fall directly into the ocean. Next to the waterfall is an inscription reading “Seobulgwaji,” referring to Seobul passing by this place. Seobul was a servant of the Emperor of the Chinese Qin dynasty (259~210 BC) who was ordered by the Emperor to find a substance that would make him immortal.
199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
* Closed due to COVID-19 until further notice (August 30, 2020-TBD).
Caribbean Bay is a world-class water park with various attractions and health facilities based on the theme of the Caribbean coast. Attractions include an artificial wave pool with a x_width of 120 meters and a length of 104 meters, a youth pool that travels indoors and outdoors, and various slides that maximize adventure and thrill. Indoor facilities include a wave pool, slides, spas, and saunas. Megastorm, introduced in 2015, is a super-large complex water slide. The circular tube starts from the boarding platform 37 meters above the ground and travels 355 meters rotating in all directions going up and down three rapid descents. The last part of the ride is a large 18 meter funnel shaped tornado that gives riders a zero gravity experience for about 55 to 60 seconds.
100, Naksansa-ro, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
This ancient temple was built in the 11th year of King Munmu’s reign of Silla (671) by the Buddhist monk Uisang. Naksansa Temple is one of the foremost sights of Yangyang, and one of the most historic sites in the region. Along with Ganghwa’s Bomunsa Temple and Namhae’s Boriam Hermitage, it is said to be one of the three centers of the cult of Avalokitesvara in Korea, while its handsome view overlooking the East Sea has earned it a spot in the Eight Sights of Gwandong (eight famous sights in Yeongdong region of Gangwon-do), documented throughout the ages by many classic literature and poetry. Today’s Naksansa Temple is a product of many restorations and expansions, and has many examples of cultural heritage within its walls: from a 16 m-tall statue of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva to Uisangdae, a pavilion built to overlook the sunrise over the East Sea on a coastal cliff; Hongnyeonam Hermitage, built over the crashing waves; Seven-story Stone Pagoda of Naksansa Temple, Yangyang (Treasure No. 499), a Joseon-era pagoda with Goryeo-era style; and Stupa, Stele, and Reliquaries of Naksansa Temple, Yangyang (Treasure No. 1723), in which a number of sarira, including Shakyamuni’s. A mountain fire in 2005 resulted in the loss of 20 buildings, including the building that housed its bronze bell (formerly Treasure No. 479 of Korea). The temple also accepts temple stay programs through its webpage.
1091, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
As one of the Ten Sights of Seoraksan Mountain, the Cheonbuldong Valley is also called Seorakgol Valley, being a representative valley of the mountain. Along the valley covering about 7 km from Biseondae Rock to Daecheongbong Peak, visitors can enjoy the splendid scenery of various attractions including Waseondae Rock, Munjudam Pool, Ihodam Pool, Gwimyeonam Rock, Oryeon Falls, and Cheondang Falls. It has all magnificent views of Seoraksan Mountain. The Cheonbuldong Valley is also regarded as one of Korea’s top 3 valleys along with Chilseon Valley of Jirisan Mountain and Tamna Valley of Hallasan Mountain. It offers beautiful seasonal views every year, and among them, the autumnal foliage is considered the best scenery of the valley. Its colorfully-tinged autumnal leaves are in harmony with rocks in fantastic shapes, attracting many hikers in autumn.
169-7, Gongwon-gil, Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Juwangsan Mountain (alt. 720.6 m) is located in the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range, the backbone of the Korean peninsula. The mountain features deep valleys and many sheer rock cliffs to make it the third largest rocky mountain in the country. Juwangsan Mountain was recognized as a tourist attraction on May 30, 1972 and became the 12th national park a few years later on March 30, 1976. The park is quite small, filling in an area of just 105.582 ㎢ but is great for a leisure walk with walking trails in place along the valleys up to waterfalls.
Juwangsan Mountain was called Seokbyeongsan Mountain during the Silla dynasty due to the many stone peaks jutting out, but has been called Juwangsan Mountain since the Unified Silla period. In addition to these tall rocky peaks, Juwangsan National Park also includes four waterfalls, caves, Daejeonsa Temple and other attractions for a comprehensive tourist site.
59, Haemaji-gil, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Naksan Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Yangyang, located in Joseon-ri, Yangyang-eup, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do. Since its opening in 1963, it has attracted more than 1 million visitors each year, its reputation being rivaled only by the Gyeongpodae Beach on the east coast of Korea. The 4 km-long sand beach contrasts magnificently with the lush pine trees of the area. The water is less than 1.5 m deep, making it a good place for all ages. Naksanhang Port marks one end of the beach, behind which Naksan Mountain, the location of Naksansa Temple, can be found. The other end has a lake formed at the delta of Namdaecheon Stream, which originates from Seoraksan Mountain. Many cafes, convenience stores, restaurants, and accommodations cater to the needs of the visitors. The beach sees considerable traffic in winter as well, when it serves as a popular venue for sunrise-watching, particularly for the New Year’s Day festival.