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Hwahongmun Gate (화홍문)

Hwahongmun Gate (화홍문)

22785     2020-10-29

44-6, Suwoncheon-ro 392beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-228-4416

Hwahongmun Gate refers to the northern gate of Hwaseong Fortress among the two main gates installed to control the flow of Suwoncheon Stream that cuts through the fortress. Hwahongmun Gate consists of seven arched watergates, each watergate constructed in a varying size. The watergate at the center is larger than others to control the water flow effectively.

Busan Beomeosa Temple (범어사(부산))

Busan Beomeosa Temple (범어사(부산))

184724     2020-10-27

250, Beomeosa-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
+82-51-508-3122

Beomeosa Temple is located on the eastern side of Geumjeongsan Mountain, a famous mountain in Busan. It was founded by monk Uisang in 678, the 18th year of King Munmu (r. 661-681) of the Silla Kingdom. It is one of the three most famous temples in the Yeongnam region, along with Haeinsa Temple and Tongdosa Temple.

Most of the original Beomeosa Temple site was lost during the Imjin War (1592-1598) but was restored in 1613 and has remained until now. Daeungjeon Hall is considered one of the most delicate and luxurious architectures of the Joseon dynasty. Other important sites of the temple include Iljumun Gate, a three-story pagoda with four pillars built in the 9th century; pavilions, gates, and eleven hermitages. Beomeosa Temple also operates a templestay program for visitors to learn more about the Buddhist culture and discover oneself.

Songjeong Beach (송정해수욕장)

Songjeong Beach (송정해수욕장)

66884     2020-10-27

62, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
+82-51-749-7612

Songjeong Beach stretches for 1.2 kilometers with a x_width of 57 meters. The white sandy beach is ideal for families with young children because of its shallow waters. The beach offers clean water, and a more peaceful atmosphere than the popular Haeundae and Gwangalli Beaches in downtown Busan. It is also very popular as a photography venue for pre-wedding photoshoots. The area around the beach offers many hoe (sliced raw fish) restaurants.

Jukdo Park is located north of the beach at the entrance to Songjeonghang Port. The white and red lighthouses of the harbor are a popular photo spot, as well as the view of the beach from Songiljeong Pavilion at the peak of Jukdo Park. The path leads through a grove of evergreens. Fishermen often line the breakwaters to the lighthouses.

Bukhansan National Park (Seoul District) (북한산국립공원 (서울))

Bukhansan National Park (Seoul District) (북한산국립공원 (서울))

50708     2020-10-27

262, Bogungmun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
+82-2-909-0498

Bukhansan Mountain was officially designated as a national park in 1983. The Bukhansan National Park covers both Bukhansan and Dobongsan Mountains, and spans the total area of 80.699㎢. At the top of Bukhansan Mountain are Baegundae Terrace (835.6 meters), Insubong Peak (810.5 meters) and Mangyeongdae Terrace (799.5 meters), which gave the mountain the nickname "Samgaksan" or the "three-horned mountain." The mountain had other names: Sambongsan (mountain with three peaks), Hwasan (flower mountain), and Buaak (mountain shaped like a person giving a baby a piggyback ride). The current name, Bukhansan, was given after the Bukhansanseong Fortress was built under King Sukjong of the Joseon dynasty.

Soulone Botanical Garden (소울원)

Soulone Botanical Garden (소울원)

4856     2020-10-26

424-12, Geomsan-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-945-4261

Soulone, meaning "filled with laughter," is a healing space of approximately 13,200 square meters. The garden aims to provide a place where guests can rest their weary bodies and minds while being surrounded by trees and flowers. The garden is decorated with ornamental trees, rocks, and bonsai, along with other kinds of plants, like tropical plants in the greenhouse. A coffee shop with a modern interior allows visitors to enjoy the landscaped garden in comfort. More active guests can enjoy a light walk through a tunnel of trees on the mountain road. Nearby attractions include the Paju section of the DMZ, Paju Book City, and Paju Premium Outlets.

Baekdudaegan Mountain Range Canyon Train (V-Train) (백두대간협곡열차 (V-트레인))

Baekdudaegan Mountain Range Canyon Train (V-Train) (백두대간협곡열차 (V-트레인))

11141     2020-10-22

49, Buncheon-gil, Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
+82-1544-7788

La lettre V de V-Train renvoie au terme "valley" en anglais dans la mesure où ce train vous fait passer entre différentes vallées de chaînes de montagnes entre les régions Gangwon-do et Gyeongsangbuk-do, notamment à travers le mont Baekdudaegan. Le train circule à une vitesse de 30km/h sauf durant la section Cheoram section où le train ralentit à une vitesse de 27.7 km/h, permettant aux voyageurs d'apprécier les paysages aux alentours. Afin d'apprécier les falaises et les vallées aux alentours, le train est entièrement équipé d'espaces ouverts avec de larges fenêtres que les passagers peuvent ouvrir pour apprécier la brise du vent. 

Shinsegae Centum City (신세계 센텀시티)

Shinsegae Centum City (신세계 센텀시티)

234592     2020-10-08

35, Centum nam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
+82-1588-1234

Shinsegae Centum City Department Store is registered in the Guinness World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world, offering a full range of entertainment options, from an ice rink to movie theather, golf range, and a spa. Shops include 21 designer brands, and 622 famous brands.

Opened as the first department store in Korea, Shinsegae reflects decades of retail experience in this flagship location. Globally renowned experts such as Italian architect Claudio Silvestrin and an American architecture and design firm Callison completed Centum City under the concept of a “golden sea”. The department store has emerged as a defining landmark in Busan.

Jeju Gwandeokjeong Pavilion (관덕정(제주))

Jeju Gwandeokjeong Pavilion (관덕정(제주))

23671     2020-10-07

19, Gwandeok-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
+82-64-742-8866

One of the oldest standing architectures on Jeju Island, Gwandeokjeong Pavilion was built by Pastor Sin Suk-cheong in the thirtieth year of King Sejong's reign (1448) as a training ground. For its historic contribution to strengthening the mind and soul of soldiers ("Gwandeok" literally means an exercise of mind and virtue), Gwangdeokjeong was designated as National Treasure No. 322 in 1963. Today, the pavilion serves as a model of excellence in soldier training.

Montmartre Park (몽마르트 공원)

Montmartre Park (몽마르트 공원)

14148     2020-10-06

59, Banpo-daero 37-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2155-6877

Located within the Banpo 4-dong area in Seocho-gu, Seoul, Montmartre Park was initially a wild forest with densely populated acacia trees. In 2000, as a part of the Banpo-dong reservoir development project implemented by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, this hilltop was turned into a park open to the public where visitors can rest. This park was given the name "Montmartre Park" due to its close proximity to Seorae Village, a French neighborhood in Seoul.

* Total land area: 24,690 m²
* Park area: 20,054 m²

UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (재한유엔기념공원)

UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (재한유엔기념공원)

81520     2020-10-06

Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu, Busan
+82-51-625-0625

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries and UN aids from five countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. It is the only memorial cemetery in the world dedicated to UN soldiers. While the cemetery originally held up to 11,000 graves, most of the fallen solders were repatriated at the request of their families, with only 2,300 graves remaining. The serene park spreads across a grassy plain area of 135,000 square meters. Some notable sites and memorials include: Memorial Service Hall, Memorabilia Hall, two Turkish Monuments, Greek Monument, Australian Monument, British Common Wealth Monument and two ponds.

Nine Forest Ewhawon (나인포레스트 이화원)

Nine Forest Ewhawon (나인포레스트 이화원)

16711     2020-10-06

64, Jaraseom-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
+82-31-581-0228

Located on Jaraseom Island, Nine Forest Ewhawon was renewed in 2015. The garden spans over an area of 33,000 square meters with a 1,090 square meter butterfly ecology center, making it the largest butterfly park in the world. The park offers live butterflies and butterfly specimens all year long through the use of a warm house. Visitors can look at various exhibitions and learn about butterflies and plants with detailed explanations from professional guides. Jaraseom Island also offers camping sites and hosts varied festivals.

Sarabong Peak (사라봉)

19202     2020-10-07

Geonip-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
+82-64-740-6000

Situated to the east of Jejuhang Port, Sarabong Peak is the main oreum (volcanic cone) that separates the city from the sea. The peak offers views of the ocean to the north and magnificent Hallasan Mountain to the south. It is recommended to reach the top in the late afternoon to catch the reddish glow of the sunset glittering off the ocean.