125-89, Yedeok-gil, Sani-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Established in 1979 in Haenam, Jeollanam-do Province by the Bohae Brewery, Bohae Plum Farm (Bohae Maesil Nongwon) is the largest green plum farm in Korea. Every spring, as maehwa (apricot flower) blossoms begin to bloom on maesil (green plum) trees, the brewery opens the farm to the public, providing an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful blossoms, and also to purchase fresh plums. To this day, the brewery produces and sells various maesil products made with the plums harvested from the farm.
185, Amnamgongwon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
The magnificent cliffs and tree-lined seaside views of Amnam Park bring the harmony of the bluish-green waters and the forested landscape together. Originally a protected area, entrance was not permitted until its opening to the public in 1996, when visitors could first experience the untouched landscape. Now, visitors can fish, explore the observatory, and enjoy the walking path and the elevated bridge. The abundunt pine trees along the walking path makes for a pleasant stroll while the path up to the observatory offers great views. If it is fishing that you want, here you can fish on the ocean as well as off the fantastically shaped rocks. There is also a famous road to go for a drive, leading from Songdo Beach to Amnam Park. This drive takes approximately 5 minutes, but it takes about 20 minutes on foot.
40, Namseongjung-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Seogwipo New Paradise Boat offers dazzling scenery on the coastal lines and islands around Seogwipo Port in Jeju. Famous for its scenery worldwide, it has been a definite tour course for international dignitaries and tourists visiting Jeju.
349-60, Ganghwadong-ro, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
The Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center, located on Gangwhado Island in Incheon, is a temple where both Koreans and foreigners can practice meditation together. The temple was opened in 1997 by Monk Wonmyeong, who was a disciple of the Great Zen Master Sungchul. Through ten years of teaching Buddhism to non-Koreans, he realized there were few locations for foreigners to meditate. Consequently, he opened the center on Ganghwado Island to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Lotus International Meditation Center in Jongno-gu, Seoul. The Center was built on 4000 pyeong (about 13,000 m²) of land that accommodates a main Buddha hall, the Seorae Meditation Hall, the Gogyeong Meditation Hall, a dormitory for monks, six guest buildings with gardens and a farming area.
The center, which is surrounded by beautiful nature, operates Gogyejong Templestay, where both Koreans and foreigners can partake in the Korean Buddhist experience and the lives of everyday monks. Visitors can empty their minds through meditation as well as through elements of traditional Korean culture. Typical lessons and activities include meditation courses, meal etiquettes of Buddhist monks, and temple manner. Foreign monks from Russia and Bangladesh, who offer teachings on Buddhism, help foreigners to be as comfortable as possible during their stays. Since the center is located near the sea and other tourist attractions, such as Manisan Mountain, a megalithic tomb, and Jeondeungsa Temple, visitors can enjoy natural, cultural and historical sites all while staying at the temple.
1133, Sinsaembat-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Soyanggang Lake is also referred to as an inland sea. The lake is served by high-speed tourist ferries connecting the 27km stretch from Soyanggang Dam to Yanggu-eup in just 30 minutes, and the 64km stretch to Bupyeongri Pier in Inje-gun in two hours.
There is also a high-speed cruise to see the landscape of Naeseorak Mountain two times a day from May to October. In between sparsely dotted islands, there are enclosed fish farms and in the valleys near the lake, people can enjoy fishing over 50 species of freshwater fish like leather carp, trout, eel, and smelt.
406, Maisannam-ro, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
The temple located upon Maisan Mountain was called Sangwonsa Temple during the early Joseon dynasty and was later known as Jeongmyeongam Hermitage. According to the Korean Language Society, the temple began to be called Eunsusa (meaning ‘Silver Water Temple’) after King Taejo (the founder of the Joseon dynasty) visited the temple and remarked that the water flowing nearby was as clean and smooth as pure silver.
The temple is home to the largest known Beopgo (Buddhist drum used for rituals), which was produced in 1982. A stone sculpture and a statue of Granny Samsin (a goddess that looks after babies’ births and keeps them healthy) also stand at the temple. However, the temple’s most treasured assets are its two Natural Monuments: Emerald Gaiety (a climbing vine, Natural Monument No. 380) and the Cheongsil Pear Tree (Natural Monument No. 386). Reverse icicles, though found all over the mountainsides, are most readily and abundantly found in the Eunsusa Temple area.
Buso-ro, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Goransa Ferry is the best way to view Nakhwaam Rock and to understand the history of the Baekje Dynasty. The ferry passes various historical sites while floating atop the still waters of Baengmagang River.
45, Guuigangbyeon-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Riverside Spa Land is a traditional Korean sauna where visitors can experience Korea’s first and best foot massage bath for free. The sauna, located on the second floor basement, offers soft waters known to be good for your skin, while the public jjimjilbang on the first floor basement presents a variety of facilities and cultural areas for your enjoyment, such as a fitness center, aerobics room, movie room, comic book room, sports massage center, nail art center, skin care treatment center, and more. For the convenience of its guests, Riverside Spa has installed a key payment system so guests do not have to carry cash once they are inside.
110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Founded in 1926, Seoul City Hall is a Renaissance-style stone building. Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall is a historic site where the March 1, 1919 (Samil) Independence Movement and the pro-democracy movement in June 1987 were held. It is also a well-known place where tens of thousands of Korean soccer fans came to cheer at during the 2002 World Cup Games.
This oval grass square in front of Seoul City Hall, re-established in 2004, is used as a place to hold various events and cultural festivals like “Hi! Seoul Festival,” and is enjoyed by many Seoulites as a place to rest. One of the attractions of Seoul Plaza is the Floor Water Fountain, which looks like a normal sidewalk but shoots water up very high from the floor when you walk across it. The 48 floor lights along the grass square and Fala- a round type outer wall clock- are other attractive features of the Square.
The Fala, in particular, is designed to ring the Boshingak Belfry sound at high noon everyday. The Floor Water Fountain presents a grand sight with 35 underwater lights.
950-39, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Sun Cruise Resort is a resort located 60m above the sea in the shape of a cruise ship. Surrounding the resort is an extensive park, with themed gardens and sculptures. The theme park's main attraction is the sunrise garden, opening up at the main gate of Sun Cruise Resort. The garden features the famous sculpture "The Hands of Blessing," and other art pieces that blend with the sunrise over the ocean.
Other attractions of the park include Grass Park, a large green field, Sculpture park with pieces in three themes, glass observatory, providing a walk right over the ocean, an observatory platform to view the surrounding area, and exhibition hall, showcasing the history of Sun Cruise Resort.
25, Ethiopia-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Originally named Gongji Park, the park is located near Gongjicheon and has been decorated with sculptures since 1997. Twenty-nine pieces are displayed and a water clock was installed in 2001. Gongjicheon Resort is located nearby the park with an outdoor stage and fountain. Water sports such as boat-riding can be enjoyed on the lake. The lake and the fountain are great locations to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Every year diverse cultural art events such as the Spring Art Performance as well as the Soyangjae Chuncheon Poetry Recital takes place in the park and Gongjicheon. A Children’s Center and War Memorial are also located nearby.
Icheon-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Maaekseobulsang (Rock-carved Standing Buddha in Icheon-dong, Andong) is a huge statue. The head of Buddha stands at 2.43 meters tall, while the entire statue stretches 12.38 meters high. These days, Jebiwan Temple has been built near the statue, so it has been dubbed “Jebiwan Seokbul.”
The statue, carved into a rock, is in the style of Koryeo (AD 918-1392) dynasty, with distinctive contouring. This unique style is indicative of those prevalent during the 11th Century.