262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
Ocean World is located in Vivaldi Park resort on the slopes of Palbongsan Mountain in the Hongcheon region of Gangwon-do province. Vivaldi Park resort is internationally renowned for its ski facilities, but they are not the only attraction in the resort, Ocean World Water Park is also very popular. The park covers 120,982,200 sq ft, which is a size of 14 soccer fields, and it can accommodate up to 18,000 people at the same time. It is designed to look like an oasis in the middle of the Egyptian desert, in order to give visitors the experience of a cool, refreshing swim under the bright sun. Ocean World even features a large Sphinx and pyramid, giving visitors a sense of Egypt’s mysterious past.
Ocean World has many thrilling and exciting attractions. These include the 300 meter-long Extreme River, which has fast-flowing currents, Surfing Mount, where waves reach up to 2.4-meters, Family Raft Slide, Spa Village, and Angel’s pool. Ocean World is divided into various zones: Indoor Zone, Extreme Zone, and Dynamic Zone, which opened in May 2009. The new zone features the very popular Monster Blaster, Super Boomerango, and Giant Waterplex water slides. In addition to the water rides, there is a Jjimjilbang (a Korean-style sauna), a shopping mall, and restaurants.
82, Ttangkkeunmaeul-gil, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Galdu Village, also referred to as Ttangkkeut (Land's-end) Village in Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do is at the southernmost point of the Korean peninsula and the furthest point away from Seoul. Visitors can see the sunrise and sunset from the village, and the village hosts a sunrise festival every year. The observatory atop Sajabong Peak allows views of Hallasan Mountian on Jeju Island on clear days. There is a memorial stone placed on the first floor of the observatory.
6, Saemangeum-ro, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
The name of Samangeum signifies the breakwaters that enlarge and freshen the Mangyeong & Gimje plains, famous for their fertile soil.
Daesin-ri, Baeksu-eup, Yeonggwang-gun, Jeollanam-do
The Baeksu Coastal Road is National Highway 77 and Provincial Highway 14. It is one of the best drives in Jeollanam-do Province. Driving on this road, one encounters dynamically changing landscapes, including splendid rocks on along the coastal cliffs.
Sanpo-ri, Geunnam-myeon, Uljin-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Situated in Sanpo-ri (Uljin), Mangyangjeong is a beautiful pavilion near Mangyang Beach. King Sukjong of the Joseon dynasty, upon seeing the paintings of the “Eight Scenic Sights in Eastern Korea,” picked the pavilion as the best one among them; he wrote Gwandongjeilru (the best pavilion in Eastern Korea) by himself and let it hang in the pavilion.
While it was located in Hyeonjongsan Mountain (Hyeonjong), Mangyangjeong was moved to the current spot in 1858 and rebuilt in 1958. Surrounded by lush pine trees, the pavilion lets visitors overlook Mangyang Beach, Wangpicheon Stream and the sea. It has also been a renowned spot to see the sunrise and the moon. The name, Wangpicheon Stream, originates from the fact that the King found a refuge there or that he stayed there for summer vacation.
Mangyang Beach has a shallow depth and narrow x_width, but it is relatively warm among beaches on the East Coast. Surrounded by pine trees, the beach is quiet year-round, making it a pleasant site to walk around. When the waves are calm, visitors can see Turtle Rock prostrating itself on the sea. The beach is a popular destination for summer travelers thanks to numerous nearby attractions including Seongryugul (Natural Monument No. 155) and Bulyeong Valley.
385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Bulguksa Temple is a representative relic of Buddhist culture from the Silla kingdom. The temple was built in 528 during the 15th year of King Beop-Heung's reign (514-540) to wish for pease and prosperity for all. It was later rebuilt in 751 by Kim Dae-Seong. Unfortunately, the temple caught fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598). After this time, the temple suffered serious damage and was often the target of robbers.
Starting in 1920, the temple has undergone continual restoration work. The temple now holds seven national treasures, a number of additional important heritages, and along with the nearby Seokguram Grotto was designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1995.
513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
The fields in Suncheonman Bay are thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The display of the entire field swaying in the wind is as dazzling as waves on the sea.
The field of reeds is home to many plants that thrive in damp conditions, like the common reed and the starwort. Among the world’s wetlands, Suncheonman Bay is widely known for attracting the largest number of rare birds. Internationally rare birds such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, white stork, black-faced spoonbill, Eurasian Oystercatcher, as well as birds designated as natural treasures, can be spotted here. There are about 140 species of birds including snipe, wild duck, shelduck, and wild goose.
200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
E-World is a theme park built around Woobang Tower. The area around the tower was remodeled as a European-style park and opened to the public in March 1995. It features a waterfall, fountains, lighting displays, and flowers, as well as rides, exhibition and performance halls, and restaurants. E-World has several plazas characterized by different themes; major plazas include Entry Plaza, Central Plaza, Children’s Plaza (playground), and Young Town Plaza.
102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Covering an area of about 9,157,000㎡, Seoul Grand Park consists of themed areas for education, nature, and amusement. The park is known for its various amusement facilities and scenic beauty. Seoul Grand Park’s major attractions include Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Children's Zoo, a rose garden, Seoulland amusement park, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemorary Art, Gwancheon.
Seoul Zoo is home to almost 3,000 animals belonging to about 350 species from all over the world. The zoo is the 10th largest in the world and a recognized member of the International Species Information System (ISIS) and the World Zoo Organization (IUDZG-WZO).
The Botanical Garden in Seoul Grand Park is located near the foot of Cheonggyesan Mountain. Opened on May 1, 1985, the garden has an area of 2,825㎡ and exhibits tropical and subtropical plants, succulent plants such as cactus, orchids and ferns.
The Rose Garden, which is located near the lake, has about 30,000 roses belonging to over 200 species. The roses are in full bloom in June, attracting many visitors to the park.
The Seoul Grand Park Forest Park is located inside the natural forest of Cheonggyesan Mountain, which surrounds Seoul Grand Park. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including 470 tree species and 35 bird species. It also has a 6.3㎞-long hiking trail that is divided into four sections, as well as rest areas with different themes like the Forest of Meditation featuring a 450m barefoot walking path. It is an ideal place for a forest bath, which involves exploring a forest all the while enjoying the positive energy, beautiful sights and soothing atmosphere that the forest has to offer in order to clense one's soul. Walking through the forest bathing area takes as little as 50 minutes or as long as 2.5 hours.
50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Aqua Planet 63 located in 63 Square was opened July 1, 2016. The aquarium houses Otter Planet; Aqua Garden featuring waterplants and Amazonian plants and lungfish; Golden Miracle Zone decorated with bright sunflowers; Penguin Planet; Seal Planet; Coral Planet, colorful with various underwater coral plants and more zones for an exciting space. In the main tank, visitors can watch the fantastic mermaid show, set to music and lights.
50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
With 63 floors measuring a total x_height of 249 meters, 63 Building is one of Korea’s tallest and most recognized building. 63 Building boasts spectacular views of the Hangang River and the surrounding Bugaksan, Namsan and Gwanaksan Mountains. The building also offers an outstanding vantage point when viewing the sunset over the city.
26, Waemok-gil, Seongmun-myeon, Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Because of its long and narrow geographical characteristics and the topographic division of the sea into the west and east regions, one can enjoy the beautiful sunrise, sunset and moonrise here.
Around 100,000 people visit Waemok Village for the New Year Festival every year. While viewing the sunrise from the East Sea has a more dynamic atmosphere, the sunrise from Waemok Village has a more sentimental quality to it.
A waterside deck is available along the coastline for easily strolling along the beach. Many photographers come here to take stunning scenery in November and February.