330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
The Seoul Color Park spans over 9,000 ㎡ of land next to the Hangang River under Mapodaegyo Bridge. It features a large wave-shaped sculpture, as well as bar code graphics and benches painted with 10 different colors that have been designed as the Colors of Seoul. The streetscape is designed with images and Colors of Seoul that includes “Dancheong” red, “Kkotdam” red brown, “Namsan” green and more. Sculptures and art works using the Colors of Seoul can also be seen at Seoul Museum of Art and Seoul History Museum.
Wolsan-ro, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
The 6-kilometer-long Jangyu Daecheonggyegok Valley is located at the foot of Bulmosan Mountain, where the water flowing into the valley divides into two principal streams. Lush trees and clean water make up the area’s beautiful natural landscape. A 30-minute hike along the valley will take hikers to Jangyuam Hermitage where they will find the stupa of Jangyuhwasang, who is said to have spread Buddhism for the first time in Korea.
Visitors flock to Jangyu Daecheonggyegok Valley not only to enjoy the scenery, but also to taste the delicious duck, chicken, and baeksuk (chicken soup with rice) dishes sold around the area. In 1984, the valley was integrated into Jangyupokpo Recreational Park where bridges were built and water supply facilities were placed at two locations. Sangjeolgyo Bridge at the entrance to the valley is 30 meters, while Bonpogyo Bridge is 4 meters. A 1,720 meter-long forest trail was also created. The rugged mountain terrain offers a challenging, yet highly interesting climb up the mountain.
56-42, Jangboksan-gil, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Jangboksan Sculpture Park stands as the unofficial gateway to Jinhae at the end of Jangbok-ro Road between Masan and Jinhae. Built in 1979 in the wake of a mountain landslide, the park offers a panoramic view of Jinhae and its quiet waters. In spring, more than ten thousand cherry trees interspersed throughout the pines come to full bloom, permeating the air with their sweet fragrance.
Nearby attractions include Daegwangsa and Jinheungsa Temples, the Citizens’ Hall, the Gyeongnam Literary Hall, and Jinhae Park Land, located halfway up Jangboksan Mountain. To visit these attractions and explore the beauty of the forest, simply follow the walking trail from Jinhae Girls’ High School to the park (1.5 kilometers) and continue walking along the path from the Jangboksan Rest Area to Gumajin Tunnel (1 kilometer).
273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Opened on June 18, 2005, Seoul Forest had previously undergone a series of changes on Ttukseom Island. In the past, the forest had been a royal hunting ground for kings and served as a military inspection facility. However, in more recent decades, the area has served a wide variety of functions. Ttukseom initially served as a water treatment facility, and later as a golf course, horse racing track, and eventually a sports park.
Consisting of five parks spread over approximately 595,000 ㎡ of land, Seoul Forest is an eco-friendly zone appreciated not only by the people of the city but also those visiting Seoul. Seoul Forest is rapidly developing into the premium city-park of Korea like Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York.
* Culture & Art Park
Situated in the heart of Seoul Forest, Culture & Art Park features Seoul Forest Plaza, decorative flower beds, Visitor Center, a skate park, outdoor stage, waterside lounge (restaurant), in-forest open space, in-forest play ground and water play area.
* Eco Forest
The Eco Forest, once an area covered by the Hangang River, has been transformed into an eco-forest connecting the Hangang River and Jungnangcheon Stream. This natural habitat for wildlife is home to fallow deer, formosan deer, elk, chipmunks, mandarin ducks, mallards, spot-billed ducks and moorhens. There is also an observatory to help visitors get a better view of the local wildlife.
* Experiential Learning Park
Occupying the structure of the former Ttukseom Water Treatment Facility, this refurbished educational area was established to house an insect botanical garden, wild flower garden, themed flower garden, event ground and surrounding protective forest.
* Marsh Plants Garden
Making use of the local reservoir’s natural environment, the Wetlands Ecological Field contains a wetlands ecological management office, ecological playground, outdoor nature classroom, bird observatory, wetlands flower garden and botanical garden fed with local, clear waters.
* Hangang Riverside Park
Located southwest of Seoul Forest, this riverside area at the junction of the Hangang River and Jungnangcheon Stream features a waterfront park, marina and rest area.
Changsin-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Cheonggyecheon Stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, just off Sejong-ro Avenue. Cheonggye Plaza roughly covers an area of 2,500 square meters, and is located at the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream. The square, created based on the design of traditional
Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping cloth), features the elegant beauty of traditional stonework that is colorful yet refined. The plaza also includes a model of Cheonggyecheon that provides visitors with a bird's-eye view of the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream. At the plaza, there are plaques that provide detailed commentaries on the 22 bridges that span the stream, as well as a number of graceful fountains that add to the ambience of the area. The area commemorates the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project, and also symbolizes gathering, harmony, peace, and unity.
After the completion of Cheonggye Plaza, Seoul Metropolitan Government designated the area as a vehicle-free zone on holidays, providing more leisure space for pedestrians. Since then, the waterfront areas of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and the surrounding streets have become popular places for those seeking refreshment and a variety of cultural experiences. A favorite of many is the Candle Fountain, which features the magnificent synchronicity of three different lighting fixtures and a four-meter-high, two-tiered waterfall. Along the two sides of the waterfall are the Palseokdam wishing wells, made of eight different stones from each of the nation's eight provinces.
Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu, Busan
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 soldiers 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 Commonwealth Monument and two ponds.
251, Yeohwang-ro, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Chungnyeolsa Shrine was built in 1606 upon the order of King Seonjo to commemorate Admiral Yi Sun-sin's loyalty and brilliant exploits. The shrine houses the memorial tablet of Admiral Lee. The shrine was designated as a Historic Site on June 11, 1973.
175, Kkotdaemaeul-gil, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Hani Lavender Farm was opened on a 33,000 ㎡ plot of land in 2006 by Ha Deok-ho, the "lavender missionary." Mr. Ha originally operated an herb shop in Gyeonggi-do but moved to Goseong to grow his own lavender farm. The area of the farm has the ideal condition for lavender to grow.
25-15, Haegok-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Waujeongsa Temple is located in Haegok-dong in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do at the center of the Yeonhwasan Mountain Range surrounded by 48 magnificent mountain peaks. Waujeongsa Temple is the main branch of the Nirvana order, and has approximately 3,000 Buddha statues. The most popular statue is buldu, an 8-meter high statue of Buddha's head, situated at the temple's entrance. Another famous statue is wabul, a Buddha statue carved from juniper wood imported from Indonesia. The wabul reaches 3 meters in x_height and 12 meters in length, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The temple houses Buddha statues from all over the world, made from all kinds of materials, that were given as a gift by monks and leaders from other countries.
26-14, Im 3-gil, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Donamseowon Confucian Academy was built in 1634, originally 1.5 kilometers away from its current location. It received a royal charter in 1660 and relocated to its current location in 1880 due to flooding problems. The academy's main gate, Ipdeokmun Gate, is made up of three entrance doors. Once inside, Yangseongdang Hall can be seen facing the main gate, with Eungdodang Hall to the left. Ancestral rites take place every February and August at Jungjeong Hall. Inside the academy is a shrine that houses the ancestral tablets of four prominent scholars who taught at this institution - Kim Jang-saeng, Kim jip, Song Jun-gil, and Song Si-yeol. Among the academies that served Kim Jang-saeng and his teachings, Donamseowon is considered the most important and influencial.
Daecheong-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
Daecheongdo Island, with an area of 12.7 square kilometers and 24.7 kilometers in length, houses a little over 1,000 citizens. The island is located 202 kilometers northwest of Incheon and is known for fishing. With most of the villagers being fishermen, the whole island is one large fishing area. The island is also known for clean air and various tourist attractions.
210, Hyeonchung-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
The rear area of Seoul National Cemetery is surrounded on three sides by the foothills of Gwanaksan Mountain around Dongjakbong Peak. Towards the front, the cemetery overlooks the meandering Hangang River.
Seoul National Cemetery is situated on a plot of land measuring approximately 1,430,000 ㎡. Entombed here are the remains of 165,000 martyrs and soldiers, police officers, and reserve forces who sacrificed themselves for their country. Enshrined within the Memorial Tower are memorial tablets of approximately 104,000 soldiers who died during the Korean War, but whose bodies were never found along with the remains of approximately 7,000 unknown soldiers whose bodies were found. The remains of more than 54,000 martyred patriots have been buried in the Burial Plots, which are divided into various sections: graves of soldiers, police officers, meritorious citizens, and key figures of the provisional government. Every year on June 6th (Memorial Day), memorial services and events are held at the Seoul National Cemetery to honor the brave patriots who fought for the country.
Facilities consist of the Memorial Gate, Memorial Tower, Chungseong Fountain Tower, Holy Ground, Photographic Exhibition House, Educational Movie Theater, and Relics Exhibition House. In 1955, the cemetery was established as the National Military Cemetery and then was elevated to the status of National Cemetery ten years later in 1965. In 1996, the managing institution also underwent a name change from "National Cemetery Management Office" to "National Memorial Board."