Stunningly Beautiful Places To Visit In South Korea

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Photo of Angela Lee
9 February 2017


Internationally known for rapid, modern technological advances and urbanization, South Korea preserves a large amount of tradition as well as natural beauty. As a result, it is a country full of spectacular sights of both industrialized, urban cities as well as cultural, suburban and rural areas. It is a diverse country for both city tourists and wild adventurers. Here’s our guide to some of South Korea’s best places.

Gobungun, Changyeong

Gobungun, Changyeong is a green grassy field that has the appearance of many small hills. It is actually a site of over 180 ancient tombs that date to the fifth and sixth centuries. The majority of the tombs were built for those of royalty or high governmental status.
Changnyeong-eup, Changnyeong-gun, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea

Hamangun County | ©Republic of Korea/ Flickr

Hamangun County | ©Republic of Korea/ Flickr

Inwangsan

Inwangsan is a 338-meter high mountain that hosts numerous castles built on the outskirts of Seoul to protect the city from foreign invasions. Today it serves as a popular tourist spot to view of Seoul’s features, including the palaces, N Seoul tower, and the Korean president’s residence, the Blue House.
Inwangsan, Cheongunhyoja-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Inwangsan | ©Will Polard/Flickr

Inwangsan | ©Will Polard/Flickr

Seoul Seonggwak Fortress Wall

An 18.2-kilometer long stone wall that served to protect Seoul from foreigners during the Joseon dynasty, the Seoul Seonggwak Fortress Wall is a historic site that is part of a walking tour program. Starting from Dongdaemun, tourists walk along the fortress wall and continue on to Naksan’s park and museum.
Seonggwak Fortress Wall, 69 Jongno 6 (Yuk) -ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 2148 1823

Courtesy of Visit Korea

Courtesy of Visit Korea

Upo Wetlands

Known as South Korea’s largest natural swamp, which covers 5,500 square kilometers, Upo Wetlands is home of over 1,000 species. The government enlisted it to become a part of the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance to protect it from environmental degradation, and has been protecting it since 1998.

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Yonghwa Beach

Yonghwa Beach is unique in that both seawater and freshwater are available due to the Hwacheon stream. Thanks to its accessibility to both salt and freshwater, it is one of South Korea’s most valued sources for fresh seafood. In fact, many travellers visit Yonghwa Beach solely for the seafood.

Sea/ | ©Pixabay

Miryang Maneosa

According to legends, the temple Miryang Maneosa was once home of the son of the dragon king, who was turned into the five-meter-long rock that is on the temple. Rumors claim that any woman who could not conceive sons would be able to after wishing on the five-meter tall rock.

Mount Halla

The highest mountain in South Korea, is Jeju Island’s most iconic milestone that has been designated as one of South Korea’s Natural Monuments. It is home of over 4,000 different types of animal species, especially around a crater lake called Baengnokdam.

Jeju excursion on Mount Halla | ©Yoo Chung/ Flickr

Yangdong Folk Village

A traditional village that maintains its Neo-Confucian culture and architectural style of the early Joseon Dynasty, Yangdong Folk Village stands as the most valuable among South Korea’s six folk villages. It is one of the largest villages in South Korea that preserves ancient aristocratic lifestyles as well as folklore materials.
Yangdong Folk Village, 134 Yangdongmaeul-gil, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, +82 70 7098 3569

Yangdong Folk Village |©Yeowatzup/Flickr

Yangdong Folk Village |©Yeowatzup/Flickr

Bomun Pavilion, Gyoengju

Located in Gyeongju, a city nicknamed ‘a museum with no walls,’ Bomun Pavilion is South Korea’s prized gazebo that is adjacent to a pond, where one could see cherry blossoms during spring, luxuriant green leaves during summer, ruby and mustard flora during autumn, and soft white snow during winter.

Boseong Green Tea Field

An enormous field full of green tea leaves alongside the slopes of several hills, the Goseong Green Tea Field produces over 40 percent of South Korea’s tea leaves. To celebrate the flourishing fields, the neighboring residents hold a festival every May and decorate the fields with small colorful light bulbs every winter.
Boseong Green Tea Plantation, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea, +82 61 852 2593 ext. 2595

Boseong Green Tea Fields |©영철 이/ Flickr

Boseong Green Tea Fields |©영철 이/ Flickr

Anapji (Anap Pond)

The Anapji or Anap Pond is an artificial pond man-made around 1,500 years ago during the Silla dynasty as part of the palace where flowers and birds flourished. To this day, three structures still stand on three separate artificial islands with patches of lotus flowers framing the pond.
Anapji, 102 Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do, South Korea, +92 54 772 4041

The Pavilions of Anapji Pond reflected in the Water/©Shutterstock

The Pavilions of Anapji Pond reflected in the Water/©Shutterstock

Sankwang Temple

An emblem of traditional Korean architecture and culture in the southernmost part of South Korea, the Sankwang Temple is where the largest annual Lotus Lantern Festival in the country is held. During the festivities, the temple is decorated with numerous lanterns with geometric as well as lotus shapes.
Sankwang Temple, 131 Mountain, Cho-eup, Dongjin-gu, Busan, South Korea, +82 51 808 7111