Top 7 treasures of South Korea
South Korea is a beautiful country to visit, with the abundance of historical sites and landmarks. Do you happen to know what treasures are scattered around the country, waiting to be discovered by the visitors? Read on and let us take you on a little tour around the South Korea’s hidden gems.
1. Seongsan Sunrise Peak
Formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions around 5,000 years ago on the Jeju Island, the Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak became Korea’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. The sunrise watched from the crater is magnificent, and the site also provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding.
2. Taepyeong Salt Farm
Taepyeong Salt Farm, located on the Jeungdo Island is the largest producer of salt in Korea. Here you can learn about the salt production and observe how the seawater is dried in shallow pools using only the sun and the wind. In the located by the farm’s entrance Salt Museum, visitors can find out in detail about the manufacturing process of salt.
3. Mount HallaImage: wikimedia
Mount Halla, known by the locals as Hallasan, is famous for its ecosystem and the abundance of flora and fauna. Take a hike to Mount Halla on Jeju Island and explore the exquisite landscapes and beauty of this landmark. See what species of plants and wildlife you can spot and take a look at this volcanic island from a different perspective.
4. Haeinsa Temple
The Haeinsa Temple on Mount Gaya houses the world’s most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures engraved on woodblocks. The name of the temple can be translated as "Temple of Reflections on a Smooth Sea" and takes origin from a verse in a Buddhist sutra comparing the Buddha's wisdom to a calm sea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace and is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. Located in the capital Seoul, it is also home to the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum within the premises of the complex. More useful information about Seoul attractions and Gyeongbokgung Palace – travel tips and inspiration by WAYN members.
6. Boseong Green Tea Plantation
Are you a green tea drinker? Why not take a trip to the Boseong plantation, as the green tea fields in this area are among the most famous in South Korea. See how the tea is grown and cultivated and make sure to try out the local delicacies where the green tea is incorporated to create a healthily balanced meal.
7. The Yeojwacheon Stream
Located in Jinhae, Yeojwacheon Stream (also known as Yeojwa Stream) area is known as one of the best spots for viewing the famous cherry flower blossoms. Visit Jinhae in April to see the trees in the full bloom, and make sure you head to Yeojwa Stream with the most beautiful cherry blossoms, making it the number one spot for the visitors. Located here bridge is a very romantic place, especially at night, when the pale pink colours of the flowers glow in the dark.
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