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Seoul

Many visitors who set foot in Seoul for the first time are surprised by the dramatic modernity that swirls all around. Not long ago, however, during the Korean War, the city was nearly devastated, and has succeeded in rising up from the rubble and dust as one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

The first human settlement in the Seoul region traces back about 6 000 years. About two thousand years ago; three kingdoms emerged on the Korean peninsula, among them was Baekje, which governed the present area of Seoul. In 1932, the Joseon Dynasty was established and Seoul has been the nation’s capital and served as the political, economic and educational hub of Korea ever since. The long history has handed down a wealth of precious cultural remants from Stone Age chipped tools, ancient tombs, palaces and fortresses, to neo-modern temples.

When the economy started booming in the 1960’s, Seoul burgeoned into a metropolis of 10 million and by some calculations it is now one of the world’s largest cities. Yet, timeless patches of ancient architecture and cultural vestiges are kept well intact in the alleys behind today’s skyscrapers to surprise visitors again and again.

What to see: Ancient Palaces, Jongmyo Royal Shrines, Buddhist Temple, Museums, Shopping Streets and Amusement Quarters, Bukhansan National Park, Seoul Tower…



Busan

Located at the estuary of the Nakdonggang River that flows through Korea’s southeast, Busan is a rectangle blessed with great geographical advantages: the sea to its south and east, river to its west, and Mt Geumjeongsan and Mt Hwangnyeongsan soaring in the city like beautiful twin towers. Thanks to deep sea, low tidal difference, and modern harbour facilities, Busan Port has established a reputation at home and abroad for its maritime shipping and fisheries. Busan is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Along with picturesque coastal views, the city is full of vigorous energy and holds a variety of festivals and events all year round.

What to see: Beomosa Temple, Bokcheon Museum, Busan Museum, Chungnyeolsa Shrine, Geumjeongsanseong Fortress, Haeundae Beach, Jagakchi Fish Market, UN Memorial Cemetery…



Gyeongju

Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient Shilla kingdom, which lasted a millennium from 57 BC until AD 935. Shilla accomplished the first unification of the peninsula in 676.

Now, boasting glorious historical and cultural remains, it is called the “museum without walls”. New archaeological discoveries are still being made. The historical artefacts unearthed from Gumgwanchong and Cheonmachong Tombs are considered some of the finest in the world.

What to see: Bulguksa Temple, Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju Folkcraft Village, Gyeongju National Museum, Mt Namsan, Seokguram Grotto, Tumuli Park…



Jeju Island

Jeju-do or Jeju Island is Korea’s biggest island, off the South coast. It boasts a plethora of tourist resources of insular environment and unique culture and tradition, tracing far back to the ancient Tamna Tribal State. Several small oreum parasitic volcanoes surround Mt Hallasan, an extinct volcano at the center of the island, which offers beautiful sightseeing options. There is always something wonderful just over the next oreum. The lava landscape, blending odd-shaped rocks and caves, ponds, volcanic humps and craters, and dry lands and great fields of grass, is dotted with diverse and rare floral and fauna species. Jeju Island also has natural surprises to discover along the shorelines. An explorer will encounter a fantastic bluff with a waterfall dashing down to the beach, sometimes a long stretch of silver sandy beach, or floating isles where the sea touches woolly clouds on the horizon.

Jeju-do has often been called samdado, the island of three abundances: rocks, wind and women. The island is also famous for lacking another three things: thieves, beggars, and gates.

What to see: Museums, a folk village, Mt Hallasan and many natural attractions like falls, parks, rocks…

Gangwon-do Province

There is no better place to make the most scenic paradise than Gangwon-do Province, located in the mid-eastern part of the Korean peninsula. It is where people mix together as naturally as the rising sun dyes the blue waves to a rosy glory, as seen from the top of Mt Seoraksan shooting up in the center of Baekdudaegan, the mountainous backbone running through the eastern part of the Korean peninsula.

With its fascinating ridges and gorges, rainbow-spanned waterfalls, crystalline brooks gurgling through lush wood, silver beaches, and ample snow, Gangwon-do Province beckons all. Come and enjoy the warm smiles and gracious hospitality you will discover in its numerous resorts. Experience the many outdoor activities, climbing, camping, rafting, swimming, skiing, and much more…

What to see: national park, beaches, hot springs and mineral waters, Buddhist temples, lakes and valleys…

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