South Korea may be well-known around the world for K-Pop (thanks to South Korean singer and songwriter Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, which hit the charts), super-fast Internet speeds and innovative cosmetic but it’s also a country that has a rich cultural heritage and plenty of natural beauty.
With so many historical and natural landmarks in South Korea, it is surprising that there are so many hidden gems. From mountains, volcanic islands and waterfalls to palaces and temples, for a country with so many stunning places and such a wealth of history, it is surprising that many of South Korea’s treasures are not well-known outside the country.
Popular travel website travel2next.com has listed the top 20 landmarks in South Korea to help first-time visitors tick the country’s most stunning places off their bucket list. The post also features eye-catching photography entered in the Korea Tourism Photo Contest, which is an annual smartphone competition that showcases the beauty of South Korea.
Historic places featured include Gyeongbokgung Palace, a famous palace in Seoul that is home to two museums, the Joseon Dynasty Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village and Andong Hahoe Village. The latter is renowned for the Andong Hahoe Mask Festival, well-preserved traditional houses and was where many prominent South Korean scholars were born.
Among the natural landmarks featured is Mount Seoraksan for its unusual rock formations, the stunning Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak on Jeju Island and lesser-known natural attractions Dalmasan Mountain and Hwaam Cave.
See the full list of landmarks in South Korea here.
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