With the country’s history formally establishing in the late 1940’s after the Second World War, South Korea is a country with fantastic history and many sites that are dedicated to preserving the country’s traditions, previous rulers, ancient lifestyles and even showcasing the many struggles that had to be overcome as well.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Here is where visitors can see traditional Korean hanok houses, known for their unique roof edges. These homes are heated with ‘ondol’, a traditional Korean heating structure for underfloor heating, as traditionally, Koreans enjoyed sitting, eating, and sleeping on the floor. Tourists can stay here and experience the true traditional Korean life at the Hanok Life Experience Hall in the village.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
While most temples in the country are situated within mountainous regions, this particular temple is a rare gem to find as it’s along a shoreline! First built in 1376, the Buddhist temple is a popular place on New Year’s Day as many people visit this spot to make a wish for the new year just as the sun comes up.
Naganeupseong Folk Village
Constructed in 1397, this well-preserved village allows visitors to authentically observe houses and lifestyles that have been passed down through history. Travellers can enjoy music performances, etiquette classes, tea ceremony experiences, partake in a Ugwi parade (traditional wedding parade), and more.
In an agreement outlined by North Korea, China and the United Nations Command back in 1953 at the end of the Korean War, the The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a site that serves as a 248-km ‘middle ground’, or ‘boarder,’ between North Korea and South Korea. There are many monuments and memorial sites attracting visitors, such as the Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park, which hosts events, performances, and exhibitions that promote peace and reunification. Additional attractions include the Imjingak Peace Land, which is a small amusement park, as well as the National Memorial Hall of the Korean War Abductees, as it educates visitors on the abductions that took place during the Korean War.
Written by: Nikki (Destination Specialist)