424-33, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Housed in the Culinary School of Korea History and Culture in Gyeongju, the Laseonjae restaurant serves unique culinary delights that recreate the cuisine served in the royal courts of the Silla Kingdom. The school has a well-established reputation as a culinary institution that excels in preserving the taste and cooking styles of the past. Laseonjae was opened with the goal of promoting Isageum, the Silla-style course meal that the school developed after many years of research.
The Isageum table consists of various dishes served in the royal court of Silla: the dishes are made of nine rare, medicinal ingredients called gujinmi. The interior of Laseonjae is decorated mostly in gold, the color that defines the Silla Kingdom. Note the columns with lotus leaf patterns and other characteristics unique to banquet halls from the Silla royal court. The restaurant staff further portrays the splendor of the era by wearing traditional Shilla dress, seemingly transporting diners back in time while they enjoy an elegant and delicious meal experience.
94, Jiktang-gil, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
Jiktangpokpo Falls is location in the middle of Hantangang River, which runs through town of Dongsong-eup in Cheorwon. Unlike other falls, Jiktangpokpo Falls is not tall, but wide instead as the 3 meter-high falls stretch almost 60 meters from bank to bank. Widely known for its grandeur and beauty, Jiktangpokpo Falls is one of the 8 scenic wonders of Cheorwon. It is an ideal summer vacation spot and visitors can enjoy the savory maeuntang (spicy seafood stew) made with freshwater fish at one of the many restaurants located in the vicinity.
347, Gobuk-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Saneum National Recreational Forest is located in Danwol-myeon in Yangpyeong. It opened on January 1, 2000 and can accommodate up to 2,000 visitors a day. The park's name "saneum" means "mountain shade," a name given for its geographical location where it is surrounded by other mountains on all sides. The park's lush forest is home to diverse species of wildlife and the valley boasts spectacular views.
50, Donggul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
Cheongok Golden Bat Cave in Donghae is the only natural cave in Korea located in a downtown area. Estimated to have been created 400 to 500 million years ago, the cave is known to serve as a habitat for the endangered golden bats. The cave's total length stretches for 1,510 meters, with only 810 meters of the cave open the public while the rest of cave remains protected for preservation purposes. The cave features ceiling craters, one of which is the longest in Korea, along with stalactite curtains, travertine terraces, stalactite cascades, and many other fantastic rock formations. The cave's unique features provide a grand spectacle for tourists and great speleological samples for researchers. A 785-meter walkway was made using the sinkhole created by dissolved limestone to help visitors get a better understanding of cave formations.
481, Geumgangsan-ro, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Built by an army unit in 1983, Goseong Unification Observation Tower is the nearest place for viewing Geumgangsan Mountain in North Korea. From the observatory, visitors can see the Haegeumgang River and the islands nearby as well as get a glimpse of various peaks of Geumgangsan Mountain such as Ilchulbong Peak, Chaehabong Peak, and Oknyeobong Peak. Many monuments are built within the area in hopes of reunification.
123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Daecheon Beach, located in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do, is a 3.5-kilometer-long, 100 meter-wide sandy beach. The beach has a gentle slope and clean sand, making it a popular summer vacation spot. As part of the western coast, the beach is also famous for beautiful sunsets. The beach area is divided into the areas of Sunset Plaza and Mud Square. Each area holds various fun events every summer. In particular, Boryeong Mud Festival, held every July, is a popular festival among both domestic and international tourists.
31-2, Jisimdo-gil, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Located 1.5 kilometers away to the east side of Irun-myeon, Geoje, Jisimdo Island is a very small island covering an area of just 0.338 ㎢ with a 3.5-kilometer long coast line. From Jangseungpohang Port, it takes approximately 15 minutes by ferry and visitors can tour the entire island within 2 hours.
The name of the island comes from its appearance resembling the Chinese character ‘sim (心).’ The island is home to abundant and old camellia trees more than any other islands in the southern sea, earning the nickname "Dongbaek (camellia) Island."
76, Galdaeseupji-ro, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
Ansan Reed Marsh Park is an environmental treatment facility and Korea’s first large-scale artificial wetland, using reeds and other aquatic plants to improve the water quality of branch streams (the Banwol, Donghwa and Samhwa) flowing into Sihwaho Lake. It is an ecological park where people can rest amid nature and where the interested can observe and learn about the park’s ecosystem.
37-37, Asanman-ro, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
World Flower Botanical Garden opened to the public in 2004 and sees 15,000~20,000 visitors every year. This internationally recognized garden is Korea's largest greenhouse garden that features over 3,000 species of plants and flowers. To cultivate gardening culture in Korea, the garden founded LIAF Garden Center, acronym for "Life is a Flower." The garden center offers diverse gardening programs and products.
397, Cheonmundae-gil, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do
Byeolmaro is a public astronomical observatory built on the peak of Bongnaesan Mountain (alt. 799.8 m) in Yeongwol. The term ‘Byeolmaro’ combines the words byeol (star), ma (peak) and ro (peaceful). Together, they collectively represent the wish to view stars in a clean and peaceful environment. The observatory has a variety of telescopes, including one with a diameter of 80 centimeters. The observatory also has accommodation facilities, audio & visual rooms, and a lecture hall, making it suitable for educational programs.
Chuja-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Located about 45 kilometers from Jeju Island and 35 kilometers from the Korean Peninsula, Chujado Islands is comprised of four inhabitated islands, called Sangchujado, Hachujado, Chupodo, and Hoenggando, as well as 38 uninhabited islands. Records show people have been living on the islands since as long as 1271, during the reign of Goryeo King Wonjong, at which point they were referred to as Hupungdo Islands, serving as a safe harbor for ships sailing between Jeju and the mainland. The name changed to Chujado Islands during the Joseon dynasty due to the lush forest of walnut trees, "chuja" in the Jeollanam-do dialect. The ocean around the islands is a popular place for sea fishing, while the islands themselves offer outstanding views of nature along a Jeju Olle-gil Course.
222, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
The base point of Hallyeohaesang National Park, Odongdo Island is famous for colonies of camellia found on the island. In addition to the camellias, there are 70 species of wildflowers and 200 species of evergreen trees that flourish here. The island is known to be most beautiful in mid-March when the camellias are at its peak. To get to the island, it takes around 10 minutes by car from Yeosu downtown. Other options include the Dongbaek Train, a ferry or motorboat.