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Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju

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Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju


The UNESCO-recognized Bulguksa temple in Gyeongju is one of the finest examples of Silla architecture from ancient Korea.

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Three Great Day Trips from Seoul

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Three Great Day Trips from Seoul


Despite everything that Seoul has to offer, sometimes you want something new. For those times, I offer these three great day trips from Seoul.

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The Prospering Virtue of Changdeokgung Palace

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The Prospering Virtue of Changdeokgung Palace


Many say Changdeokgung palace is Seoul’s most beautiful royal residence. Completed in 1412, the UNESCO-listed palace was home to 13 kings over 270 years.

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Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Gyeongju Yangdong Folk Village was just named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unparalleled preservation and cultural assets.

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The Jongmyo Royal Shrine’s Great Rite

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The Jongmyo Royal Shrine’s Great Rite


When the Joseon Dynasty was founded in 1394, the Jongmyo Royal Shrine was built to honor its royal family. Each May, these rites are open to the public.

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The Royal Tombs of Samneung Park in Seoul

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The Royal Tombs of Samneung Park in Seoul


The Royal Tombs of Samneung Park are among the 40 royal Korean mausoleums built over five centuries that were named UNESCO treasures in 2009.

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Seoul Bongwonsa Buddhist Temple

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Seoul Bongwonsa Buddhist Temple


Seoul Bongwonsa Buddhist Temple was founded in 889 by the great Doseon. The west Seoul temple is famous for its UNESCO-recognized Yeongsanjae ceremony.

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Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak

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Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak


Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak is the most famous of the hundreds of beautiful parasitic volcanoes that dot the island.

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress


When UNESCO added the remarkable Suwon Hwaseong Fortress to its list in 1997, they cited its unique blend of eastern and western architectural styles.

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Andong Hahoe Folk Village

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Andong Hahoe Folk Village


Andong Hahoe Folk Village is the most popular of Korea’s traditional villages. Set on a bend in the Nakdonggang river, it recently received UNESCO status.

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