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South Korea sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Skyscrapers and ancient temples shining in the sun, cutting-edge technologies and pearl divers, huge plantations of mandarins and exotic insect dishes – all of it is South Korea. It can be called one of the most exotic, contrasting and unpredictable countries in the world. Here you will have time for exciting excursions, and for visiting colorful entertainment centers, and for participating in original national holidays, and for gastronomic discoveries.
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The settlement history of the territory of the modern state dates back to the 4th - 3th centuries BC. At that time, the state of Ancient Joseon was located here. It existed for only a few hundred years and disintegrated into tribal unions. In the first century, three separate states were formed - Baekje, Silla and Goguryeo. The state of Silla is considered as the forerunner of the modern South Korea, it existed until the 10th century, and underwent a series of serious changes and military conflicts.
In the middle of the 9th century, these states united under the new name of Kore; for more than 500 years, the rulers of the Joseon dynasty stood at as the leaders. The era of their power ended only in 1910. After the end of the Second World War, the Korean Peninsula was divided into two parts, which were under the control of the United States and the USSR. Nowadays, South Korea is one of the youngest states in the world, which was officially formed only in 1948, at the same time as the North Korea. Several decades of hard dictatorship in the 80s were replaced by a milder democratic regime, which contributed to a more active development of the country and its tourism sector in particular. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The most recognizable landmark of the state is Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in Seoul. This luxurious palace was built in the 14th century for the Joseon royal family, today it is an open-air museum. The architectural complex is attractive not only for its unique appearance, but also for the variety of valuable exhibits stored in its walls. In the spacious halls of the palace, there are collections of antique furniture, beautiful tapestries and sculptures, as well as precious jewelry that once belonged to the royal family.
Seoul Among the modern attractions, we can highlight the bridge across the Hang River, which possesses the romantic name "Rainbow Fountain." Come and admire the bridge at nightfall, and you will understand what is the main beauty of it. On the side parts of the bridge there are small fountains that form very beautiful arches of water. Enjoying this spectacle is also possible in the daytime, but in the evening the jets of fountains is painted in all the colors of the rainbow with a spectacular lighting.
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Do you like unusual excursions? Then look at the Seoul TV Tower, which has acquired the status of the most popular sightseeing object. This tower is located on the top of Mountain Namsam and is the tallest building in the capital. An interesting shopping and entertainment center is built within its walls. Here you can visit the observatory, buy gifts in souvenir shops and relax in restaurants overlooking the city. Most importantly, you will able to visit the highest panoramic observation platforms in the country.
The majestic Hwaseong Fortress is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the second half of the 18th century and survived many battles. As a result, it was almost completely destroyed. Not long time ago, the fortress reconstruction began, where several of its towers, gates and walls were fully restored.
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In the vicinity of the town of Busan, there is a Beomeosa temple, which is considered one of the greatest Buddhist shrines in the world. It was built on the slope of Mount Geumjeongsan more than a thousand years ago, this temple impresses with its scale. Its total area is about 8 square kilometres, in this territory there are more than 160 buildings of different periods. The construction of this temple began on the orders of the Joseon dynasty, for more than a thousand years the temple continues to be one of the largest in the world.
Seoul In the vicinity of Seoul there is a large international airport Incheon, which receives flights from various European and Eastern countries. In addition, you can get to South Korea from a number of countries by sea. It is connected by ferry communication with Russia (Vladivostok), Japan and China. In most of the year periods, ferries are operating at least five times a week. The modern high-speed train network is conveniently connecting major cities within South Korea peninsula.
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Daewon Park Observatory

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
Another great opportunity to rise above vanity is to visit the Daewon Park Observatory, which is located in the Korean city of Seongnam. This observatory can also be called a real monument of the modern architecture. Its design was developed by Yong Chandzhki from Kyungam Architects Associates. Initially the observatory was built as a part of an architectural competition.

It failed to win in the competition, but since the opening, it still remains a favorite vacation spot among townspeople and tourists. The main attractive feature of the observatory is 360 Cloud observation deck offering the magnificent circular panorama of the city. The observatory is located in a large and beautiful park, so it's not deprived of the attention of tourists. Here, travelers with children like to relax. … Read all

Bulguksa Monastery

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Buddhist Civilization”
In South Korea, the first Buddhist monuments began to appear at the end of the 4th century. In the last fifteen hundred years, more than 10 000 temples have been built in the country. Some ancient buildings managed to survive so far. The unique monastery Bulguksa, which is considered a landmark of world importance, is among them. This monastery is located near the city of Gyeongju. For some reason, it’s one of the most attractive for ordinary tourists.

This old monastery is open to travelers and always glad to meet visitors, who will have an opportunity to spend a few days in the local community of monks and to take part in Buddhist ceremonies. Travelers could also see Buddhist artifacts hidden in the temple. Literally, Bulguksa name can be translated from Korean as the Buddhist … Read all

Gebul Sea Worms in Busan Restaurants

From the series “The Most Disgusting Dishes in the World”
Gourmets who love to taste rare seafood delicacies will like their rest in Korea. One of the most popular and delicious national dishes is a gebul, a marine worm. Worms are gathered at the coast; they are one of the most expensive seafood options. Marine worms are appreciated not only for unique taste, but also for amazing medicinal properties. In some provinces of Vietnam, marine worms are eaten raw and still alive, but the most popular restaurants serve a soup of sea worms. It is cooked with the addition of greens, herbs, and chili. The dish turns out to be very nutritious and wholesome.

Some exotic restaurants can offer visitors raw worms. Before serving, they’re cut into small pieces, which still continue to move on a plate. No matter how horrible the appearance may seem, most … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of South Korea

Busan
When the city appeared here at the start of our era, it had another name - Geochilsan-guk. Busan was called this way until 757. After that, the city got another name – Dongnae. There is a mountain in the southern part of the city, the shape of which is reminiscent of a cauldron. This is Hwangryeong that was famous as the Cauldron Mountain in the past. A small fishing village at the foot of this mountain gave Busan its current name. The city became a major center of trade with Japan. In 1592, … Read more
Incheon
Incheon is a very old city – it was mentioned for the first time in 475. At that time, the settlement had another name – Michuhol. This was mostly home to fishermen and their families, and fish was the main food of these people. The local government officially changed the city’s name from Michuhol to Incheon in 1413. Since that time, October 15 has been the official birthday of Incheon. Despite this, the Korean settlement officially became a city only on January 1, 1883, when it was … Read more
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