Gyeonggijeon Shrine located in Jeonju was built in 1410. The particularity of this Shrine is that it holds the portrait of the King Taejo the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. You can also find the mortuary tablets of the King and his wife enshrined in Gyeonggijeon Shrine. In the museum of the Shrine you will be able to see the portrait of successive kings such as Sun-jong, Cheol-jong, Yeong-jo and many others along with the carriage used to move to mortuary tablets.
The Museum is closed on Monday.
Located in Gyeongju, the Bulguksa Temple was built during the Silla Kingdom. The city of Gyeongju is known for its relics and historical site from the Silla Kingdom and one of the most beautiful historical site to visit is Bulguksa. The temple Bulguksa was rebuilt a few times since its construction and is home to many important cultural relics such as Dabotap Pagoda, Seokgatap Pagoda, Yeonhwa-gyo & Chilbo-gyo Bridges, Cheongun-gyo & Baegun-gyo Bridges, Seokguram Grotto, the Golden Seated Vairocana Buddhist Figure, the Golden Seated Amita Figure, and Saritap Pagoda. The temple proposes a temple stay, a way for you to enjoy all the cultural relics of Bulguksa.
The opening hours can depend on the period of the year.
The Unhyeongung Palace located in Jongno-gu was the home of the Prince Gojong who later became an Emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. The actual palace is smaller than before due to the Japanese Colonial Period but is still beautiful.
The Palace houses an exhibition hall where you will be able to see a small collection of artifacts such as writing tools, traditional wedding garments, and more. During your visit, traditional Hanboks are available for rent. The Unhyeongung Palace also organizes Norakdang traditional wedding ceremonies.
Located on the Geumjeongsan Mountain, Seokbulsa Temple is a small Buddhist temple. Secluded in the mountain, this beautiful temple is not well known but is as much gorgeous than the most famous temple in Busan. You can access this temple two different ways. You can either take a ride on the Geumgang Park Cable Car and walk your way down the mountain, it can be challenging because the temple is not really well indicated but following 남문 (South Gate) should do the trick. And the other way is to go by taxi there and walk a little to access the Temple.
Changgyeonggung Palace was built by King Sejong in 1418 to honor his retiring father, King Taejong.
It often served as the residential quarters for queens and concubines of the king. Inside the grounds, you will find the Secret Garden, which includes a greenhouse that contains native plants and flowers as well as ponds and beautiful surrounding trees.
Jongmyo Shrine is a a Confucian shrine dedicated to the forefathers of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910). Located in Jongno-gu, the Jongmyo Shrine houses tablets that bear the teachings of members of the former royal family.
The tablets are enshrined in two halls: the Main Hall (Jeongjeon) and the Hall of Eternal Peace (Yeongnyeongjeon). On weekdays, visitors are only allowed entry through guided tours during specific times. On Saturdays, visitors are free to visit the premises at their leisure.
Changdeokgung Palace, located near Jongmyo Shrine, was built in 1405 by King Taejong. The palace both housed the royal family and was used as a meeting place for kings and their ministers to discuss state affairs.
Changdeokgung Palace covers an area of about 462,000 m². Inside the grounds, you’ll find the famous Secret Garden which accounts for two-thirds of the total palace.
Since 1997, the Changdeokgung Palace was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage property.
Deoksugung Palace is located near City Hall Station (Line 1 and 2). Built in the 15th century, Deoksugung Palace is one of the five palaces located in central Seoul.
Originally the residence of the Prince Wolsan, the palace became a temporary palace for the King Seonjo in 1593.
Deoksugung Palace translates into the “Palace of virtuous longevity” and is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. Visitors can witness the Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony at 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm daily at Deoksugung Palace.
Jeongneung Royal Tomb is the tomb of Queen Sindeok (神德王后, 1356-1396), of the Gang family. She was the second lawful wife of the founder King Taejo of the Joseon Dynasty.
When Queen Sindeok died suddenly, King Taejo chose this site as her royal tomb. After burying her, he chose a spot right next to his late wife’s grave for his own burial ground in the future.
Hwaseong Fortress is the wall surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. This fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty.
Located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon, the Fortress includes King Jeongjo’s palace Haenggung. The site was designated as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997.
Gyeongbokgung also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, the palace is located in the northern part of Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul and is one of Korea’s most iconic tourist spots.
As the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built in the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings and their families.
The opening hours of the palace varies during the seasons and months, so please confirm with the palace’s official site before visiting.
Musangsa Temple is located in Gyeryong Mountain in the Chungchongnam-do Province in South Korea, an area well known for attracting many spiritual practitioners throughout history.
Like many Korean Zen temples, Musangsa hosts annually two three-month intensive Zen meditation retreats, known as Kyol Che in the summer and winter. Kyol che is a time when one can completely devote oneself to meditation practice away from worldly distractions and investigate one’s life closely. The retreat at Musangsa is open to international monks, nuns, and anybody who wishes to practice together in a traditional Korean Zen temple setting.
Short retreats, special events, and workshops are offered at the temple. A community of monks, nuns, and practitioners reside at Musangsa throughout the year to immerse themselves in Zen training. Many teachings are offered in English and Korean.
Bongwon-Temple was originally built on the site of today’s Yonsei University (former Yonhi palace) by Great Master Doseon(827-898 A.D.) in 889 A.D.
Bongwon-Temple has come to grandeur step by step since its establishment, due to continuous reconstruction over time. Currently, the temple is involved in several missoinary projects and is home to many Buddhist Groups, such as the Kwaneum Layman Association, Buddhist Young man Association, and the Buddhist student Association.
Previously known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple is located north of the COEX building in Gangnam. The temple was constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794) and then refurbished and renamed Bongeunsa temple later on.
Originally located near the royal mausoleum, Bongeunsa Temple was transferred to its current location during Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign. 3,479 Buddhist scriptures, including the works of Kim Jeong-hee, are stored here.
Situated at the middle of the area in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, Gilsangsa Temple was built on the site of a fancy restaurant called Daewongak.
The restaurant owner donated her property that turned into a temple opened in 1997. Although Gilsangsa Temple has a relatively short history, it is conveniently located in the heart of Seoul so it attracts many local and international visitors alike.
The temple also serves as a downtown cultural space by offering a variety of Buddhist programs like temple experience, classes on Buddhist teachings, and temple stay.
The temple features Gilsang Seonwon (Zen center) and the House of Silence, which are special halls dedicated to practicing meditation. While Gilsang Seonwon provides meditation rooms for Buddhists with experience in meditation, the House of Silence is open to the general public at liberty to pursue personal meditation. Gilsangsa Temple also has a branch temple in Paris.
Located on the coast of north-eastern Busan, the Haedong Yonggungsa temple is a unique temple to visit due to its location near the sea, as opposed to most temples that are located in the mountains.
The motto of Haedong Yonggungsa temple is “At least one of your wishes will be answered here through your heartful prayers.”
Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed by a fire when the Japanese invaded Korea. Monk Ungang of Tongdo rebuilt theHaedong Yonggungsa temple in the early 1930s.
Beomeosa Temple was built by the great priest UiSang in 678 during the reign of King MunMu of the Silla dynasty, as one of ten HwaEom temples in Korea. It was established to realize the purpose of HwaEom which pursues a life filled with happiness and generosity.
Along with HaeInsa and TongDosa, Beomeosa is one of the three largest temples in the Young Nam province, and is home to several Buddhist cultural assets and many famous priests.
Great masters who have studied and practiced at Beomeosa include Master UiSang, WonHyo, PyoHun, NangBaek, MyungHak, GyeongHeo, YongSeong, SeongWol, YongUn, and DongSan.