South Korea is a land caught between ancient tradition and modern times. No other region in the Far East contains such a large variety of fascinating impressions within such a small area.
Since the Cold War and the Korean War, the Korean Peninsula has been divided into two countries and the hostile relationship that exists between socialist North Korea and the democratic republic in the south casts its shadow on South Korea’s metropolis of Seoul.
Changdeokgung, 'Palace of Prospering Virtue', was built at the beginning of the 15th century and together with the Gyeongbokgung, that is located nearby, was the centre of power of the Joseon Dynasty. It is divided into two sections with the administrative and residential buildings situated at the front of the complex.
The historic old town of Suwon is dominated by the mighty fortress complex of Hwaseong that was built at the end of the 18th century during the Joseon epoch. A two hour walk along Hwaseong’s many gates, walls and watchtowers highlights its monumental dimensions.
Most of Korea’s historic sites are located in the south with the Andong region being particularly popular. The Buseoksa Temple, the Temple of Levitating Stone, is one of the oldest sanctuaries in the region.
The Haeinsa Temple is the main attraction in the Taegu region and is the most important temple in South Korea. It is situated on a mountain range in the Gayasan National Park and contains ninety buildings that are adorned with various magnificent sacred works of art.
South Korea impresses not only with its many historic and cultural treasures...but also its varied landscape. Be in no doubt, the Land of the Silent Dawn has lost nothing of its unique and exotic charm!