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Gyeonggi-do l Gangwon-do l Chungcheongbuk-do l Chungcheongnam-do l Jeollabuk-do l Jeollanam-do l Gyeongsangbuk-do

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Jeollabuk-do

Jeollabuk-do is a province which is located in the southwestern part of South Korea. Formed in 1896 from the northern half of the former Jeolla province, its capital city is Jeonju.

Jeollabuk-do abounds with traditional cultural heritages. It is where the traditional Korean opera, Pansori originated. Besides that, it’s capital city, Jeonju, is well known for its delicious cuisine. Natural attractions such as Mount Naejangsan, Byeonsan Peninsula and Mount Deogyusan are also not to be missed.

byeonsanByeonsanbando National Park

Byeonsanbando National Park stretches 35km and encompasses five townships along the coast. It is the only national park in South Korea that has both a coast and mountainside.

The park is divided into two parts, which are the shore area, Oebyeonsan and the inland area, Naebyeonsan. Chaeseokgang River and Byeonsan Beach are the main sights of Oebyeonsan. Naebyeonsan is famous for its waterfalls and valleys.

In Byeonsanbando National Park, there are three beautiful sights that will catch your eyes. First on the list is Byeonjae, which are the long and straight pine trees. Secondly is Byeonran, the wild orchids. Last but not least is Byeoncheong, the natural honey from the slopes of Mount Byeonsan, which is used as a medicine.

maisanMount Maisan Provincial Park

Mount Maisan Provincial Park is called different names depending on the season. During the spring season, it is called Dotdaebong. In summer, it is called Yonggakbong. For autumn, it is called Maibong. Last but not least in winter, it is called Munpilbong.

There is a myth behind Mount Maisan. The story is about two gods that came down from the sky. They were a couple, had a child and lived on earth for a short period. One day, as they were going back up to the sky, one woman from the village saw them and because of that, they were transformed into three rock mountains.

The pagodas on top of Mount Maisan were built from native rocks. People said there were over 120 of these pagodas on the south of this mountain but in actual fact, only about 80 exist today. These pagodas are very though. It does not sway or fall even when a storm comes.

deogyusanDeogyusan National Park

Starting from Mount Deogyusan's main peak, Hyangjeokbong, the ridges stretch to the southwest and branch out in many directions to create a long series of mountains. For every branch of the ridgeline, there are matching valleys at Mount Deogyusan. Among these valleys, Mujugucheondong Valley is the most famous.

Mount Deogyusan also has three valleys that are grouped together. They are the Chilyeon, Jeoksang and Munan Valleys. Among all of them, the Chilyeon Valley is the most remarkable. It is well known for its Chilyeon Waterfall. Old pine trees and maple trees surround the Chilyeon Waterfall. Many tourists visit this waterfall area during the summer and autumn.

Seonunsa Temple

seonunsaSeonunsa Temple was originally a very huge temple but much was lost during the 2nd Japanese Invasion in 1597. Seonunsa Temple houses the relics of Daeungbojeon, Manseru, Yeongsanjeon and Myeongbujeon Pavilions, together with four Buddhist grottos that include Dosoram.

Soenunsa Temple is well known for its beautiful camellia flowers. There are plentiful camellia trees behind the Daeungbojeon Pavilion Temple. These flowers are designated as Natural Monuments.

Cherry blossoms bloom during spring and Sangsa flowers fill the road leading to the Dosolam area in the summer. Sceneries during autumn and winter are beautiful altogether.

The Budo Field, located in a lush grove, is a gathering place for monks' relic. This is another highlight at Seonunsa Temple. Besides that, you can experience the Jinheung Cave and Mae-aebul when you visit the Dosolam area.

mujuMuju Ski Resort

Opened in 1990 and situated inside Mount Deogyusan National Park, the Muju Ski Resort has 23 ski slopes and winter sports facilities. There is a run called The Silk Road (6.2km), which is the longest run in the country. The difficulty level is for beginners and intermediate. Besides that, the Raider Course, which is the steepest course in Korea, is located on the peak.

Besides skiing, golfing is also possible. There is an 18-hole golf course here. Other facilities include Kid’s Land, Water Park, hotels, condominiums, the Convention Center, Western Medicine Sanitarium and a fitness center.

widoWido Island

Wido Island is located on the west of Byeonsan Peninsula. It was once the destination of government officials who were banished during the Goryeo Dynasty.

Wido is visited more for its salt-water fishing activity than for its sightseeing. Besides that, Wido Beach is a huge, impressive sandy beach. There is also Chido Village where it is said that “Moses Miracle” happens there twice a day. Because it has few visitors, it is a very beautiful and clean island.

 

gosapoGosapo Songnim Beach

Gosapo Songnim Beach has unspoilt beauty. The word songnim means pine forest and they are planted along the beach. During summer, visitors can set up their tents among the pine trees and look out into the beach.

Gosapo Songnim Beach invites you to a quiet summer holiday. Facilities such as the cookhouse, bathhouse and restrooms are new and clean. However, visitors must be careful because the water can become very deep during high tides. For three days before or after the 1st and the 15th day of the lunar calendar, there is a phenomenon similar to the “Moses Miracle” where the sea will part.
   
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