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Famous Places to Visit in South Korea

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Cynthia Robertson

on 9 October 2013

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Famous Places to Visit in South Korea
What did you learn about the culture?
South Koreans are very cultural and enjoy the historical part of their country. They even go as far as incorporating it into their modern lifestyle.
They also believe in respect to someone older than oneself, or of higher class, or someone with a job that is higher than ones own.
Seorak Mountain
Ulleung-do Island, Seaside Road
Gyeongju is an ancient capital of the Shilla Dynasty, which ruled around ⅔ of the Korean Peninsula between the 7th and 9th centuries. It is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyenngsang province of South Korea. It boasts the nickname 'a museum with no walls.' Gyeongju has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Korea.
In total, there are 31 National Treasures in Gyeongju, and Gyeongju National Museum houses 16, 333 artifacts. These historical sites and relics are placed in four broad categories: fortresses and palace sites; ancient architecture; tumuli and their artifacts; and Buddhist sites and objects. There are many Buddhist cultural relics throughout Gyeongju, due to the Silla Dynasty adopting Buddhism in the 6th century.
Though it is just a small city, with it being an ancient capital, it would take pleanty of time, maybe two or three days to view it all.
Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon-gun
How does this affect my understanding of this culture?
How does this compare/contrast to my own culture?
Seoraksan National Park is spread across 4 cities and counties; Sokcho, Inje, Goseong, and Yangyang.
Seorak Mountain (Seoraksan) is one of the mountains in the park and is part of the Taebaek mountain range. It was named Seorak ('Seol' means snow and 'Ak' means big mountain) because the snow would take a long time to melt.
The Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area in November 1965, as a park preservation area in December 1973, and as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO in August 1982.
Seoraksan is the highest mountain range in the Taebaek mountain range at 5, 600 feet. The main reason it is famous, though, is its rock formations; particularly Ulsan Rock.
There are three areas of the mountain that can be climbed.
Ulleung-do Island, nicknamed Mysterious Island, is a popular place for people living in Seoul to get away to for the weekend. It is a South Korean island about 120 km off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, and was created by volcanic activity.The main economic activity on Ulleung-do Island is tourism, followed after by fishing. One of the main tourist attractions is its seaside road.
All along its seaside road are numerous waterfalls, shore cliffs, and intriguing rock formations. This road can be biked or walked. It is recommended that if a person were to go, they would set pleanty of time for it, as they would end up stopping many times to admire the view.
Hapcheon-gun is a country in the South Gyeongsang Province. It is located in northwestern Gyeonsangnam-do. It is well known for Haeinsa Temple.
Haeinsa Temple enshrines more than 17 public treasures, including the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure #32) and Janggyeongpanjeon (National Treasure #52), and around 200 private treasures. It has been appointed as a universal cultural heritage since December of 1995 for its pleantiful cultural properties and historical remains.
Seoul is the capital city of South Korea, as well as the country's economic and political center. It is situated on the Han River and is the second largest metropolitan areas in the world, next to Tokyo, Japan. The population count in Seoul is more than 10 million and is considered a megacity. It is a blend of ancient and modern architecture, with cultural and historical landmarks.
There are four UNESCO world heritage sites in the metropolitan area of Seoul: Hwaseong Fortress; Changdeok Palace; Jongmyo Shrine; and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
A popular place that people visit, whether as a couple or for exercise, is the N Seoul Tower, better known as the Namsan Tower. This tower marks the highest point in Seoul. Most of Seoul can be seen from the top of the tower. People place locks on the fence surrounding Namsan Tower as a symbol for their love.
There are many entertainment companies in Seoul. Some of these include SM Entertainment (Super Junior, SHINee, SNSD, f(x), etc.), YG Entertainment (BIGBANG, 2NE1, Psy, etc.), Cube Entertainment (4Minute, B2ST, BTOB), Pledis Entertainment (Son Dam Bi, After School, NU'EST, etc.), TS Entertainment (SECRET, B.A.P, etc.), JYP Entertainment (Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, ect.), and many more.
Seoul is also the headquarters for Samsung, LG, Hyundai, SK and Kia. It generates 21% of South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP), even though it accounts for only 0.6% of South Korea's land area.
My own culture does not believe in combining old and new. If a city was to be built, the old structures must come down to make room.
It also does not believe in respect of someone older than oneself, or of higher ranking in any way.
The newer [generation] respect the older [generation]. Anyone that is older, even by a few months if the person is really picky, is given a title of respect.
Females have a specific way of calling older females and males, males have a specific way of calling older males and females, and both have the same way of calling anyone younger.
Different rules apply to someone with a job higher than oneself, or someone of higher class. Though the respect of ages still applies, even elders have to respect their 'sunbaes,' or the people with more experience.
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