UNESCO Tour

17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
Just One Hour Away From Daegu

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, Gyeongju Historic Areas, Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon,

the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks, Hahoe and Yangdong historic villages, Sansa and mountain monasteries of Korea, Confucian academies of Korea

  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
    - A masterpiece of ancient Buddhist artwork
    Seokguram is a stone cave enshrining a statue of the Buddha
    and Bulguksa is a temple site.
    They are both perceived as masterpiece artworks of Koreans from the ancient Silla Dynasty representing zeal and the artistic soul.
  • Gyeongju Historic Areas: Shining cultural heritage from the Silla Dynasty that lasted for
    one thousand years.
    Visitors can appreciate the artistic brilliance from thousand-year old Buddhist buildings daily life artifacts and the historic sites of the Silla Dynasty.
    Sculptures, pagodas, royal tombs and fortresses are found all around the 5 different regions of Namsan Mountain, Daereungwon Ancient Tombs, Hwangnyongsa,
    and Myeonghwalsan Mountain.
  • Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong
    These villages preserve the traditional culture and nature of Korea while also presenting the culture of yangban, the aristocrat during the Joseon Dynasty.
    The village has kept many national treasures,
    folklore data and other cultural legacies,
    and the villages have been designated as cultural heritages.
  • Confucian Printing Woodblocks in Korea
    (Memory of the World)
    These woodblocks were used by Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty to publish their writings. The Advanced Center for Korean Studies currently preserves and manages a total of 718 volumes and 64,226 pages donated from 305 families and Confucian academies. The woodblocks are the symbolic representation of
    the archival culture in Korean history embedding the ultimate goal of realizing
    an ethical community.
  • Haeinsa Printing Woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana: The best and the oldest existing Tripitaka
    The Tripitaka Koreana was created in the 13th century.
    It has 80,000 pages and exemplifies the epitome of
    the precision publication technique.
    It is considered to be the oldest, the most precise and the most perfect Buddhist Tripitaka in the world.
  • Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon: The world's only Tripitaka Koreana storage building
    This is the world's only archive storing the Tripitaka woodblocks, which were built in 15th century to protect the Tripitaka Koreana. The building's scientific design with
    its extensive utilization of ventilation, temperature and humidity control through its natural environment and
    its construction technique makes it an astounding heritage site.
  • Sansa, the Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea: The Living Legacy of Buddhism
    Sansa is a designated UNESCO heritage site composed of 7 different mountain monasteries in the southern Korean peninsula.
    The monks in Sansa embraced indigenous religion while practicing asceticism, performing rituals, conducting religious activities and studying religion under Buddhist teachings. *Sansas in the Daegu Gyeongbuk region designated by UNESCO:
  • Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies
    Seowon is a Neo-Confucian academic institution during Joseon Dynasty built by Hyangchon intellectuals prevalent from the mid 16th century to mid 17th century.
    The moral culture of yangban society, the backbone of Korean Confucianism, has been taught and preserved to this present day. * Seowons in the Daegu Gyeongbuk region designated by UNESCO: Daegu Dodong Seowon / Andong Dosan Seowon / Gyeongju Oksan Seowon / Yeongju Sosu Seowon
  • Archives of the National Debt Redemption Movement: Evidence of the sovereignty protection movement
    A voluntary movement erupted at the brink of Japanese colonization when Imperial Japan imposed 13 million Korean won to the Korean Empire.
    The movement intended to repay the country's debt through individual donations and a total of 2,475 donation records are kept in the memorial hall.
    The movement received much attention for its economic model represented by solidarity among people and the practice of responsibility, which influenced National Debt Redemption Movements in other countries such as China, Mexico and Vietnam.
  • Cheongsong UNESCO Global Geopark: 845.71 square kilometers with 24 geographic tourist attractions
    Cheongsong is a geopark portraying harmony of nature, geographical features, traditions and culture. Visitors can observe unique characteristics of volcanic rock, sedimentary rock and metamorphic rock. Also, peculiarly shaped cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, Eoreumgol Valley, Yaksutang, dinosaur footprints and more come together to form its picturesque landscapes.
Gyeongju Historic Areas
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Gyeongju is a city that once was the capital of the thousand-year old Silla Dynasty. The whole area is a living museum, and the city has countless national treasures and cultural heritage sites including Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visitors can appreciate how the beautiful natural landscape and Buddhist architecture from the Silla Dynasty matches well with the surrounding environment. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple, the crown jewel of Silla's thousand-year history, provide a good understanding of the advancement of construction and scientific techniques of the ancient Silla.
The Gyeongju Historic Areas is where a rich volume of Korean legacy is kept, and one can visit here to experience the millennia old culture and history of the Silla Dynasty.

Tour Course
Seokguram Grotto - Bulguksa Temple - Silla Cultural Village (Hanbok Experience, Rice-cake Making Experience) - Gyeongju National Museum - Anapji Pond
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Hapcheon Haeinsa Temple Tour

Haeinsa Temple is a sacred place for Korean Buddhism, and it is the largest Buddhist temple in Korea. It is even featured as one of the '50 most beautiful places to visit in Korea' in a list by CNN. The temple offers a temple stay program for visitors. It has a repository of cultural heritage with more than 70 national treasures, including the Tripitaka Koreana (Memory of World) and the Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon (the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks). The temple boasts magnificent views throughout all 4 seasons with its background of Maehwasan Mountain, Gayasan Mountain and Sansa. At Haeinsa Temple, every moment of the hiking trails and driving course will leave you in admiration

Tour Course
Tripitaka Koreana Theme Park – Sorigil Trail - Haeinsa Temple, Tripitaka Koreana
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Andong Hahoe Village Tour

Hahoe Village located in Andong is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well known as the central place for traditional Korean style beauty, Korean Confucianism and cultural practices of formal propriety. The name Hahoe represents means a ‘curved river’, which accurately depicts the geographical surroundings of the village.
The village well preserves traditional every day culture and archaic construction styles that provide a sense of anachronism for a visitor – giving the feeling that one is actually living in the Joseon era. People can also learn to make the Hahoetal (Hahoe mask) used in Hahoe village ritual mask dances as a souvenir. Visit here to experience the classic atmosphere of Andong, the central region for Confucian culture.

Tour Course
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy - Hahoe Village, Andong - Hahoetal Performance
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