UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Hwasun Dolmen Site

The Hwasun Dolmen Site contains, along with the Gochang and Ganghwa dolmen site, the highest density and greatest variety of dolmen not only in Korea but the whole world. These dolmens, which were used as grave markers, date back to the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE. According to experts, 135 of the 980 stones in Dogok-myeon Hyosan-ri are dolmen. There are also about 100 damaged stone tables that still maintain their original form.

What makes the Hwasun dolmens special is that in such a small district there is as many as 596 dolmen, including Korea’s biggest stone table. Acknowledging the importance of the cultural assets, the Hwasun Dolmen Site was registered as World Heritage No. 977 in year 2000 along with Dolmen sites in Gochang and Ganghwa.

Seonam Temple

Seonam Temple is a beautiful temple located at the east end of Jogye Mountain. The temple site is nestled within a lush forest of diverse trees that are hundreds of years old. Not only is Seonam Temple home to many of the country’s pristine treasures and artifacts, but it is also one of the few temples that preserve the traditional Korean temple culture until today. 

Seonamsa Temple is beautiful throughout the year, but it is especially inviting in spring and fall when the flowers start to bloom and tree leaves change in colour.

Daeheung Temple

Daehueng Temple is told to have been built during the time of King Seong of the Baekje period by Adohwasang, a Silla Monk and the site was the restoration of Samjae bulipjicheo of Buddhist culture, which protects Samjae, the three disasters of one’s life.

The Rock-carved Seated Buddha at North Mireugam Hermitage of Daeheungsa Temple, Haenam (National Treasure No. 308) and Bronze Bell with Inscription of Tapsansa Temple (Treasure No. 88) are preserved as well as various cultural assets and fables such as Budojeon, and Stupa Courtyard, the largest in Korea.