Cultural 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 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.
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.
Natural World Heritage Sites
Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats
Four Korean Tidal Flats along the South-Western coast of Korea have been listed as a Natural World Heritage in July 2021. Among these four are the Shinan Getbol in Shinan County, Boseong-Suncheon Getbol in Boseong County and Suncheon City, located in Jeollanamdo. The tidal flats form a unique eco-system which gives home to over 2000 species and is a popular destination for hundrets of migratory bird species, among which 22 are considered as endangered.