South Korea’s Beauty Was Hidden Under Their Time Of War

Selas Rivers, Contributor

South Korea, known by news watchers as a desolate and divided country because of war, isn’t what they imagine it as. South Korea has immense beauty that is beyond compare. Many tourists that actually visit South Korea could say that it is one of the most beautiful places around the world. South Korea’s landscapes, architecture, and it’s amazing food is known by the tourist to make them always want to come back for one more day.
Sambuyeon Falls, a very beautiful 20-meter-high waterfall site, located in the Gangwon Province holds vibrant green trees, tall grass, terrain-bound rocks, and it’s clean water. There is a legend that there was once a dragon that flew out from this waterfall. As a result, a nearby village named Yonghwa-dong shares the beginning of its characters for a dragon. (Source 1) “The area is very clean as there are no restaurants and convenience facilities. About a kilometer away is Yeougol Village, which is the site of the legend where a father who once killed a fox trying to marry his son,” (Source 2).
Sareung, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Gyeonggi Province, is home to the royal tomb of Queen Jeongsun who lived from 1440-1521 in the Joseon Dynasty. “The tomb area is restricted to those with ‘the purpose of academic research and field investigation’ and guests with ‘the purpose of education and worship,'”(Source 1).
Anapji Pond, built in the year 674 in the Silla Dynasty in North Gyeongsang Province, is a beautified circular pond. It was constructed inside a fortress that was destroyed and left the pond deserted. (Source 1). Visitors love to admire the beauty of the lily pads as they float underneath the sagging trees as they watch the sunset.
Inwangsan, a 338-meter-high mountain located on the outskirts of Seoul, is a beautiful view to admire. Up there one can see the palaces, Namsan Seoul Tower, and the Blue House (the residence of the Korean president). It features hiking trails and has many castles that were once built to protect the city from foreign invasion. (Source 1).
Wanggungri, a five-story pagoda located in Iksan, North Jeolla Province, is known for its amazing structural design. It is an example from the Baekje Period (18 BCE- 660 CE) of its past refined architecture. It has path walkways for visitors to speculate on its edgy architectural design.
Seoul Seonggwak Fortress Wall, an 18.2- kilometer long stone wall built in the Joseon Dynasty, was built to protect their capital. This attracts visitors due to their scenic view walks, the Dongdaemun (home of late-night trendy shopping centers), and the outstretched Naksan Mountain expanding out and ending at Ehwajang. The historic Ehwajang was once home to Korea’s first president Syngman Rhee.
The final attraction, Namsan Seoul Tower, was the first tourist attraction in tower form. It is about 480 meters above sea level and is 236.7 meters. It is attached to Namsan Mountain that is about 243 meters tall. It is one of the tallest towers in Asia. (Source 3). There are many things to do on the tower such as grabbing food, fun amusement attractions, and (known from Kdramas) the ‘Trees of Love’, (Source 4).