The Best Historical Spots to Visit in South Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Photo by Daniel Bernard on Unsplash

Korea’s history dates back thousands of years, which makes South Korea a great place to visit if you enjoy cultural and world history. If you’ve been thinking of traveling to South Korea, there are lots of awesome cultural and modern spots to visit. But for those who want to learn a little about the past, here are three historical spots to visit around the country

Bukchon Hanok Village

Located in northern Seoul, this historic village will give you a taste of Korea 600 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty. This was the residence of nobles and royalty when it was built and today it’s still a residential area! It’s a beautiful area to wander with cafes and a view of the modern city across the way.

Gongsanseong Fortress

Now an archaeological site, this fortress used the surrounding mountains and cliffs for defensive cover. It housed the royal palace of the Baekje Kingdom in the 400s-500s BC. You can still see the walls of the fortress and the site of the palace among other elements that have been dug up by historians.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

On the coast of Busan, this temple has sat since 1376. It houses several famous Buddhist artifacts including statues and shrines, unique historic architecture, and 108 steps that can be taken right down to the shoreline.