Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Mokpo

National Maritime Museum

This is the only museum in Korea dedicated to the country’s maritime history. The highlights are two shipwrecks, one dating from the 11th century and the other from the early 14th century. Thousands of priceless ite…
National Park in Gwangju

Mudeungsan National Park

Overlooking Gwangju, Mudeungsan National Park is a gorgeous green mountain range with a spiderweb of well-signed trails leading to the peak, Cheonwang-bong (1187m), and up to the towering rocky outcrops Seoseok-dae …
Temple in Jeollanam-do

Unju-sa

Legend has it that Unju-sa originally housed 1000 Buddhas and 1000 pagodas, built because, according to traditional geomancy, the southwest of the country lacked hills and needed the pagodas to ‘balance’ the peninsu…
Island in Dadohae Haesang National Park

Hongdo

This is the most popular and beautiful of the islands west of Mokpo. Some 6km long and 2.5km wide, it rises precipitously from the sea and is bounded by sheer cliffs, bizarre rock formations and wooded hillsides cut…
Village in Damyang

Champyeong Slow City

South Korea may have developed at a breakneck speed, but it was also the first Asian country to sign on to the international cittaslow, or 'slow city' movement. One such city – or rather, village – is Samjinae (삼지내마…
Historic Site in Suncheon

Naganeup-seong Folk Village

Among Korea’s many folk villages, Nagan is unique for its setting, surrounded by 1410m of Joseon-period fortress walls, built to protect the inhabitants from marauding Japanese pirates. It’s Korea’s best-preserved f…
Temple in Yeosu

Hyangir-am

A Buddhist hermitage with a 1350-year heritage, Hyangir-am has an enviable location perched halfway up a mountain at the tip of Dolsando, an island connected to Yeosu by a bridge. It's stunning anytime of day, but i…
Park in Mokpo

Yudalsan Park

Right on the coast, this park is filled with rocky cliffs and pavilions, with views across the island-scattered sea. Follow the main path for about 45 minutes to the peak Ildeung-bawi (일등바위). To head down to Yudal B…
Market in Gangjin

Jeongnamjin Saturday Market

Elsewhere traditional markets may be losing out to newer shopping centres, but the Jeongnamjin Saturday Market in Jangheung (장흥) is definitely a happening place. In addition to the usual dried fish and hiking clothe…
Temple in Jogyesan Provincial Park

Songgwang-sa

Songgwang-sa is considered one of the three jewels of Korean Buddhism (along with Tongdo-sa and Haein-sa, in Gyeongsangnam-do). Featured in the Little Monk movie, it is a regional head temple of the Jogye sect, by f…