Seonam-sa is a quiet hermitage dating back to AD 529, where the monks study and try to preserve the old ways. Below Seonam-sa is Seungseongyo, one of Korea’s most exquisite ancient granite bridges, with a dragon’s head hanging from the top of an arch. A templestay is available. To get here, take bus 1 from Suncheon bus terminal (₩1200, one hour, every 45 minutes).

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1. Songgwang-sa

2.94 MILES

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…

2. Naganeup-seong Folk Village

6.28 MILES

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3. Suncheon-man

12.75 MILES

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4. Hwaeom-sa

20.52 MILES

Founded by priest Yeongi in AD 544 after his return from India, this ancient temple dedicated to the Birojana Buddha is enveloped by the beautiful natural…

5. Mudeungsan National Park

23.19 MILES

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6. Korea Tea Museum

23.72 MILES

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7. Daehan Dawon Tea Plantation

24.04 MILES

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8. Changpyeong Slow City

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