South Korea Travel Guide

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If you decide that you love South Korea too much and would like to stay long term, maybe you can teach English here.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “South Korea Travel Guide

  • March 12, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    “Wait what…how can a world heritage ‘site’ be ‘site unspecific?’” This is not uncommon in, the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings spans 6 countries and has 111 specific locations.

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    • March 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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      Wow! This is quite hard for someone like me who is trying to check them off my list. I guess I just have to pick a few and go with my gut feeling. Have you been to that one?

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  • March 13, 2014 at 1:18 am
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    Frankly, Europe is incredibly creative in their nominations. Perhaps, this partially explains why Europe is very over-represented on the UNESCO list. That and industrialized nations tend to have more world heritage sites.

    Nevertheless, if you “Google” the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings, you’ll find it is important, but hardly impressive. So I doubt I will find myself there anytime soon! Perhaps even more surprising is the “Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin”, a Spain WHS, which has 727 separate locations within the country. As far as I know, there are only about 10 WHS with more than 50 specific locations making up (1) serial site. 9/10 are in Europe, the other is in Mexico. They are often pilgrimage routes.

    So we can judge the Joseon tombs with 18 specific locations as not abnormal. Indeed, their most unique feature is that it is the most complete dynastic & preserved tomb complex in the world. Every single Joseon King (27 in total) have a royal tomb that is still here (including their Queen). This is not the case in any significant dynasties in China or Japan. Partly, because China and Japan did not routinely build the tombs into the sides of mountains, well away from the main areas of the city. China’s Ming Tombs are a WHS, but they are not complete, despite the Ming dynasty lasting several centuries less than Joseon.

    Another unique fact, because of the grandness (or extravagance) of Chinese tombs, nearly all of them have been looted at some time or another. Only a few of the Joseon tombs have suffered this fate, which speaks even more about the choice to construct several modest tomb clusters spread out in surrounding rural areas of the capital.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm
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      I didn’t know this, thanks! I also heard an incredible story in Jongmyo on how the gravekeepers lied to the Japanese about who was inside to prevent them from being destroyed during the occupation.
      I have technically been to the one in Mexico. It is a route that crosses half the country and I have been to two points of the route. I haven’t decided whether to count it or not though as I kind of stumbled upon it, but did get a detailed history about it (before it was a WHS).

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  • September 19, 2015 at 4:58 am
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    Thank you so so much for all the information posted here. It gave me tonsa awesome ideas as I am trying to figure a good (I hope..!)itinerary around Korea now. Thumbs up!

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    • January 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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      Thanks, Korea really is pretty awesome. This guide is due an upgrade real soon :). Say hi to Maddy for me!

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  • May 27, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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    We are taking our two kids this year and planning to go to Ulleungdo. Can’t wait. 🙂

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    • May 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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      Awesome! Hope you have a blast. Went there myself a few months ago.

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