If you’re interested in Korean history, then South Korea is the place to be, because it has 3 of the best historical places to visit in Asia. Here are the top 3 historical spots in South Korea that can’t be missed.
Bukchon Hanok Village
If you’re looking for a historic site to visit, Bukchon Hanok Village is a great place to go. This village was built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and was originally home to government officials who worked for the King. Visitors can learn about old Korean traditions and customs by wandering through this quaint neighbourhood.
The second historic spot on our list is Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which is one of the largest indoor shopping malls in Asia. It opened its doors in 2012 with over 180 shops spanning six floors. There are also plenty of museums and art galleries within the plaza as well as many public events that take place there regularly. Finally, we come to Gyeongbokgung Palace – the best preserved among Seoul’s five major palaces.
The fortress, originally constructed between 1392 and 1394 under the reign of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye, was a major defense point during the Korean War. The walls that are still visible today stand at about a meter and a half high, which isn’t as impressive as some of the other sections of walls nearby. In 2007 it became one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites due to its significance to international military history.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
This temple is a historic and serene spot with pine trees surrounding its perimeter. It was built in the late 18th century, when the prominent Gyeongguk Dynasty had come to power. The title of ‘Yonggungsa Temple’ literally means Dragon King Temple, referring to their utmost allegiance to one of the five chief gods of Korean shamanism, Dragon King Heo-Yang. Alongside this fascinating tradition, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple also has several other historically significant features such as a stone pagoda and many unique shrines.