Where to visit cultural heritage in South Korea

Korea is a country where traditional vibes coexist with modern trends. Here, you can not only find romantic Korean dramas, delicious kimchi, and countless celebrities, but also many world heritage sites. This article will introduce you to the world heritage sites in Korea that are worth visiting.

Ancestral temple/sacrificial temple

The ancestral shrine is a place where the spirits of the kings and queens of the Joseon dynasty are worshipped. It preserves the solemn traditional rituals and customs of ancient times, such as sacrificial ceremonies and music.

Foguang Temple

Bulguksa Temple is the core of Silla culture and also a classic representation of Silla Buddhist art, recognized as a world cultural heritage. In 1440, King Munmu of Silla built the temple to maintain national stability and the safety of the people, and it has undergone several renovations since then. Seven cultural treasures, including the Manyeo Pagoda, Seokgatap Pagoda, Blue Cloud Bridge, and two large gold-bronze Buddha statues, are all designated as Korean national treasures. In 1995, Bulguksa Temple and the Seokguram Grotto, located to the east, were collectively inscribed as a world cultural heritage site.

Shiku'an Temple

The Buddha statue enshrined inside the temple is that of Shakyamuni. Standing beneath the grand statue, one can feel a sense of divine presence. As the statue faces east, every morning when the sun rises, its light shines upon the statue. This is why the Korean people call the statue the "smile of the Silla people".

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

This world cultural heritage allows visitors to understand the history of the Joseon Dynasty. The tombs and defensive structures fully reflect the development of East-West military theories at that time.

Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace is the main palace that maintains the orthodox style of palace architecture during the Joseon Dynasty, and its rear garden is the King's resting place, with facilities such as giant trees over 300 years old, ponds, pavilions and more. It is worth mentioning that "The Crowned Clown" was also filmed here.

Stone-supported tomb

Dolmen is a type of prehistoric stone tomb, also known as supporting stone tombs. Egyptian pyramids and British stonehenge monuments are also built with stone, similar to dolmens.


Andong Hahoe Village is one of the few spaces in Korea that vividly showcases traditional way of life and is regarded as a symbol of traditional Korean culture. The location and layout of the village fully reflects the architectural style of integrating with nature along the river and mountains, providing a beautiful scenery. What is even more rare is that the houses and courtyards here perfectly showcase the lifestyle of the noble class during the Joseon Dynasty. Andong Hahoe Village has been listed as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO, its preciousness is self-evident.

Tianma Tomb

Over 11,526 cultural relics have been unearthed here, among which the painting of flying horses is a valuable scroll discovered for the first time in ancient tombs in Korean history and its value is immeasurable.