In South Korea not only buildings are being treated as national treasures but landscapes, as well, if they are deemed to be important for some reason or particularly beautiful. These landscapes are called ‘scenic sites’ and there is a pretty long list of them. Let’s see five of these landscapes that are not only worth visiting but also very much pleasing to the eyes.
Suncheonman in South Jeolla is home to meandering waters and breathtaking sunsets, with a diverse fauna of unique and sometimes even rare species of birds. Hooded cranes, spoonbills, black-headed storks, goldfinches and reed warblers roam about – only a few of the over 200 species that live here.
Dodam Lake can be found in Danyang, North Chungcheong, and this set of strange rock formation is quite a sight over there. The three rocks (sambong) inspired numerous poets, painters, writers and calligraphers, among them a very powerful Joseon aristocrat, Jeong Do-jeon (정도전), who was entrusted to run the state by Joseon founder Taejo. Jeong used Sambong as his pen name. The largest rock in the middle is called Janggunbong, or ‘General’s Rock’.
This marvellously built, tranquil garden is also in the vicinity of Danyang. The well-timbered, trapezoid shaped garden that spans 4000 square meters was built by a Joseon scholar, Yang Sanbo (1503-1557) and its name means ‘The Garden of Pure Mind’. You can find more photos of this eye candy place at its official website and at this blog.
This is an interesting meander of the Naeseongcheon stream, a tributary of the Nakdonggang River at Yecheon, North Gyeongsang. Believe it or not, there is even a tiny village in the middle of the formation.
The fields at Gacheon village in Namhae, South Gyeongsang comprise at least a 100 terraces. According to ancient documents of the Gimhae Kims and other clans, the village was already inhabited in the Shilla era.