This article will trace some important cultural sites in South Korea including the palaces, gardens, mountain formations and forests.
Tourism in South Korea is on the rise, spurred by great interest in Buddhism, Confucianism, palatial structures, ancient ruins, spectacular rock formations, and some of the world’s most exotic gardens.
A visit to the famous Changdeokgung Palace would not be complete without the garden tour, with night views of the extensive flowers and rectangular roofs with the edges curved upward toward the heavens.
Children can be seen dressed in bright pastel clothing while going about the streets playing and dancing. A visit to South Korea should include a trip to the Ulsan Grand Park and Museum. The site is home to the intricate Bangudae Cliff rock formations alongside ancient ruins, the Ulsanbawi Rock formations, octagonal pagodas with carefully tiled roofs, and the famous Sinheungsa Temple. The Seoraksan National Park is the home of the grand statue of Buddha displayed amongst indigenous trees like fir, spruce, oak, cypress and walnut.
South Korea is home to Stone art, Confucian art and Buddhist sculptures and art. The Buddhist art has traces of individual and group influences as shown by the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. The Theravada emphasizes rugged individualism, self-reliance, and wisdom gained through personal experience, influences seen in artwork which shows individuals engaging in activities essentially by themselves.
The Mahayana believe that the fate of the individual is tied to the group. Accordingly, people are depicted in group activities. The Mahayana tend to be more socially conscious and liberal in outlook; whereas, the Theravada are conservative and more interested in achieving personal goals.
Students of South Korean culture are in for a rewarding travel experience viewing carefully cultivated art, religious tradition, forestry and a spectacular network of temples with the most ornate and colorful designs imaginable. With certainty, the South Korean culture is worth preserving for many years to come.