SK in SK: Discovery vs. Construction

What is South Korea? Is it simply the land and the waters within its borders? Is it the South Korean people?

In this list, I try to sort out which parts of ‘South Korea’ were discovered by the Koreans, and which ones were constructed by the Koreans. The ‘discovered’ places are mostly not made by humans (i.e. mountains), but the ‘Discovered & Constructed’ category also includes things which were made by humans, but were later discovered by South Koreans who didn’t entirely expect to find them (including the tomb of King Muryeong and the North Korean submarine).

Discovered
The Coast of Jungmun – Jusangjeollidea
The Coast of Seogwipo
Manjanggul, the Lava Tube Cave, and Gimyeong Maze Park
Hallasan Part 1: Ascent via the Seongpanak Trail
Hallasan Part 2: Descent via the Gwaneum-sa Trail
Sunrise at Castle Mountain Sunrise Peak
Suncheon Bay
Sobaeksan: The Peak
The Caves of Sobaeksan
Songnisan
Seoraksan National Park: Ulsan Bawi
Seoraksan National Park: Biryeong Waterfall
The Caverns of Hwanseongul
Seoraksan National Park: The Highest Peak Daecheongbong
Seoraksan National Park: Valley of the Waterfalls
Seoraksan National Park: The Scene at Biseondae
Jirisan National Park: Ascending Jungbong
Jirisan National Park: The Highest Peak Cheonhwangbong
Jirisan National Park: Seseok to Ssangyesa via Samsinbong
Jirisan National Park: Buril Waterfall
Bukhansan, the Roof of Seoul

Discovered, Some Construction by Humans
Jeju Olle Trail Route #1
Sanbangsan, the Cliff Sitting on Jeju’s Coast
The Famous Waterfalls of Seogwipo & Jungmun
Namsan: A Hike Through Ancient Silla
Udo Island: The Mini-Jeju
Woraksan
The Ancient Shrine on Taebaeksan
Jirisan National Park: To Seseok Shelter via Jeseokbong, Jangteomok Shelter, & Chotdaebong
The Remains of the Original Ancient Baekje Capital ‘Hanseong’
Walking Along the Han River
So-Muuido, My Last Full Day in South Korea
A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan
A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul

Discovered & Constructed
The Ancient Ruins of Mireuksa
Namsan: Hermitage of the Seven Buddhas
A Final Visit to Namsan and Farewell Gyeongju!
Geumjeong-seongsan: My First Fortress in South Korea
Jeju Museum of War History Peace at Gama Oreum
Guinsa, the Sanctuary in Sobaeksan
Temple by the Horse’s Ears, Temple of a Dedicated Stone-Piler
Chungju Lake
The North Korean Submarine at Jeongdongjin
The Taebaek Coal Museum
Busosanseong: Where the Baekje Kingdom Fell
The Tomb of King Muryeong in Gongju: the Most Important Ancient Tomb in South Korea
Gongsanseong: the Fortress in Gongju
Seoul’s Namsan and N Seoul Tower
The Third Tunnel in the DMZ
Bomun-sa, Seongmodo’s Temple of Having Sons
Guardian of the Han River: Ganghwa Island
Photos of a Mystery Place in Seoul
Huwon: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung

Constructed
Beopjusa, Keeper of Ancient Buddhist Art
A Joseon-era Neighborhood in the City: Jeonju’s Hanok Maeul
Gyeonggijeon: The House of the Official Portrait of King Taejo
Genius Loci: Japanese Architect Meets Jeju Island
Nagan Castle Folk Village, Part 1: The Village which Charmed Me
Nagan Castle Folk Village, Part 2: An Open-Air Museum of Joseon-era Life
Jirisan National Park: Ssangyesa, Temple of the Twin Streams
Archaeological Ruins of Baekje in Buyeo
Gangneung: a Joseon Villa, a Gramophone Museum, and a Tofu Village
Beomeosa: My First Buddhist Temple in South Korea
Seokbulsa: The Really Cool Temple I Visited with Polish Tourists
Jeju Stone Park
Beauty and Tradition: Hahoe Folk Village
Daegu, the Medical Metropolis
Gamsan Village and the Museum of Sex & Health
Seongeup Folk Village
Haeinsa: House of the Triptaka Koreana
The ‘Folk Village’ and Hanoks of Gyeongju (plus economy and food)
Bukchon Hanok Village
The Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom Part 1: Where South Korea Talks with North Korea
Dorasan: The Train Station without Trains, and a Peek into North Korea
Namsangol: A Preserved Slice of Seoul’s Joseon Heritage
Downtown Incheon
Ehwa Womans University
Seolleung & Jeongneung, Two Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
Bongeun-sa
A Final Morning in South Korea: Seodaemun Prison

Highly Constructed
Gyeongju: The City of Ancient Royal Tombs
Yeomiji Botanical Garden in Jungmun
Spaland in the World’s Biggest Department Store
Gyeongju: Bulguksa and the Most Impressive Buddha Statue I Have Ever Seen
Jongmyo, the Ancestral Shrine of the Joseon Kings
Gyeongbokgung, the Largest Palace in Seoul
Changgyeonggung, the Quiet Grand Palace, Part 1
Changgyeonggung, the Quiet Grand Palace, Part 2
Deoksugung: A Palace at Night
Dongdaemun Plaza
The Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheongyecheon
Hwaseong Fortress: Haenggung, the Palace of King Jeongjo
Hwaseong Fortress: the High Point of the Wall at Paldalsan
Hwaseong Fortress: the West Gate, and the Really Big North Gate
Hwaseong Fortress: The North Floodgate and the Pretty Pavilion
Hwaseong Fortress: Archery and Beacons
Hwaseong Fortress: Completing the Circuit
Dragon Hill Spa, Part 1
Dragon Hill Spa, Part 2
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 1
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 2: Trees
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 3: Indoor Spaces
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 4: Nakseonjae
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 1)
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 2)

Intangibles: More About History/Culture/etc. than Physical Structures
Ancient Silla Heritage in Downtown Gyeongju
From Shimonoseki to Busan
April 3rd Peace Park in Jeju
A Documentary about Jeju Shamanism at the Jeju Women’s Film Festival
The Andong Mask Dance Festival
Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori: A Traditional Masked Drama
Festivities, Museums, and Art in Gwangju
The May 18th National Cemetery in Gwangju
Pansori Performance at Jeonju’s Sori Festival
Cheongju: City of the Jikji
Goseong, Sokcho, and Gangwon Province’s North Korea Connection
Coastal Folk Heritage at Haesindang
Busan: Books, Beach, and Basement Cinema
The UN Cemetary in Busan
Learning about Baekje at the Buyeo National Museum
The Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom Part 2: The Axe Murder and Bridge of No Return
Heyri: The Art Village near the DMZ
Theatrical Performance in Seoul: Miso ‘Baebijang-jeon’
Walking Around Gyeogbokgung
Jogyesa: A Buddhist Temple in the Heart of Seoul
Jump: Another Super-Popular Nonverbal Show
The National Museum of Korea

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About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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