100 must-visit tourist spots in Korea

The number of foreign tourists visiting Korea has been increasing these days, especially from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. It is reported that these tourists are looking for ways to get information about Korean tourism. In response to this trend, a brochure called “Korea’s Top 100 Tourist Attractions” has been produced in English, Japanese, and Chinese. This brochure is being distributed by the Korea Tourism Organization’s 32 overseas offices as well as at domestic and international tourism exhibitions. The “Korea’s Top 100 Tourist Attractions” brochure selects 100 representative tourist attractions in Korea that the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization consider must-visit places. This year’s selection includes 61 cultural tourism resources, such as historical sites, architecture, and amusement facilities, as well as 39 natural tourism resources, such as forests, seas, and wetlands.

“Korea’s Top 100 Tourism Sites” has firmly established itself as one of Korea’s most famous tourist destinations. According to a brand awareness survey conducted by the Korea Tourism Organization last year, 80.5% of respondents in Korea said that whether a tourist destination is included in “Korea’s Top 100 Tourism Sites” affected their decision when choosing a travel destination.

 The “Top 100 Tourism Sites” has been announced six times since it began in 2013, with two-year intervals. Every time, strict criteria are applied. In addition to the existing 100 sites, regions recommended by local governments and newly emerging areas using tourism big data for new candidates are selected in advance. Then, the final 100 sites are selected through a process of document evaluation, 1st selection committee, field evaluation, and 2nd selection committee. Through this process, previous sites may be dropped, and new sites may be selected, resulting in intense competition.

The “Korea’s Top 100 Tourism Sites” are spread out evenly across different regions, with 24 locations in the Seoul metropolitan area, 10 locations in the Gangwon region, 13 in the Chungcheong region, 17 in the Jeolla region, 28 in the Gyeongsang region, and 6 in Jeju. Of these, 33 sites are newly selected. They include Seoul Forest, where you can enjoy nature as a relaxation spot in the city, Yeojwacheon, a famous cherry blossom viewing course in Changwon, Samaksan Lake Cable Car in Chuncheon, where you can enjoy the beautiful mountains and lakes, Iksan Wanggung-ri Ruins, a Baekje cultural heritage site, and Yucheonsa Ssangsaeng Road and Pine Forest Road for mutual growth in Gurye, and Ttongyeong Difiram, a popular night view spot.

 Of course, most of the areas that have continued to be popular among Koreans over time have been re-selected. 14 tourist destinations, including the five palaces of Seoul (Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung), Jeju Olle Road, Jeonju Hanok Village, Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto, were selected for the 6th consecutive time.

 The “Korea’s Top 100 Tourism Sites” pamphlet can be found at national tourist information centers and transportation hubs (such as airports and express train stations), and detailed information and maps of the selected sites can be downloaded from the “Korea’s Top 100 Tourism Sites” section of “Korea Tourism Organization” website (korean.visitkorea.or.kr).

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