100 Must-visit Tourist Spots in Korea

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The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), in joint cooperation with the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), has announced the “100 Must-visit Tourist Spots in Korea” for 2023-2024. This list is a compilation of recommended tourist attractions that are selected and promoted every two years by the MCST and KTO.

The ‘Local 100’ mentioned by Minister Yoon is a project to select a total of 100 local cultural attractions, local cultural content, and local cultural celebrities to promote them domestically and internationally for two years in order to publicize the attractive cultural resources unique to the region. This is a new initiative this year as a follow-up measure to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s ‘Regional Cultural Policy Promotion Strategy for the Local Era’ announced last March.

The 100 selections includes:

  • 61 cultural attractions that include heritages, buildings, and entertainment facilities
  • 39 nature attractions such as forests, beaches, wetlands, and more

The regional division of these attractions is as follows:

  • Seoul capital area: 24 attractions
  • Gangwon-do: 10 attractions
  • Chungcheong-do area: 13 attractions
  • Jeolla-do area: 17 attractions
  • Gyeongsang-do area: 30 attractions
  • Jeju-do area: 6 attractions

Compared to the previous list, 33 attractions have gained new recognition as must-visit places. A total of 14 attractions have remained on the list for six consecutive years. Among these 14 are the five royal palaces in Seoul (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, and Deoksugung Palace), Jeju Olle Trail, Jeonju Hanok Village, and Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto in Gyeongju.

For the full list of the 100 attractions, you can visit the official announcement.

Local 100 (100 local cultures) selection details
Local 100 (100 local cultures) selection details

Local cultural attractions include ‘Andong Hahoe Village’, where the spiritual culture of thinking and reflection and play culture come together, ‘Daejeon Seongsimdang’, which is changing local culture with bread, and ‘Yangyang Surfy Beach’, which is creating a new surfing culture. .

Local cultural content included the ‘Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival’, which stands out as a regional representative festival based on Yudeung, and the ‘Namwon City Traditional Music Group’s Permanent Changgeuk Performance’, which received favorable reviews for its reinterpretation of pansori.

The local masters included Mr. Kim Jong-moon, a large drum maker, and Mr. Lee Hyo-seok of Pyeongchang.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to produce easy and fun promotional content by combining local cultural resources loved by the public with local cultural values ​​and stories.

A part of a picture drawn by ‘Artist Kickney’ based on a story related to Local 100.
A part of a picture drawn by ‘Kickney Artist’ based on the story of the Local 100 (Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival).

As a first step, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Regional Culture Promotion Agency will collaborate with the artist ‘Kickney’ until the 12th of last month to draw the national stories related to the Local 100 through pictures. ‘Kickney will draw the Local 100 stories!’ An event was held.

Artist Kickney plans to receive stories related to the Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival, Andong Hahoe Village, and Daejeon Sacred Heart Hall, draw pictures based on them, and release them sequentially.

Among them, on the 17th of last month, the drawing of the first storyteller (Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival) was revealed for the first time on the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (mcstkorea) and Kickney’s Instagram (keykney).

In addition, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to develop a ‘Local 100 train travel’ product that connects local cultures by train in conjunction with KORAIL tourism development.

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