Country File: South Korea

Since the Koreas are extremely topical and all, today’s Country File follows up that course we mentioned by focusing on the host of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics :대한민국 (Taehan-min’guk), commonly known as South Korea!

Flag of South Korea

South Korea joined UNESCO on 14 June 1950, making it a real country by‘s standard; it has 12 inscribed and 16 tentative World Heritage Sites, and 1 wonder and 1 finalist on the New 7 Wonders lists:

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (2007)
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (2009)
Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (2010)
Namhansanseong (2014)
Baekje Historic Areas (2015)
Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (1995)
Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka KoreanaWoodblocks (1995)
Jongmyo Shrine (1995)
Changdeokgung Palace Complex (1997)
Hwaseong Fortress (1997)
Gyeongju Historic Areas (2000)
Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (2000)


p dir=”ltr”>Tentative:
Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern seacoast (25/01/2002)
Kangjingun Kiln Sites (01/09/1994)
Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (01/09/1994)
Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats (11/01/2010)
Salterns (11/01/2010)
Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (11/01/2010)
Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (11/01/2010)
Upo Wetland (11/01/2011)
Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (11/03/2011)
Oeam Village (11/03/2011)
Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea (09/12/2011)
Seoul City Wall (23/11/2012)
Gaya Tumuli of Gimhae – Haman (11/12/2013)
The Goryeong Jisandong Daegaya Tumuli (12/12/2013)
Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea (12/12/2013)
Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (24/01/2017)

New 7 Wonder:
 Jeju Island

New 7 Wonders finalist:

MTP and TCCcount South Korea as two places:

Jeju Island
Korea, South (mainland)


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