Seven tourism routes to enjoy over 1000 years of Korean heritage
With COVID-19 seemingly under control in the country, South Korea has set up a cultural campaign to highlight Korean heritage and promote domestic tourism.
The so called 'Visit Korean Heritage Campaign' introduces seven routes that tie together heritage sites by region and theme.
"Even though there are many marvelous heritage sites, they are nothing if not visited. It's important to link their legacy with a travel course so that tourists feel it's easy to access and can fully experience their historical value."
The first course is the 'Golden Era Route', which centers on Gyeongsangbuk-do Province where Gyeongju, the Silla Kingdom's capital for 1000 years, is located.
This course focuses on discovering the spirit of Korea by tracing the history of Buddhism and Confucianism in the country.
With the 'Antiquity Route', one can sneak a peek of Korea's ancient culture, religion and arts. Visitors can see fortress sites, ancient tombs and stone pagodas from two thousand years ago.
The 'Folk Music Route' visits the homes of traditional music such as Pansori, the epic chant, and Ganggangsullae, a dance where people hold hands in a circle.
Other courses track the natural wonders of Jeju Island, the royal palaces and structures of the Joseon Dynasty, as well as the Buddhist temples and monasteries hidden in Korea's mountains.
"All the courses can be done in 3 to 4 days and there's a relatively low risk of infections as cultural heritage sites are outside so people can keep a safe distance."
As well as the courses, regions around Korea are also restarting festivals and events so that people can experience the country's intangible cultural assets in person.
These events, which had been postponed due to COVID-19, include performances at royal palaces and fashion shows featuring traditional Korean clothing.
Containing more specific information, a guidebook will be distributed to tourists in four different languages, and a wide range of cultural content will be shared on social media. Choi Jeongyoon Arirang News.
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