This beautiful volcanic crater was formed on Jeju Island 5,000 years ago from hydrovolcanic eruptions. Seongsan Sunrise Peak is a UNESCO world heritage site and is best known for its majestic sunrises and numerous rare plant species.
Location: Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province (제주특별자치도서귀포시성산읍성산리 1번지)
Located 4 km south west of Anmyeon-eup, this cream-colored beach is the ideal place to watch the sun set into the ocean. Home to two large rock formations, commonly known as Granny Rock and Grandpa Rock, Ggotji Beach is a gem.
With an area of 2,314 km squared, Upo Marsh is the largest inland wetland in Korea. Formed over 140 million years ago, this marsh is home to over 1,500 plants and animals (some of which are endangered), and migratory birds.
This treasure island is famous for its clear seawater and salt farms. Artifacts from the Song Dynasty have been found at the bottom of the sea here. Location: Jeungdo-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do (전남신안군증도면)
Thought to be shaped like the spine of a dinosaur (and appropriately named “Dinosaur Ridge“), this ridge offers spectacular views of both inner and outer Seorak. The peak elevation of Gongryong Ridge stands at approximately 1,200 meters. Location: Goseong-gun/Yangyang-gun/Inje-gun, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do (강원도속초시고성군, 양양군, 인제군)
7. Uleung Island Seaside Road (울릉도해안도로) | Gyeongsangbuk-do
Uleung Island, affectionately called “Mysterious Island” by some, is a popular weekend getaway for Seoul residents. Curious rock formations, shore cliffs and numerous waterfalls adorn the island’s Seaside Road.
Seryang-je, a reservoir built in 1969 in Hwasun, is famous for its ethereal mist and reflections of colorful blossoms and leaves. Though Seryang-je is man-made, it was too beautiful to not be included in this list.
Visit Halla Mountain in the winter to see the snowflakes and icicles covering tree branches all across the mountain. Sledding, snow rafting, and ice sliding are also activities that visitors can enjoy during the winter months.
Location: Halla Mountain, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province (제주특별자치도한라산)
Yeong-san River offers some of Korea’s most beautiful river views, and gives the Han a serious run for its money. For dedicated cyclists, there is a 132 km cycle path along the river that runs from Damyang to Mokpo.
Reminiscent of a Claude Monet painting, the poppy-dotted scenery at Simhak Mountain is sure to take your breath away. As one of the few places with poppies in Korea, Simhak Mountain hosts an annual Poppy Festival around June of each year.
At 1,108 meters, Hwangmae Mountain is the highest peak in the Sobaek mountain range and is covered by royal azalea blossoms every spring. The Royal Azalea Festival runs for two weeks around the tart of May.
Gangwon province is famous for having some of the best ski resorts in the country. The High1 Resort features the highest peak at 1,345 meters. Visitors can go sledding, snow rafting and more in this region.
This rocky mountain has six peaks and five urn-shaped holes at its summit. Some call Seorak Mountain the “Crying Mountain,” as legends and ancient records claim the rocks on the mountain cry just before a big storm.
Location: Seorak National Park, Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do (강원속초시설악동설악산국립공원)