UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites
The volcanic island of Jeju has an outstandingly beautiful natural environment that is significant for its geological features and ecological value and is a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site.
It is the largest island in South Korea. One of its central features is the dormant volcano and the tallest mountain in South Korea – Hallasan Mountain. Jeju is also famous for its extensive system of lava tubes which are now empty caves (some of the largest in the world) as well as the variety of animal and plant life, which make the island a natural wildlife reserve.
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages
UNESCO also sought to protect 20 intangible cultural heritages such as language, culture and music.
In South Korea special festivals, dances, chanting, wooden architecture, a traditional martial art, Haenyo women divers are just some of the items that have been identified.
The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is a neutral zone created by the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement as a way of creating a hope for peace.
It spans 2km south and north of the Military Demarcation Line across the centre of the Korean peninsula. It is an area that was free of human disturbance for 60 years and became a haven for wildlife, making it a popular destination for nature lovers. While travel within the region still remains limited, there are some areas open to special tours and there are many places which are open to the general public. Visit the DMZ to experience this symbol of peace between the two countries.