Cheonan Sights and Landmarks Guide, South Korea
The South Korean tourism department works for the preservation and recognition of many historical and cultural sites in the country. The city of Cheonan shelters a number of these National Monuments and Treasures. The local government always opens the door to these sites for everyone who wants to explore the rich culture and history of Cheonan.
Cheonan Sights – Temples
Outstanding Cheonan Sights are housed in many of the city’s temples. Here are some great examples:
Stele of Bonseonhonggyeongsa. The National Treasure No. 7 of South Korea, this temple was constructed in 1021 under the command of King Hyeonjing. A beautiful stone monument with a dragon base can be found inside the temple containing an epitaph by Choe Chung.
Gwangdeoksa. The temple sits along Mt. Gwangdeoksan. This was constructed for Buddhist priests in South Korea. Gwangdeoksa was burnt and reconstructed in the 16th century. When visiting this temple, tourists will see Nosanbul Gwaebultaeng (National Treasure No. 1261), a painting, and a 400 year old walnut tree (Natural Monument No. 398) found at the foyer of the temple.
Gagwonsa. Mt. Taejosan is the perfect backdrop for the Gagwonsa temple. Both the landscape and the temple are breathtaking but what makes the site more stunning is the giant Bronze Sitting Buddha showing a merciful smile.
Cheonan Sights – Cultural Sites
Just like the spectacular sceneries in Cheongju, the city of Cheonan beholds the culture that its ancestors handed over from one generation to the next. Some cultural sites include:
Cheonheungsa Site. According to legends, this site was constructed during the Goryeo Dynasty. This site holds the five-storey Stone Pagoda (National Treasure No. 354) which is 20 feet high and has characteristics similar to infrastructures made during the Baekje era.
Buddha in Samtae-ri. Named as the National Treasure No. 407, this Buddha image was carved on a 7.1 meter rock surface during the early Goryeo Dynasty. This is located in a natural forest in Samtae-ri.
Cheonan Sights – Parks and Tourist Farms
Cheonan is not just known for its cultural but also recreational sites like parks and tourist farms. On these Cheonan Sights tourists can both relax and meditate since the locations are calming and close to nature. Here, people can experience breathing the scent of the earth while enjoying a quiet day.
Taejosan Park. This park is also found at Mt. Taejosan, near Gagwonsa Temple. Taejosan Park includes tennis courts, grass field, camp sites, and an outdoor activity area.
Gwangdeoksan Tourist Farm. Also located at Mt. Gwangdeoksan, this tourist farm is found in a clean valley. Gwangdeoksan provides visitors with meals and allow them to explore farming in town. Aside from this, tourists can also experience sports activities like kick volleyball or volleyball, or just unwind while taking a swim in the swimming pool.
Around 155 miles from the site where Cheonan is standing, you may find Busan as well. Busan’s refreshing sights are also worth visiting. Drop by the area to complete a South Korean travel.
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