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Map of Korea's historical sites distributed for foreign tourists

2018/07/12 11:01

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SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- A civic organization promoting Korea's history and culture online said Thursday it will distribute 6,000 copies of an English-language map introducing South and North Korea's leading historical sites to foreign tourists in a bid to help them easily visit the areas.

Titled "Historical Sites in Korea," the map contains 26 sites in the South and five in the North that reflect Korea's 5,000-year history, the Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) said.

Among the South Korean sites are Changdeokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine and Hwaseong Fortress from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910); Baekje Historic Areas from the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC – AD 660); Chungju Goguryeo Monument from the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 BC - AD 668); Seokguram and Bulguksa from the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – AD 935); the Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites; and the Jeongokri Prehistoric Site.

The North Korean sites include Goguryeo Tombs, Pyongyang Fortress and Kaesong Historical Sites from the Goryeo Kingdom (AD 918-1392)

"More than 15 million foreigners visit the country annually, and most of their visits center on big cities and shopping. So we've made the map to promote the country's splendid 5,000-year history to them," VANK head Park Ki-tae said.

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