(taken from http://english.visitkorea.or.kr )
Jeonju may be known around Korea for its excellent food, and specifically its famous mixed rice dish of bibimbap, but the city also has an illustrious past and has played its part in helping to shape the Korea we know today. Once described by a Busan native as “the countryside,” Jeonju is indeed located in a beautiful area of the country, with four national parks a short bus ride away. History abounds here too, and Jeonju’s hanok village is the place to experience the traditions of old Korea, learn about Jeonju’s place in history and sip tea in a traditional teahouse.
Towns, cities and provinces around Korea have a knack for finding a niche – a product, a particular cuisine or even a mud festival to attach themselves to. Some have historic connections, some don’t, but whatever the connection is, once it has been made in the hearts and minds of the people, an unbreakable bond forms, and that place, for better or worse, is forever entwined with said cultural property. Jeonju has bibimbap, Boryeong has its mud festival, and Damyang-gun in Jeollanam-do has bamboo. Bamboo may be universally associated with sword wielding ninjas, crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but Damyang, the northernmost point on the Korean Peninsula where bamboo grows in abundance, has cornered the market as far as Korea goes. There are plenty of attractions in Damyang, but the bamboo is inescapable and seems to pervade every aspect of life here.
Not to be confused with the similar sounding Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do, Damyang is a beautifully green county, teeming with nature and history. A short hop from Gwangju, it is a place where the specters of scholars live on in the pavilions and gardens that bear their names.
Suncheon is the ecological capital of Korea. It represents Korea on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and shares information on environmental conservation with the international community. Suncheonman Bay’s vast tidal flats and reed fields offer not only a beautiful landscape, but also incredible biodiversity. Other than the bay, Suncheon has many tourist attractions, including Seonamsa Temple, which is over 1000 years old, and Naganeupseong Folk Village, which has thatched roofs and dates back to the Joseon dynasty, but is still inhabited. Songgwangsa Temple, one of the Korea’s three major temples, is also located in Suncheon, as well as Suncheon Drama Film Set, where many popular TV dramas and films have been shot. Visit the Suncheon area to experience untouched beauty and get a taste of Korea’s history.
This is only a short passage about The Sparkling Korea, you can surf them all on the official website stated above. I’ve been to Korea once, and I never regret my trip there, in fact, I always wonder, when will God let me for once more, experience the magnificent country with very pleasant people and remarkable culture! Recommended!