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Gamgok Catholic Church: Blessing of Virgin Mary

Gamgok Catholic Church sits atop a hill overlooking the town of Gamgok like a sentinel. The land where the church is now used to be the owned by Min Eung-sik, a second cousin of Empress Myeongseong and a major late Joseon-era conservative. During the Mutiny of 1882, when old-guard military units rebelled against the government’s military modernization plans, Min offered the empress sanctuary at his palatial home. After Empress Myeongseong’s assassination in 1895, Min was arrested and brought to Seoul. His home was occupied by loyalist militias, which made it a target of the Japanese Army, which proceeded to burn it down.

The upside to this was that when French priest Father Camillus Bouillon of the Paris Foreign Missions Society came around looking for a place to build a church, he could buy the land for a song.  Or a Gregorian chant, as the case may be.

Gamgok Catholic Church sits atop a hill overlooking the town of Gamgok like a sentinel. The land where the church is now used to be the owned by Min Eung-sik, a second cousin of Empress Myeongseong and a major late Joseon-era conservative. During the Mutiny of 1882, when old-guard military units rebelled against the government’s military modernization plans, Min offered the empress sanctuary at his palatial home. After Empress Myeongseong’s assassination in 1895, Min was arrested and brought to Seoul. His home was occupied by loyalist militias, which made it a target of the Japanese Army, which proceeded to burn it down.

The upside to this was that when French priest Father Camillus Bouillon of the Paris Foreign Missions Society came around looking for a place to build a church, he could buy the land for a song.  Or a Gregorian chant, as the case may be.

It’s said that when Bouillon first saw the massive house (presumably before the Japanese torched it) and the hillside on which it rested, he prayed that if the Virgin Mary were to give him the house and hill, he would become her humble servant, and she would be the patron saint of the church. Well, as it would turn out, the Blessed Virgin Mary held up her end of the bargain (and even got the Imperial Japanese Army to foot the cleanup bill), so Bouillon kept his, establishing a church in May 1896 and dedicating it to the Virgin Mary.

Statue of Virgin Mary

The current Gothic-style church—a miniature version of Myeongdong Cathedral—was built in 1930 (by Chinese laborers), and was designed by French priest Father Pierre Chizallet.

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Jeju Spirited Garden: Capacity 300 Participants

Secret Garden @ the Spirited Bonsai Garden

Secret Garden @ the Spirited Bonsai Garden

Spirited Garden features seven gardens made with stones and native trees. It is the largest outdoor bonsai garden in Asia. Each garden has a unique theme with designs based on Jeju’s signature volcanic mountains and waters. Most notably, the Secret Garden serves as a world-class venue specialized for various MICE events and banquets including international conference and corporate meetings.

Gala Dinner @ Bonsai Garden

Gala Dinner @ Bonsai Garden

The Secret Garden consist of an outdoor banquet space with a capacity of 300 and three indoor banquet halls in a modern Jeju-style building of which covered with volcanic stones and woods. The garden has various other facilities including an octagonal pavilion which reflects traditional Korean beauty, two waterfalls and ponds, and a stage equipped with special effects for outdoor performances. Catering services for banquets are also available. The restaurant with 260 seats offers green buffet at one time.

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Uiseong Apple Farming – Will give you beautiful memories with nature

Uiseong Apple Farming

Uiseong Apple Farming

Apple orchard experience tours are easily offered thanks to the impressive cluster of orchards in the Danchon-myeon and Jeomgok-myeon areas, where best quality apples that compare more than favorably with apples from any other parts of the country are produced.

Tourists can taste the apples they pick after listening to an explanation about apple ecology as it is practiced at the orchards. Orchards brimming with beautifully ripe red apples offer peerless scenery,making for a marvelous photo opportunity. Visitors can also buy apples at the orchards.

Visitors are taken from the apple orchard to the Korea Applease brewery to witness  the apple wine brewing process. The brewery tour also offers a range of attractive experience programs.

You can enjoy apple pies you brake yourself, together with apple and pomegranate wine. You can also taste apple juice you prepare by yourself. You can enjoy a program called ‘Making My Own Apple Wine’, where visitors attach a photo taken at the apple orchard to apple wine bottles. The tour takes between one and a half and two hours.

Naganeupseong Folk Village – Boasts a fortress, a dongheon, a gaeksa and thatched-roof houses preserved in their original state

Naganeupseong Folk Village @ KTO

Naganeupseong Folk Village @ KTO

Naganeupseong Folk Village is located in Jeollanam-do Province, and contains a town castle that is over 18,000 Pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 sq m) in size. Within the east, south and west of the castle, about 100 families still reside, and the castle area has been very well preserved.

You can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area such as the kitchen area, the clay rooms, and Korean-style verandas. There are also 9 houses designated as important cultural resources, and numerous straw-roof houses as well.

The folk village’s other source of pride is the monument of General Im Kyeong-Eop (1594~1646). At every first full moon of the new year, they hold a ritual ceremony and celebration at the general’s monument, with games such as seesaw jumping, swings, and other folk activities.

Suncheon Open Film Set – Consists of three villages each representing a different era from the 1950s to the 1970s

Suncheon Open Film Set

Suncheon Open Film Set

The popular Korean dramas Love and Ambition and East of Eden, as well as the Korean movie Sunny, were filmed in Suncheon. The filming location includes over 200 buildings and streets built to recreate Korean life in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Suncheon Open Film Set

Suncheon Open Film Set

Take a trip back in time with a stroll dwon the 60s-themed ‘downtown Suncheon’ or a walk around ‘Seoul’ as it was in the 1908s. From the hilltop of a Seoul-styled residential area from the 1970s, it’s easy to see the stark contrast of today’s modern cityscape looming as a backdrop against the ‘old-styled’ houses of only a few decades ago.