South Korea Potential Tentative Sites
*collection of photosURL*Beopjusa Temple
- Includes one of only two remaining wooden pagodas in Korea. This being the largest at 5 stories. All other wooden pagodas were destroyed during the Samurai invasions in the 16th century, the Japanese Colonial Period, and the Korean War. Wooden pagodas are somewhat rare in Korea, as wooden pagodas were the earliest form, followed by brick, and then stone. Stone being by far the most prevelant. The pagoda was burnt down during the Samurai invasions and was rebuilt in 1624.*Daehan Green Tea Plantation
- Numerous vinyards have been inscribed on the WH list, why not the oldest and most important green tea plantation in Korea?*Japanese Colonial Buildings - Gunsan
- Probably would not have too much difficulty getting inscribed, unfortunately Korea may not be ready for this type of nomination for a while yet. The colonial period is still too sensitive a topic. Nevertheless, the preservation of colonial sites in Gunsan is a new trend in Korea. The important Japanese buildings are being protected, and being listed as historical sites and being highlighted for tourism. This is a huge change from the policy in the 1970's - 2000's when most Japanese buildings in Korea were destroyed indiscrimately. The sites in Gunsan have a strong connection with the Japanese use of the city as a port to transport Korean goods to Japan. Major Colonial buildings in Gunsan include a Japanese style Buddhist temple, a Japanese businessman's home, and a western-styled customs building. The Japanese style temple is the only one of its kind remaining in Korea. There is also a gold mine in the vacinity, and quite a few other colonial buildings such as banks, a lighthouse, and railroad facilities which have been registered as regional cultural sites.
Korean article highlighting Gunsan's colonial buildingshttp://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/n_feature/2011/02/07/91/4901000000AEN2011020700070031 5F.HTML*Seoul City Wall
- Alreading planning to submit a proposal in 2013-2014 to be included on Korea's tentative list. Aspiring to be inscribed in 2015. The remaining city walls are around 10km long (orginally 18km), the remaining 8km are being rebuilt. Scheduled completion is 2013.