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Field Trip Course 1. Haeinsa Temple

Founded in 802, Haeinsa is the head temple of the 12th Diocese of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It houses more than 200 private and public treasures including the Tripitaka Koreana, which are the world’s most comprehensive and oldest version of the Buddhist canon carved on more than 80,000 wood-plates, and Janggyeong Panjeon, the depositories that have preserved the wood-plates for centuries. Both the plates and the depositories are designated as UNESCO World Heritage. Furthermore, Theme Park of Tripitaka will give all participants special opportunities to experience the essence of Korean Buddhism.

Field Trip Course 2. Pohang area

Yangdong Village is Korea’s largest traditional village, showcasing the traditional culture of the Joseon Dynasty and the beautiful natural surroundings. The entire village has been designated as a UNESCO cultural heritage site. Many people have visited this village to see its wealth of cultural heritages and scenic surroundings. Charles, Prince of Wales, visited this village in 1993. Approximately 160 old houses and 500-year-old thatched-roof cottages are nestled within the valley. Fifty-four of these homes, are over 200 years old and have been excellently preserved in their original state, offering a rare opportunity to view a variety of unique Korean traditional houses in person.

Homigot, a point of land jutting out into the East Sea, is located to the east of urban Pohang. Homigot means 'Tiger's tail cape'. The shape of the Korean Peninsula is often compared to a tiger. Homigot is located on a cape equivalent to the tail of a tiger, so it was designated Homigot. The Homigot Lighthouse and National Lighthouse Museum are located also.

Field Trip Course 3. Gyeongju area

Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD), which ruled about two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula at its height between the 7th and 9th centuries, for close to one thousand years. Gyeongju area is designated as UNESCO World Heritage site at 1995. This course includes Gyochon Traditional village, Cheonmachong, and Bulguksa.

The name "Cheonmachong" means sky horse tomb. This tomb was built in the style of Silla. The tomb was excavated in 1973 and is believed to date probably from the fifth century but perhaps from the sixth century CE. Bulguksa is located on the slopes of Mount Toham. It is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and encompasses seven National treasures of South Korea, including the Dabotap and Seokgatap stone pagodas, Cheongun-gyo, and two gilt-bronze statues of Buddha

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