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Mid-Congress Excursions

Shallow geothermal system and UNESCO World Heritage

  • Shallow geothermal utilization site
  • Gongju and Buyeo UNESCO world heritage site

Closed-loop geothermal heat pump system installed at A1 building in Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) utilizes low-enthalpy geothermal energy resources for heating and cooling purposes. Ancient capital cities of Baekje dynasty are more than 1,500 years old (Gongju and Buyeo). It is worth visiting not only their historical and cultural significance but also the beautiful view Geumgang riverside.

World’s longest 33.9 km sea dike and historic temple

  • Saemangeum sea dike
  • Naesosa temple

Saemangeum is an estuarine tidal flat on the coast of the Yellow Sea in Korea. It was established with the dam construction, called ‘Saemangeum Seawall Project’ carried out by Korean government. The project was completed in April 27, 2010, and is scheduled to be converted into either agricultural or industrial land. Saemangeum sea dike is the world's longest of 33.9 km connecting Gunsan and Buan on the west coast of Korea. Naesosa Temple was built in 633 AD during the Baekje Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1633 during the Joseon Dynasty.

National groundwater information system and Korean traditional house village

  • K-water
  • Daecheong dam
  • Jeonju Hanok village

National Groundwater Information System in Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water) provides information on the systematic preservation and management for groundwater resources. Daecheong Dam is a multi-purpose dam consisting of a 72 m-tall and 495 m-long concrete gravity dam and rockfill dam. Jeonju Hanok village contains over 800 Korean traditional houses called ‘Hanok’. The village is famous among Koreans and foreign tourists because of its traditional buildings that strongly contrast with the modern city around it.

Underground research tunnel and UNESCO World Heritage

  • Underground research tunnel
  • Gongju and Buyeo UNESCO world heritage site

KURT (Korea Underground Research Tunnel) is the cave-type underground research facility. It was constructed at the site of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) in 2006 as part of the atomic energy R&D program in Korea. The KURT conducts researches on deep geological repository for high-level radioactive wastes disposal. Gongju and Buyer were the capitals of Baekje from AD 475 to 538 and AD 538 to 660, respectively. It is worth the visit for their historical and cultural significance, and also for the beautiful view Geumgang riverside.

Daesan riverbank filtration water supply system and Changnyeong Upo wetland

  • Changnyeong Upo wetland
  • Daesan riverbank filtration water supply system

Daesan riverbank filtration water supply system is the first riverbank filtration site in Korea. The water from Nakdonggang river is produced through the horizontal radial collector wells located at the river bank in Daesan, Changwon. Upo is unique as one of the only inland wetlands in the country. Upo wetland consists of four large and small swamps around the Yibang-myeon, Daehap-myeon, and Daeji-myeon areas of Changnyeong province. They are the largest natural swamps in Korea with a total size about 5,550 ㎢. The wetland is an important bird sanctuary and has been recognized by Ramsar as of high ecological importance.

Geological Park and Cine Theme Park

  • Buan Jeokbyeokang cliffs
  • Buan Chaeseokgang cliffs
  • Buan Cine Theme Park

A kilometer hiking north along the beach from the Chaeseokgang Cliffs brings you past Jukmak Village to the famed Jeokbyeokgang Cliffs. Peperites contain fragments of igneous material formed when magma intruded into contact with wet sediments. Chaeseokgang a rocky cliff with sea around was created from many layers of rocks stratified by the sea, and the blue sea and the rock cliffs together create quite lovely pictures. It is nature’s masterpiece of stratification, and you can see interesting structures and shapes while not ever seen elsewhere. Buan Cine Theme Park is a large film production complex comprised of two main sections: a folk village and an indoor studio called Sunset Village.

Gyeongju LILW disposal facility and UNESCO World Heritage

  • Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond
  • Bulguksa temple
  • LILW disposal facility

Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD). Gyeongju Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace sites for the palace of the Crown Prince along with other subsidiary buildings. They were also the banquet sites used for important national events and important visitors. Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995. The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. Wolseong low and intermediate level radioactive waste disposal center (WLDC) has been constructed with a total capacity of 800,000 drums.

Maisan geologic park and wine cave

  • Maisan geologic park
  • Wine cave
  • Muju pumped storage power plant (Jeoksangsan mountain)

Maisan geologic park located in Jinan province is characterized by the geologic formations of Mt. Maisan from Cretaceous Period. The rocks are composed of conglomerates of gravelly sandstone and coarse-grained sandstone interspersed. Maisan means the mountain of two horse ears in Korean. The Muju Meoru Wine Cave is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape and various cultural heritages. Visitors can enjoy the taste and charm of sanmeoru (wild grape) wine here. The wine tunnel used to be an excavation working site to build the Muju Water Power Plant. Jeoksangsan Mountain (1,034 m) one of the best scenic mountains in Korea showcases imposing, steep rock walls. Red maple trees around cliffs make the mountain look like a giant red skirt in the fall. That’s why it is called Jeoksangsan (Red Skirt Mountain). Sanjeong lake and Muju pumped-storage power plant are located near the top of the mountain.

Karst cave and lake cruise tour

  • Chungjuho lake
  • Gosu karst cave

Chungjuho Lake is the largest lake in Korea formed after the construction of Chungju Dam. After constructing the dam, the areas of approximately 66.5 ㎢ were submerged throughout three regions in Chungju, Danyang’ and Jecheon. Designated as a natural monument, Gosu Cave is a limestone cave situated in Danyang province, well known for its mystery and beauty. The cave is roughly 1,700 m-long and features stalactites, stalagmites, underground lakes, cave pearls, and other cave formations.