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On the final day of the Jamboree pre-tour, troops will be visiting some of the attractions closer to Saemangeum. There are three different pre-tour options on day 4: Go to Nature, Highlight Tour, and Story of Korea. 

The Go to Nature tour will visit some of the beautiful natural landmarks near the Jamboree, while those on the Story of Korea tour will be seeing some of the more historical points of interest in the area. The Highlight tour will offer a pleasant blend of the two, with an emphasis on the spiritual sites on offer.

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (Story of Korea)

One of the final stops in Seoul will be the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, which has exhibits ranging from 1894 to today. 

Here, Scouts will learn not only about major events like the Japanese occupation, the Korean War, and social movements, but also about how things like food, fashion, and music have changed over those years.

Photo of gray building with South Korean flag flying outside.

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)

Gimpo Marine Park (Story of Korea)

The next stop is the nearby Gimpo Marine Park, home to the Unbong LST naval ship. Scouts will be able to board the ship and learn its history, from being used by the U.S. Navy in France and Japan in World War II, to its use by the Korean Navy in the Vietnam War 25 years later. The ship is also set up to show visitors what life was like for sailors aboard the ship in times of war, in addition to teaching about the battles it has seen.

Gimpo Marine Park (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)

Jeonju Hanok Village (Story of Korea, Highlight Tour)

Scouts will travel south to the famous Jeonju Hanok Village, known across the country for its traditional Hanok buildings. The village is home to over 800 of these majestic buildings and will be a great way to experience the traditional Korean way of life. 

Jeonju is officially known as a ‘slow city’, so take some time to walk around to see the architecture and murals of the Hanoks. The city is also the birthplace of bibimbap, a popular traditional dish of rice and vegetables – don’t miss your chance to give it a try!

Jeonju Hanok Village. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Jeondong Cathedral (Story of Korea, Highlight Tour)

Also in Jeonju is the Jeondong Cathedral, a Catholic church built in the 1910s. The cathedral has been called one of the most beautiful buildings in the country, and was built in honor of local Catholic martyrs. The cathedral is a popular site for locals and tourists, and is still an active church, so it is important to be respectful when visiting.

Jeondong Cathedral (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Gyeonggijeon Shrine (Story of Korea, Highlight Tour)

Completing the visit to Jeonju will be a visit to the Gyeonggijeon Shrine, built in 1410 in honor of King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The shrine holds portraits of multiple kings, including King Taejo, as well as some exhibits detailing local life in the 1400s.

One reason why locals and tourists love to visit Gyeonggijeon is its authentic antique appearance, surrounded by serene wooded grounds. It is also historically significant, having protected the portraits and Jeonju History Archives through the battles of the Jeong-yu War. 

Gyeonggijeon Shrine (Photo: Jacques Beaulieu/Flickr)

Chaeseokgang Cliff (Go to Nature, Highlight Tour)

Once you arrive at Chaeseokgang, you will be amazed by the rugged black basalt cliffs rising majestically from the turquoise waters of the East Sea. The sound of the waves crashing against the cliffs will add to the ambiance, creating a truly unforgettable experience. 

There are multiple hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate difficulty levels. Along the way, you will come across various viewing platforms where you can stop to take in the wide views of the sea and surrounding landscapes. You will want your comfortable walking shoes and plenty of water and sunscreen here, too.

Chaeseokgang Cliff (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Naesosa Temple (Go to Nature, Highlight Tour)

On the slopes of Mt. Geumjeongsan, in the city of Gyeongsan, Scouts will find the Naesosa Temple. When you arrive, you will be greeted by the temple’s beautiful and elaborate buildings, which date back to the late 19th century. The Naesosa Temple is known for its impressive collection of Buddhist relics, including paintings, sculptures, and other artwork. 

As you explore the temple grounds, you will notice that there are several different buildings and structures to visit. These include the main worship hall, the bell tower, and the drum tower, to name a few.  

You will also get the chance to participate in a traditional Buddhist ceremony, one of the highlights of a visit to Naesosa Temple. These ceremonies take place several times a day, and they offer a chance to learn more about the temple’s religious practices and customs. 

Be sure to dress appropriately for your visit to Naesosa Temple: visitors are expected to dress modestly, covering their shoulders and knees, and removing their shoes before entering any of the buildings.

Naesosa Temple (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Juknokwon Bamboo Garden (Go to Nature)

As you enter Juknokwon Bamboo Garden, you will find a beautiful bamboo forest that spans about 77 acres. 

The garden has eight trails, which weave through bamboo hammocks, a children’s playground, and chairs and loungers that gaze up into the vast bamboo canopy of the forest. You will also find art installations and a collection of traditional buildings in the back. 

You do not have to worry about getting lost in this forest, as you will eventually end up at the back and loop around to the front again. Throughout the forest, there are information boards that will guide you around easily, whether you choose to follow the map or not. And remember, it is a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Juknokwon Bamboo Garden (Photo: pxfuel)

No matter which of the three tours you take on day 4, you can expect to learn a lot about our host country while seeing some unforgettable scenery. Just make sure to save some energy and get plenty of rest – next stop, Saemangeum and the World Scout Jamboree!

Agii Kerwin contributed reporting to this article.