Hahoe, which uses the characters that mean “river” and “to return,” was named so because the village is hugged by the Nakdonggang River. Houses of the Joseon Dynasty have been preserved for over 600 years, and in 2010 the village was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Various programs including traditional wedding ceremonies, overnight stay experience at Confucian Academy, and many more are offered throughout the village.
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 woodblocks, and Janggyeong Panjeon, the depositories that have preserved the woodblocks for centuries. Both the woodblocks and the depositories are designated as UNESCO World Heritage. Furthermore, Theme Park of Tripitaka will give all participants special opportunies to experience the essensce of Korean Buddhism.