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What are natural monuments and scenic sites?

What are natural monuments and scenic sites?

  • Natural monuments refer to animals, plants, minerals, caves, geographical features, biological produce and natural phenomena designated for protection under the Cultural Heritage Protection Act, as they have significant historic, cultural and/or scientific aspects to represent the history of our nation or feature splendid scenic beauty as well as academic value. When animals are designated as natural monuments, their habitat, breeding place and sanctuary are also placed under the protection of the Cultural Heritage Protection Act. As for plants, their places of origin are also protected under the Act. Natural monuments designated under the current Cultural Heritage Protection Act include animals, plants, geographical features (including natural caves) and natural protected areas. 
  • Scenic sites refer to places widely known for their beautiful sceneries. These areas boast not only remarkable natural landscapes but also outstanding historic, artistic or scenic value. They also have a unique quality and rare beauty, acquired during the period of their formation. Scenic sites are divided into many different types of landscape, including mountains, valleys and falls, rivers, lakes and marshes, islands, coastal areas, watercourses, plateaus and plains, cliffs, vegetation, and hot, cool and mineral spring sites.

Jeongipum Pine Tree in Songni (Natural Monument No. 103), Dangcheomul Cave (Natural Monument No. 384), Breeding Ground of Black-tailed Gulls on Nando (Natural Monument No. 334)