The Korea Tourism Organization has announced a newly designated UNESCO world cultural heritage site: Namhansanseong.
The historical site was designed as an emergency capital during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and was used by the King during the second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636. It was built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers and could accommodate up to 4,000 people. Its earliest remains date back to the 7th century.
Located about 25 kilometres South-East in Gyeonggi-do, Gwangju, Namhansanseong will be the fourth UNESCO world heritage cultural site in the Seoul area.