15 January 2019 Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

THINGS TO DO IN SUNCHEON

THINGS TO DO IN SUNCHEON

Today, I'm gonna talk about my favourite province in this trip - Suncheon.  It is probably everyone's favourite province because it was so beautiful! We had visited Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, Suncheon Open Film Set and Naganeupseong Folk Village. All the attractions are so spectacular and I want to revisit this amazing place anytime soon you know? Lol. I keep telling myself why I didn't visit this place earlier. Really thankful that KTO brought us here. I promised myself for sure I will bring my family to revisit this place again.

ABOUT SUNCHEON
For your info, Suncheon is quickly emerging as the ecological capital of Korea. Suncheonman Bay and its surrounding area is a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched and is globally recognized for its ecological value. The Suncheon City Tour takes visitors to Suncheonman Bay to experience the wetlands and reed fields and Seonamsa and Songgwangsa to bask in the temples' thousand-year-old heritage. 

Other stops on the journey include Naganeupseong, the village of thatched-roof houses dating back to the Joseon Dynasty, and a visit to an open set where a number of popular Korean movies and dramas were filmed. Despite its name, the Suncheon City Tour is more of an experience in ecotourism than a traditional city tour.  


THINGS TO DO
  • Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve 순천만습지 (구, 순천만자연생태공원)

Here comes my favourite place on the entire trip - Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve. The fields in Suncheonman Bay are thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The image of the entire field swaying in the wind is as dazzling as waves on the sea.



The field of reeds is home to many plants that thrive in damp conditions, like the common reed and the starwort. Among the world’s wetlands, Suncheonman Bay is widely known for attracting the largest number of rare birds. Internationally rare birds such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, white stork, black-faced spoonbill, Eurasian Oystercatcher, as well as birds designated as natural treasures, can be spotted here. There are about 140 species of birds including the snipe, wild duck, shelduck, and wild goose in total.


It is also the filming location of the popular K-drama - Temperature of Love. Well, since I didn't watch that drama, so I have no idea what's the storyline. However, some of my media friends did. Thus, they went Google the poster and want to pose exactly the same place that the actor and actress were standing. It was hilarious!


It was truly an amazing place for photo shooting! Every single spot of the place looks so instaworthy. How I wish I can take my prewedding photos here hahaha. Maybe next time. Will definitely come back here with my husband in future. 


DETAILS
Address : 513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do.

Operating Hours : 08:00am - sunset (Observatory at night opening is until 10:00pm)

Admission Fees :
  • Adults (ages 20 or above) : Individuals 8,000 won / Groups 6,000 won / Suncheon residents 2,000 won
  • Teenagers (ages 14-19) : Individuals 6,000 won / Groups 5,000 won / Suncheon residents 1,500 won
  • Children (ages 8-13) : Individuals 4,000 won / Groups 3,000 won / Suncheon residents: Free 


  • Suncheon Open Film Set (순천 드라마 촬영장)

This open film set is located in Jorye-dong, Suncheon. It consists of three villages each representing a different era from the 1950s to the 1970s. It has approximately 200 houses and is the largest film set in Korea. The realistic sets bring about memories of people’s youth, while younger visitors can learn about Korea’s history. Therefore, attracts a large number of families. 




This landscape was the Seoul’s history - daldongne which is the residential towns for poor families in uphill areas of Seoul.


They said you MUST take a photo of this landscape if you're visiting this open film set.



The streets of Suncheon in the 1950s have been perfectly recreated, featuring a major theatre, Jeil Brewery, and the fire station. In the 60s and 70s film sets, visitors can view scenes from Seoul’s history, such as daldongne (residential towns for poor families in uphill areas of Seoul) and shopping streets from the city’s outskirts. 



Inside the film set, visitors can enter into the spirit of the place by eating buchimgae (pan-fried foods) and dotorimuk (acorn jelly) at a traditional open Korean tavern, and it’s fun to look for the houses that were featured in some of Korea’s most popular dramas. In the spring, the Woldeung orchard with its outdoor film has beautiful apricot and peach blossoms in the spring.

It also the film locations of 700 over TV programs and movies including
  • Drama : "East of Eden", "Baking King, Kim Tak-ku"
  • Variety Show : Running Man
  • Movies : LOVE, LIES (2015), Wolf-Child, etc


Since we visited this place in between Autumn and Winter season, so there are so many beautiful maple leaves everywhere. We had a lot of fun of just pick up one of the maple leaf and take a photo with it. Lol

DETAILS
Address : 24, Biryegol-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do.

Operating Hours : 09:00am - 06:00pm (Last admission at 05:00pm)

Admission Fees :
Individuals - Adults 3,000 won / Teens 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won

Interpretation Services Offered : English, Japanese, Chinese (Reservations required)



  • Naganeupseong Folk Village (낙안읍성)

Another favourite place would be Naganeupseong Folk Village. It is located in Jeollanam-do Province and contains a town castle that is over 18,000 Pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 sqm) in size. Within the east, south and west of the castle, about 100 families still reside, and the castle area has been very well preserved. You can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area such as the kitchen area, the clay rooms, and Korean-style verandas.


There are also 9 houses designated as important cultural resources, and numerous straw-roof houses as well. The folk village’s other source of pride is the monument of General Im Kyeong-Eop (1594~1646). At every first full moon of the new year, they hold a ritual ceremony and celebration at the general’s monument, with games such as seesaw jumping, swings, and other folk activities. 


Some local people called this mountain as "wealthy mountain" because they said if you pray in front of this mountain, you will get rich. Like seriously!? of course, we do pray. Hahaha. Please let me become wealthy.




When you enter the front gate of Naganeupseong Folk Village, on the east side of the castle (called “Nakpung-ru”), you see a straight road leading to town. Follow along this road and you will come across the General Im Kyeong-Eop Monument, resource centre, and other interesting sites. 

You may also walk to the end of this road, climb up to the castle itself, and walk along the castle wall to the south. The entire castle is exceptionally well-preserved, and you can view the whole town from the top level.




When we're walking until half way, suddenly, we hears someone is playing music.

Then we saw this uncle is playing the Guzheng. He played so well. Every tourist stopped by and just listen to his music.




One thing I like about this trip is the beautiful fruits on the trees!

Look at them in the photos, do they looks pretty? If I have a garden for myself in Malaysia, for sure I will plant one of these.


DETAILS
Address : 30, Chungmin-gil, Nagan-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do.

Admission Fees : Free


FOOD

  • 채식건강

When we heard our tour guide Jennifer told us today we gonna have BBQ duck as our lunch. I was like "okay, this is something new to me." I ate duck meat before but not with barbecue style so I'm looking forward to it. 


The place is so cosy and we had a pleasant meal. First time trying the BBQ duck and surprisingly it tastes not bad. They also served peanut as a side dish and the size is huge! I love their pumpkin porridge they served before the duck.Creamy and a little sweet.


Since we are going to overnight at Jeonju at that night, so I wouldn't cover accommodation in this article.  But I strongly recommend you guys to stay overnight here because this place is beautiful. Don't forget to check out the travel vlog below and travelogues as follows.


TRAVEL VLOG
(YouTube Channel : TheShinilola)

CHINESE VERSION

SOUTH KOREA TRAVELOGUE

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