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Suncheonman Bay National Garden & Wetland Reserve

Suncheonman Bay National Garden & Wetland Reserve
순천만국가정원 & 순천만 습지

 

Suncheonman Bay National Garden was built in the Suncheon Dosa-dong area solely to protect the Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve. In the 1.1 million square meter gardens, 79,000 trees of 505 different kinds and 150,000 plants of 113 different kinds were planted. The garden trail course offers natural shade provided by 50,000 hackberry and zelkova trees. With a prior reservation you can get a cultural commentary service in English, Japanese or Chinese.

In the Suncheonman herbarium, which is filled with beautiful flowers and trees, is a traditional Korean medicine experience center with Hanok houses here and there. Around a wide courtyard there's a healing hall, an exhibition hall, a gift hall, a healing cafe and a medical botanical garden.

In the healing hall there is a system that allows visitors to easily check their body condition. The physical constitution is checked with the shape of the fingerprint and hand temperature. A machine can check the condition of the five main internal organs. Blood pressure and body components can also be checked. Based on the results, people can learn about their current health status. In addition, a specialist in traditional Korean medicine helps to analyze the data and provides advice on body type-specific foods, stress relief and lifestyle habits. What is also attractive for people is that they provide individual medicinal tea and prescriptions. The name says it all: Custom Prescription Apothecary. The prescribed medicine can be purchased right there. Every weekend, a sommelier offers tea made with seasonal flowers, while a “Tea Confectionary Experience” provides the perfect snacks.

Tranquility provided by nature

The most popular program by far is the foot bath. It is provided at the Healing Hall in the midst of a huge garden and relaxes tense feet. Sitting in the backyard with your feet soaking in traditional Korean medicine gets rid of stress in no time. In addition to foot baths, you can get a foot massage that helps stress relief and blood circulation or other things like an aromatherapy experience. In the yard, there are traditional games for everybody and a class that teaches how to make traditional Korean medicine soap.

If you want to learn more about traditional Korean medicine, you should stop by the Exhibition Hall. There, you can see various medical herbs and take photos in front of a traditional medical facility. Now that you know more about medicine, you can select medicine that matches your physiology and make beautiful lucky sachets. It is great for when you have a light headache or feel depressed. The herbal garden in the back is also good to take a walk in. The scent of angelica root and Chinese pepper in the air tickles the tip of your nose.
With your ticket you can also visit the Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve. It is one of the world's five greatest coastal wetlands. Underneath the wooden deck that leads through a huge reed field there are countless living and moving organisms. Gobies running over the mud flat, the sound of reeds rocked by the wind, plovers flapping their wings: the wetland is full of life. Open your mind and walk along the wetland trail, climb the low mountain path that leads to the observatory, and you will reach the point of wellness. To be comforted by nature and find peace and health, that's the greatest happiness you can find at the Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve.

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

The 75㎢ wetland reserve is one of the five greatest coastal wetlands in the world. Especially spectacular is watching the sunset and migratory birds from the observatory. One of the prides is the largest reed field in the country, which is formed like a giant S. It is also home to 11 types of migratory birds, including the hooded crane, the white-naped crane and the stork, all of which are natural monuments. Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve is known to contain the most rare bird species worldwide, which is why visitors find their way to Suncheon non-stop.

INFORMATION

Suncheonman Bay National Garden

  • +82-1577-2013
  • 08:00~Sunset (Nov~Feb : 08:30~18:00, May~Sept : 08:30~20:00, Other periods : 08:30~19:00)
  • Sky cube KRW 8,000
    Experience program at the Traditional Korean Medicine Center from KRW 2,500

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

  • +82-61-749-6052
  • 08:00~Sunset (Check final entry time on the website)
  • Ticket for Suncheonman Bay National Garden & Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve KRW 8,000

The above information is valid as of March 2019

 

Suncheon is a space of healing. Walking through the vast reed fields and looking at the mudflat during sunset will give you comfort. Also, the fabulous gallery and vibrant night market will create precious memories for your trip.

[Day 1]Incheon International Airport 370 km, 4 hr and 20 min by airport railroad + subway + KTX + bus 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve 12 km, 34 min by bus + 5 min by foot Suncheon Culture Street 2 km, 10 min by bus Araetjang Night Market 5.2 km, 13 min by bus + 10 min by foot

[Day 2] 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Suncheon Bay National Garden 6.2 km, 39 min by bus Suncheon Filming Location

World-Recognized Ecological Treasure
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve

Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, one of the world’s five major coastal wetlands, is comprised of 5.4-km2 reed beds and 22.6-km2 mudflats. In winter, the wetlands are visited by rare migratory birds such as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, spoonbill, and whooper swan. In 2008, the area was designated as the country’s Scenic Spot No. 41. The highlight of Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve is its reed fields. Past the Mujingyo Bridge, the extended bed of golden reeds creates a magnificent view. The wooden trail, established through the reed beds, is wide enough for two people to walk on. Suncheon Bay’s signature S-shaped waterway can be seen from the Yongsan Observatory. From the suspension bridge at the end of the reed trail, you can reach the observatory by climbing a gentle slope wherein a wooden deck and a dirt road alternates along a 1-km stretch. The shiny, golden S-shaped waterway along with the red East Asian seepweed habitat under the glow of the setting autumn sun boasts an incredible view. If you board a boat at the dock under the Mujingyo Bridge, you can enjoy the wetlands more closely through the S-shaped waterway. There are also other attractions, including the Suncheon Bay Eco-Museum, an astronomical observatory, and the Sounds of Nature Experience Center.   513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-749-6052 / 8:00 a.m. – sunset / Adults: KRW 8,000; teenagers: KRW 6,000; children: KRW 4,000 (children under the age of 7 and seniors over the age of 65: free of charge, same day entrance to Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve included) / www.suncheonbay.go.kr

Stroll along Suncheon’s Insa-Dong Street
Suncheon Culture Street

The Culture Street refers to the 250-m stretch along Geumgok-gil from Jungang Junction. Dubbed as Suncheon’s Insa-dong, the street is filled with cultural facilities, including Suncheon Youth Training Center and Suncheon Media Center Dodream as well as beautiful galleries and quaint cafés.   28, Geumgok-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-749-4433

More Beautiful at Night
Araetjang Night Market

Located in Pungdeok-dong, Suncheon, Araetjang is the largest traditional market in the Honam area, which opens on days that end with 2 and 7 every month. The Araetjang Night Market is open every Friday and Saturday night. If it coincides with the day of the fifth-day market, the night market may open a bit later in the evening. The highlight of the night market is the variety of foods made with fresh ingredients from the land and sea such as flat dumplings, spicy noodles with grilled pork belly, and cube steak.   60, Jangpyeong-ro, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-741-3334 / Summer: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Winter: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. / aretjang.kr

No. 1 National Garden of Korea
Suncheon Bay National Garden

Tas Korea’s first national garden. Suncheon Bay National Garden is divided into the eastern and western sections with the Dream Bridge at the center. The park’s landmark Lake Garden and World Garden are in the east while the Korean Traditional Garden, Suncheon Bay WWT Wetland, and the station for SkyCube, an unmanned shuttle train running between Suncheon Bay National Garden and Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, are in the west side. Suncheon Bay National Garden’s landmark Lake Garden, located past the East Gate, was designed by world-famous landscape designer Charles Jencks. Next to this garden are French, Chinese, German, and Dutch gardens. To look around various gardens from around the world more comfortably, you can also use the sightseeing bus, which starts from the Kkumteul Garden and the Chinese Garden. The sightseeing bus takes about 25 minutes and costs KRW 3,000 for adults and KRW 2,000 for children. At the Oriental Medicine Center next to the Chinese Garden, visitors can determine their physical type through the shape of their fingerprints and the warmth of their hands. Here, they can also receive advice from an oriental medicine pharmacist on the foods and lifestyle that suit them best. In addition, the center runs hands-on programs such as an herbal foot bath, massage, and aromatherapy.   47, Gukgajeongwon 1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-1577-2013 / 8:00 a.m. – Sunset / Adults: KRW 8,000; teenagers: KRW 6,000; children: KRW 4,000 (children under the age of 7 and seniors over the age of 65: free of charge, same day entrance to Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve included) / garden.sc.go.kr

Be the Lead Star in Movies!
Suncheon Filming Location

This open filming location is comprised of three districts, each representing downtown Suncheon, daldongne (poor neighborhoods in uphill areas) in Seoul’s Bongcheon-dong, and a suburb of Seoul. To the right from the entrance is a replica of downtown Suncheon. Its streets mimic those from the 1950s to the 1970s and were recreated based on historical research. The area includes a music hall that blares disco music, Sunyang Theater, and a classroom of Bonghwa High School where visitors can try on school uniforms.   24, Biryegol-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-749-4003 / 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Adults: KRW 3,000; teenagers: KRW 2,000; children: KRW 1,000

TIP icon Travel Tips

Travel Economically with Unified Tickets

If you purchase a unified ticket, you can travel around Suncheon more economically. The unified ticket includes admission to six locations: Suncheon Bay National Garden, Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve, Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheon Filming Location, Nagan Folk Recreational Forest, and The Deep-Rooted Tree Museum. The prices are KRW 12,000 for adults, KRW 8,500 for teenagers, and KRW 5,500 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the booths of any of the six attractions and are valid for two days.

 

 

bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Explore Unique Villages of Suncheon
· Jogok-dong Railroad Village > 3 km > Maegok-dong Tammae Village > 3 km > Namje-dong Mural Village

· Jogok-dong Railroad Village 10-81, Jagyeong 1-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-1577-2013 · Maegok-dong Tammae Village 48-1, Maegok 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-1577-2013 · Namje-dong Mural Village 77, Useok-ro, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-1577-2013

Beautiful Scenic Tour of Suncheon
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve > 19 km > Suncheon Japanese Fortress > 15 km > Waon Beach

· Suncheon Japanese Fortress San 1, Sinseong-ri, Haeryong-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-749-6811 · Waon Beach 133, Waon-gil, Haeryong-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-1577-2013

Recommended Restaurants

· Jeonju Sandeul Cheonggukjang : rich soybean paste / 78, Palma 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-725-6447

· Daewon Restaurant : Korean table d'hote / 30-29, Jangcheon 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-744-3582

· Jeonmangdae Garden : spicy mudskipper stew / 261, Ilchul-gil, Byeollyang-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-742-9496

 

Recommended Accommodations

· Milano Motel : 5-15, Jangseonbaegi 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-723-4207

· Suncheon Guest House Nreem : 669, Gangbyeon-ro, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-10-9229-8917

· Suncheon Recreational Forest : 170, Cheongsonyeonsuryeonwon-gil, Seo-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / +82-61-749-8948