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Eco Tour of Suncheon

  • Tag History Tour
  • Date08/26/2019
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Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

Life can get busy fast! Sometimes you just need to stop and smell the roses, or in the case of Suncheon, the sea! There is no better time than the present to visit Suncheon, as 2019 has been designated as Visit Suncheon Year. Put your trust in Suncheon, and the natural environment will take care of all your relaxation needs!

Tip) Save BIG with the Suncheon Integrated Ticket!

The Suncheon Integrated Ticket allows admission to six of the city’s main attractions at a discounted price. The attractions included are Suncheonman Bay National Garden, Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve, Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheon Open Filming Location, Ppurigipeunnamu Museum, and Suncheon Recreational Forest. Tickets are valid for two days and can only be purchased on-site. Prices are 12,000 won for adults, 8,500 won for teenagers and 5,500 won for children.

Touring Suncheon

Suncheon Open Filming Location

Suncheon Open Film Location

Suncheon Open Filming Location is a must for fans of Korean dramas and films, especially those set in the recent past. The film set is a faithful recreation of city life in Korea during the 1950s-1970s, and has appeared in many movies to date. You can choose the standard tour course or make your trip more eventful by participating in activities. The set is largely divided into the three sections of downtown Suncheon, Seoul’s Byeondu-ri neighborhood, and Bongcheon-dong Moon Village on the hilltop. The filming set also serves popular snacks like jeon (pancakes) and makgeoli (rice wine) if you’re feeling hungry as you tour.

Tip) Recommended courses

Because the filming set is so large, it’s a good idea to plan before visiting.

  • - Site focused: Memory Music Room (Gogo Stage) → Sunyang Theater → Memory Hall (uniform rental) → Moon Village → House of Promise → Marketplace → Time Travel
  • - Experience focused: Time Travel → Marketplace → Memory hall (uniform rental) → Sunyang Theater → Memory Music Room (Gogo Stage) → Woodcraft studio
Suncheon Open Filming Location
  • ☞ Address: 24, Biryegol-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 비례골길 24)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 670 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Drama Filming Set Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 670 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Drama Filming Set Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:00)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won
  • ☞ Main programs: Memory Music Room (Gogo Stage), Sunyang Theater (Film showings, performances), Time Travel (exhibition of filming props)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-749-4543 (Korean only)
    * For English guided tour, call +82-61-749-5810 at least one day in advance.

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

The highlight of Suncheon is rightly Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve. The bay is the perfect example of how nature and people can fit together beautifully and mutually beneficially. A simple walk along the wooden decks placed throughout the fields of reeds is all it takes to feel a sense of peace with the world. The reeds are also the perfect backdrop for photos!

In addition to the walking paths, you can also learn about the local ecosystem at Suncheon Bay Eco-Museum. Bird watch in the day or view stars at the Observatory at night, and take in the perfectly curvy stream from Yongsan Observation Deck. For mementos, don’t forget to stop by the Craft & Local Products Hall before leaving.

Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve
  • ☞ Address: 513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 순천만길 513-25)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: October-January 08:00-17:00 / February 08:00-17:30 / March & September 08:00-18:00 / April 08:00-18:30 / May-August 08:00-19:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers 6,000 won / Children 4,000 won
  • ☞ Main programs: Morning boat tour, Starlight observatory experience, guided tour of Eco-Museum, etc.
    * Schedule and availability of programs may vary; inquire in advance
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-749-6052 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Website: www.suncheonbay.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Suncheonman Bay National Garden

Suncheonman Bay National Garden

Suncheonman Bay National Garden was created in 2013 as the venue for the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea. The garden is the acme of gardening culture and business in Korea, and is the most visited Suncheon attraction among international visitors. The garden is vast, so it’s a good idea to select the sections you would like to visit beforehand. The most popular areas are Lake Garden, Dream Bridge, Sharing Forest, Dutch Garden, and Korean Traditional Garden. Be sure to stop by the gift shop near the West Gate for beautiful souvenir items, ranging from scarves and hats to dishes.

Suncheonman Bay National Garden
  • ☞ Addresses
    - Wetland Center: 47, Gukgajeongwon1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 국가정원1호길 47)
    - East Gate: 162-11, Gukgajeongwon1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 국가정원1호길 162-11)
    - West Gate: 7, Gukgajeongwon1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 국가정원 1호길 7)
  • ☞ Directions (Wetland Center)
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 66 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bay National Garden Bus Stop and walk for approx. 10 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 670 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bay National Garden Bus Stop and walk for approx. 1 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: November-February 08:30-18:00 / March-April & October 08:30-19:00 / May-September 08:30-20:00
    * Last admission 1 hour before closing
    * Guided tours available in English, Japanese, and Chinese at 10:00, 14:00 & 16:00; limited to 20 people per session, reservations available online (garden.sc.go.kr)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers 6,000 won / Children 4,000 won
    * Tram: 3,000 won (Boarding points: Gumteul Garden / Chinese Garden)
    * Sky Cube:
    - Round-trip: Adults 8,000 won / Children 6,000 won / Groups (30+ people) 7,200 won
    - One-way: Adults 6,000 won / Children 5,000 won / Groups (30+ people) 5,400 won
  • ☞ Main programs: Garden Running Man, Garden Craft School, Neurimbo Mail Box, etc.
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-1577-2013 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
  • ☞ Website: http://garden.sc.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Culture Street

Culture Street

Suncheon is as famous for arts as it is for nature. Artists from various regions have gathered in Hyang-dong neighborhood, creating Culture Street. The area is filled with galleries, exhibition rooms, studios and shops. Guided tours of the area are available for international visitors at Seomun Information Center. You can also tour the cafés and shops on your own, if you prefer.

Culture Street
  • ☞ Address: 19, Geumgok-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 금곡길 19)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 14, 52, 59, 67, or 71 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 20 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 14, 52, 59, 71, or 99 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Jungang Market Bus Stop and walk for approx. 15 min
  • ☞ Major shops: Sonyo Leather Studio, Osaek Studio, Olive Green, etc.

Youth Store

Youth Store

Youth Store is a trending multi-complex of shops and restaurants operated by young business owners in Suncheon. Located within a converted Nonghyup storage facility, the first floor features a ring of restaurants selling everything from international cuisine to sweet desserts. Seating can be found throughout the central area, either at long tables or on the wide staircase to the second floor. The second floor is dedicated to shops selling uniquely crafted items such as soaps, jewelry, and leather accessories.

Youth Store
  • ☞ Address: 34, Yeokjeon-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 역전길 34)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Walk for approx. 10 min toward Yeokjeon Street
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Walk for approx. 20 min toward Jangcheon 3-gil
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:30-22:00, Closed Mondays
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-746-9697 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Social channels
    - Facebook: www.facebook.com/youthstoresuncheon (Korean only)
    - Instagram: @youthstore_sc (Korean only)

Eating & Shopping in Suncheon

Kkomak jeongsik

Kkomak & ganjang gejang

Suncheon has a very pure environment, which is evidenced by the quality of seasonal ingredients used in the food here. The best way to taste what Suncheon has to offer is by trying a set meal, such as kkomak jeongsik (set meal with cockles). This meal comes with both cockles and sweet ganjang gejang (soy-marinated crabs).

Jjangttungeo tang

Jjangttungeo tang

Jjangddungeo (mudskippers) can easily be found in mudflats with a clean environment, and are commonly eaten in the southern regions of Korea. One of the most common dishes using this fish is jjangddeungeo tang (spicy mudskipper stew). The dish is prepared by boiling mudskippers to broth before adding soybean paste, chili peppers, leeks, and summer squash. This dish is a must when visiting Suncheon, and can be made spicier by adding Cheongyang chili peppers, considered the hottest peppers grown in Korea.

Suncheonman 1beon-ga
  • ☞ Address: 520, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 순천만길 520)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Suncheonman Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 07:30-21:00
  • ☞ Signature menus: A Course (Kkomak jeongsik + gejang jeongsik + jjangttungeo tang) 24,000 won / Special kkomak jeongsik 17,000 won / Kkotgejang jeongsik 17,000 won / Jjangttungeo tang 11,000 won / Kkomak bibimbap 10,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-745-2100 (Korean only)

Signature Suncheon gifts

Mudskipper ocarina (top, credit: Studio Mud & Fire, Jirisan Story), goods from Simda Books (left, credit: Samda Books) & fresh strawberry mochi (right)

The best way to remember a special trip is through unique souvenirs that can only be found in that location. For Suncheon, this can be best represented through the mudskipper and hooded crane ocarinas created by Studio Mud & Fire, Jirisan Story. The mudskipper ocarina is faithfully crafted to resemble a real mudskipper, even down to the size. The hooded crane ocarina is designed with the coloring of these local birds. Both ocarinas can be found at Studio Mud & Fire, Jirisan Story, as well as at gift shops of major attractions such as Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve and Naganeupseong Folk Village. For special foods, pick up a box of Suncheon’s signature snack, chewy chapssal tteok (sticky rice cakes). Suncheon Ttalgi Mochi has hooded crane chapssal tteok as well as fresh strawberry mochi.

For special items created by local artists, head to Simda Books, a locally operated bookshop at Yeokjeon Market in front of Suncheon Station. Popular gift items found here include photo postcards and candles. The candles in particular make wonderful mementos, imprinted with scenes of the beauty found at Suncheonman Bay National Garden. Another shop that is currently trending is Yuikan Shop, meaning useful shop in Korean. This store sells fair-trade and upcycled items in an effort to improve lives and the environment. If you prefer shopping like a local, visit the markets and grocers to pick up regional products such as crab and mudskipper bread, laver chips, bay salt, and more.

BEST 5 souvenirs of Suncheon
Item Sales location
Mudskipper & Hooded crane ocarinas Studio Mud & Fire, Jirisan Story
Gift shops at major attractions
Fresh strawberry mocha & Hooded crane chapssal tteok Suncheonman Ttalgi Mochi
Postcards & magnets Simda Books, Yuikan Shop, Siseon Factory, etc.
Regional products (laver chips, reed snacks, etc.) Local marts
Sunkot salt, Sunkot glasswort extract Miga Food
Studio Mud & Fire, Jirisan Story
  • ☞ Address: 27, Yu-dong 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 유동2길 27)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 59 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Kookmin Bank Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Take Bus No. 99-1 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Kookmin Bank Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-10-3642-8736 (Korean only)
Suncheonman Ttalgi Mochi
  • ☞ Address: 524, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 대대동 순천만길 524)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Take Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Station Bus Stop to Seopyeon Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Bus No. 66 or 67 from Suncheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Seopyeon Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-20;00
  • ☞ Signature menus: Strawberry mochi 2,500 won / Hooded crane chapssal tteok 2,500 won / Cream cheese & strawberry mochi 3,500 won / Mayak mochi 3,000 won / Yaki mocha 2,500 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-746-8824 (Korean only)
Simda Books
  • ☞ Address: 10, Yeokjeon 2-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 역전2길 10)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Walk for approx. 10 min toward Yeokjeon Street
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Walk for approx. 15 min toward Jangcheon 3-gil
  • ☞ Operating hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00 / Saturday 10:00-20:00
    * Closed Sunday-Monday
  • ☞ Signature products: Suncheon photo postcard 1,000 won / Suncheonman eco badge 6,000 won / Suncheonman candle holder 25,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-61-741-4792 (Korean only)
  • ☞ Instagram: @simdabooks (Korean only)
Yuikan Shop
  • ☞ Address: 77, Yeokjeon-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 순천시 역전길 77)
  • ☞ Directions
    - From Suncheon Station: Walk for approx. 10 min toward Yeokjeon Street
    - From Suncheon Bus Terminal: Walk for approx. 20 min toward Jangcheon 3-gil
  • ☞ Operating hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00-18:00 / Saturday 13:00-18:00
    * Closed Sunday-Monday
  • ☞ Signature products: Fair-trade basket 35,000 won / Fair-trade chocolate 3,000 won / Quilted owl doll 7,000 won
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-10-2830-0027 (Korean only)
More Info
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in May 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.