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Suncheon City Tour


Suncheon is quickly emerging as the ecological capital of Korea. Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park is a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched, earning it global recognition for its ecological value. Suncheon City Tour takes visitors to Suncheonman Bay to experience the wetlands and reed fields and to Seonamsa Temple and Songgwangsa Temple to bask in the temples' thousand-year-old heritage. Other stops on the journey include Naganeupseong Folk Village, the village of thatched-roof houses dating back to the Joseon Dynasty; Suncheon Open Film Set, where a number of popular Korean movies and dramas were filmed; and Suncheon Bay Garden. Suncheon City Tour is not just a regular city tour; it is an ecotourism experience.

Course Itinerary

• Downtown Course (Culture Tour Course)
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Seonamsa Temple → Suncheon Drama Set → Utjang (traditional market) → Culture Street → Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Bay Garden → Suncheon Station
Days of operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year's Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: 09:00–18:00 in front of Palma Gymnasium / (via) Suncheon Station 09:30–17:50
Fare: Adults 13,200 won / Youth 9,200 won / Children 5,100 won

•Downtown Course (Healing Course)
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Bonghwasan Dulle-gil Trail (Bonghwa Green Ville ~ Jukdobong Peak Cheongchun Tech-gil) → Utjang (traditional market) → Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Bay Garden → Suncheon Station
Days of Operation: Saturday, Sunday (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year' Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: 09:00–18:00 in front of Palma Gymnasium / (via) Suncheon Station 09:30–17:50
Fare: Adults 11,500 won, Youth 8,000 won, Children 4,300 won

• Seonamsa Course
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Seonamsa Temple → Naganeupseong Folk Village → Suncheon Bay Garden/ Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Station
Days of Operation: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year' Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: 08:40–18:00 in front of Palma Gymnasium / (via) Suncheon Station 09:00–17:50
Fare: Adults 14,700 won / Youth 10,200 won / Children 5,600 won

• Songgwangsa Course
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Songgwangsa Temple → Naganeupseong Folk Village → Suncheon Bay Garden/ Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Station
Days of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year' Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: 08:40–18:00 in front of Palma Gymnasium / (via) Suncheon Station 09:00– 17:50
Fare: Adults 15,500 won / Youth 10,500 won / Children 6,300 won

※ The fares include tourist attraction admission fees. Lunch is not included.
※ The above programs are subject to change depending on local circumstances (i.e. if festivals are included in the program, the daily tour course may change.)

Visitor Information

☞Reservations & Inquiries
New Sam-U Tour Agency: +82-61-742-5200 (Korean)
Suncheon Tourist Information Center: +82-61-749-3107 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Suncheon City Hall: +82-61-749-3328 (Korean)
☞Online Reservations
http://yeyak.suncheon.go.kr/yeyak/tour/07/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Reservations should be made in advance either online or over the phone. A Korean tour guide will accompany each tour group, and brochures will be available in English, Japanese and Chinese.
- The City Tour is available for individual travelers, but cannot accommodate the registration of groups of 10 or more. The tour will not operate if there are less than 5 participants.
☞1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞Suncheon Tourism Homepage: http://tour.suncheon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tour Sites

Suncheon Open Film Set


The popular Korean dramas “Love and Ambition” and “East of Eden”, as well as the Korean movie “Sunny,” were filmed in Suncheon. The filming location spans an area approximately 39,600㎡ and includes over 200 buildings and streets built to recreate Korean life in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Take a trip back in time with a stroll down the 60s-themed 'downtown Suncheon' or a walk around 'Seoul' as it was in the 1980s.

☞ Go to Suncheon Open Film Set
☞ Official Site: http://scdrama.sc.go.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Seonamsa Temple


A historic temple built nearly 1,200 years ago, Seonamsa is treasured for its beautiful forest trail and rainbow-shaped Seungseongyo Bridge. In order to minimize impact on the environment and to blend in better with the trees, the temple was built in three separate sections of the forest instead of being integrated into one large building. The wooded path that weaves throughout the temple grounds is truly breathtaking, with rare pine trees over 200 years old growing almost horizontally. Located just around the corner from the temple is a wild green tea field along with a tea center housed in a traditional hanok where visitors can learn proper green tea drinking etiquette.

☞ Go to Seonamsa Temple
☞ Official Site: http://www.seonamsa.net/ (Korean)

Songgwangsa Temple


Songgwangsa is one of the three most important temples in Korea. The temple contains all the facilities needed to train monks in the ways of Buddha and has produced 16 guksas (the highest rank in Buddhism, a title reserved only for the most highly esteemed monks). The sheer width of Daeungjeon (main building) gives one the impression of grandeur, a feeling further enhanced by the many paintings illustrating the teachings of Buddha and highlighting his achievements. Uhwagak Pavilion at the entrance is considered particularly beautiful for the striking harmony between its arched bridge, columns, and the surrounding environment.

☞ Go to Songgwangsa Temple
☞ Official Site: http://songgwangsa.org/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Naganeupseong Folk Village


Dating from the Joseon Era (1392-1910), Naganeupseong Village boasts a fortress, a dongheon (central building in which local authorities conducted public affairs), a gaeksa (guesthouse for local and foreign public officials) and thatched-roof houses preserved in their original state. Today, about 280 people still live in about a hundred households and visitors are invited into several residences to experience hands-on programs exploring pansori singing and wooden craft making. Naganeupseong is the last remaining walled-city in Korea. The entire 1,410-meter-long fortress wall remains intact, giving visitors the unique opportunity to take a walk along the top and get a spectacular view of the village down below.

☞ Go to Naganeupseong Folk Village
☞ Official Site: http://nagan.suncheon.go.kr/nagan/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park


Ranking among the world's top five wetlands, Suncheonman Bay stretches along a 40-kilometer coastline. In 2006, it became the first wetland in Korea to be included on the Ramsar List for worldwide recognition and ecological preservation. Its vast reed fields are unique in their beauty and mystique. The Ecology Park has a Natural Ecology Center where guests can learn about the formation of the wetland and the rare birds that inhabit it, and walk along a path to view the reed fields up close. An hour's walk to the Yongsan Observatory will reveal the bay's beautiful waterways and the splendid golden fields of reeds.

* What is the Ramsar Convention?
The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands and their resources. The full name of the convention is the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat." The convention was signed by 18 countries in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971. Today, 162 countries adhere to the convention.

☞ Go to Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park
☞ Official Site: http://www.suncheonbay.go.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Suncheon Bay Garden


Suncheon Bay Garden was the venue of the International Garden Exposition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013, an eco-friendly exhibition displaying various garden culture technologies. The garden comprises an arboretum, a wetland center, themed gardens, and a world garden zone displaying the gardening cultures of countries including England, Italy and the Netherlands. The forest trail in the garden is the place to enjoy the changing seasons with strolls amongst royal azaleas in spring or autumn foliage in fall.

☞ Go to Suncheon Bay Garden
☞ Official Site: http://www.scgardens.or.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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<Last updated, April 16, 2014>




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