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Suncheon City Tour

Suncheonman Bay Ecological ParkPhoto: Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park

The city of Suncheon, well known as the ecological capital of Korea, offers dozens of attractions where people can really immerse themselves in ‘eco tourism,’ learning about a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched.

Start off your eco tour with Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, which has continuously earned global recognition for ecological values, and teaches about and inspires people to protect the wetlands and reed fields. On the other hand, the thousand-year-old heritage of Seonamsa Temple and Songgwangsa Temple make people stop their hurried traveling to take in the wonderful natural sceneries filling their backdrop.
Checking out one of Suncheon’s popular city tour itineraries listed below will make your trip and time much more worthwhile as it is not just a regular city tour; it is an ecotourism experience!

☞ Suncheon City Tour Course Itinerary

• Downtown Course (Tuesday-Friday)
- Meeting point: In front of Palma Gymnasium (09:40), Suncheon Station (10:00)
- Days of operation: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (except on New Year's Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
- Length of tour: 8 hours (09:40–17:40)
- Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Open Film Set → Sangsa Dam (Water Cultural Center) → Utjang Traditional Market (Culture Street) → Suncheon Bay GardenSuncheonman Bay Ecological Park → Suncheon Station
- Fare: Adults 13,500 won / Youth 10,500 won / Children 5,800 won
(※ Temporary discounts apply until July 31, 2015. Fare adjusted as Adults 10,500 won / Youth 8,000 won / Children 4,500 won)

• Downtown Course (Saturday-Sunday)
- Meeting point: In front of Palma Gymnasium (09:40), Suncheon Station (10:00)
- Days of operation: Saturdays and Sundays (except on New Year's Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
- Length of tour: 8 hours (09:40–17:40)
- Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Open Film Set → Bonghwasan Dulle-gil Trail → Araejang Traditional Market → Suncheon Bay GardenSuncheonman Bay Ecological Park → Suncheon Station
(※ Additional charge may apply when making detour via Naganeupseong Folk Village in case of rain.)
- Fare: Adults 13,500 won / Youth 10,500 won / Children 5,800 won
(※ Temporary discounts apply until July 31, 2015. Fare adjusted as Adults 10,500 won / Youth 8,000 won / Children 4,500 won)

• Seonamsa Temple Course
- Meeting point: In front of Palma Gymnasium (09:10), Suncheon Station (09:30)
- Days of operation: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays (except on New Year's Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
- Length of tour: 8.5 hours (09:10–17:40)
- Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Open Film SetNaganeupseong Folk VillagePpurigipeunnamu Museum Seonamsa TempleSuncheon Wild Tea House → Suncheon Station
- Fare: Adults 16,000 won / Youth 12,300 won / Children 7,900 won
(※ Temporary discounts apply until July 31, 2015. Fare adjusted as Adults 14,700 won / Youth 11,600 won / Children 7,550 won)

• Songgwangsa Temple Course
- Meeting point: In front of Palma Gymnasium (09:10), Suncheon Station (09:30)
- Days of operation: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays (except on New Year's Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
- Length of tour: 8.5 hours (09:10–17:40)
- Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Open Film SetNaganeupseong Folk VillagePpurigipeunnamu Museum Goindol (Dolmen) ParkSonggwangsa Temple → Suncheon Station
- Fare: Adults 14,800 won / Youth 10,300 won / Children 6,100 won
(※ Temporary discounts apply until July 31, 2015. Fare adjusted as Adults 13,500 won / Youth 9,600 won / Children 5,750 won)

• Night City Tour Course (Culture Tour Course)
- Meeting point: Suncheon Station (19:00) (※ Time is temporarily adjusted to 18:30 until July 18, 2015)
- Days of operation: Tuesdays-Sundays / 6 days per week (※ Dates are temporarily adjusted to Thursdays to Saturdays until July 18, 2015 / 3 days per week.)
- Length of tour: 3 hours (19:00–22:00) (※ Time is temporarily adjusted to 18:30-21:30 until July 18, 2015)
- Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Culture Street → Suncheon Bay Garden → Suncheon Bay Observatory → Suncheon Station
- Fare: Adults 9,000 won / Youth 7,000 won / Children 4,500 won

※ The fares include tourist attraction admission fees; however, lunch is not provided.
※ 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.)

Visitors Information

☞ Reservations and inquiries
New Sam-U Tour Agency: +82-61-742-5200 (Korean only)
Suncheon Tourist Information Center: +82-61-749-3107 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese / Language assistance service may vary depending on the day of the week.)
Suncheon City Hall: +82-61-749-5808 (Korean only)

☞ Online reservations: yeyak.suncheon.go.kr (Korean only)
-Reservations should be made in advance either online or over the phone. A Korean tour commentator will accompany each tour group, and brochures will be available in English, Japanese and Chinese.
-The tours are designed for individual travelers and cannot accommodate the registration of groups of 20 or more people.

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Suncheon Tourism: tour.suncheon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Major Tour Sites

Suncheon Open Film Location

Suncheon  Open Film Location

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.

Suncheon Open Film Location
☞ Website: tours.suncheon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Seonamsa Temple

Seonamsa Temple

A historic temple built over a thousand year 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.

Seonamsa Temple
☞ Website: www.seonamsa.net (Korean only)

Songgwangsa Temple

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.

Songgwangsa Temple
☞ Website: 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 nearly one 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.

Naganeupseong Folk Village
☞ Website: nagan.suncheon.go.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park

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.

Its 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.

Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park
☞ Website: www.suncheonbay.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Suncheon Bay Garden

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 is comprised of an arboretum, a wetland center, themed gardens, and a world garden zone displaying the gardening cultures of 11 different countries including England, Italy and the Netherlands. The garden's forest trail is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons with strolls amongst royal azaleas in spring or autumn foliage in fall.

Suncheon Bay Garden
☞ Website: www.scgardens.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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<Last updated on July 10, 2015>




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