Suncheon is quickly emerging as the ecological capital of Korea. Suncheonman Bay and its surrounding areas is a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched and is globally recognized for its ecological value. Suncheon City Tour takes visitors to Suncheonman Bay to experience the wetlands and reed fields and Seonamsa Temple and Songgwangsa Temple 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.
• Downtown Course
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Church History Museum / Hanggyo (Confucian School) / Gongmadang Dulle-gil Trail → Utjang (traditional market) → Ppurigipeunnamu (Deep Rooted Tree) Museum / Naganeupseong Folk Village → Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Station
Days of Operation: Every day (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year' Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: In front of Palma Gymnasium 09:30 - 17:30 / (via) Suncheon Station 09:50 - 17:20 Fare: Adults 10,300 won, Youth 7,200 won, Children 3,800 won
• Seonamsa Course
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Seonamsa Temple → Ppurigipeunnamu (Deep Rooted Tree) Museum / Naganeupseong Folk Village → Suncheonman Bay → Suncheon Station
Days of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday (except on New Year's Day, Lunar New Year' Day, and Chuseok)
Hours of Operation: In front of Palma Gymnasium 09:30 - 17:30 / (via) Suncheon Station 09:50 - 17:20 Fare: Adults 12,000 won / Youth 8,400 won / Children 4,600 won
• Songgwangsa Course
Itinerary: Suncheon Station → Suncheon Drama Set → Songgwangsa Temple → Ppurigipeunnamu (Deep Rooted Tree) Museum / Naganeupseong Folk Village → 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: In front of Palma Gymnasium 09:30 - 17:30 / (via) Suncheon Station 09:50 - 17:20 Fare: Adults 12,800 won / Youth 8,700 won / Children 5,300 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.)
☞Reservations & Inquiries
New Sam-U Tour Agency: +82-61-742-5200 (Korean)
Suncheon Tourist Information Center: +82-61-749-3107 (Korean)
Suncheon City Hall: +82-61-749-3328 (Korean, Chinese)
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)
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.
A historic temple built nearly 1,200 years ago, Seonamsa is treasured for its beautiful wooded road and rainbow-shaped Seungseongyo Bridge. In order to minimize the temple's impact on the environment and 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.
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.
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.
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 to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands. 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.
Last updated on October 23, 2013