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Suncheon City Tour
 
Suncheon is quickly emerging as the ecological capital of Korea. Suncheonman Bay and its surrounding area is a natural ecosystem that has remained almost completely untouched and is globally recognized for its ecological value. The Suncheon City Tour takes visitors to Suncheonman Bay to experience the wetlands and reed fields and Seonamsa and Songgwangsa 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.  
Visitor Information
☞ Features
* Suncheon City and Eco Tours are led by Korean guides.
* Guidebooks are available in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
* City Tours are not available to tour groups of 10 or more people.
* Maximum number of Eco Tour participants: 20 people


☞ Tour Schedules:
- City Tour: Monday - Friday (Daily tour, 09:50-17:30)
- Eco Tour: Saturday - Sunday (Overnight tour)
* No tours on New Year, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok (Thanksgiving) holidays

☞ Departure Points:
- City Tour: Tourist Information Center at Suncheon Station
- Eco Tour: Palma Gymnasium (팔마체육관) at 13:00, Suncheon Station at 13:30

☞ Fares
(Adult fares; Bus fares & tourist site admission fees included. Lunch not included.)
City Tour Course 1 (Mon) 12,000 won
Course 2 (Tue) 10,300 won
Course 3 (Wed) 9,500 won
Course 4 (Thu) 10,300 won
Course 5 (Fri) 10,800 won
Eco Tour  Overnight Course
(Saturday-Sunday)
17,600 won
Additional charges
- Accommodation: 55,000 won per room (4-5 people per room)
- Eco-friendly farm village meal 16,000 won for 2 people
- Godeulbbaegi (고들빼기; Lettuce kimchi) making program 15,000 won
- Natural dyeing program 6,000 won

☞ Reservations (required) & Inquiries:

- Phone:
Suncheon Tourist Information Center +82-61-749-3107 (Korean)
Suncheon City Hall +82-61-749-3328 (Korean, Chinese)
New Sam-U Tour Agency +82-61-742-5200 (Korean)
- Online: http://tour.suncheon.go.kr/ (Korean)

☞ Suncheon Tourism Homepage: http://tour.suncheon.go.kr (Korean, English)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-61-1330 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

** Itinerary: Suncheon Station (departing at 09:50, returning at 17:30)

Daily City Tour Courses
Course 1 (Mon):
Suncheon Open Film Set → Songgwangsa Temple → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheonman Bay
Course 2 (Tue):
Suncheon Open Film Set → Suncheon City Deep Rooted Tree Museum → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheonman Bay
Course 3 (Wed):
Suncheon Open Film Set → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheonman Bay → Culture Street
Course 4 (Thu):
Suncheonman Bay → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheon City Deep Rooted Tree Museum → Suncheon Open Film Set
Course 5 (Fri):
Suncheon Open Film Set → Seonamsa Temple → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheonman Bay → (Culture Street)
※ Daily Courses are subject to change depending on local circumstances (i.e. festivals, etc.).

Overnight Eco Tour Course
Day 1 (Sat): Suncheon Expo Station → Suncheon Open Film Set → Suncheonman Bay → Accommodation (Gaerangi Village)
Day 2 (Sun): Gaerangi Village → Naganeupseong Fortress → Suncheon City Deep Road Tree Museum → Seomamsa Temple → (Culture Street - optional) → Suncheon Expo Station (arriving at 16:20)
※ Culture Street is an optional stop; the Eco Tour ends at Culture Street for those who get off.


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. From the hilltop of a Seoul-styled residential area from the 1970s, it's easy to see the stark contrast of today's modern cityscape looming as a backdrop against the 'old-styled' houses of only a few decades ago.
☞ Go to Suncheon Open Film Set
☞ Official Site: http://scdrama.sc.go.kr/ (Korean)

Seonamsa Temple
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.
☞ 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://www.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://www.nagan.or.kr/ (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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


Last updated in March, 2012




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