Step Back In Time At Suncheon (순천)

Suncheon is a city in the South Jeolla Province. Known for its scenic landscape, it is a popular travel destination for Koreans from all over the country. It is also one of the bigger cities in the South Jeolla province, and hence if you are planning to stay overnight in Suncheon, it should be fairly easy to find a guesthouse.

The most famous attraction in Suncheon is the Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, the world’s 5th biggest tideland. It also has the widest reed bed in the whole of Korea. It is also home to many diverse species of animals, such as the hooded crane, sea gull, white stork, black-faced spoonbill and eastern great egret. You can walk along the walkway from the entrance all the way across the reed field to the foot of the Yongsan Mountain, where there is an observatory at the top to catch the sunset. It takes about 30 minutes to climb up the mountain so do make your way there beforehand!

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The Suncheon Bay Ecological Park.
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Walking through the reed bed.
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Couples everywhere.
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Sea of gold.
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Golden hour is selfie time.
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Watching the sun set atop the highest point of Mt. Yongsan.
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The winter sun setting.

Besides the Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park, another must-go place in Suncheon is the Suncheon Open Film Location. If you are a fan of Korean dramas, you may probably have seen certain scenes of how life was like for Koreans in the past. If you are wondering where you could find these old vintage streets and houses then look no further! Used as an actual filming site for popular Korean dramas such as “East of Eden”, “Love and Ambition” etc, the Suncheon Open Filming Location recreates Korean life in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. You can also rent a Korean uniform of the past for as low as 2,000KRW to take plenty of pretty pictures around the filming site!

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On our way into the drama filming site.
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By the way those two girls spoke we guessed they were probably not from Suncheon.
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Some of the dramas that were filmed here.
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Entering the site.
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The 80s saw an influx of western culture and ideas into Korea.
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A recreated electronics store from the 80s.
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A snacks stall where you can make your own sweets.
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Koreans in vintage school uniforms goofing around.
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Korean boys in their marine school uniforms.
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A popular spot for taking selfies, with the flowers in full bloom and vintage house in the background.

Walk further in and you will find yourself arriving at the second attraction site – a recreated housing estate of the 80s.

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A pretty grand view isn’t it.
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New vs old.
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Come down and explore Suncheon today!

Suncheon is easily accessibly by train or bus. The high speed rail runs from Seoul to Suncheon daily, as well as express bus services from the Express Bus Terminal Station located near Gangnam.

How to get to Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park:

From Suncheon Station:

  • Bus 66, 67. Approximately 40 minutes.
  • Taxi, roughly 10,000KRW. Approximately 20 minutes.

How to get to Suncheon Open Drama Filming Location:

From Suncheon Station:

  • Bus 77, 99-1. Approximately 25 minutes.
  • Taxi, roughly 6,000KRW. Approximately 10 minutes.

Besides the major cities of Busan, Gwangju, Daegu, Daejeon etc, Suncheon offers a breath of fresh air to visitors seeking to bask in the scenic views that southern Korea has to offer. Transportation around the city is fast and convenient, and there are also plenty of accomodation options located near Suncheon Station. For travellers seeking an adventure in the South Jeolla province, Suncheon is a definite must-go stop in your trip!

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