[box_dark]Cheongsando Slow Walking Festival | 청산도슬로우걷기축제[/box_dark]
Cheongsando Slow Walking Festival 2013 will continue during the entire month of April on this island in Wando County, Jeollanam-do. The main program of the festival is to walk on the Cheongsando Slow Road, spanning over 42 kilometers on 11 trails. Cheongsando has a charming pastoral atmosphere; the barley fields are ringed by traditional stone walls, and visitors can stroll along muddled paths and gaze out over the spectacularly blue ocean. Visitors can also enjoy open-air concerts and sample “slow” food. Cheongsando is the ultimate escape from city life, allowing people to free their minds and enjoy life at a slower pace. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Wando is scenic and has ever-changing views of the islands scattered offshore, including Cheongsando.
The most famous dishes of this region contain freshly caught abalone, a local delicacy. Abalone can be eaten raw like sashimi or eaten with rice, vegetables, and other seafood, bibimbap style.
Ferries to Jejudo Island leave from the main town, Wando-eup.
Famous tourist attractions in Wando include filming sites of the TV drama Spring Waltz 봄의 왈츠 as well as Seopyeonje 서편제, Korea’s first movie to break the 1-million-viewers mark.
Flashy new motels have sprouted recently in Wando-eup, while minbak homestays are available in other smaller islets.
(Cheongsando, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do | 전남 완도군 청산도)
Take a KTX train or an express bus to Mokpo and transfer to a local bus bound for Wando. Total travel time exceeds 5 hours.