Visitors descend upon the exceedingly pleasant southwestern town of Suncheon to appreciate the beauty of Suncheon Bay, one of Korea’s best-loved stretches of wetland. The ecological park is surrounded by mudflats and thickly growing reeds and is home to about 200 types of migrant birds and 120 types of salt plants. The sunset here is a favorite of local photographers and not to be missed. In early November, the bay also hosts the Suncheon Bay Reeds Festival. October is also your last chance to check out the Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013. The expo explores the ideal future city through green industry development, sustainable garden development, and electronic transportation. The exhibition is divided into three areas: the main exposition venue, the International Wetlands Center, and gardens with various themes. The 5.2-kilometer rapid transit system will connect the main expo venue alongside the waters down to Suncheon Bay.
EAT> Like any other location in the Jeolla region, Suncheon boasts a rich and diverse culinary tradition based on its fertile lands and abundant marine products. You cannot afford to miss Suncheon’s specialty—yeomso tteokgalbi (grilled marinated goat meat).
Naganeupseong Folk Village is a must-see while in Suncheon. About 100 families still reside within the fortress walls, offering a glimpse of southern Korea’s bygone lifestyle.
Go hiking on Mt. Jogyesan (884 m) and explore its two famous temples—Seonamsa and Songgwangsa.
There are plenty of tourist motels and youth hostels throughout Suncheon. Jjimjilbang saunas also provide a cheap overnight sleeping spot.
T. 1577-2013, www.2013expo.or.kr
Jeolla KTX trains depart from Yongsan Station and take 3-plus hours to get there.