Many people say that the Suncheon Wetlands Reserve is a must-see destination in Korea. After finally going, I can understand why it has the reputation it does. Today I’ll share with you my trip to Suncheonman Garden and Suncheon Wetlands Reserve!
Suncheonman Bay National Garden
I started my trip at Suncheonman Bay National Garden. The garden is very large and divided into East and West zones, connected by the Dream Bridge. The garden contains plant life native to countries from all over the world including Korea, China, France, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Suncheonman Bay National Garden has been dubbed Korea’s No.1 National Greenspace!
The garden is huge. Make sure you designate plenty of time to explore and relish the beauty of it properly. Throughout the garden, you can find intricate greenery sculptures. One of the highlights of the garden is Bonghwa Hill.
Bonghwa Hill consists of interesting structures, reminiscent of matcha cakes. Although the garden is big, there are plenty of convenience stores and restrooms dotted around so you can stop to rest and use the facilities whenever you like.
I recommend that you start your tour at the East Gate, especially if you are planning to take the Sky Cube over to the Wetlands afterward. The Sky Cube station is in the West Zone, so if you start from the East, you won’t have to walk all the way back to the start!
Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve
The wetlands are located approximately 5km from the garden. Which, is a bit too much of a hike after exploring the gardens. But, not to worry! You can take the Sky Cube.
The Sky Cube consists of futuristic, cube-shaped cars that take you along a railway stretching the entire length of a stunning valley. Not only is it a great way to snap some beautiful shots of the landscape, but it’ll get you where you need to go with minimal effort!
From the garden, the endpoint of the sky cube was the Suncheon Literature Museum. You need to walk a little further to reach the wetlands, but you can stop at the museum along the way. Unfortunately, it was closed on the day of my visit, so I just took some photos of the outside.
Once I had reached the wetland I was captivated by its beauty. Honestly, I wish I had more time to look around. It looked like the perfect place to relax and find someplace lovely to read a book. The gentle breeze that swirled around me, rustling the grass was like something out of a dream.
Sadly I did not have much time to explore the wetlands. So I just headed towards the Observatory, which gives the best view of the wetlands. The observatory is perhaps one of the best places in Korea to watch the sunset. Sadly on the day, I visited it was cloudy so I could not see the sunset at its best. However, the view itself was splendid.
Sky Cube Tip
If you are planning to ride a sky cube to wetlands, don’t buy round-trip tickets. I regretted buying a round-trip ticket because I did not use it for my return trip.
Firstly, the sky cube station is a little far away from the wetlands, and trust me you do not want to walk back to the station after hiking up to the observatory. I suggest you take a bus from the exit of the wetlands back.
Secondly, the last sky cube back to the garden is at 7 PM. So, if you plan to watch the sunset you probably won’t be able to get back in time.
Suncheon Bay National Garden & Wetlands Address: 47 Gukgajeongwon 1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, South Jeolla (Jeonnam-do) Korean Address:전남 순천시 순천만길 513-25 Operating Hours: 8:30am - 6:00pm (Nov - Feb); - 7:00pm (Mar - Apr, Oct); - 8:00pm (May - Sep) last entry 1 hour before closure Website: scbay.suncheon.go.kr
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