Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) Damyang
Today we reached Damyang to take in the magnificent bamboo forest, also called Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden). Seonginsan Mountain was transformed into Juknokwon. With various paths going through the forest, the 1 hour walk seems a bit too short to really explore the place.
We left the bamboos and visited another part of the Damyang where Metosequoia Trees lined a dirt road that provided a very unique backdrop for some show stopping portraiture.
Our Lunch Special Mention: Restaurant ‘Bakmulgwuan Apjib’
With Damyang full of bamboo it is inevitable that we will have something that has got to do something with lunch. So here we have the most famous restaurant that has serves Presidents and celebrities alike with their oh so fragrant bamboo rice. Superb!!
Suncheon – Naganeupseong Folk Village
This is the second cultural themed village after Yongin’s Korea Folk Village that we have visited. Unlike the former, this is the place where there are real residents wearing traditional Hanboks for their daily chores so it really lends a sense of realism and authenticity to the place. Here you don’t have modern shops you would see at Jeonju Hanok Village as the houses here are representative of typical farmers’ abode as opposed to the city dwellings at Jeonju. So yes this is as real as it gets and it is to me a better alternative to Yongin’s version if you can take to time to travel south.
Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park (Field of Reeds)
For the nature lovers, this is the place to be where you can capture nature at its best. Suncheon has nature in abundance especially in Suncheon Bay where you can capture Hooded Crane, Spoonbill and Oyster catcher if you are into birding. We arrived at the Bay when it was pouring rain again but it eases up at last and presented us the very first sunset of the whole trip where I snapped the most memorable shot of the whole trip no thanks to the wet weather.