The curve of Suncheon that captivated me – Travel News

Suncheon is soft with no corners.
There he met four curves.
This is the story of the curves of Suncheon that captivated me.

Gangseonru is crammed into the arch of the boarding bridge.

Quiet curves of a thousand-year contemplation
Seonamsa Temple

There is no need to be intimidated by the 1km-long forest path that leads to Suncheon Seonamsa Temple. The Jogyesan forest that embraces Seonamsa provides a rich tree tunnel, and the small valley on the other side of the road simply becomes a companion. Even at a slow pace, it takes 20 to 30 minutes, so you should regret the shortness rather than the effort. This is especially true as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only prime forest of the Taego Order, which together with the Jogye Order, form the two major mountain ranges of Korean Buddhism.

Seonamsa Temple Daeungjeon and three-story stone pagoda
Seonamsa Temple Daeungjeon and three-story stone pagoda

Before reaching Seonamsa, we first met a more famous scenery than Seonamsa. It is an arched stone rainbow bridge. It is also called ‘the most beautiful bridge in Korea’. Could it have been designated as Treasure No. 400 for nothing? The Seongseon Bridge itself is full of charm, but there is another highlight. This is the view of the pavilion Gangseonru being embraced in the curve of the arch of the Seongseon Bridge. If you go down to the valley and look up at the Seongseon Bridge, you can see that Gangseonru is hugged in a soft curve of the arch, which is neither more nor less. It is the gentle curve of Suncheon.

It is said that Seonamsa Temple was first built under the name of Haecheonsa by Hwasang Ado in the 5th year of King Seongwang (527) of Baekje, and it is said that Seonamsa was founded by Doseonguksa in the 9th century during the Unified Silla period. It is also famous as a temple that operates tea gardens, and it is believed that it started when Doseon Guksa planted tea trees around Iljumun during the Unified Silla period. Although it was not at that time, there are still many wild tea trees in front of Iljumun Gate. There are also traces of Doseon Guksa. It is a small pond in front of Iljumun Gate. It is said that it was built by Doseon Guksa. It is a unique structure with a small island in an oval pond, and it is said that it expresses the Buddhist thought that ‘everything has changed, nothing remains, and there is nothing that can be called me, so knowing this will lead to nirvana’. Maybe that’s why, the trio was like a universe.

When you pass through Iljumun, which is full of the old-fashioned charm of a thousand-year-old temple, you will find the Daeungjeon Hall of Seonamsa Temple and the two three-story stone pagodas built in the late Silla period. Behind Daeungjeon Hall, large and small pavilions form Seonamsa Temple, and trees such as someiyoshino cherry blossoms and plum trees nestled between the pavilions also add to the charm of Seonamsa Temple. In particular, the red plum on the wall of Gakhwangjeon and the white plum on the back of the wall of Wonneungjeon are famous enough to be designated as natural monuments. This is the reason to visit again in spring when the cherry blossoms are flying and the red and white plum blossoms are in full bloom.

Gentle and gentle within the walls
Nagan Eupseong Village

Climbing up the fortress wall, it is lovely to see the dense thatched roof. Suncheon Nagan-eupseong Folk Village. Nagan-eupseong Fortress is a wall with a total length of 1,420m built on a wide plain, 4m high and 3~4m wide. When the Japanese invaded in 1397, the first Toseong Fortress was built, and it is said that the present Seokseong was rebuilt when Im Gyeong-eop, a famous general of Joseon, took office as Nagan-gun in 1626. It surrounds three villages, Dongnae and Seonae, and even now, about 100 households are actually living there. Many locals welcome tourists to guesthouses, tea houses, and experience facilities.

Fortress wall pavilion in Nagan-eupseong Village
Fortress wall pavilion in Nagan-eupseong Village

I enjoyed the panoramic view of the village while walking along the fortress wall road. The road to the fortress wall is quite wide enough for three or four adults to walk side by side, but be careful as it is quite high enough to cause serious injury if it falls. It’s quite high, so it’s perfect for admiring the townscape. A friendly village landscape spreads out inside the fortress wall, and rice fields and fields are connected outside. Most of the village houses have thatched roofs and require regular thatch roofing. At the same time, the villagers are replacing the thatch house with a new one. I looked around for a long time, thankful that I could see this kind of scenery here or anywhere.

A house that reproduces the old prison house
A house that reproduces the old prison house

There are several courses to travel to Nagan-eupseong, but we do not forget to stop by Bingi-deung Hill, the highest hill of the fortress wall. You can see the whole town from here. As I climbed the steep stairs and stood on the hill, the village was gentle and gentle within the fortress wall that gently surrounds the village in the shape of a square that is not square.

When climbing a spiral uphill road
Suncheon Bay National Garden

Since the Suncheon Bay International Garden Expo was held in 2013, quite a bit of time has passed, but the Suncheon Bay National Garden still welcomed visitors with a neat and tidy appearance. The Suncheon Bay National Garden has been permanently open since 2014 after refurbishing the exposition site, and in September 2015, it was designated as ‘Korea’s No. 1 National Garden’. Even today, it has been preserved almost exactly as it was at the time of the exposition. There are 57 gardens, including 13 world gardens and 14 themed gardens, and the Sainte Experience Center where you can meet various fish, birds, and mammals, a wildlife zoo, and various amenities brighten the 920,000 m² garden.

Suncheon Bay National Garden Lakes and Hills
Suncheon Bay National Garden Lakes and Hills

The National Garden is divided into east and west with the Dongcheon flowing through Suncheon in between. The Lake Garden and World Garden are gathered to the east, and the Korean Garden and Wild Zoo are located in the west. Because it is so wide, the observation train that guides you through every nook and cranny of the national garden is always popular. Even if you are not on a viewing train, it is enough to take a leisurely stroll as if taking a walk according to your physical strength. When you visit gardens around the world, you feel as if you are traveling around the world.

The most popular place is the Lake Garden. It is thanks to the calm lake and the Bonghwa Hill that rises in the middle of the lake. Bonghwa Hill is made so that people can go up and down along a spiral path. The S-shaped waterway of the Suncheon Bay Wetland is natural and soft as if it were continuous. This is the reason why there is a continuous line of people going up and down Beacon Hill. When you climb Bonghwa Hill, you can see the lake and the national garden surrounding Australia for a long time.

The National Garden can be viewed in connection with the Suncheon Bay Wetland. Sky Cube is the first small unmanned track vehicle in Korea to connect two places. If you board at the National Garden Station, you will arrive at Munhakwan Station by running 4.6km for 8 to 12 minutes. From here, you can come back after admiring the Suncheon Literature Museum or the reed fields of Dongcheon Wetland, or you can walk about 1km to meet the Suncheon Bay Wetland.

The Suncheon Bay International Gardening Expo will be held here again for six months from April to October 2023. Expectations are already accumulating about what kind of impression the exhibition will bring after 10 years.

The tidal valley bends through the reed forest
Suncheon Bay Wetland

Suncheon Bay Wetland, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is spacious and flat, living up to its reputation as one of the world’s five largest coastal wetlands. The size of the reed field is 5.4 km2 and the tidal flat area is 22.6 km2. The enormous size of the wetland, which cannot be seen all at a glance, harbored many lives. It is the home of numerous tidal flat creatures such as sea bass, clams, and bluefish, and various migratory birds come and go. It is also the only habitat of black cranes in Korea. About 110 kinds of plants grow and reeds form a large-scale colony. It is even called the ‘vortex of life’ because all kinds of living things inhabit it.

Suncheon Bay wetland with a waterway winding through reed colonies
Suncheon Bay wetland with a waterway winding through reed colonies

If you walk along the wooden deck trail through the wetland reed forest, you will naturally seep into Suncheon Bay. The tidal canal meanders through the reed forest, and on an autumn day, the reed flowers bounce off the sunlight with silver light, repeating themselves lying down and waking up in unison in the wind. In that landscape, people are peaceful and happy.

wooden deck path through the reed forest
wooden deck path through the reed forest

The final destination is Yongsan Observatory. The mountain is named Yongsan because the dragon is heading towards Suncheon. Although it is a low mountain 77m above sea level, the view of Suncheon Bay from here at sunset is absolutely beautiful. An S-shaped tidal gorge flows into the sea, and reed colonies flutter over the tidal flat like lotus leaves on a pond. When the red sunset light falls on it, it cannot be so soft and quiet. You have to walk 40-50 minutes to climb the mountain, but that’s why everyone goes to Yongsan Observatory when the sun goes down.

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Suncheon Written and Photo = Correspondent Kim Seon-ju

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