Autumn in Korea

Sunset in Suncheon Bay

Locating in the very south peninsular of Korea, the Suncheon Bay Ecological Park a unique with a natural S-shaped meander where you can see from the top of the hill. It became an official conservation wetland area in 2003 and was the first Korea coastal wetland to be registered with RAMSAR Convention in 2006.

It is home to over 150 species of migratory birds, a variety of sand-crabs and shell fish. Among the migratory birds, the most precious kind is the national treasure of Korea – Hooded Crane. I actually saw some staffs counting birds at the observatory deck last time I visit.

Mid October to early November is probably the best time to visit because you can walk through a vast field of golden waves of reeds. Plan to go in the afternoon and see the sunset at the top of the hill. The sunset view is spectacular.

If you plan to go from Seoul, there are buses and train (KTX) but it takes hours. A day trip is pretty tiring. So it is best to pick a place to stay in the middle of south Korea or stay over in Suncheon city to break out the travelling time. Then take a taxi from the train station to the Suncheon Bay Ecological Park. It only takes about 15 minutes.

Luncheon Bay wooden path
Suncheon Bay is the largest reed field in Korea. Depending on how fast you walk, it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to walk through the flat wooden path.
Luncheon Bay is home to many kinds of birds,
The sandbank from the river and sea deposits have made Suncheon Bay an excellent eco-system for a wide variety of migratory birds, sand-crabs and shellfish.
Reed fields in Suncheon Bay
It’s a big golden field of reeds in autumn. A great time to visit.
Hiking trail of Suncheon Bay
Beautiful sunset if you time it well for a little hike. It takes about half an hour to 45 minutes to get to the view point of the S-shaped meander. The picture above is on the trial to the observatory deck.




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