안녕하세요: Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve

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Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve 순천만습지 is one of the five largest coastal wetlands in the world and in my opinion, definitely one of the most beautiful too. Up till the night before my Suncheon escapade, I was not able to decide the final location to go, but the moment I saw on the internet how beautiful the sunset is at Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve, my itinerary was fixed. Just had to figure out the route on the train..



Following my visit to Naganeupseong Folk Village, I took bus 63 opposite the entrance, in front of the convenience store. Just a note, there is no bus stop per se so don't bother looking for one like I did lolol. I only realised it when I saw the friendly guy I mentioned in the previous post sitting outside the convenience store and asked him where the bus stop is. I don't think anyone will count the number of bus stops but in case you do, you will need to take the bus for 31 stops, which surely means a long journey before you alight at Jeongam University, which was where I got lost and asked another guy for directions lol. Koreans are really helpful and friendly!

Anyway, from that bus stop, you will need to cross the overhead bridge and turn left, walking along the stone walls of the university before you see another bus stop where you can take bus 67 to Suncheonman Bay Wetland Reserve. That was where I ran into the "travel mate" again and followed him until we part ways at the entrance of the attraction.


₩8,000 admission fee for adults


This is a place without borders



I was walking on my own, minding my own business when there was the familiar Orchard-Road-Birds kind of sound that made me look up and saw these migratory birds across the vast field and against the backdrop of the sunset (only that the sun was shielded by the huge clouds). The view was magnificent. I wish I had a proper camera that can do that moment justice.


This is so neat! Alright.. I have OCD


Kept this picture to show that the birds were flying real close. While crossing the bridge, it was almost like they were going to bird-strike you any moment.


I wonder if there was supposed to be something on the explanatory board


So cold yet so calming



I walked so deep inside that I began to worry I won't be able to make it out in time before the sky turns dark so I decided to u-turn instead of completing the entire route. The place is just too huge to be covered. 27 square kilometres!


Resting station



I did not get much of the sunset I was really expecting to see since it was too cloudy that day despite waiting out to the last possible minute I could before the night falls, which was around 5 or 6 pm during winter. It turned dark while I was waiting for the bus to come at the extremely crowded bus-stop. Both buses at the bus stop goes back to Suncheon Station, but I am not exactly sure how long it would take as somehow I ended up sharing cab with another three random Koreans. Definitely something I never thought I would have done in Singapore, much less in Korea, but a great memory to have.

In overall, while I love Gyeongju, where I went for the second time and is coming up next as my escapade in Suncheon comes to an end, for its culture and tradition, I fully enjoyed my time here in Suncheon where everything is so simple and so peaceful. It was a great break from the urban lifestyle and to be so close to nature. I am really glad to have found and visited this place even if it was on my own. The next time I am going Korea, I am definitely going to explore more of the South Jeolla Province, for instance Damyang, where there lives a bamboo forest!



Included this picture because I walked into the Astronomical Observatory expecting to see exhibits involving stars but the only things I saw was this. Other sections were locked zzz.

I am saving up for you, Korea,
Yvette

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