뉴스관리자 기자2013.06.01 14:12:36
Green Tract of Land, Jeonnam
By Park, Hyo-eun, Reporter
During the vacation, many students travel in order to take a rest or think about themselves. If you decide to travel to break away from your daily routine, a trip to Jonnam would be a good choice. The tone of Jeonam is different from Kyungbuk so you can feel refreshed there. The geographical features of Jeonam have produced a culinary culture and beautiful scenery. Here is some information about places in Jeonam that I visited in this summer.
1. Suncheonman Bay Ecological Park ( Field of Reeds )
The field of reeds in Suncheonman Bay is thickly covered with reeds taller than a full-grown man. It is the biggest colony of reeds in Korea. The image of the entire field swaying in the wind is as dazzling as waves on the sea. The field of reeds is home to many other plants that thrive in damp conditions. Among all of the wetlands of the world, Suncheonman Bay is widely known for attracting the largest number of rare birds. Such internationally rare birds like the hooded crane, the white-naped crane, the white stork, and other birds designated as natural treasures, can be spotted here. There are about 140 species of birds, which you can see when you take the sightseeing boat. Many creatures live in the mud flats. Crabs crawl in the field of reeds and gobies jump through the mud flats. ‘Yongsan Observatory’, commands an unbroken view of the fields of reeds and is a good place to take a picture. The admission fee is 2,000 won for an adult. It is relatively cheap considering the magnificent view.
2. Suncheon International Garden Expo
Near the ecological park, about 15 minutes by car, you can find the Suncheon Garden Expo. This International Garden Exposition Suncheon is the first international environment and ecology conference held in Korea. It began on April 20 and will continue for 6 months, finishing in October. The catchphrase of the Expo is “Suncheon Bay, Garden of the Earth,” and it features 82 gardens from 23 countries at its main venue, the International Wetland Center and Arboretum Zone. The Expo is divided into three sections: i) the main Expo site featuring gardens from 10 countries and 60 theme gardens, ii) the International Wetland Center featuring an animal and plant exhibition hall, a theater, an ecology learning hall and a wetland experience hall; and iii) an arboretum. Dongcheon Stream is the location of the performance stage, which hosts daily cultural events.
At first, as you enter the expo, you cross a bridge, collecting pictures which express the dreams of children. These will be exhibited for 20 years so that after the children grow up they can see their childhood dreams. Crossing the bridge, you can see many gardens with different themes. The sizes of the gardens are minimized compared to the originals, but they are sufficient to feel the distinct characteristics and inherent moods of the countries. The congenial atmosphere puts you in a good mood to take a picture. It could be hard on your legs if you try to see everything by foot, so if you want to be comfortable, a mini car costs only 1,000. Not only the gardens but also other themes exist in the attractions at the Expo. Because of this, one day is not enough to see everything.
Adults can buy a day admission ticket for 16,000 won. You might feel that this is expensive. However, there are some discount benefits if you look for them. You can then enjoy the Expo at a cheaper rate.
Green Tea Fields
Boseong is located near Suncheon. It takes 40 minutes by car from Sucheon to Boseong’s Green Tea Fields. If you use the rail-ro system, get off at Boseong station. After paying the admission charge of 2,000 won, you can approach the fields. Before arriving, you can smell the sweet and spicy smell of the green tea leaves. The green tea fields at Boseong are the most famous green tea fields in Korea. The tea trees blanket the landscape like a soft green carpet. If you visit Boseong in summer, I recommend you to visit the café of the tea fields. You can get some excellent green tea ice cream or even a glass of hot or cold green tea. The tea field is too hot to walk around without taking a rest. Sitting on the café bench and eating green tea ice cream makes you feel happy and helps you recover your energy. If you want to commemorate the green tea fields, stop by the gift shop before you leave. They sell souvenirs, including large boxes of Ujeon green tea, of the highest quality.
When you feel tired of the hectic world we live in, you might miss the green of nature. Sometimes, this fast world makes you dizzy, so you want some time to rest. Jeonnam is a proper city for healing your mind. Its mood is full of peace and nature, welcoming you. I was also tired from my daily routine. However, I regained some energy and healed my mind in the natural environment. I recommend you to using the rail-ro system or to visit Jeonnam with your family. It will rest your mind and be a good experience for you.
The KNU Times