Hayley and Ben's adventures!
28th May 2012 - A South Korean Summer...
Sunset in Suncheon
From Boseong bus station we boarded a bus to Suncheon; on the south coast still in the same province. Suncheon is supposed to have a beautiful eco park on the coast; a protected wetland area, the first of its kind in Korea. Ben informs me that humans have destroyed most wetland areas so the reed ecosystem is endangered which is why this place is so important! Seeing as we have enjoyed the natural sites of Korea this weekend we thought we’d carry on by visiting the bay area of this protected site!
Somehow we managed to time this perfectly – we found the nearest love motel and dumped our stuff and jumped into a taxi to take us straight to Suncheon bay eco park. I will certainly miss being able to take as many taxi’s as we do here as it’s so cheap and convenient! Suncheon seemed a bit run down and rough round the edges but then again we were staying close to the bus station; never the nicest areas in the majority of cities!
We got to the park and paid the £1 entry fee (another great thing about Korea entrance fees are ridiculously cheap for everything)! The park was spread over the wetlands so we got to see the estuary, then there were the reeds – they had built a wooden walkway through the reeds which was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds! Because you are so low down you can see the huge crabs and birds in the mud, also there were hundreds of salamanders (kind of lizard/newt/fish type animal), they were pretty cool to see and indicate that the wetland area is not polluted and very healthy (another eco fact from Ben)!
The wetland is home to many migratory birds including the rare hooded crane (one of the national birds of Korea) and for any bird watching fanatics amongst you this place would have been heaven!!
After the reed walkway we decided to be really good and hike to the top of the mountain to the viewing platform to catch the sunset! It wasn’t too bad of a climb actually and we got up there pretty quick, along with hundreds of Koreans ready to see the sunset! Randomly at the top of the mountain I got tapped on the shoulder and who was there, none other than my co-teacher Seo-young with 2 of her friends! It’s a small world! The sunset was nice, nothing too spectacular yet the reeds did go a nice shade of red so we saw the sunset then raced back down to the bottom! Managed to get a cab back downtown and went out to a local bbq restaurant, the specialty in this area is cockles in a chilli sauce so had some of those (they were gross) and pork bbq which was tasty as ever!
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