[Suncheon] a city of prime historical significance

 by Oh, Ye-Seul (Yeony-Suny Reporter)

2. Suncheon

● General Information

Suncheon is a city of prime historical significance. It is home to some of Korea’s historical wonders such as Nakan Eupseong Folk Village, Songgwangsa Temple, Seonamsa Temple, and Goindol Park, and natural wonders such as Mt. Jogyesan and Mt. Bonghwasan. Graceful surroundings are abound in this city. Suncheon is especially noted for the beauty of the birds passing long on their migratory route and the surrounding islands.

 ●   Suncheon Tourist Attraction

    Suncheon Bay Ecological Park (Field of Reeds)

Address : Daedae-dong 162-2 Suncheon-si Jeollanam-do

TEL : +82-61-749-4007          http://www.suncheonbay.go.kr

Admission Fee(s include observatory and Eco museum) |

Adults : 2,000won, Youth : 1,000won, Children : 500won

Operating Hours : Park 09:00 – sunset

Eco Museum/Astronomical Obsevatory 09:00-22:00

Closed : Mondays(When a national holiday falls on a Mon, the next day is treated as a holiday)

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 plants that thrive in damp conditions, like the common reed and the starwort. Among all of the world’s wetlands, Suncheonman Bay is widely known for attracting the largest number of rare birds. Such internationally rare birds as the hooded crane, white-naped crane, white stork, black-faced spoonbill, and the Eurasian Oystercatcher, as well as birds designated as natural treasures, are spotted here. There are about 140 species of birds including the snipe, wild duck, shelduck, and wild goose. To reach Suncheon, visitors can fly to Yeosu Airport from Gimpo or Jeju and then take an airport bus to Suncheon.

    Naganeupseong Folk Village

Address : Dongnae-ri 437-1 Nagan-myeon Suncheon-si Jeollanam-do

TEL : +82-61-749-3347              http://www.nagan.or.kr

Admission Fee | Adults : 2,000won, Youth : 1,500won, Children : 1,000won

* Historical site No. 302

Naganeupseong Folk Village is located in Jeollanam-do Province, and contains a town castle that is over 18,000 Pyeong (1 pyeong = 3.3 sq m) in size. Within the east, south and west of the castle, about 100 families still reside, and the castle area has been very well preserved. You can observe the daily dwellings indigenous to the south provincial area such as the kitchen area, the clay rooms, and Korean-style verandas. There are also 9 houses designated as important cultural resources, and numerous straw-roof houses as well. The folk village’s other source of pride is the monument of General Im Kyeong-Eop (1594~1646). At every first full moon of the new year, they hold a ritual ceremony and celebration at the general’s monument, with games such as seesaw jumping, swings, and other folk activities.

When you enter the front gate of Naganeupseong Folk Village, on the east side of the castle (called “Nakpung-ru”), you see a straight road leading to town. Follow along this road and you will come across the General Im Kyeong-Eop Monument, resource center, and other interesting sites. You may also walk to the end of this road, climb up to the castle itself, and walk along the castle wall to the south. The entire castle is exceptionally well-preserved, and you can view the whole town from the top level.

   Songgwansa Temple

Address : Sinpyeong-ri 12 Songgwang-myeon Suncheon-si Jeollanam-do

TEL : +82-61- 755-0107      http://www.songgwangsa.org

Admission Fee | Adults : 2,500won, Students : 1,500won

Songgwangsa temple is located on the west side of Mt.Jogyesan, and it is famous for being a Sambosachal of Korea. Sambo means three precious treasures in Buddhism, the Bulbo, Beopbo, and Seungbo.

Songgwangsa Temple qualifies as a Seungbo temple, and Seungbo refers to those disciples who learn many things of Buddha and practices them. The reason Songgwangsa temple became a Seungbo temple is because many high monks were produced from this temple.

The road to the temple is covered by huge tall trees, and is very beautiful. From the road, if you cross a valley, a round pavilion bridge called Cheongryanggak appears. On the bridge is a pavilion, and you can rest there while you are traveling. Inside the temple, you can see the Daeungbojeon, the main building. This building has a roof shaped as if it were composed of two roofs. To one side of the main building is the Jijangjeon, where they have a Buddha statue, and the Seungbojeon, which tells the world that the temple is a Seungbo temple.

Songgwangsa Temple has three great treasures: the ‘Bisari Gusi’, ‘Ssanghyangsu’, and ‘Neunggyeonnansa.’ Bisari Gusi is a rice container that was made from a large tree. It was used to store the rice for monks, and because it was so large, it contained rice enough rice for 4,000 monks. Ssanghyangsu is two very large Chinese Juniper trees. Lastly, Neunggyeonnansa is a plate belonging to Songgwangsa Temple, and it was built with many intricate designs. Make time on your trip to see the many national treasures that are located here.