Winter Vacation – Day 2 in Suncheon (Wetlands Reserve)

In continuation of my previous post on my trip to Suncheon during the winter break, this post will be about our second day in Suncheon! We had a pretty crazy first day and the second day was just about to get even crazier! We visited 3 places and this post will be all about our first destination: Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve.

We woke up around 5am to get ready and by 6am we were already out from the hotel. Our first stop of the day is Suncheon Wetlands Reserve. Prior to the trip I have checked online and apparently it takes around 1.5hours to get there from our hotel because we need to transfer buses. However, the hotel staff told us it was pretty near by bus (around 20minutes ride) but she seemed unsure so we just went ahead with our journey. We aimed to reach at 8am (right when it opens) but….

In an amazing twist of events, we got there by 6.50am -.- The wetlands area is a pretty rural area (like duh…) and even the convenience stores there like 7-11 and GS25 was not open at that hour. The wind was blowing and the weather seemed like it was going to rain on us soon too. There was still an hour before the place opens and it is impossible for us to just sit outside in the dark with the cold wind blowing at us.

Fortunately, there was a restaurant nearby and the ahjumma kindly allowed us to sit around until it was time for us to go! I am so grateful that there are still kind people around that would go to greater lengths to ensure we are comfy. She even offered me and my roomie coffee and chatted with me for about half an hour too!

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The kind ahjumma
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It was still cloudy in the morning (P/S the birds on the arch looked intimidating)
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Us at the entrance (it was drizzling)

So we went in and the first place we went to was the museum located next to the entrance. The museum covers information like different types of mudflats, living organisms living in the mudflats and migratory birds that we can see in Suncheon Wetlands~

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These gigantic bird statues was the first thing that greeted us
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Living beings we can spot in mudflats
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More living beings
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Migratory birds and animals living in the wetlands
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More birds
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The black eagle is HUGE

After a quick run through the museum, we went to the neighboring observatory where we can use binoculars to look towards the vast wetlands area where all the birds are. There were a few black eagles lurking around but a majority of the birds we saw were either ducks or storks.

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We still can’t grow up haha
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Taking a photo with Mother Earth
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Pictures at the observatory
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The view from the observatory
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Can you see the birds flying at a distance?
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Binocular view
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Sundials on display
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Look! That’s the black eagle!

When we were at the observatory, we also got to be part of the art and craft experience. Since we had some time in our hands, we participated in postcard making using plants. There are also other experiences offered like bookmark and handkerchief making too! For ours, it cost 1,000won each.

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Our materials
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Before we start
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My artwork!
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Roomie still focusing on hers
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Ta-daa!!! (Roomie’s artwork)

Not sure if you have noticed by now, but the main highlight of this place are the REEDS! About 2 minutes walk from the museum/observatory building, we were greeted by a quaint area full of reeds that makes a perfect backdrop for insta-worthy pictures!

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Small fountain similar to the one we have in Chosun Univ
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Wooden arch that lead to the reed garden
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The reeds were taller than me
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A strong wind started blowing
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Not kidding when I said the reeds are taller than me
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Roomies selfie
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Ok last reed photo for now

We walked further and saw a shaded tunnel that would lead to an outdoor observatory.

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Full body shots of the two of us is a rare gem
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Messages craved on wood plates
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Trying to move my fringe out of my eyes
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Not kidding when I said the wind was strong
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The view from the outdoor observatory. I presume the two round things at the bottom are status of bird eggs
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Everything seemed so serene in the photo but in fact, the wind was piercing cold
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The wind gave me a new hairstyle while my roomie is still looking fab as usual

The reeds does not end here…

We walked further and there was a wooden bridge…

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THAT LED US TO THIS

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Endless field of reeds
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Crossroads that leads us to more reed fields
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Can you see the end of this?
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Perfect weather for a stroll (maybe, minus the wind)
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One with nature

After a long stroll along the endless reed fields, we got hungry so we went into one of the restaurants nearby for lunch! Since we are near a mudflat, the most common dish available was of course seafood like crab, squid and cockles. Both of us ordered cockle bibimbap and we were served a wide selection of side dishes and seafood dishes.

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Spicy vegetable + cockles
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Cockles side dish
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I love this!
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Crab dipped in spicy sauce
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Our lunch table
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Us!

After a hearty lunch, we took the bus and head straight to Suncheon National Bay Gardens!

To be continued…

 

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