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Calling all Expats in Seoul! The Suncheon Bay Walking Festival Wants You!

UPDATE: Due to the Sewol Ferry Tragedy, the Suncheon Festival has been postponed to June 21-22. Firm dates.

If you’ve never heard of Suncheon Bay, I wouldn’t be surprised. After all, it’s hidden 4 hours away from Seoul, on Korea’s South Coast in the Jeollanamdo Province, between the Yeosu and Goheung peninsulas.

I’d never heard of it either, but it turns out that it’s one of the world’s top 5 coastal wetlands, covered with reeds as tall as a man, and attracting approximately 140 species of wild birds.

Visitors to the Bay can expect fields upon fields of gigantic reeds swaying gently in the wind, possible sightings of internationally rare birds such as the hooded crane, white stork or the black-faced spoonbill, glorious sunsets, and the peace of nature – all things that every Seoulite craves from time to time.

On April 26th, as part of the 4th International Suncheon Bay ECO Walking Festival, visitors can participate in 5, 10 or 25 kilometre walking courses that wind through the Suncheon Bay Ecological Park’s 22 square kilometres of mudflats and 5.4 square kilometres of reed beds.

When your feet become weary, you can check out the atmospheric Nakan-eupseong (Castle) folk village, the film set used in the Korean drama, East of Eden, or Songgwang Temple.

The best part? You can have your time amongst the reeds, for just 50,000 won ($50).

As part of a special deal for expats in Seoul, the Chairman of the festival is offering transport to and from Suncheon, 1 night’s accommodation, festival entrance fees, and an international friendship dinner to anyone who’s interested in attending.

I’ll be there, along with 6 of my closest friends. 😉

If you’re interested, send me a message through the Connect Form, located on the top menu of our blog, and I can provide you with more details.

* Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. Photos provided by Community Korea.


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