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Suncheon is a city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. It is a scenic agricultural and industrial city of around 250,000 people near Suncheon Bay. It is located in the southeastern corner of Jeollanam-do, just over an hour south-east of Gwangju.

SUNCHEONMAN WETLAND
Address: 513-25, Suncheonman-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / TEL: 061-749-6052 / Website: http://www.suncheonbay.go.kr/
The coastline of Suncheonman Bay, the largest reed colony in Korea, and one of World Top 5 Coastal Wetlands is 39.8km. The wetland has a total area of 27.5㎦(8 million Pyeong). In Suncheonman Bay, the largest coastal wetland in Korea, 30 species of halophytes (plants growing in waters of high salinity) and benthos, the general term for living organisms living in the sea, including razor shells, cockles, mudflat crabs, Japanese ghost crabs, and bristle worm demonstrate their unique vigorous vitality. In Suncheonman Bay, the ‘repository of ecosystem’. Hooded cranes, Natural Monument No. 228, mallards, Saunder’s gulls, Eurasian spoonbills, dunlins, whooper swans, common shelducks, and gray herons flock and get through winter as if enjoying happiness every winter. In spring and autumn, Chinese egrets, snipes, plovers and black-faced spoonbills take a rest for a moment in Suncheonman Bay as they migrate. Such scenery is very peaceful. Due to a rich food source for birds, fish and shellfish in Suncheonman Bay, 220 species of birds and 19 kinds of Natural Monuments winter over or live here. Suncheonman Bay is the only coastal wetland in Korea registered on RAMLAR Convention on January 20, 2006. It is in the process of being inscribed on the list of World Natural Heritage. The Suncheonman Reed Festival held every October is renowned as a beautiful festival harmonizing people with the golden reed fields.
SUNCHEONMAN NATIONAL GARDEN
Address: 47, Gukgajeongwon1ho-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / TEL:1577-2013 / Website: http://garden.sc.go.kr/
Formed to protect Suncheonman Bay, Suncheonman National Garden has 790,000 trees of 505 species and 3,150,000 flowers of 113 species in the garden area of 1,120,000㎡ (340,000 Pyeong) around Dosa-dong, Suncheon. The 30,000㎡ Sharing Forest is formed with rapeseed blossoms. The area is filled with ‘yellow waves’ as rapeseed flowers fully bloom in mid-May. 50,000 hackberry and zelkova trees present natural shade. The small computer controlled train (PRT) started operation between the Suncheonman Garden and Suncheon Literary House at the same time as the opening of Suncheonman Garden. After fully appreciating the garden, take the PRT to go to the Literary House. Get off at the Literary House and get on the Reed Train for the distance of 1.2km for the entrance to Suncheonman Bay and Mujingyo Bridge
NAGANEUPSEONG FORTRESS
Address: 30, Chungmin-gil, Nagan-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / Tel: 061-749-8831 / Website: http://www.suncheon.go.kr/nagan/
Naganeupseong Folk Village in Nagan-myeon, Suncheon keeps the simple appearance of an old village with about 100 thatched-roof houses hidden behind stone walls and bush clover gates as they were inside the fortress built on the extensive plain. Naganeupseong Fortress is valuable cultural heritage as the vivid traditional culture which makes us see and feel the life of ordinary people in traditional residential spaces and functions of old villages today. The fortress is 1,410m long, 4-5m high and 2-3m thick. The village is about 140,000m2. There were four gates along the fortress. It is said that the north gate was often closed due to frequent disasters. Naganeupseong Fortress is the representative of planned cities during the Joseon period and keeps its original appearance. Listing on the Tentative List of World Cultural Heritage was applied for. Suncheon has been endeavoring to become widely acknowledged due to the value of Naganeupseong Fortress.
SONGGWANGSA
Address: 100, Songgwangsaan-gil, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do / TEL:061-755-5306 / Website: http://www.songgwangsa.org/
Songgwangsa is in Sinpyeong-ri, Songgwang-myeon, Suncheon. As the Sangha temple inheriting the traditional Buddhist lineage of Korea, Songgwangsa is one of Tri-Gem Temples along with Hapcheon Haeinsa and Yangsan Tongdosa Temple. In this temple 800 years ago, the state preceptor Jinul wrote Jeonghyegyeolsa (Purposes of Temple Establishment) to review the tradition of Korean Buddhism and to correct the corruption of Buddhism at that time. Songgwangsa Temple produced 16 state preceptors including Jinul and Jingak. As an international temple with foreign monks, Songgwangsa is the Bodhi Mandala where monks investigate the Korean Buddhist culture. In particular, with a number of wooden cultural heritages, Songgwangsa Temple keeps the Hall of State Preceptors enshrining the portraits of 16 state preceptors, 3 National Treasures, including the Portable Shrine of Wooden Buddha Triad and the Royal Edict Issued to Great Master Hyesim, 16 treasures including the Hasadang Dormitory, Yaksajeon Hall, Yeongsanjeon Hall, Commentary on the Maha Parinirvana Sutra, Portraits of 16 State Preceptors, Sutra Wrapper, Sutra Plaques, Annotated Saddharmapundarika Sutra (The Lotus Sutra) and Gilt-Bronze Handbell, and a total 33 cultural heritages including 21 National Cultural Heritages including Natural Monument Pair of Chinese Junipers, and 12 provincial cultural heritages including Neunggyeonnansa (brass bowl), Geumgangjeo (Purva), Phags-pa script, Uhwagak Pavilion, and a sarira case of the state preceptor Jajeong.

Mokpo has frequent high-speed train services to Seoul, and is the terminus for a number of ferry routes serving islands in the adjacent Yellow Sea and Dadohae National Maritime Park.

A breakwater links the port to Odongdo Island, home to red camellia blossoms and a lighthouse with an observatory. On Dolsando Island, Dolsan Park has views of Dolsandaegyo Bridge.

It is a scenic agricultural and industrial city of around 250,000 people near Suncheon Bay. It is located in the southeastern corner of Jeollanam-do, just over an hour south-east of Gwangju.

Tourism is a major local industry. Notable local products include bamboo goods and strawberries. Damyang is not to be confused with Danyang, which is located in eastern North Chungcheong Province.

Boseong is famous for its green tea leaves. It is also the birthplace of the Korean independence activist Philip Jaisohn.