There is no doubt that a big part of the tourism activity in South Korea lies in Seoul. However, you would ever like to take a short break away from the buzz in the city, perhaps you could make a day trip to the countryside such as Damyang and Boseong.
Located at Jeollanam-do, the southern tip of South Korea, Damyang is home to the Samjicheon Village, one of the designated “Slow Cities”. This rural town also houses the Juknokwon – which translates as the Bamboo Garden.
The “slow city” movement encourages slower pace in life through natural surrounds and cultural experiences. Therefore in Samjicheon village, there are a number of well-preserved hanok houses(traditional Korean houses). Many of these hanoks are guest houses for visitors to the village. I stayed at the House of Kim Yeong Bong in Damyang.
A trip to Damyang wouldn’t be complete without a walk in the Juknokwon. The Bamboo Garden (more like Forest) resembled a scene in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon“, and is a great place for some mean #OOTD shots!
Things to do in Damyang:
- Stay in a hanok at Slow City (Samjicheon Village)
- Take a stroll around the stoned wall road of the village
- Visit the Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden)
- Take a walk at the Metasequoia-lined Road (follow National Road 15 from the Bamboo Museum).
- Order the bamboo rice when in Damyang!
There are express buses that depart from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Damyang Bus Terminal daily.
Boseong is a town famous for their green tea! Silly as it may sound, we visited Boseong for a day to visit the green tea plantation and was prepared to immerse in the light aroma of green tea.
The reality was… Boseong green tea has a very light taste and there wasn’t any strong refreshing aroma at the plantation as we had imagined. Nonetheless, it was a nice hike up the plantation and the surrounding greenery created a peaceful and soothing environment to calm and relax.
In Boseong, we stayed at Golmangtae Pension which was perched on a hill. The houses may look cartoon-like but the view from the pension was rejuvenating.
Things to do in Boseong:
- Visit Boseong Green Tea plantation
- Go to Yulpo Beach and Seawater Pool for the refreshing green tea hot spring. Whilst soaking in the green tea bath, you get to enjoy the view of Yulpo beach.
- Visit Golmangtae and enjoy home-cooked Korean BBQ dinner at the pension.
There are express buses from Seoul to Boseong via Gangnam Bus Terminal. You can take a bus to Boseong Bus Station from Gwangju.