Head Down to Suncheon — Korea’s Newest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Head Down to Suncheon — Korea’s Newest UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Planning an itinerary for Suncheon and Busan? Check out the available tours here.

The Rundown

  • Suncheon is an agricultural and industrial city in South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

  • The entire city, including Suncheon Bay, has been designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2018.

  • Suncheon City joins the likes of Seoraksan Mountain and Jeju Island in the list of biosphere reserves in Korea.

  • Maximize your trip by joining a tour to Suncheon Bay National Garden! Get more information and check availability here.

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Suncheon: Korea’s Sixth Biosphere Reserve

Image credit:  영철 이

Image credit: 영철 이

The entire city of Suncheon, South Korea is now designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. This means that it's now an internationally-recognized area that acts as a learning site for sustainable development, according to Korea Tourism Organization. With Suncheon’s ecosystem being filled with elements of scientific interests, the locale will now be further cultivated, conserved, and studied by the local and international community to promote its biodiversity and sustainability. 

UNESCO.org has the following definition for a biosphere reserve: Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Image credit: 영철 이

About 93,000 hectares in Suncheon City, including Suncheonman Bay, is now a biosphere reserve.

What to Do in Suncheon: See the Bay Garden & Film Set

If you’d like to experience the wonders of Suncheon, you can join in this day tour that conveniently combines the Suncheon Bay Garden and an open film set!

🏷 PRICE of Suncheon Tour from Busan: ₱1,850 or 35.8 as of June 4, 2019

Here is the tour description:

  • Get a taste of the old town vibes as you stroll Suncheon's nostalgic attractions on a full day trip.

  • Destress and unwind as you stroll the vast garden fields in the Suncheon Bay National Garden.

  • Enjoy rewarding views in the garden's three zones: the Lake Garden, World Garden, and the Bridge of Dreams

  • Take a trip down memory lane wearing a vintage uniform on your visit to the Suncheon Open Film Set.

  • The studio was a primary filming location for Running Man, A Werewolf Boy, Gangnam Blues, and more.

Other Biosphere Reserves in Korea

Aside from Suncheon City, Korea also has the following biosphere reserves:

1. Seoraksan

2. Jeju Island

3. Sinan County

Image credit:  Korea.net

Image credit: Korea.net

4. Gwangneung Forest

Image credit:  UNESCO

Image credit: UNESCO

5. Gochang County

How to Go from Seoul to Suncheon

Go from Seoul to Suncheon in just 2.5 to 4 hours! Transportation options are listed here: Bus & Railroad. To save money, you can also get a Korea Rail (Korail) pass here.

Also read: Korail Pass: How to Get One for Your Epic Korea Trip


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