Our next stop on our trip was to the Suncheon Bay Eco Park. Famous for its enormous and well-preserved coastal wetland, it was easily my favorite attraction this entire vacation.
Suncheon Bay is the fifth largest tidal flat in the world. In addition to a sprawling 21.6 square kilometers of mudflats and an additional 5.4 square kilometers of reed beds, the park also has a museum where visitors can educate themselves on the biology of the park.
Due to little pollution, the area has developed prime salty swampland, which helps in the preservation of various marine life. It is also the habitat for approximately 158 species of birds, including 15 species of natural monument, 6 endangered species, 13 preserved species, 12 species on the IUCN Red List, 16 species on the CITES annex, and 15 species in the Ramsar Convention. Additionally, thousands of migratory birds use this area as a pit-stop every year on their journey.
After traversing the wooden path through the reed beds (designed to have a minimal impact on the environment), we were greeted with a large hill. Apparently there was a famous viewing area at the top, so off we went.
Climbing that hill was a lot more work than I had anticipated, but after much huffing and puffing, we made it to the top…
…and the view was definitely worth it! Apparently you can get various colors throughout the year as vegetation grows and dies:
This is definitely a place I would love to come back in the future, maybe at another time in the year. If you are planning a visit here, wear comfortable walking shoes, as you will be doing a LOT of walking!