The last leg of our Korean trip was to Damyang. Damyang County is located in the Jeollanam-do area that we have been travelling around, and its major industries include tourism and bamboo. The most famous tourist attraction is the Juknokwon (죽녹원), which is a large bamboo forest in the heart of the city.
Before entering the actual bamboo forest, we found some parking close by, next to a small stream with this quaint little rock bridge. There was also a small bunsikjeom (분식점) nearby, selling snack foods like hot odeng (오뎅) which we scarfed down.
The Juknokwon wasn’t terribly interesting. It was a beautiful walk around the forest, but the chilling effect of all these bamboo trees combined with the already cold weather was not a very fun experience. It probably would have been wonderful to have come here during the hot and humid Korean summers though.
There was a tiny cafe in the middle of the bamboo forest, where they served various coffees, cakes, and teas. We had some hot coffees and I tried the bamboo tea, which came in a fancy glass pot and was an interesting experience, but ultimately tasted like…grass.
The cold weather and all the walking we did apparently did a number on me; as soon as we got to Seoul that night, I fell really sick, and was out of commission for a few days. Oops. I suppose it’s a good reminder that you should take care of yourself, especially when you’re travelling.
In the next post, I’ll be talking about the other little things we did while around Seoul, such as visiting a traditional market and the Cheonggyecheon (청계천).