Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Having crossed the mudflats of the Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve, I started hiking up a trail that would lead to an observation point overlooking Suncheon Bay. At one point the trail split into two routes, with one being harder but shorter. I appreciate that the regular path was labeled as the “road of meditation” so that people wouldn’t feel bad about taking the less difficult route.

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Although the trail gets steep at a few points I wouldn’t say the hike to the observation point (on the regular route) is overly difficult. For most people it will probably take about 20-25 minutes and there are multiple places where you can stop to catch your breath and get a view of Suncheon Bay from between the trees.

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

At the end of the trail is the Yongsan Observation Point. A large wooden deck has been built there with scenic views of the entire bay. Yongsan is a popular spot, particularly around sunset, so expect crowds.

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

I had arrived early enough to snag a spot along the railing. As I was waiting for sunset I took some panoramic shots of Suncheon Bay. On the far left the river emptied into the sea and on the far right I could see the mudflats that I had crossed earlier.

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Clouds were covering a lot of the sky that day and as the sun got lower it disappeared behind them. I waited a while but it looked like the clouds were low enough that I wouldn’t be getting an actual sunset that day. After a bit more time taking in the scenery I left the observation point and started down the trail towards the mudflats. A few minutes later I realized I had made a massive mistake. There was actually a small gap between the clouds and the tops of the mountains and the sun exploded back onto Suncheon Bay. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my spot back at the observation point so I hurried to the nearest clearing along the trail with a good view of the bay. The photos turned out ok and from where I was standing it looked almost like the sun was touching the top of one of the mountains but I really wish I hadn’t left the observation point. Oh well, it was too late to do anything about it and once the sun was behind the mountains I continued down the trail.

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Korea Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve

Once I was back at the mudflats I made my way across them back towards the entrance. There was still enough light for me to see where I was going but there are no lights along the walkways so anyone visiting the wetlands after dark will need a flashlight. Overall my visit to the Suncheon Bay Wetlands Reserve had turned out very well and it’s a place I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting the area around Suncheon.

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