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A trip back to olden times - Suncheon City

A drama set in Suncheon where many TV series and films including ’East of Eden’ were shotWhen the stress of today can be too much, an escape to the olden times for a day could work as the perfect cure.

Suncheon city presents a guided city tour this fall, starting with the Suncheon drama set. More than 1,000 people visit the set every weekend to see the set location of "East of Eden," a hit TV series on MBC. 

The set, built in an old army camp in Jorei-dong, is a very delicate recreation of Seoul from the 1950s to 1980s. It has hillside slums, markets and coal towns.

Many other TV series and films - "Love and Ambition," "Once in A Summer," "Mapado 2" and "Sunny" - were also shot there.

For the next stop on the tour, one can choose either Seonamsa or Songwangsa. Situated near Jogyesan, both are Buddhist temples more than 1,200 years old.

SeonamsaDuring this time of the year, when the hiking trail that connects the two is covered with autumn leaves, the natural beauty is beyond description. The temples hold many treasures.

The tour later takes you to Nagan Fortress, which is located in the western side of the city. It consists of three towns with markets, straw-roofed homes and castles, which were built in the 1300s.

The historical area preserves the original southern living style of Korea, from kitchen appliances and household goods to the stone walls. More than 100 families still live there, continuing the tradition.

Suncheon Bay, a mudflat around the southeastern coast of the city, is the last stop of the tour. Well known as the habitat of hooded cranes, it was selected as having ’the best natural scenery’ by the Korea Tourism Organization in 2006. It was registered as a Ramsar Site on January 2006.

The tour begins at Suncheon Station every day at 9:50 a.m. For more information, visit this website.

* Photos by Moon Young-doo

By Park Min-young
KOREA, November 2008

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