21 Pictures that Prove Jeollanam-do is the Most Underrated Region of South Korea

Damyangs Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden)
Damyang's Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) | © Yeongcheol Lee / Flickr
Mimsie Ladner

Situated in the southwestern corner of South Korea, Jeollanam-do is the country’s greenest and least developed province. Blanketed in rolling hills and towering mountains, and bordered by a coastline of thousands of charming islands, the area is famous for its gorgeous landscapes, fresh seafood, and traditional festivals. We think Jeollanam-do is by far the nation’s most underrated region; find out why in the photos below.

A soft symphony of light plays across the skies as sun sets over Yeosu’s Jasan Park
The Big-O at Yeosu Expo Park during the World Expo 2014
Hanhwa Aqua Planet Yeosu
Yeosu is widely known for its delicious seafood, including gejang, raw crab in soy sauce
Almost one third of Korea’s tea farmland is located in Boseong and nearly half of all green tea production in Korea comes from the area
Yeongchon Reservoir near the Boseong tea fields
Boseong’s verdant green tea fields
Suncheon awakens with color at the Suncheon Bay Garden Expo
Suncheon Bay, the ecological capital of Korea
Songgwangsa Temple in Suncheon
Songgwangsa Temple during Buddha’s Birthday
Damyang’s Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden)
Geumseongsanseong Fortress near Damyang
Winter in Damyang
Damyang is known for its galbi, or succulent barbecued ribs
Damyang’s Soswaewon Garden dates back to the Joseon Dynasty
Cheongsando Island near Wando
The sun sets over Cheongsando Island
Yi Sun-shin Bridge in Gwangyang
Jeungdo Island was designated Asia’s first Slow City
Jeungdo, near Mokpo, is not only home to Korea’s largest salt farm but also boasts some of its most unpolluted natural scenery

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