The 8 Best Day Trips from Gwangju

Damyang bamboo forest | © Th. Lee / Flickr
Damyang bamboo forest | © Th. Lee / Flickr
Photo of Mimsie Ladner
7 April 2017

Gwangju, South Korea’s sixth-largest city, is known for its rich history as well as its thriving community of artists. While there’s plenty to see and do in this southwestern metropolis, it is also located just a short drive from some of the country’s most stunningly beautiful destinations. So, grab your day bag and get ready to embark on a memorable excursion.

Boseong

The tranquil town of Boseong is reputed for its verdant green tea plantations. Beautifully curved around the region’s hilly terrain, the most well-known of these is the Daehan Dawon Plantation, where tea lovers can spend an entire day taking in the stunning sight of Boseong’s idyllic surroundings. Visit the Tea Museum of Korea, where you can learn about the process of making green tea – and even make your own. Drop in one of the local restaurants for lunch and savor a selection of green tea specialties like green tea noodle soup and green tea ice cream.

Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

Boseong | © stiickler

Boseong | © by stiickler

Yeosu

A maritime city celebrated for its pristine coastline that extends as far as the horizon, Yeosu has become a must-visit destination since it hosted the 2012 World Expo. In addition to its awe-inspiring seascape, Yeosu also boasts an archipelago of some 300 enchanting islands. Visit Odongdo Island and Hyangiram Hermitage, a small temple that looks out over the ocean from a coastal cliff, both of which are stops on the Yeosu City Tour.

Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

Haeyang Park, Yeosu | © travel oriented / Flickr

Haeyang Park, Yeosu | © travel oriented / Flickr

Jindo

Jindo, the third-largest island in Korea, is particularly famous for two things. The first is the Jindo dog, a gorgeous breed known for its intelligence and unmatched loyalty. The second is its Ganjuyuk Gyedo, or Mysterious Sea Road. For a few days each spring during low tide, the sea recedes to reveal a land path 2.8 kilometers in length and 40 meters in width. The path links the islands of Jindo and Modo for around an hour before disappearing under the waters again.

Jindo-gun Jeollanam-do South Korea

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival | © Piotrus

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival | © Piotrus

Tongyeong

Those seeking a relaxing getaway should head to Tongyeong. Here, evergreen trees and emerald seas are canopied by vast blue skies, making for some spectacular scenery. Enchanting islands dot its shores, and can be reached by ferry services that depart from the central terminal. Set aside an afternoon for island hopping, and put Somaemul Island at the top of your itinerary. Picturesque and peaceful, the island consists of a number of hiking trails with varying difficulty levels, all offering some incredibly breathtaking views.

Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Boryeong

Nestled on the coast of the Yellow Sea just 200 kilometers south of Seoul, Boryeong attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its mud flats. It’s also home to one of the most unusual festivals in the world, the Boryeong Mud Festival. Here, locals and tourists alike take part in a variety of mud-centric activities including a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison, and mud skiing.

Boryeong-si Chungcheongnam-do South Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival | © Hypnotica Studios Infinite / Flickr

Boryeong Mud Festival | © Hypnotica Studios Infinite / Flickr