Westwards to SuncheonOctober 4, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C
Not too early today, we even managed to have the included breakfast at our hotel - DIY fried eggs and toast! At least it saves us the cost of an extra meal. Back to the bus station where we caught our three hour bus westwards to the city of Suncheon. This was an older and non-premium bus so it was a bit more cramped. Still fine, but not the proper business class experience we were getting used to!
Arrived in Suncheon, jammed our bags into a bus station locker and then caught a local bus heading out to our destination - some tidal mudflats! Sat on the bus for about 15 minutes before we realised it was going the wrong way! Shandos had written down we could catch bus 66 or 67 there from a stand outside the main station, and the Google directions I was following had us taking 66 at stand A. When bus 67 arrived first, we hopped on that instead, not realising that bus 67 from that stand goes the other direction! Whoops. Got off the bus, re-routed our directions and finally got to the mud flats about an hour later than planned.
This isn't a WHS - yet - it's a Tentative site. The Tentative list is actually many times larger than the proper list, so we don't tend to pay attention to it, unless sites are scheduled for consideration in the next few years. The mud flats will likely be up for a vote in 2021 so we figured we should visit it now, as Korea has a good track record of getting their sites through.
We'd figured that a bunch of tidal mud flats would be completely deserted, but it was jam-packed with people! I think it's a holiday weekend here, but even so it was a lot of people. Koreans just love hiking (and they dress very seriously for it which is endlessly funny), so there were people all over the boardwalks here. I personally didn't find it super interesting, as I find a lot of the "important ecosystem" sites leave me a bit cold. Spectacular landscapes, sure. But the "important home for migratory birds and endangered lichen" sites don't especially interest me. That said, we had a nice walk and saw plenty of crabs, birds and insects, so it wasn't a total write-off.
Bus back to Suncheon, where we carefully took the right bus this time! Did some work in the evening and had dinner at a nearby restaurant. I had another bulgogi, Shandos had another bibimbap.Read more