Best time to travel to South Korea

Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve

South Korea is home to one of the world's largest coastal marshes which boasts a vast field of tall reeds

Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve in South Korea 2019 - Best Time
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5.4 square kilometres large reeds field is fascinating, especially in the windy weather, when high stalks usually overgrowing the height of an average human being, start swaying synchronically. Normally calm plantation turns into a kind of stormy sea.

Besides the reeds themselves, the Wetland Reserve offers much more to see from a variety of hydrophilic plants to about 140 species of migratory and local bird species, many of which are considered rare on the international level. Some of the most prominent species often spotted here are white-naped cranes, hooded cranes, black-faced spoonbills, white storks, and Eurasian oystercatchers. Snipes, wild ducks, and geese are also common residents of Suncheon Bay.

Schoolgirls parade over reeds in Suncheon Bay, South Korea 2020
Schoolgirls parade over reeds in Suncheon Bay, South Korea

A great flow of locals and tourists head to the Reserve during October's annual Suncheon Bay Reed Festival. However, then you'll find the reed field yellow. The area is also beautiful in spring and summer when lush green reeds are just in their prime. It looks like the most rewarding time to visit the Reserve is April to October. However, it will be fine to pop into the natural environment any time of the year.