58 일째 – Damyang 담양 – Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) 죽녹원

This weekend is Seollal (설날), which means I have four days off!  Therefore, on Friday morning, I headed off to Gwangju to visit a friend!

It was another early day but luckily I had time to eat a kimbap.

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I was at another terminal (there are four in Daegu I think), this one is close to Duryu Park.  It was much smaller and didn’t have much going on inside.

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Since it was a very important holiday where everyone goes home for family reunion, I thought the bus tickets will be all sold out.  Therefore, I asked my friend to buy the tickets ahead of time.  However, there were just three people on the bus!!  I was worrying for nothing. There was also no traffic heading to Gwangju …

Alas, I arrived at Gwangju some 20 minutes before schedule but my friend was there already to pick me up.

My first meal in Gwangju!  It is my friend’s favorite dessert.  It is a rice and it tastes sweet 🙂

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… then we are off to Damyang! According to Wikipedia, tourism is the number one industry followed by bamboo and strawberries!  We came here for Juknokwon, a bamboo grove 310,0002 wide.

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Right outside Juknokwon are some souvenir stores, cafes, and this place that is quite famous.  Everyone buys a box of these treats when they come here.  They are fried and very tasty but I can’t say it is very healthy.  

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Onwards to the bamboo forest!  Admission to this place is 3000 won but there is also an art gallery inside!

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From the entrance to the right is an observatory pavillion.  The first floor is a coffee shop and the upper floor is the history of bamboo cultivation in Damyang.

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The view from the observation patio.  Since it was January, it was cold and had a bit of snow …

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The second floor has photographs of Damyang back in the day.  It seems that even in the 60s, the people here still wore traditional Korean clothings.

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Towards the bamboo forest!  There are 8 hiking paths in the premise but some of them (such as the scholar lane) is closed down due to snow and ice ice.

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Since the bamboo provides shade, it is really nice during summer time.  However, during winter … I think it might actually be colder because it blocks out what little sunlight there is.

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There is also a moving art gallery exhibition, and admission fee covers this place.  The first level moving pictures and the basement consists of a coffee shop and a souvenir store at the basement.  They sell panda cups .. even though there are no pandas or animals in the premise.

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… and we continue exploring the bamboo forest.  This path is actually closed off due to ice.

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… as I said previously, there are no pandas here but there are fake ones! keke.

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… there is even a mini waterfall.

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Just outside the bamboo forest is a residential area …  those nice one-story buildings with traditional roofs 🙂

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… there are also a lot of art spaces in the forest.  At first, I was trying to figure out what this was .. but I think we figured it out at the end.

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There are also random picture frames for photogenic people.

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… the place is quite unique, so it isn’t a surprise that many movies and tv shows have filmed here.  There was even a war film take supposedly takes place in Vietnam that was filmed here (but of course, they filmed that in the summer).

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… even though Damyang is a small town east of Gwangju, there were still many tourists, I even heard someone speak Cantonese!

 

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ticket

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This was the ticket office 🙂

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Location:

… My friend’s dad then drove us back to Gwangju, where we walked around Chonnam University and then had afternoon snack at Tarr Tarr, a yummy dessert place that will be opened in Daegu soon!

 

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Chonnam National University

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Tarr Tarr 

 

Tarr Tarr Location:

Chonnam National University

January 27 2017.

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