After a particularly cold winter season, it’s now time for the warm spring to invite us back outside to explore more of what Korea has to offer.
This weekend we are heading south east to Gyeongsangbuk-do which offers natural beauty, historical sites and fresh produce. We have put together a few of the best the area has to offer.
On Saturday we will make our way to the Upo Wetland Area, where we will pick up bikes for the day. This area is the biggest wetland area in Korea housing many animals and plants. With over 231 ha there is bound to be something for everyone to see.
The mystery of this wetland lies in it’s origin. Footprints fossils of dinosaurs have been found which makes some believe the wetlands have been around approximately 140million years. While other theorists say it occurred when the temperatures of the earth rose around 6000 years ago dividing the Korean Peninsula.
Not only are these wetlands old and of course large, they are also valuable to Korea. Many animals use these wetlands as nesting grounds, and people like it for it’s highly usable area for water related recreation.
In spring the lush new green foliage welcomes city travelers and offers a peace that can’t be found elsewhere in Korea.
As we cycle around the lake like wetlands keep an eye out for migrating and local birds that come here for breeding, as well as the many other flora and fauna that may catch your eye.
After our cycling adventure we will head to our home-stays. Home-stays are absolutely the best way to learn and experience Korean culture and lifestyle. The host families are very kind and warm hearted people, so you will surely feel at home.
At night we will have a special BBQ dinner while sitting around the campfire, and enjoy talking with new friends under the stars while drinking a few drinks and playing games.
On the second day, we will partake in the Daegaya Kingdom Festival. It will be a great chance for you to learn about the history of the ancient Daegaya Kingdom.
There you will be able to enjoy the unique experience of making iron wear, weapons, donning authentic military uniforms and viewing the Daegaya’s cultural exhibition.
The festival offers a program, which allows you to see how the entire pottery making process is done, and provide you with the chance to make some pottery for yourself.
One more bonus event of this trip will be experiencing organic strawberry-picking. Strawberries are in season now and you’ll also be ataste strawberries as you pick them and take a container of strawberries back to Seoul.
This trip is a great chance to experience a side of Korea’s history and culture that few foreigners have seen. So we hope that you won’t miss out this wonderful opportunity.
Seats will fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate, sign up now to avoid disappointment.
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