Highlights of Day 1:
- Penguin Village (Gwangju)
- Soswaewon Garden (Damyang)
- Pyeongchon Craft House
- 1913 Songjeong Station Market (Gwangju)
When I saw this on our itinerary, I was so curious about this place. I wonder if there is real penguin in the village. I searched on google but I couldn’t find alot of information. Then, I searched it up on Naver, and Tadah!! I found some information about this Penguin Village.
First, there is NO real penguin in the village. There are many penguins painted on the wall though. Haha! Anyways, so the reason why this village is called penguin village, is because the back view of the elderly people in this village looks like penguin when they walk. (well, you gotta follow them behind and check them out by yourself, ok? ^^)
Penguin Village (펭귄마을) is located in Yanglim-dong, Gwangju (광주).
*From Seoul to Gwangju :
Take train from Yongsan station to Gwangju / Gwangju Songjeong Station (광주송정) (around 3+hours) or take the intercity bus.
Take Gwangju subway line 1 to Nam-gwangju station (남관주역), then take taxi to Penguin Village.
SOSWAEWON GARDEN (Damyang)
March, April, September, October 09:00 ~ 18:00
May – August 09:00 ~ 19:00
November – February 09:00 ~ 17:00
Adults – 2,000 won
From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take Bus #2-1 or #2-4 to Soswaewon (소쇄원) bus stop
For more info, check out http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264336
1913 SONGJEONG STATION MARKET
This 103-year-old market is located (very) near Gwangju Songjeong Station.It is just 5 mins walk! You can find many delicious food stalls and small restaurants on this street. If you ever go to Gwangju, do not miss out this place! Here is the best place for you to have dinner. 🙂