In this travel video we explore a Bamboo Forest in Damyang, South Korea. Daenamugol Bamboo Park (대나무골) was an interesting experience. Although it was overcrowded and packed with Korean tourists, we were able to find some quiet spots along the way. It’s certainly a touristy place equipped with plenty of cheesy inanimate objects such as pandas and ox. The tall narrow bamboo trees are quite unique and for anyone who has never seen these up close it’s well worth a visit to this park.
The park itself is located in Damyang which was not far from our hotel in Gwangju. The large Bamboo forest covers a massive area extending close to 25 acres where you’ll notice both Koreans and foreigners enjoying hiking as the chief activity. From various points situated around the park you’ll enjoy some of the best views of the city. Like most Korean parks this place is packed and if you came with idea you’d be having this place mostly to yourself the entire excursion will be a massive letdown.
It’s no surprise that this area has been a principle filming point for many famous Korean dramas. Many couples have carved their love onto the bamboo trees. We couldn’t resist doing it as well Visiting the Damyang Bamboo Forest along with the Boseong Tea Plantations were two of the biggest highlights from our journey by train from Pyeongtaek to Gwangju. It provided for the perfect weekend getaway from all of the hustle and bustle of Seoul and Suwon. I highly recommend taking the time to visit the southern region of Korea which is often ignored by other foreigners and expats: nomadicsamuel.com/video-blog/bamboo-forest-in-damyang-korea
Damyang Bamboo Park is a theme park landscaped with bamboo. Visitors can enjoy a path through a high bamboo forest, refreshing air in the winds that blow through the area, and a thick pine forest with a path winding through it. Visitors can also enjoy the flavor and charm of tea. The area has Green Town, a grass field and gathering place, lodging, outdoor cooking area, shower facilities in the park, and facilities to play volleyball, table tennis, and badminton.
This park is very famous for TV shootings. It is most famous for and drew high interest for a scene in the Korean popular drama "Damo", in which Chae Ok (actress Ha Jiwon) and Jang Seongbaek (actor Gim Minjun) had a spectacular fight scene flying among the straight bamboo forest. It is also famous for the mobile phone commercial where famous Korean actor Han Seokgyu says, "It's good to turn off your phone just for a while" while he is walking through the forest enjoying nature. Besides these, the area was also the filming place for the KBS-TV drama with Korean legendary stories " Jukgwi," "Last Witness," and the film released an March 2003, "Sword In The Moon."
Situated at the basin of the ravine in Gojisan Mountain along the Geumseongsan mountain fortress and the Chuweolsan mountain range, Daenamugol (대나무골) is surrounded by tall bamboo trees. In spring, the soft green bamboo shoots blanket the whole field; it also serves as a habitat for sedentary birds to take care of their eggs.
The landscaping of the Daenamugol Bamboo Park encapsulates the value of bamboo trees. You can enjoy the fresh crisp air walking in the bamboo grove and the thick pine tree forest. You can try the tea from wild bamboo tea trees grown in the bamboo forest. The park also has Green Town; it includes a playground made out of grass, a hall, an outdoor cooking facility, shower booths, sports fields (volley ball, Jokgu, table tennis, badminton). The theme park has appeared as a backdrop for movies like 'The Last Witness,' 'Sword in the Moon' as well as in the popular TV drama series 'Hometown Legends,' 'Damo' and in a number of commercials: english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=815403&nearBy=site
All photos and video taken by Samuel Jeffery (Nomadic Samuel) and Audrey Bergner (That Backpacker).
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