One day trip in Chodang University and folk village in Jeollanam-do

For a festival which took place at Chodang university, I came to Jeollanam-do in a sunny day. After the festival finished, I wandered around this university and the forest behind it. It looked like nothing interesting here but trees and trees, and I was really love that :))

Chodang University
Chodang University
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Outside the main entrance

About 6 hours from Seoul, Chodang university (초당대학교) is the only university in Muan-eup, Muan-gun, Jeollanam-do (). This is a province in the southwest of South Korea which is bounded on the west by the Yellow Sea. This province owns a 6100 kilometres long coastline and there are almost 2000 islands along it. Muan-gun county () is a largely rural district in South of Jeollanam-do province. Muan International Airport was opened here, and will eventually replace the airports in Gwangju. We can find numerous beaches on Muan’s coast and also a huge reservoir which is full of lotus flowers every summer. There is a forest near Chodang university.

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Gangjin workshop institute
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Administration building

The university administration building is in the left side of the photo, there is a opthalmic optics museum which located on 5th floor. It shows the history of glasses, preserves the cultue heritage of glasses, shorty said: all about glasses. It also has a fire fighting museum, if you are interested, I don’t, so I just went through it 😀

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Chodang history museum
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For sweeping views

The color represents for Chodang university is green, a color of trees, that the reason trees are planted everywhere in this university

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This place is filled with tons of fruits: pomegranate, persimmon, apple….

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Kim Ki-Un, the founder of Chodang University organized a long-term project of experience to adopt and breed Liriodendron tulipfera in Korea. This type of tree is known to have strong resistance against insect plague and greatly limber which is more productive in the market. However, this project was not adopted in Korea because this tree can not survive in Korea climate. Later, his effort was recognized and Liriodendron tulipfera has been selected as one of the 10 recommended tree stocks.

I was surprised  when I explored outside the downtown core of Seoul to discover that there is a lot of green on this place.

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A road in the school yard

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There are a lot of attractions up here, but the real attraction is the small folk village in the verdant wood behind Chodang university.

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It has a runlet flow around the village, but the time I get there, it is the start of the dry season, so the runlet looked not much attractive. All the things here look simple but beautiful.

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Flowers bloom everywhere

A further 1 km along the runlet will lead you to a small creek and two football fields. I could stay here all day and just take in the scenery or enjoy the tranquility. Right now, the weather is perfect to stroll around the grounds and enjoy the views here.

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See two cute guys on the way, they looked pretty unhappy

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This folk village offers great views at every turn and worth checking out when you go to Chodang university.

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***** Transportation

Chodang University address: 380 Muanro, Muan-eup, Muan-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

From Seoul, take the subway line 3, get off at Express bus terminal station, exit #7. Buy a ticket to Gwangju (the bus Seoul-Gwangju). It costs ~21,000 krw and takes about 4 hours to get to Gwangju. Take the bus #200 to get to Chodang University.

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A view from the bus
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