This was my weekend to feel like a panda.
Damyang has been on my Korea bucket list for a while, as it’s known around the country for its bamboo forests. Since its annual festival came around last weekend, two friends and I finally had a concrete excuse to go. Stalls with bamboo games, bamboo art projects, bamboo trinkets, bamboo tea and bamboo booze were lined up at the foot of the bamboo forest, and we spent lunch drinking bamboo beer and eating bamboo rice (and even bamboo shoots in red pepper sauce!!).
See? Not only pandas can have fun!
Next up, China!!
The easiest way to Damyang is via Gwangju, as direct buses to Damyang only run two times a day. Catch a bus to Gwangju from Seoul (Express Bus Terminal, about 4 hours one-way). The cheap buses (‘gosok,’ 고속) are 16,900 won and the nicer buses (‘udeung,’ 우등) 25,000 won, though there’s no difference in travel time. From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take bus 311 until Juknokwon Forest (죽녹원, 1 hour ride).
In Gwangju, we stayed at Garden Residence Hotel in an ensuite 3-bed room for 40k total. Pretty good deal!