Juknokwon: Damyang’s Bamboo Park

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word bamboo? I immediately think of pandas!

The Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) in Damyang (담양) certainly has pandas but not the playful and cuddly kind, although these children might disagree.

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Damyang’s Bamboo Park or Juknokwon (죽녹원) is also known as the Juknokwon Bamboo Garden and Juknokwon Bamboo Forest. Established in May 2003, this 16,000 square meter park features artificial waterfalls, pavilions, an ecological exhibition hall, and of course, bamboo trees.

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The bamboo park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Countless bamboo trees throughout the park give people a beautiful backdrop for pictures with family and friends.

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The bamboo trees also provide plenty of shade. And for those tired of walking, benches and pavilions can be found throughout the park.

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Steve and I went there during the Damyang Bamboo Festival and we watched a traditional Korean dance, Gwang Gwang Sulrae (광광술래).

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It was very hot when we were at the park so it was wonderful to cool down in the Bamboo Ecological Exhibition Hall (대나무 분재 밎 생태 전시관). The ground floor showcased various things made with bamboo that you can buy and the second floor is a snack bar with plenty of tables and chairs for you to enjoy your treats.

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It was fascinating to see the bamboo trees in different stages of growth at the park. Bamboo is technically categorized somewhere between grasses and trees. Since their use is similar to tree trunks, it has been referred to as trees by the Korean Forest Service. From its fine roots to the vines that latch on the bamboo’s stem joints, the bamboo park gave me plenty of things to photograph and learn from.

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Besides bamboo trees, there are flowers (both real and fake), water features, and Korean traditional structures for people to enjoy.

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Since the park is so picturesque, a couple of popular Korean shows and a movie were filmed there.

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Juknokwon is a great place to relax and to take pictures with friends and family, well worth the admission price of ₩2,000. For more information about the park, go to their official website. Damyang is easy to get to via Gwangju (광주) from Seoul. Click here for more information on how to get there or call the tourism hotline (02-1330).

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2 Comments

  1. [...] festival was the traditional Korean dance performance, Gwang Gwang Sulrae (광광술래), held at Juknokwon. The women performing looked like they were having such a great [...]

  2. We are going next month and I’m so looking forward to it. By the way, I love love LOVE that last photo of the bamboo (with the vines on it). Really well done. Your photographs are really lovely.

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