Gyeongsangbuk-do Tour Reporter: Lalien Guillen Park
Last May 11th, Gumi Ecology (구미 에코랜드)Land was opened to public. It is a great place not only for nature-lovers but it is also a great place for bonding with family or friends. The eco land has nearby hiking routes for hikers, a huge playground for children, Gumi Forest Culture Center (구미 산림문화관) for learning about the ecosystem, a beautiful forest to explore and a monorail ride for everyone to enjoy.
On the way to the Gumi Forest Culture Center (구미시 산림문화관), it’s nice to take a walk at a lovely park full of benches and gazebos. There are fountains and bubble dispensers to the delights of kids and kids at heart.
Also, kids can have fun in the playground while their parents take a rest on the gazebos or benches.
Gumi Forest Culture Center is a three-story building with a huge, colorful staircase leading up to it.
On its right side are two long slides that would bring so much excitement to every kid who would slide down on it.
Located on the first floor are the activity area, an audio-visual room, a book cafe, an exhibit of international hiking trip sponsored by the city of Gumi, and a reasonably-priced coffee shop, Café Caritas. The book café and Café Caritas are on the pictures below.
The second floor is the learning area where visitors can see some Doctor Fish and some insects up close aside from learning more about forestry and the ecosystem.
The third floor has the ticket booth and waiting area for the monorail ride. You wouldn’t want to miss it because it is truly a fun experience.
The ride lasts for about 35 minutes nonstop, going around the entire Sandong Oak Eco Forest (산동 참 생태 숲) and offering a fantastic view, which is really worth the ride. A friendly advice though, please be mindful of your belongings as some parts of the ride go really steep and you don’t want your things go flying out of the monorail cart.
Please take note that the monorail ride is almost booked on weekends. Therefore it is better to visit there on weekdays, except on Mondays when the eco land is closed. Another option is to book for the monorail ride in advance on their website: http://www.gumi.go.kr/ecoland. However, the website is only available in Korean, so you might want to ask a Korean friend to help you out.
If you want to explore the forest, there are two monorail stops that you can get off at. If you choose to get off, there is NO guarantee that you will get a seat going back to Gumi Forest Culture Center. A monorail cart passes every 10 minutes, but if there are no seats available, you would probably have to wait for the next carts with available seats. If not, you have to walk all the way back to Gumi Forest Culture Center and it takes roughly around 30 to 45 minutes by foot.
Sandong Oak Eco Forest (산동 참 생태 숲) is the heart of Gumi Eco Land. There is a huge number of species of plants and animals that can be found in the forest. It has a Wild Plant Garden (자생식물딘지) and a Forest Experience Complex (산림복합체험단지) where everyone is free to observe wild flowers and herbs.
You might be thinking that it’s a bit boring to stroll around the forest, but Sandong Oak Eco Forest added a lot of facilities to enjoy as you explore there. There is a gazebo by a pond that you can take a rest on.
Have you ever seen a playground in the middle of the forest? They have it here.
Are you up for some Korean traditional games? Challenge your family or friends to play a round or two.
Just want to relax and appreciate the beauty and sound of nature? There are benches all over the forest that you can sit on.
A Woodcraft Experience Hall (목공예 체험장) is also located in the forest.
How about bringing home your very own handmade woodcraft souvenir? The woodcraft experience requires an online reservation thru the same website as mentioned above.
The price varies on which product you want to make, ranging from 10,000 won to 20,000 won or more. There is also a limited number of people that can register for the program. On weekdays, they have two time slots every 10 am and 2 pm. On weekends, there are three available time slots every 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Gumi Eco Land is the new weekend getaway for families and group of friends. Spend a day there to spoil the nature-lover inside of you. There are so many things to do and experience that you won’t be running out of what to do. It’s definitely worth a visit!
How to Get There:
Car is the most comfortable transportation as you can drive to Sandong Oak Eco Forest if you miss the monorail ride. But there are few buses you can take from Gumi Station to Kyungwoon University (경운대학교: gyeong-oon-dae-hak-gyo) bus stop. From the bus stop, walk up north until Gumi Ecology Land. It takes around 30 minutes. The buses are: 884-1, 193-1, 193-2, and 891-1. Make sure to ask the driver if the bus is bound for Kyungwoon University.
Tour Attraction Information:
Gumi Ecology Land
: 195 Indeok-1gil, Sandong-myeon, Gumi-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
09:00-18:00 (Last entrance at 17:30)
* CLOSED every Monday, January 1st, Lunar New Year, June 3rd, Chuseok (If public holiday falls on a Monday, it is closed on Tuesdays)
Summertime: 09:00-17:00, Wintertime: 09:00-16:00
(50% discount, an identification card is required)
(ages 19-64) Individual ￦ 3,000 / Group ￦2,500 (Group: from 20 people)
Students & Seniors
: (ages 3-18) Individual ￦ 2,000 / Group ￦ 1,500
(ages 19-64) Individual ￦ 6,000 / Group ￦5,000 (Group: from 20 people)
Students & Seniors
: (ages 3-18) Individual ￦ 4,000 / Group ￦ 3,000
Sandong Oak Eco Forest
240 Indeok-1gil, Sandong-myeon, Gumi-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do