Gwangyang City thrives in a pristine natural environment that offers many natural treats and cultural assets that make it an attractive vacation destination. In addition to four golf courses, the Port of Gwangyang offers the Dadohae Marine National Park, the Boseong green tea farms, and the swampy coastal Suncheon Bay. The Port of Gwangyang boasts many unique and beautiful natural and cultural sites and many festivals throughout the year.
The Port of Gwangyang enjoys a moderate subtropical maritime climate. The average annual temperature is just under 14 °C (56 °F). The average low temperature in January is 0 °C (32 °F), and the average high is in July at 28 °C (82 °F). The Port of Gwangyang gets about 1296 millimeters of precipitation per year.
It has been said from the old times that three miraculous spirits inhabit Mount Baekun and bless the people who come there with prosperity, wisdom, and health. Visitors who do not meet the happy spirits will enjoy long peaceful hikes through this breathtaking natural environment. Mount Baekun holds four wonderful valleys and abundant species of rare flora. It is also famous for its mysteriously medicinal waters.
Another popular tourist attraction for visitors to the Port of Gwangyang is Maehwa Village. Originally called Seomjin, the village is covered with ume flowers in the early spring. Each March the Maehwa Festival celebrates the ume blossoms and spring. In the village, visitors will find the Cheongmaesil Farm and its traditional earthenwares, plum trees that are hundreds of years old, a bamboo forest, and a chance to fish corbicular (clams) at the Seomjin River. The Seomjin Ferry leaves the village to visit many ruins and learn about ancient local legends. A trip to Maehwa Village is well worth the time. It will not disappoint.
Yundang Park was built by the Port of Gwangyang's governor in 1547. The park has many ancient trees and boasts a classical Asian landscape with a beautiful pond and many weeping willows. The park blocks the salty wind from the sea, and it once hid Gwangyang-eup Castle from the invading Japanese. The Port of Gwangyang's Yudang Park has tens of 400-500 year-old trees, and it is a dense forest in the summer. The park is a favorite spot for residents and visitors alike.