|Cheongdo's wine tunnel is famous for its persimmon wine and inviting atmosphere.|
|The entrance to the tunnel reveals the old train tracks.|
The tunnel has recently become a popular tourist spot and Cheongdo's second source of income. Every town in Korea is famous for some kind of product, natural beauty, or tradition. Cheongdo happens to be famous for their abundance of persimmons. You can view a live English news cast about the tunnel online from Arirang TV. Because of the tunnels newly found popularity, I strongly recommend going to the tunnel off season (any time besides Autumn) to avoid the crowds. January was a perfect month to go on a weekend because there were hardly any people willing to brave the tunnel which has been described by many Koreans as freezing cold. I couldn't disagree with this statement more, as the tunnel was a warm and cozy environment with rich air and damp surroundings.
|Marie Webb with her friends Melanie and Laurent enjoying their wine.|
|A great place to stop and take a picture inside the tunnel.|
The wine tunnel truly has an ambiance of love and passion. There are beautiful places throughout the tunnel to stop and take your picture. Such as cute white benches surrounded by fake persimmon trees, and a giant wire artwork resembling a bottle of wine and a glass which is completely covered in lights. Yes the atmosphere is definitely eerie at times, at one portion of the tunnel it becomes very dark. But the dim lights and candles only add to the romantic vibe.
|A giant wire figure rests at the end of the tunnel.|
|One of the wine barrels next to an old opening filled with persimmon wine bottles.|
|Small picnic tables line the tasting and dining area.|
|The tree types of Gamgrin persimmon wine.|
|Where the tunnel stops for regular visitors. A tour further into the tunnel may be arranged in advanced.|
|A view of the moldy green and red ceiling and stone walls.|
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