There is no direct train to Damyang, but you can take a train to Gwangju and take either a bus or a taxi on to Damyang. Intercity buses that run to Damyang from the Gwangju Bus Terminal include nos. 301, 303, 311, and 312. Buses run daily from 6am to 10:30pm, every 10 minutes.
You can take a bus directly from Seoul to Damyang daily at either 10am or 4pm. The nearly 4-hour ride costs W14,900. Buses also run from Incheon to Damyang, lasting 4 hours and costing W17,900.
If you're driving, take the Honam Expressway (road 25 from Seoul) and follow the signs to get off at Damyang. Don't forget to drive through the Metasequoia Road, a small stretch of scenic road, lined on both sides by the tall trees creating a canopy of leaves in the spring and summer and dramatic snow-covered branches in the winter.
Local buses will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go; the only problem is that they run pretty infrequently (about every hour or two) from select destinations. So make sure you know what time the return bus is so that you're not stuck waiting an hour for the next bus.
If you're not the adventurous type and prefer to take a tour, you can catch a bus tour (tel. 061/1588-8545) of Damyang at the Gwangju Station Plaza. The tour starts just before 9am on Saturdays and takes 6 1/2 hours, visiting 10 of Damyang's best-known destinations. The tour costs W17,000 per person.
Contact the Damyang/Guncheong Culture and Tourism Department at tel. 061/380-3150 or www.damyang.jeonnam.kr.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.