GG Supporters goes to Paju
posted by Lynette Callanta
Never imagine Paju in Gyeonggi Province will be this beautiful. It was a short visit but I seriously enjoyed my time. Thanks to all my friends and managers for making this tour a successful and fascinating one. Will surely return to Paju in the future when I got time. (Pardon our Christmas-inspired outfit, red and green are colors of the day hahaha).
This Paju trip itinerary was DMZ 3rd Tunnel and Dora Observatory Tour followed by a simple and healthy lunch at DMZ Jangdankong village (#DMZ장단콩마을). Then we moved to Sanmeoru for the wind grapes chocolate, soap, and jam-making experience program. Which was then followed by an hour tour to the Provence Village and lastly a very traditional Korean meal at Yetnalsigulbapsang which literally mean “Traditional Rural Food” (#옛날시골밥상)
First destination: DMZ 3RD TUNNEL AND DORA OBSERVATORY (제3땅굴와 도라 전망대)
The DMZ 3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978 by South Korean forces. The third tunnel spans over 1635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. Approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour according to estimation.
For visitors who wanted to see North Korea from a far DMZ tour to Dora Observatory is the right choice for you. It depends on the weather sometimes you can clearly see a part of North Korea sometimes not. (Note: you need to insert 500 Korean won to the provided telescope for you to see a part of North Korea.)
Second Destination: SANMEORU (#산머루농원)
For people who love wine, and grapes-related products then this place is for you. In this farm, visitors will be able to have their amazing winery tour, wild grape product making, and experience even wild grapes harvesting, activities everyone will surely love.
Admission fee is really affordable, for only 3,000 Korean won per person visitor can be able to have a Sanmeoru winery tour including wine tasting or sampling. Additionally, visitors can also be able to visit the farm’s very own underground ripening tunnel, product exhibition hall, and even do some experience or hands-on programs like chocolate making experience program, wine soap making experience program and wine jam making experience program.
Getting there by public transportation is not a problem. It might be a bit complicated but it is worth getting there. From Munsan Subway Station (Gyeongui Jungang Line) turn right (north) out of the exit and walk about 600 m to the intersection. Cross the street and take bus 95 heading east from the bus stop on the next street over to the west (Munhyang-ro, 문향로). Ride it for 39 stops and get off at Jeokseong Terminal bus stop (적성터미널 정류장). It will take about one hour. Transfer to bus 091B and get off at Baewon-ri Budaeap Bus Stop (배원부대앞 정류장) (8 stops, about 20 min).
Continue walking in the same direction and take your first right (south) after about 50 m. Then, walk about about 500 more meters and turn left at the four-way intersection. Sanmeoru Farm will be on your left after about 100 m.
For more information feel free to visit their website available at www.sanmeoru.com
Third Destination: PROVENCE VILLAGE (#프로방스마을)
A french-inspired themed village that houses a delicious shabu-shabu restaurant, garden restaurant that offers mouth-watering grilled meat, a Provence Living Gallery artistically decorated with beautiful interior designs, an Herb Village surrounded by sweet and romantic fragrance, a Fashion Gallery, and a European bakery and cafes.
Every shops in the village is unique in its own way ranging from the unique design and architecture, making the tour even more exciting for you will be overwhelmed by so many shops connecting to each other. Also aside from these chic shops you can also enjoy the art studio that offers a wide array of dishes that can be used in cafes and restaurants in the village; the Living Art Gallery not only decorates the whole Provence Village but visitors can also be able to purchase them any time they pleased to. If you get hungry while touring around the village there is no need to worry for delicious restaurants and European bakery can be found in the village. The Provence bakery and Cafe is one of the most famous bakery shop in the whole village after Pope Francis visited and ate the garlic bread in there (6,900 Korean won for the garlic bread). The European bakeries in the village boasts fresh and very delicious breads. For visitors who enjoy shopping, this place is also considered as a shopping haven for the living gallery offers various items that you may surely want to have. From ceramics, flowers, and even herb products. People with keen interest of Fashion are also welcome to visit the place for you will be able to see a lot of pretty, fashionable and elegant items such as clothes, accessories, and even interior designing items.
Admission to the Provence village is free so you can freely enjoy roaming around without the worry of paying an entrance fee.
Getting there by public transportation is not a problem for a number of ways can be chosen. You can either take one of these ways:
* Take the bus #200 from Hapjeong, Baekseok, Madu, Daehwa Station (Seoul Subway line 3) >> Get off at Seongdong Intersecion >> 10 – 15min walk (standard taxi fare)
* Take the bus #9709 from Seoul Station (Seoul Subway line 1) >> Get off at Maekgeum-dong >> Transfer to bus #2, #3 >> Get off at Provence Village
* Take the bus #2200 from Hapjeong station (Seoul Subway line 3, Exit #1, #2) >> Get off at Seongdong Intersection >> 10 – 15min walk (standard taxi fare)
For more information feel free to visit their website available at http://provence.co.kr/
** Credit to Korea Tourism Organization for brief introductory post about DMS 3rd Tunnel and Dora Observatory, Provence VIllage and Sanmeoru.
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