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GYEONGGI-DO SUBWAY TOUR - Line 3, Line 4, Line 7
[Activity] GYEONGGI-DO SUBWAY TOUR - Line 3, Line 4, Line 7

    1. Daehwa Station - KINTEX   KINTEX, one of the largest convention centers in Asia, holds numerous world-famous fairs and exhibitions including the Seoul Motor Show, the Korea Industry Fair and the K-BEAUTY EXPO KOREA, as well as major international conventions and exhibitions.   Exit: Exit 2 of Daehwa Station Address: 217-60, Kintex-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Varies at each exhibition facility.  Admission: Varies with each event. 2. Juyeop Station - One Mount    You can enjoy a water park, a snow park, a shopping mall, and a sports center at One Mount. Notably, the music video for the Gentleman by singer PSY was shot in the water park with its thrilling indoor and outdoor attractions and slides. The snow park is open throughout all four seasons on the theme of the ‘Santa Village of Northern Europe’ and offers visitors the opportunity to experience sledging, skating, an aurora show, etc.   Exit: Exit 2 of Juyeop Station Address: 300, Hallyu world-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Snow Park and Water Park (Weekday 10:00~18:00, Weekend 10:00~19:00) Admission: KRW 50,000 (varies according to the season) 3. Jeongbalsan Station - Ilsan Lake Park    Ilsan Lake Park, the largest artificial lake in Asia, is surrounded by a thick forest of more than 200,000 trees, and features a bicycle road, a children’s playground, a music fountain, and a Nature Learning Center among other attractions. It is visited by thousands of citizens of Goyang at weekends. Visitors come to enjoy the view of the sunset from the Hanul Square, which is decorated with the flags of all nations, after a stroll along the Metasequoia Tree Road.   Exit: Exits 1 and 2, Jeongbalsan Station Address: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open   4. Jeongbalsan Station - La Festa    La Festa, the first street-type complex shopping mall in Korea, is composed of six five-story buildings packed with fashion outlets, prop shops, theme cafes, restaurants, a theater, etc. The 300m-long pedestrian road serves as a ‘culture street’ where street performances are held frequently.   Exit: Exit 2 of Jeongbalsan Station Address: 32-34, Mugunghwa-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do  Opening hours: 10:00~23:00 (Some shops are open till midnight) 5. Samsong Station - Let’s Run Farm Wondang    At the Let’s Run Farm, visitors will see a picturesque scene of horses grazing in a vast field. The place was used as an obstacle course ground during the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, and later as a horse ranch. Nowadays it is known as Let’s Learn Farm Wondang and is a popular place for family outings.   Exit: Exit 5 of Samsong Station Address: 233-112, Seosamneung-gil, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 09:00~17:00 in summer; 09:00~16:30 in winter (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and traditional holidays) Admission: Free        1. Seoul Racecourse Park Station - Let’s Run Park Seoul   Let’s Run Park Seoul is both a racecourse and a park where visitors can enjoy the sport of horse racing. Why not observe the horses’ condition before they race and try to predict their results? Enjoy encouraging and cheering for the horses and jockeys during the races. The Park has many things to see and enjoy including the Lucky Photo Zone, a family course, and a course for couples.   Exit: Exit 2 and #3 of Seoul Racecourse Park Station Address: 107, Gyeongmagongwon-daero, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Park: Always Open / Racecourse: 09:30~17:00, on Friday and 09:00~17:00 on weekends Admission: KRW 2,000 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, free on other days. 2. Seoul Grand Park Station - Seoul Land   A theme park located in Seoul Grand Park, Seoul Land features dynamic rides including the Shot Drop, which drops rapidly at a speed of 85kmh, the Sky-X for sky jump being connected with a cable, etc. Festivals are held there all year round, including the Flower Festival, Character Festival, Water Festival, and Halloween Festival.   Exit: Exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station Address: 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 09:30~21:00 on weekdays, 09:30~22:00 on Saturday, 09:30~21:00 on Sunday, 09:00~22:00 on public holidays. Admission: Daytime Entrance Ticket: KRW 20,000; Day Free Pass KRW 40,000; Night Entrance Ticket KRW 20,000; Night Free Pass: KRW 30,000   3. Seoul Grand Park Station - Gwacheon National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art   The Gwacheon National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibits various modern art works including paintings, architecture, and sculptures. The work titled ‘The More the Better” by Paik Nam-June (exhibited in the central lobby) and the “Singing man” by Jonathan Borofsky (outdoor sculpture park) are the main symbols of the museum. The ‘Festival Marque’ is held every year with Cheonggyesan Mountain in the background.   Exit: Exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station Address: 313, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Mar. ~ Oct. 10:00~18:00 (Sat.: 10:00~21:00) /           Nov. ~ Feb. 10:00~17:00 (Sat.: 10:00~21:00) / Closed every Monday and Jan. 1 Admission: KRW 3,000     4. Indeogwon Station - Baegun Lake   Situated at the foot of a mountain, the clean Baegun Lake is the perfect place for a date or family outing. Visitors can row around the lake on a boat or experience the thrills of water skiing. There are many restaurants famous for their delicious food and cafes with a good view in the local neighborhood.   Exit: Exit 2 of Indeogwon Station Address: 113-7, Hakhyeon-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open Admission: Free   5. Ansan Station - Ansan Special Multicultural District    Wongok-dong in Ansan is a ‘borderless town’ inhabited by many immigrant workers from diverse countries. On weekends, many foreign nationals visit the area for shopping and the whole street changes into a large international market. Most of the restaurants here use foreign ingredients and spices, which create the impression of being in a foreign country.   Exit: Exit 1 of Ansan Station Address: 16, Damunhwa-gil, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open        1. Gwangmyeongsageori Station - Gwangmyeong Speedom  Gwangmyeong Speedom, the world’s largest velodrome, is an asymmetrical circular structure similar in shape to the helmet of a cyclist. Indoor bicycle races are held here all year round. Visitors can enjoy various leisure sports at the outdoor futsal pitch, Pedal Square, and Bicycle Roller Experience Center, etc. Bicycles can be repaired free of charge (for designated models) at the bike rental shop.   Exit: Exit 4 of Gwangmyeongsageori Station Address: 721, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Bike rental 12:30~17:00 (varies at each facility) Admission: Free 2. Gwangmyeongsageori Station - Gwangmyeong Traditional Market     Gwangmyeong Traditional Market, the representative market of Gyeonggi-do, is busy day and night. Its many stores sell all sorts of delicacies from vegetables grown at local farms to fresh marine products transported from famous production areas. Noodle soup, mung bean pancake and other delicacies are sold in the gourmand alley, which is popular among consumers with a limited budget.   Exit: Exit 10 of Gwangmyeongsageori Station Address: 12-1, Gwangmyeong-ro 918beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 10:00~22:00 (varies at each store)   3. Chunui Station - One Million Rose Park  The One Million Rose Park is thus named because literally one million roses bloom out of 150,000 trees in the park. Roses of diverse species and colors come into bloom at the start of summer in June. Visitors can appreciate the fragrance and the magnificent spectacle offered by a million colorful roses as they walk up the hill.   Exit: Exit 7 of Chunui Station Address: 99, Seonggok-ro 63beon-gil, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Dodang Park) Opening hours: Always Open Admission: Free   4. Samsan Gymnasium Station - Korea Manhwa Museum   The Korea Manhwa Museum shows the history of Korean cartoons from their first appearance in 1909 to the present day. The museum is composed of a Permanent Exhibition hall, a  Manhwa Experience Hall, a Manhwa Experience Hall, and an Animation Cinema. People of all ages can indulge their love of reading cartoons in the Manhwa Museum.   Exit: Exit 5 of Samsan Gymnasium Station Address: 1, Gilju-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 10:00~18:00 (Admitted until 17:00 and closed on every Monday, Jan. 1 and traditional holidays) Admission: KRW 5,000

WriterAdministratorDate10/18/2018

GYEONGGI-DO SUBWAY TOUR - Line 1
[Healing] GYEONGGI-DO SUBWAY TOUR - Line 1

      1. Soyosan Station - Soyosan Mountain Forest Park   Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk in Soyosan Mountain Forest Park which includes a forest, a wetland, flower gardens, grass, a sculpture park, a mini zoo, etc. The Forest Explanation Class (April to October) is designed to help children and students understand the forest ecosystem.   Exit: Exit1 of Soyosan Station Address: 23, Sangbongam-dong, Dongducheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open. The Forest Explanation Class is available for advanced group bookings. Admission: Free   2. Mangwolsa Station - Mangwolsa Temple      Mangwolsa Temple is located halfway of Dobongsan Mountain and can be reached after one hour’s walk along the mountain trail. The temple was established in the year 639 during the Silla Dynasty to represent wishes for the prosperity of the Silla royal family. Yeongsanjeon Hall of the temple and the bell tower on the rock create a picturesque scene. The temple also commands a panoramic view of downtown.   Exit: Exit 3 of Mangwolsa Station Address: 211-500, Mangwol-ro 28beon-gil, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open Admission: Free 3. Gwangmyeong Station - Gwangmyeong Cave         Gwangmyeong Cave is the only cave in the capital area. Visitors to the cave will see the splendid Wormhole Square located at the crossroads of several paths inside the cave; Aqua World, which displays diverse species of native fish and fish from around the world; the Golden Road, which shows the history of Gwangmyeong Cave, a place where people once mined gold; and the Wine Tunnel, which allows visitors to sample wine in the cave.   Exit: Exit 7 of Gwangmyeong Station Address: 142, Gahak-ro 85beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 09:00~18:00 (Last admission at 17:00, closed on Monday) Admission: Adults - KRW 6,000 / Youth - KRW 3,500 / Children - KRW 2,000 Web: http://www.gm.go.kr/cv/en/index.do 4. Gwanak Station - Anyang Art Park   Anyang Art Park, which is situated in the thick forest of Gwanaksan Mountain, is a ‘roofless museum’ that exhibits various works of art outdoors. It can be reached by crossing the arched bridge after walking along the valley and entering the mountain trail. The spiral observatory, which was designed by MMRDV, an architecture group of the Netherlands, offers panoramic views of the neighborhood and downtown Anyang.      Exit: Exit 2 of Gwanak Station Address: 131, Yesulgongwon-ro, Manan-gu, Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open Admission: Free 5. Uiwang Station - Railroad Museum   The Railroad Museum introduces the history of Korean railroads with an exhibition of the physical shape of the trains and repair equipment for steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, narrow gauge trains, the Bidulgi-ho, and the Tongil-ho. Models of Korean trains from all periods of Korea’s railroad history, from its first steam locomotive to the KTX (Korea’s high-speed train express) are exhibited in the indoor exhibition hall. Visitors can enjoy a VR experience of driving the trains in the Train Driving Experience Room (fee: KRW 100)   Exit: Exit 2 of Uiwang Station Address: 142, Cheoldobangmulgwan-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Mar. ~ Oct. 09:00~18:00; Nov. ~ Feb. 09:00~17:00 (Closed every Monday, Jan. 1, and traditional holidays) Admission: Adults (19~64 years of age: KRW 2,000) / Children & Youth (4~18 years of age: KRW 1,000) 6. Suwon Station - Suwon Hwaseong Fortress   Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was built by King Jeongjo as an expression of love for his father. The fortress has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as the ‘Epitome of Fortress Construction’ in the late Joseon Dynasty. In addition to its offensive and defensive purpose, the fortress contains Hwaseong Temporary Palace for the king and living facilities for the people. A nighttime tour titled ‘Moonlight Tour of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress’ is available for tourists.   Exit: Exit 7 of Suwon Station Address: 190, Yeonmu-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Mar. ~ Oct. 09:00~18:00; Nov. ~ Feb. 09:00~17:00 Admission: Adults (19 years of age and over: KRW 1,000) / Soldiers and Youth (13~19 years of age: KRW 700) / Children (7~12 years of age: KRW 500) 7. Seodongtan Station - Dongtan Central Park  Dongtan Central Park is located in the center of Dongtan New Town. Visitors can enjoy strolling along the straight trail or the forest trail that leads to a low hill. The sculpture in the shape of poo located in the ‘Ttong (poo) Playground’ is very popular with children. The park also contains various sports facilities including a basketball court, a soccer field, a golf course, a roller skate track and an artificial rock-climbing wall.   Exit: Exit 1 of Seodongtan Station Address: 32, Dongtangongwon-ro 2-gil, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Always Open   8. Songtan Station - Pyeongtaek International Central Market  This market crowded with a mixture of American soldiers and Koreans looks quite exotic. It contains restaurants serving diverse cuisines from around the world including Turkey, Thailand, and the Philippines. In particular, the Songtan Hamburger stuffed with various ingredients between thick bread, is very famous. The market also sells unique clothes and military style attire. The ‘Hello Night Market’ opens every Saturday night and features various kinds of food stalls.    Exit: Exit 5 of Songtan Station Address: 11-4, Jungangsijang-ro 25beon-gil, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 10:00~22:00 (differs at each store) 9. Pyeongtaek Station - Agricultural Museum  Located in the Pyeongtaek Agricultural Technology Center, the Agricultural Museum exhibits various agricultural tools and techniques, and the agricultural way of life of our ancestors, as well as a diorama and murals vividly reproducing fun of farm music band. Visitors can observe more than 170 species of flowers and trees including wild plants, herbs, fleshy plants and subtropical plants in the Natural-themed Botanical Garden outside the museum.   Exit: Exit 1 of Pyeongtaek Station Address: 33-58, Cheongo-ro Oseong-myeon, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: 09:00~18:00 Admission: Free 10. Bugae Station - Woongjin Play°C     Woongjin Play°C is a leisure sport-themed park where you can enjoy a water park, spa, golf, ski, and other facilities in downtown. It also boasts Korea’s first indoor ski slope where you can enjoy skiing and boarding in any season. It is recommended to relieve your fatigue in the open-air spa after trying the seven thrilling water slides in the water park.   Exit: Exit 2 of Bugae Station Address: 2, Jomaru-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening hours: Water Park (Weekdays 10:00~18:00; Weekends 10:00~21:00), Spa (10:00~21:00 every day) Admission: about KRW 50,000        

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Ueumdo in Hwaseong with endless reed field
[Scenic Beauty] Ueumdo in Hwaseong with endless reed field

 My own wedding photo at the hidden haven of Gyeonggi-do, Ueumdo in Hwaseong with endless reed fieldUeumdo, which was already a popular place for photographers but wasn't known much by general people, became famous as the best place for couples who are preparing to take wedding selfies with the trend of self-wedding in Korea. Introducing Ueumdo, a place not far from Seoul but gives an air like Jejudo Island, the land farthest from Seoul.Information on Ueumdo -Address: Ueumdo, Gojeong-ri, Songsan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-357-3951-Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00-Closed on: Mondays-Admission: Free-Parking Information: Parking lot available at the visitor center of the Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs *Entry to the trail not possible on rainy days Wedding Selfie Point l. Taking wedding photos just for two in the vast spectacleUeumdo, which was originally an island, can now be reached by car since it became land due to reclaimed land development for Sihwaho Lake. Since the two-lane road to Ueumdo is wide open, you can enjoy your driving feeling refreshed. If you see any good place while driving through, park the car for a moment on the side and go into the reed forest to begin taking wedding selfies. Once you step into Ueumdo, you will be overwhelmed by the wide space that didn’t look so wide from the road. Since it’s so wide, all places look the same no matter how deep you go. Thanks to this, you can take photos only for you two at ease even during weekends with many people.     Wedding Selfie Point 2. Hidden haven that goes well with the vintage conceptUeumdo is so wide with many similar places, so you have to do some legwork if you want to take photos that are different from others. Before the uphill to Songsan Green City Observatory, there is a space on the left for parking three or four cars. Park the car there and go into the bush where not many people have gone in yet. If you go in for about 10 more minutes, you’ll see a low and wide rock hill that looks like an alien planet. It’s a rock hill full of desolation that might not seem to go well with a wedding photo, but don’t hesitate to take photos here with various poses. You’ll be able to get photos with vintage and unique feel.  Wedding Selfie Point 3. Romantic date along the deck road in the reed forestApart from the rock hill, a place in Ueumdo recommended for taking photos with a unique background is the trail of Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs at the entrance of Ueumdo. The well-maintained trail and dinosaur installations here are one of the few things with human traces in the grand field of endless reed. Change into more casual and convenient clothes and take photos on the deck road, which has a modern feel like a couple who went out for a walk. A flower crown for the bride and a boutonniere on the groom’s chest will be enough to indicate a wedding photo. The unusual wedding selfie will produce a freshness that is different from photos in dress and suit.     It item – Wedding selfie picketPickets with initials, date of marriage, and phrases of proposal for the couple are props for making the wedding selfies more fruitful and fun. They’re easy to make as well, since all you have to do is print out the phrases using your printer at home and paste them on thick paper. The cute phrases “Marry me?” “Yes!” on the pickets will make even the people who are passing by smile.Must see – Songsan Green City ObservatoryAt the very end of the two-lane road in Ueumdo is Songsan Green City Observatory. It is an observatory for enjoying the view around Sihwaho Lake at 100m above sea level and is a place for promoting Songsan Green City, the largest new city project in the metropolitan area. Enjoy a wide-open view at the 5-story observatory that can be accessed at once using the elevator. Must try – Lifting the brideIf you want to take a photo of you two with natural smiles, gazing at one another, have the groom lift the bride. The moment the groom lifts the bride on the count of three, both of you will burst out laughing at the same time. Remember — the photo will have a more romantic air the closer your faces are.Linked CourseHwaseong Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs ‒ Eoseom Airfield ‒ Gungpyeonghang Port   ① Fossil Site of Dinosaur EggsThe place where dinosaur egg fossils were discovered around islands consisting of sedimentary rocks at the southern reclaimed land of Sihwaho Lake. It is a cultural tourist resource with historical and natural values and is visited by many people. -Address: 659, Gongnyong-ro, Songsan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-357-3951-Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 / 10:00-17:00 (Winter season)-Closed on: Mondays, January 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, and Chuseok Holiday-Admission: Free-Website: dinopia.hscity.go.kr * Entry to the trail not possible on rainy days   ② Eoseom Airfield  An airfield for light airplanes that now became more popular as a photo zone. A reed field unfolds next to worn-out airplanes on the vast field. -Address: Gopo-ri, Songsan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-357-2147*Visit after checking in advance.  ③ Gungpyeonghang Port The port with the longest breakwater in Gyeonggi-do. There is a bower at the end of the breakwater, a good place for enjoying the sunset with fishing boats passing by.-Address: 1049-24, Gungpyeonghang-ro, Seosin-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-1577-4200 (Hwaseong City Hall), +82-31-356-7339 (Hwaseong Gungpyeong-ri Village)[Transportation for Linked Course]Ueumdo ‒ Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs ‒ Eoseom Airfield ‒ Gungpyeonghang Port① Ueumdo -> Fossil Site of Dinosaur EggsTake a taxi to visitor center of Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs (approx. 3.3km | approx. 5 minutes)   ② Fossil Site of Dinosaur Eggs -> Eoseom Airfield Take a taxi to Eoseom airfield (approx. 15.6km | approx. 25 minutes)   ③ Eoseom Airfield -> Gungpyeonghang PortTake a taxi to Gungpyeonghang Port (approx. 22km | approx. 38 minutes)    

WriterAdministratorDate10/04/2018

Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park in Paju with coexistence and reconciliation
[Scenic Beauty] Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park in Paju with coexistence and reconciliation

Proposal at the hill of the wind that sings of peace,  Away from separation and dispute - Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park in Paju with coexistence and reconciliation  Imjingak, the symbol of our painful past and the current separation between South and North Koreas — here, Pyeonghwa Nuri Park was created hoping for peace and unification with the World Peace Festival in 2005. Pyeonghwa Nuri Park is a complex cultural space where cultural arts festivals including various performances, exhibitions, and films, are held. Its vast grass is a place that must be visited by couples who want wedding selfies that are full of vitality. Information on Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park in Paju  -Address: 618-13, Majeong-ri, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do- Inquiries: +82-31-953-4744- Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00- Closed on: Mondays- Admission: Free-Parking Information: KRW 3,000 per day for small car / KRW 2,000 per day for compact car -Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264487  Wedding Selfie Point 1. The northernmost park in Gyeonggi-do with attractive grasslandOnce you go in the park through the entry route from the parking lot, you'll see vast grassland that goes downward centering on the outdoor performance hall. One of the coolest poses for such a wide grassland like this is jump shot. You can jump together with the bride, but the groom may jump alone to express the joy of marriage with all of his body. You'd have to jump many times since you have to capture the moment, but you'll be able to get a satisfying photo as a result. Since Pyeonghwa Nuri Park  is one of the popular places and is visited by many people during festival seasons, you should check the festival schedules in advance and consider visiting on weekdays.Wedding Selfie Point 2. Taking wedding selfies with artworksPyeonghwa Nuri Park is decorated with various artworks, all of which are good backgrounds for taking wedding selfies. After taking photos on sculptures like stick house and wish tree by reflecting on their meaning, try going to "Calling Unification", four sculptures with the shape of giant human beings. Be sure to take photos of having sweet chats while walking around as well. In front of people who are silently shouting for unification while looking north, act out a kiss scene in a plaintive veil with the heart of yearning for unification. Since the wind goes through the sculptures, the flying veil will produce a more mysterious air.Wedding Selfie Point 3. Love that blossoms on the hill of the wind that sings of peaceAlthough we can feel wind, we cannot see it. Around 3,000 pinwheels made from the hope of seeing the wind with the eyes were renamed “Hill of the Wind,” and they became known as the most attractive place in Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. When you look at the pinwheels, which we moved in our childhood with our breaths, in detail, they have different shapes, such as heart and shape of the Korean Peninsula. While they provide a spectacle on their own, you'll hear the sound of thousands of pinwheels turning on windy days, making for a more wonderful scene. Try leaving a true work with the colorful pinwheels that cannot be seen anywhere else.   It item – Helium balloonCan there be any other props that go better than this when taking outdoor wedding selfies? Try preparing pink balloons by wishing for the pink future of the two. Merely holding the balloon will make the photo full of vitality. As the photo shoot reaches its end, let the balloons fly away to take a photo that can only be taken once. The balloons that can fly freely anywhere will look especially beautiful along with the significance of Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, which yearns for unification.  Must see – Café AnnyeongThere is a building over “Eoulmot,” a small pond at one corner of the park, which captures people's attention ¾ it's “Café Annyeong.” Have a cup of coffee here to relieve the fatigue from walking around the wide park for the outdoor photo shoots. An option is to take photos inside the café, which has a wide-open space, as well as on the deck beside the pond. Must try – Sunset photoOnce the sun starts setting, the park has a different mood. Though you can enjoy the red sky anywhere since it's an open space, try going to the highest place to take a photo against the light. The groom tenderly kissing on the bride's forehead at the park with the red sky will be a romantic climax.Linked CourseHeyri Village ‒ Lotte Premium Outlet ‒ Pajubookcity   ① Heyri Village  It's a space for cultural arts, such workshop, gallery, and performance hall for artists, musicians, writers, and architects as well as a shelter for citizens. -Address: Heyri Village, Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-946-8551-Closed on: Mondays-Website: https://heyri.net/blog/e/index.asp*Check the website for the Opening Hours and spaces that are open on Mondays. *Visit after checking in advance.  ② Lotte Premium OutletA premium outlet near the tourist complex in Paju. Domestic and foreign brands are available with discounts. -Address: 390, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-960-2500-Opening Hours: 10:30-21:00-Closed on: Open all year round-Website: store.lotteshopping.com/handler/Main-Start?subBrchCd=054     ③ PajubookcityA book city created by publishers and publishing companies, it became a complex cultural space as shops like cafes came into unique-looking buildings of publishing companies. Discount events or cultural events held by publishing companies make it a good place for a picnic. -Address: 145, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-955-5959 [Transportation for Linked Course]Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park ‒ Heyri Village ‒ Lotte Premium Outlet ‒ Pajubookcity① Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park -> Heyri Village Take a taxi to Heyri Village (approx. 20km | approx. 20 minutes)   ② Heyri Village -> Lotte Premium outletTake a taxi to Lotte Premium Outlet (approx. 12km | approx.13 minutes)   ③ Lotte Premium outlet -> PajubookcityTake a taxi to Pajubookcity (approx. 1.2km | approx. 5 minutes)   

WriterAdministratorDate10/04/2018

Gupo-dong Catholic Church in Anseong with 100 years’ history
[Scenic Beauty] Gupo-dong Catholic Church in Anseong with 100 years’ history

Unique Catholic Church built in Western style on Hanok framework, Gupo-dong Catholic Church in Anseong with 100 years’ historyA Catholic Church, which inspires sanctity and holiness just by looking at it, is a place that fits best with weddings. While Anseong Gupo-dong Catholic Church is not yet well-known among people, it is an impressive place with unique architectural style of Western style on Hanok(a traditional Korean house) framework. Let’s go take wedding selfies here at the church, which boasts of cultural values by being designated as Gyeonggi-do Monument No. 82.Information on Gupo-dong Catholic Church in Anseong-Address: 33, Hyesan-ro, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-672-0701-Opening Hours: 9:00 -18:00-Closed on: Open all year round*You may not enter the old church, which is designated as Gyeonggi-do Monument No. 82. Wedding Selfie Point 1. Feeling like going back to 100 years’ pastInside chaotic apartment complexes that make you think, “Would there be such an old catholic church in a place like this?” Gupo-dong Catholic Church stands alone, making you feel as if you went back to the past by riding a time machine. Once you enter the church site, you’ll be immersed in the quiet and calm air that will make you forget about the apartment complexes in the back. Take wedding selfies here at Gupo-dong Catholic Church, which boasts of 100 years’ history by being built in the early 1900s, with the theme of the Korean enlightenment period. Black-and-white photos with a little awkward pose will go well, so try it if you want something unique. Wedding Selfie Point 2. Wonder from the harmony of Korean and Western stylesGo past the front side, which doesn’t look much different from other Catholic churches at a glance, to the side, and you’ll see a scene that you wouldn’t have imagined. You really thought it was a Western-style Catholic church, but now you see a scene like an old Korean palace or a Hanok village. This is because the Gupo-dong Catholic Church is one of the few remaining Hanok Catholic churches that blended Korean and Western styles by using Hanok materials, such as wooden pillars, rafters, and roof tiles. Take photos by slowly looking around the building at its side and the back, which shows the unique splendor of Hanok. You’ll be able to feel the essence of this cathedral from the beautiful harmony of Hanok and Western bell tower that you haven’t seen anywhere else. Wedding Selfie Point 3. Petite but splendid walking trail and stone wallIn the garden that surrounds the grand Catholic church is a pretty trail that reminds one of a small forest trail. This road is actually the “road of the cross” for giving prayers by thinking about the pain of Jesus who died on the cross. Even if you’re not Catholic, it’ll be good to go around the church with the mood of deep contemplation. The scene is at its most spectacular in autumn when it turns into a more beautiful space with the falling leaves and autumn foliage. The site of the Catholic church is distinguished from the outside by the gentle stone wall. The old tree that rises high with the stone wall is a good background for wedding selfies as well. Take wedding photos with a typical pose by looking at one another with the tree in between or by leaning on the stone wall. It item – Couple ringA prop for a wedding selfie that can be prepared with ease is a ring, a major symbol of marriage. All the photos by stacking hands or locking fingers together to show the couple ring in order to feel the eternity of your love, or by simply overlapping the rings with a bouquet next to them are cool enough.   Must see – Centennial Catholic Church and logos towerOn the left side of the main church is a church in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Anseong Catholic Church. Currently, almost of all Masses are held here. The desolate appearance of the exposed concrete blends well with the church unexpectedly. The large tower on the right side was built in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Catholicism in the Anseong region. It is buried with a time capsule that is to be opened in 2100, the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church.  Must try – Wedding carDecorating the wedding car, which lights the road to honeymoon, comes from the tradition of decorating the car with flowers to wish for safety and fortune. If you plan to decorate the wedding car for your actual wedding, do so by preparing props beforehand. Since you’ll be too busy to take photos with the wedding car on the day of the wedding ceremony, take photos with it on the day when you take wedding selfies.Linked CourseChiljangsa Temple ‒ Geumgwang Lake ‒ Anseong Farmland   ① Chiljangsa TempleBuddhist temple located at the dense forest of Chilhyeonsan Mountain, said to have been founded by Buddhist Monk Jajang on the fifth year of the reign of Queen Seondeok. The temple with the most number of cultural heritages in Gyeonggi-do. -Address: 399-18, Chiljang-ro, Juksan-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-673-0776*Visit after checking with the site in advance.  ② Geumgwang Lake One of the Eight Sights of Anseong designated by Anseong-si. A park with trails and deck is located around the lake, and the site is popular as a driving course.-Address: Geumgwang Lake Park, Geumgwang-ri, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do  ③ Anseong FarmlandExperiential farm for seeing and playing with familiar animals such as striped ox, bull, donkey, sheep, and goose. It has various experiential facilities such as mini train, merry-go-round, and horse riding. -Address: 28, Daesindu-gil, Gongdo-eup, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-8053-7979-Opening Hours: Summer season (March-November) 10:00-18:00Winter season (December-February) 09:00-17:00-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: General- KRW 12,000 / Children·Youth - KRW 10,000-Website: www.nhasfarmland.com (Korean only)*Separate fee paid for experiential programs and rides[Transportation for Linked Course]Gupo-dong Catholic Church ‒ Chiljangsa Temple ‒ Geumgwang Lake ‒ Anseong Farmland   ① Gupo-dong Catholic Church -> Chiljangsa TempleTake a taxi to Chiljangsa (approx. 24km | approx.35 minutes)   ② Chiljangsa Temple -> Geumgwang Lake Take a taxi to Geumgwang Lake (approx. 22.3km | approx. 25 minutes)   ③ Geumgwang Lake -> Anseong FarmlandTake a taxi to Anseong Farmland (approx. 17km | approx. 20 minutes)     

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Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, where tradition and modernity are mixed
[Scenic Beauty] Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, where tradition and modernity are mixed

Riding a time machine to palaces and fortress walls of the Joseon Dynasty, Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, where tradition and modernity are mixedHwaseong Fortress and Temporary Palace are places that are best for taking wedding selfies with hanbok, the traditional clothes of Korea. This is the highlight of the Joseon fortress walls and the most beautiful temporary palace in Joseon, with every corner serving as photo zones for wedding selfies. The best and only method for enjoying these places is walking, so take a slow walk along them to begin taking romantic wedding selfies. Information on Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) -Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-290-3600-Opening Hours: Summer season (March-October) 9:00-18:00 / Winter season (November-February) 9:00-17:00-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: General - KRW 1,500 / Youth - KRW 1,000 / Children - KRW 700-Parking Information: 18, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-doKRW 2,000 for 3 hours / KRW 10,000 for a full day-Website: http://www.swcf.or.kr/english/?p=35Tips for enjoying Hwaseong Fortress!① Hot air balloon, Flying Suwon can be ridden at Changnyongmun Gate in Hwaseong Fortress. It is operated 365 days a year from morning till night. Ride it to look down the entire Hwaseong Fortress.   -Address: 697, Gyeongsu-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-247-1300-Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: General - KRW 18,000 / Youth - KRW 17,000 / Children - KRW 15,000/ Suwon citizens - KRW 15,000 (10% discount for groups with 20 people or more)*Not operated on days with bad weather. Check before visiting. ② Hwaseong Royal VehicleYou can move around Hwaseong Fortress using Hwaseong Royal Vehicle. You can change vehicles with a single ticket, so it’s the best transportation for touring here.   -Address: Yeonmudae Ticket Booth – 105, Changnyong-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-doPaldalsan Ticket Booth – 228, Paldalsan-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si-Inquiries: Yeonmudae Ticket Booth +82-31-228-4686Paldalsan Ticket Booth +82-31-228-4683-Opening Hours: 9:50-17:15-Closed on: Mondays-Admission: General - KRW 3,000 (KRW 2,400 per head for groups of 20 or more) / Soldiers and youth - KRW 2,000 (KRW 1,600 per head for groups) / Children - KRW 1,000 (KRW 800 per head for groups)-Website: http://www.swcf.or.kr/english/?p=13&mode=view&idx=335&rIdx=99999203   -Routes of circulation for Hwaseong Royal VehicleYeonmudae → Hwaheongmun → Janganmun → Hwaseomun → Paldalsan → Hwaseong Temporary Palace → Paldalmun Traditional Market → Suwon Hwaseong Museum → Yeonmudae   -Stations for Hwaseong Royal VehicleHwaseomun, Hwahongmun, Hwaseong Museum (Fried-chicken Street), Paldalmun (traditional market), Hwaseong Temporary Palace*Check the website for operating hours.*Schedule may be changed according to weather conditions and vehicle repairs.  Wedding Selfie Point 1. Take hanbok wedding selfies at the temporary palace of Joseon DynastyThe first course of wedding selfies begins at Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress. Thanks to the filial love and special affection of King Jeongjo for his father, Hwaseong Temporary Palace was created as the biggest and most beautiful palace among the multiple temporary palaces built as royal villas. The large square is the first thing that will greet you once you arrive at Hwaseong Temporary Palace. It’s the Hwaseong Temporary Palace Square where various performances, exhibitions, and cultural events are held. Looking around Hwaseong Temporary Palace Square you can reach Sinpungnu Gate, the main gate of Hwaseong Temporary Palace. Sinpungnu Gate boasts of the splendor of the Temporary Palace, which is a microcosm of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Here at Sinpungnu Gate, which earned its name for being the homeland of King Jeongjo, take beautiful photos with hanbok just like you went back to the time of Joseon.  Wedding Selfie Point 2. Walk hand-in-hand along the gentle road by the fortress wall Slowly walk along the stairs next to the parking lot of Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, and you’ll arrive at Seonodae Platform of Paldalsan Mountain, the highest place of Hwaseong Fortress. Standing here, you’ll be able to see not only the Temporary Palace but also the large gates in four directions, fortress walls with length of 5.4km, various military facilities, as well as the grand scenery of Suwon that affords a view of downtown Suwon, offering the harmony of traditional and modern. The road that leads from here to Hwaseomun Gate is a downhill walk, so it’s best to take a light stroll. You can whisper your love while walking hand-in-hand or imagine the future you will make together. The scene of walking along the road by the fortress wall in hanbok is like a beautiful painting by itself without any special directing. Wedding Selfie Point 3. Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion, the most beautiful place in HwaseongDongbukgangnu Pavilion, which has the most beautiful scenery among the 4 gangnu (pavilion) in Hwaseong, is so stunning that it earned its name “Banghwasuryujeong,” which means “Looking for flowers and playing along the willows.” The scenery of the artificial lake Yongyeon and weeping willows as seen from Banghwasuryujeong is the highlight of the wedding photo shoot in Hwaseong Fortress, which will make you take a seat and just relax without any cares. After taking in the splendid scenery around the lake and Hwahongmun Gate with 7 rainbow-shaped floodgates, start walking toward Janganmun Gate along the external road, not inside the fortress wall. It gives you a different feel of height from the inside, making you take different photos with the background of the fortress wall that contains traces of time. It item – Floral shoesFloral shoes, which are lent when taking photos in hanbok, have pretty shapes and color, so they are good items to take photos of by themselves. Just taking photos of the groom’s and the bride’s shoes, and bouquet reminds you fluttering memories of the first night. Must see – Hwaseo ParkIf you came down to Hwaseomun Gate, don’t go right away to Janganmun Gate, but stop by Hwaseo Park outside Hwaseomun Gate. While it provides beautiful natural scenery throughout the four seasons, the flame grass in autumn is the best. How about taking photos of the groom and the bride shyly kissing one another with the background of Seobukgangnu Pavilion that rises high above the white flame grass like snow in October? Must try – Marriage ProposalThe moment of proposal cannot be missed when taking wedding selfies. Just as the origin of wedding bouquet comes from men proposing by picking wildflowers, act out a scene of proposing by kneeling down and giving a bundle of flowers. It will remain as one of the most meaningful photos for the couple.    Linked CourseHaenggung-dong Mural Village – Haenggung-dong Workshop Street ‒ Gwanggyo Lake Park   ① Haenggung-dong Mural Village  A village created from mural works by residents, artists, and civic groups. You can see paintings by popular artists and take rests in cafés located throughout the village. -Address: Mural Village in Buksu-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do    ② Haenggung-dong Workshop Street  A small alley beside Hwaseong Temporary Palace, which has streets lined with artists’ workshops for experiencing and watching metal crafts and cloisonne crafts. -Address: In the vicinity of Namchang-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do*For contact information and holidays, make inquiries at individual workshops.   ③ Gwanggyo Lake ParkKorea’s largest lake park in the new city of Gwanggyo. Provides various experiential programs and environmentally friendly spaces, serving as a good place for playing and taking a rest. -Address: 102, Gwanggyohosugongwon-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-70-7776-5001-Website: http://www.gglakepark.or.kr (Korean only)*Check the website for various programs and reservation information.    [Transportation for Linked Course]Haenggung-dong Mural Village - Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) ‒ Haenggung-dong Workshop Street ‒ Gwanggyo Lake Park ① Haenggung-dong Mural Village - Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace)  Walk to Hwaseong Fortress (approx. 7minutes | approx. 513m)②Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) - Haenggung-dong Workshop Street Walk to Haenggung-dong Workshop Street (approx. 5minutes | approx. 394m)③Haenggung-dong Workshop Street -> Gwanggyo Lake Park Take Bus 34 and get off at Gwanggyo Hoban Village Entrance Bus Stop (approx. 35 minutes)  or Take a taxi to Gwanggyo Lake Park (approx. 6.1km | approx. 20 minutes)       

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Gapyeong Edelweiss full of exotic air
[Scenic Beauty] Gapyeong Edelweiss full of exotic air

Special memory made at a Swiss Village in Korea, Gapyeong Edelweiss full of exotic airEurope where there are beautiful streets, fairy-tale buildings, and signboards that are like piece of art, is one of popular and romantic places for taking wedding selfies for Koreans. In reality, however, it is not easy to hop on an airplane right away. For these people we recommend Gapyeong Edelweiss in Korea instead. It has Switzerland as theme and people will be able to enjoy the feeling of being in Europe. Feeling an atmosphere of Europe in Korea would weird but fresh and fun at the same time for you, wouldn't be? Information on Gapyeong Edelweiss-Address: 226-57, Darakjae-ro, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-581-9400-Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 on weekdays / 9:00-18:00 on weekends-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: General - KRW 10,000 / Youth - KRW 6,000 / Children - KRW 5,000 -Parking Information: Edelweiss parking lot available-Website: www.swissthemepark.comWedding Selfie Point 1. Swiss Village in Korea that is full of exotic airEdelweiss Swiss Theme Park, a place that is drawing attention as a European village after other theme park in Korea; German Village in Namhae, Mediterranean Village in Asan, and Petite France in Gapyeong. Just like a place with Switzerland — the country of Heidi, Girl of the Alps — as theme, a simple rural village is located in the middle of a mountain like a scene from a painting. The clock tower that is seen right at the entrance serves as the ticket booth and Swiss theme center. Passing here, you can see buildings decorated with murals on pastel-colored backgrounds from the entrance of the village. These buildings are various theme centers and museums, so you can take photos while slowly looking around. One thing to look out for is that there are some private sites inhabited by actual people, so quietly pass by red “keep-out” signs if you see them. Wedding Selfie Point 2. The best place for taking the most European photosOnce you enter the village, there is only a single road, so if you walk while looking around, you will naturally come out of the village after going around it once even if you don’t mind the order of the tourist attractions. Among the sites, there are photo zones that you shouldn’t miss if you want a European-style photo — it’s the Fountain Plaza and the trail in front of Edelweiss Plaza. Despite the small size of the fountain plaza, which is located in the middle of the village, it has sophisticated sculptures and beautiful scenery, serving as a good site for taking cute photos. The Edelweiss Plaza is located at the end of the village. The trail, which stretches to the village entrance along with the scenery of Gokdalsan Mountain and European buildings, boasts as if a scene where Heidi might come out and play at any moment. Wedding Selfie Point 3. Forever our love. “LOVE” PlazaThe outdoor theater, which is located downward from the ticket booth, connects to the trail coming down from Edelweiss Plaza, so visit it last after going around the village. Beside the outdoor plaza is the Love Plaza with a big heart and the sculpture with the letters “LOVE.” It’s a romantic photo zone that is recommended for couples who take wedding selfies. Take as many photos as you want and go up the stairs, and you’ll see That’s Coffee, the café that you saw when you entered the village. The outdoor table here shows the scene of an open-air café in Europe. Order a cup of coffee and take a photo like a lovely European couple taking a brief rest after walking down the street.It item - Bern Bear doll maskBern Bear Museum, one of the multiple theme complexes, is a place with the theme of bear, the symbol of Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. On the second floor is a doll mask of Bern Bear as it's the mascot of Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park as well. Wear the mask and take photos with actions or poses that you haven’t tried before. Whatever you do, you’ll look cute and lovely.  Must see – Café That’s Coffee and Wish TreeAt Café That’s Coffee on the village entrance is a wish tree. This tree, which also appeared on the last scene of SBS drama Remember, is hung with papers where people wrote their wishes. Like the character in the drama, sit by the window where sunlight comes in and take a wedding selfie with the colorful tree as background. If you want to hang a wish paper with the couple’s wish, go to the Love Propose Museum.Must try – Self-camera directingThose who love to take photos still get nervous when taking wedding photos. In that case, act like you two are really taking selfies. Focus on the cell’s screen and take selfies as usual without thinking that you are taking photos with another camera. You’ll be able to get more natural and pretty photos.Linked CourseGapyeong Rail Park & Jarasum Island   ① Gapyeong Rail ParkPlace for enjoying tourist attractions by riding the rail bike along the old railroad of Gyeongchun Line. Start from Gapyeong Rail Park Station and go through Bukhangang Railroad Bridge and Zelkova Tree Lane to Gyeonggang Station for an hour and a half round-trip. -Address: 14, Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-582-7788-Opening Hours: Operating 5 times in winter season (Nov. 1 ‒ Feb. 24)  Operating 6 times in summer season (Feb. 25 ‒ Oct. 31)-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: KRW 25,000 for two-person bike / KRW 35,000 for four-person bike-Website: http://www.gprailpark.com (Korean only)*Check the website for the rail bike schedule② Jarasum IslandJarasum Island is an island on Bukhangang River shaped like a terrapin. It boots a beautiful natural scenery consisting of riverside trail, flowers, and trees. it is visited by visitors for Jarasum International Jazz Festival in autumn and trout festival in winter. -Address: 1-1, Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-8078-8028-Opening Hours: 24 hours-Closed on: Open all year round-Admission: Free -Website: http://www.jarasum.net (Korean only)*Festival fee paid during the festival period[Transportation for Linked Course] Gapyeong Edelweiss -> Gapyeong Rail Park -> Jarasum Island   ① Gapyeong Edelweiss -> Gapyeong Rail ParkApproximately 29km to Gapyeong Rail Park (approx. 48 minutes)   ② Gapyeong Rail Park -> Jarasum IslandApproximately 1.5km to Jarasum Island (approx. 4 minutes)     

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A Restorative table with sweet rice! Icheon Steamed Rice
[Healing] A Restorative table with sweet rice! Icheon Steamed Rice

 A restorative table with sweet rice! Icheon Steamed RiceThe phrase “Did you have a good meal?” is a greeting that feels welcoming and nice at all times. It is not just a traditional greeting in Korea that asks after one’s health and well-being; it is also a phrase that conveys a compassionate heart among desolate lives. The word “meal” reminds one of a warm bowl of rice with steam coming out of it. A bowl of glossy rice will taste sweet and savory the more you try it. Icheon Steamed Rice, which will warm your heart, can be had in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do.    By Public TransportationMyeongdong Station ⇨ Doyechon(Ceramics Village) Rice Street (1 hour and 32 minutes)① Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station and transfer to Line 3 at Chungmuro Station (approx. 5 minutes | 1 station)② Take Line 3 at Chungmuro Station and transfer to Sinbundang Line at Yangjae Station (approx. 27 minutes | 11 stations) ③ Take Sinbundang Line at Yangjae Station and transfer to Gyeonggang Line at Pangyo Station (approx. 20 minutes | 3 stations)④ Take Gyeonggang Line at Pangyo Station and get off at Sindundoyechon Station (approx. 39 minutes | 6 stations)⑤ Walk from Sindundoyechon Station Exit 1 to Doyechon Rice Street (approx.12 minutes | 779m) *Fare: KRW 3,050 (one-way) Eating point 1. Sweet, sticky, and savory taste of Icheon Steamed RiceAs it says, “rice is medicine”, rice with side dishes made of seasonal vegetables is truly medicine by itself. Icheon Steamed Rice tastes sweet and chewy when raw rice from September to October is served right after pounding it. Regarding the climate of Icheon, it has hot sunlight during daytime and low temperature at night. The rice tastes superb because it is grown with pure water from mountain, weather with large temperature differences, and good soil. The managers of Icheon Steamed Rice restaurants cook rice so tastefully that they can be called masters of making rice. Icheon Steamed Rice restaurants are clustered around the Saeum-dong three-way intersection of Gyeongchung-daero, from Gichimi Pass near Seolbong Park to Neokgogae Pass in Sugwang-ri, Sindun-myeon. All Icheon Steamed Rice restaurants offer newly steamed rice and many countryside dishes. While it might not be a fancy dish that will make you fall in love with it at once, it provides nice native foods as well as attractive proper one-dish meals of quality.     Eating point 2. A small but hearty meal made with Mother’s handsThe set menu with Icheon Steamed Rice offers petite and savory food just like those made with mother’s hands. The side dishes made of soybean paste and Korean chili paste, which are hand-made every year with sincerity suit my appetite, and so will yours. The table for Icheon Steamed Rice is filled with various side dishes according to season. In spring, the table is filled with fresh vegetables from the garden; in summer, salted seafood whets the appetite. Long-stored herbs rich in vitamins and minerals are lightly stir-fried in autumn, and warm and oily dishes are offered in winter. You’ll fall in love with a spoonful of the hot-pot rice served right after ordering food. Icheon Steamed Rice, which is made from raw rice harvested between September and October throughout the years, is the first reason tourists who visited Icheon come back later.   Eating point 3. Three warm tastes enjoyed with hot-pot riceNo matter how many tasteful side dishes fill the table, the main dish of Icheon Steamed Rice Set is hot-pot rice, which is cooked on fire right after the guests sit on their chairs. It boasts of superb sticky taste. The first taste of Icheon Steamed Rice comes from taking a spoonful of the steamy rice. And then, move the whole rice to another bowl and pour hot water into the hot pot. A bowl of glossy rice will be finished in no time if you keep eating it with the tasty side dishes. The second taste of Icheon Steamed Rice comes from the bowl of rice that blends well with delightful rural side dishes. Lastly, the taste of eating scorched rice by soaking it in hot water will feel incomparable to any other desserts. Warm sungnyung (scorched rice water) will refresh the inside of your mouth, which has become dry from eating rice and multiple side dishes. It will soothe your full stomach as well. Please feel slowly this feast of tastes of Icheon Steamed Rice.   Eating TIP (How to enjoy Icheon Steamed Rice thoroughly)Icheon Steamed Rice, which is tasty enough on its own, caters to people’s tastes with unique rural dishes that are different in every restaurant. Sesame leaf seasoned with soy sauce mixture goes well with hot rice. Pickled peppers and marinated crab are also side dishes that go well with rice. Put in seasonal herbs such as soybean sprouts, balloon flower roots, and spinach, as well as Korean chili paste and sesame oil and mix them with steamed rice to come up with a savory dish. The highlight of the rustic set menu is stir-fried dried radish leaves and rich soybean paste. The nice and soft taste of them goes well with properly cooked rice.     Linked CourseSagimakgol Pottery Village ‒ Seolbong Park ‒ Woljeon Museum of Art Icheon ‒ Icheon Cerapia ‒ Icheon Hanu (dinner)   ① Sagimakgol Pottery Village  Pottery village that represents Icheon. Workshops that make ceramics and shops are close by, making it a good place for picnics. -Address: 2994-16, Gyeongchung-daero, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-644-2000*Make individual inquiries for Operating Hours and Closing days   ② Seolbong ParkThe center of Icheon World Ceramic EXPO and the major park of Icheon featuring Seolbongho Lake -Address: 408-3, Gwango-dong, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-644-2645   ③ Woljeon Museum of Art IcheonA municipal art museum and memorial hall that commemorates Jang Woo-sung (pen-name: Woljeon), a master of Korean paintings. Exhibits the collections and donations of Jang Woo-sung and holds exhibitions and lectures for citizens. -Address: 185, Gyeongchung-daero 2709beon-gil, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-637-0033-Operating Hours: 10:00-18:00-Closed on: Mondays, January 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Holiday-Price: Adults KRW 2,000 (KRW 1,400 per head for groups), Youth KRW 1,000 (KRW 600 per head for groups), Children KRW 600 (KRW 400 per head for groups)-Website: http://www.iwoljeon.org    ④ Icheon CerapiaA complex ceramics cultural space that includes creative residency, workshops, and experiential facilities. Hosts exhibitions and special exhibitions every year. -Address: 263, Gyeongchung-daero 2697beon-gil, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-631-6501-Operating Hours: 9:30-18:00-Closed on: Mondays, January 1, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Holiday-Price: Adults KRW 3,000 (KRW 2,000 per head for groups) / Children and youth KRW 2,000 (KRW 1,000 per head for groups) -Website: https://www.kocef.org/eng/    ⑤ Icheon Hanu (Korean Beef)Another pride of Icheon, a town famous for rice, is Korean beef. The City of Icheon directly manages the brand “King Brand Icheon Korean beef” for first-grade Korean beef. Try popular restaurants near Icheon Bus Terminal according to your appetite. -Address: In the vicinity Icheon Bus Terminal, 1200, Iseopdaecheon-ro, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do  [Transportation for Linked Course]Sagimakgol Pottery Village (2 hours) ‒ Seolbong Park (1 hour) ‒ Woljeon Museum of Art Icheon (1 hour) ‒ Icheon Cerapia (2 hours) ‒ Icheon Hanu (1 hour)   ① Doyechon Rice Street -> Sagimakgol Pottery Village Walk to Namjung three-way intersection Bus Stop (51255) (approx. 2 minutes | approx. 133m)Take Bus 114 and get off at Saeum 2-dong Doyechon Bus Stop (32058) (approx. 10 minutes | 3 stops)Walk to Sagimakgol Pottery Village (approx.5 minutes | approx. 327m)   ② Sagimakgol Pottery Village -> Seolbong ParkWalk to Saeum 2-dong Doyechon Bus Stop (32058) (approx. 5 minutes | approx. 327m)Take Bus 114 and get off at Fire Station, Icheon Hospital Bus Stop (32070) (approx. 11 minutes | 3 stops)Walk to Seolbong Park (approx. 15 minutes | approx. 998m)   ③ Seolbong Park -> Woljeon Museum of Art Icheon Walk to Woljeon Museum of Art Icheon (approx. 7 minutes | approx. 468m)   ④ Woljeon Museum of Art Icheon -> Icheon CerapiaWalk to Icheon Cerapia (approx. 5 minutes | approx. 317m)   ⑤ Icheon Cerapia -> Icheon Hanu (Icheon Bus Terminal)Walk to Seolbongsan Entrance Bus Stop (32076) (approx. 15 minutes | approx. 988m)Take Bus 28-1 and get off at Standard Chartered Bank, Icheon Bus Terminal Bus Stop (32097) (approx. 8 minutes | 3 stops)Walk to Icheon Bus Terminal (approx. 3 minutes | approx. 233m)       

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Tasty harmony of kimchi and ham! Uijeongbu Budaejjigae
[Healing] Tasty harmony of kimchi and ham! Uijeongbu Budaejjigae

 Tasty harmony of kimchi and ham! Uijeongbu Budaejjigae The main dish for Korean people is rice and kimchi. There are many cuisines of kimchi throughout a long history. Among them, there is Uijeongbu Budaejjigae (Uijeongbu-style Kimchi and Sausage Stew), the origin of fusion cuisine. The history of Budaejjigae can be traced back to the agony from the time of poverty. With ripe Kimchi that offers a refreshing taste, Uijeongbu Budaejjigae uses tofu, spring onion, and Korean chili paste to add spice and clean taste. Its original taste, wherein the harmony of kimchi, ham, and sausage offers a savory flavor, can be found in the Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street.  By Public TransportationMyeongdong Station ⇨ Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street (1 hour and 1 minute)① Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station and transfer to Line 1 at Changdong Station (approx. 29 minutes | 12 stations) ② Take Line 1 at Changdong Station and transfer to U Line at Hoeryong Station (approx. 20 minutes | 5 stations)③ Take U Line at Hoeryong Station and get off at Uijeongbu Jung-ang Station Exit 2 (approx. 12 minutes | 5 stations) *Fare: KRW 1,750 (one-way) Point 1. Uijeongbu Budaejjigae, which reflects the sorrow from the time of povertyThe historical background of Uijeongbu Budaejjigae is related to the region of Uijeongbu where US soldiers stationed after the Korean War. It was not difficult to find the supplies of the US Army in Uijeongbu, where the large US Army base was located. Among various supplies that were sold in Uijeongbu Jeil Market, cuisines using ham and sausage were popular as local dish. The name “Budae” came from the Korean word meaning “military unit.” As the original restaurant that sold Budaejjigae gained popularity among the people in the 1960s, Budaejjigae Street began to be formed. In the 1990s, the Uijeongbu Budaejjigae gained national popularity, causing it to be selected as the Budaejjigae-specialized food street of Gyeonggi-do in 2009. Also Uijeongbu Budaejjigae festival has been held every October since 2006. It will satisfy your sights and tastes at once!Point 2. Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street, which is loved for its abundant food by ordinary peopleUijeongbu Budaejjigae Street is located in front of Jungang Station of U Line. There are 14 Budaejjigae restaurants gathered in the alley, which is around 150m long. Budaejjigae, which was created around the 60s, became a savory dish as ham and sausage from US military units, which used to be fried, were added with kimchi, spring onion, and tofu. A bit greasy taste of Western ingredients met a refreshing taste of kimchi, and came to a unique delicacy. Budaejjigae is food for ordinary people that doesn’t feel burdensome in terms of taste and price. The first restaurant that opened its doors in Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street is Odeng Restaurant. Opened in 1968, it is still operating successfully for 3 generations, so you can easily assume how much people love Budaejjigae. Uijeongbu Budaejjigae became a popular food that can be tried anywhere in the country. It recently ranked No. 2 among Korean foods that are enjoyed by Chinese people.      Point 3. Food for ordinary people that isn’t burdensome in terms of taste and priceBudaejjigae is food for ordinary people that can be tried without any burden in terms of taste and price. With abundant quantities of ham, sausage, kimchi, tofu, glass noodles, green onion, Korean chili paste, and garlic, Budaejjigae offers diverse flavors. The point when kimchi, ham, and sausage are bobbing up and down in the pot of boiling spicy meat soup whets the appetite. I recommend try ham, sausage, and kimchi on top of rice, first, and then add ramen noodle to it. You can enjoy a new ramen in this spicy and sweet meat soup. Except the ham and sausage, which are imported, all ingredients are directly made by the restaurants. Enough kimchi for a year is made using the traditional method, and side dishes, such as radish water kimchi and stir-fried fish cake, are directly made as well. The recipe for making a refreshing Budaejjigae differs in each house. Budaejjigae may go through infinite variations according to demands by young generations. Different tastes can be enjoyed depending on what ingredients - rice cakes, dumplings, various noodles, etc. - you add, and it's the reason people of all generations love Budaejjigae. Budaejjigae is also offered in single serving as a one-person menu.  Eating TIPUijeongbu Budaejjigae is a dish being cooked on the spot as you order. The salty taste of kimchi, ham, and sausage may increase the salinity of Budaejjigae the longer it is boiled. To enjoy refreshing Budaejjigae, ask for more broth to have an adequate amount of soup. Be sure to pour enough broth before adding rice cakes, dumplings, or ramen noodles and put them in when the soup is fully boiling in order to enjoy them well.Linked CourseUijeongbu Jeil Market (2 hours) - Haengbok-ro (2 hours, dinner)   ① Uijeongbu Jeil Market  As a traditional market which has kept its ground for more than 60 years, it is known as the largest market in Gyeonggi-do in terms of its size and number of shops. -Address: 20, Taepyeong-ro 73beon-gil, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-31-846-5524   ② Haengbok-ro   The main street of Uijeongbu, which used to have severe traffic congestion, became a no-car zone in order to make it a haven with various foods and attractions for citizens. -Address: Haengbok-ro, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do ③ Uijeongbu Indoor Ice Rink A sports facility located in Uijeongbu Sports Complex where you can skate throughout all seasons if you visit during its operating hours. The place rents skates as well. -Address: 136, Cheyuk-ro, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do -Inquiries: +82-31-828-4855-Operating Hours: 10:00-17:50 -Closed on: National holidays / Days of facility repair (Last Fridays during April-June, September-November) / During ice sports competitions-Fee: General KRW 3,500 / Youth KRW 3,000 / Children KRW 2,500Skate rent KRW 3,000-Website: http://www.siseol.or.kr/gsports/sub03/sub_01_01_01.asp (Korean only)       [Transportation for Linked Course]  ① Uijeongbu Budaejjigae Street -> Uijeongbu Jeil MarketWalk to Uijeongbu Jeil Market (approx. 8 minutes | approx. 564m)   ② UIjeongbu Jeil Market -> Haengbok-ro Walk to Haengbok-ro (approx. 4 minutes | approx. 276m) 

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Experiencing the global food culture in Korea! Ansan Multicultural Food Street
[Healing] Experiencing the global food culture in Korea! Ansan Multicultural Food Street

 Experiencing the global food culture in Korea! Ansan Multicultural Food StreetAnsan Multicultural Food Street in Gyeonggi-do has the most number of foreign restaurants in Korea. Colorful signboards in foreign language fill the street and it's hard to find Korean restaurants, and the smell of exotic foods captivates the visitors. You can feel like a kind of the vitality of a traditional market more than just other food streets experiencing and tasting various food ingredients and unique foreign dishes. Let’s go on a colorful food tour here at Ansan multicultural food street!         By Public TransportationMyeongdong Station ⇨ Ansan Multicultural Street (Total of 1 hour and 21 minutes)①Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station and get off at Ansan Station (approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes | 29 stations)②Walk from Ansan Station Exit 1 to Ansan Multicultural Street (approx. 6 minutes | approx. 393m) *Fare: KRW 1,250 (one-way)Eating point 1. Ansan, where life for foreign laborers goes onThe town of Wongok-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do was selected as Ansan Multicultural Village by Gyeonggi-do in 2009. Multicultural Food Street, which begins from the other side of Ansan Station Exit 1, has a large number of restaurants from Asian countries such as India, Thailand, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Nepal, etc. They offer foods for local people, not those adjusted for Korean people, so the foods taste closer to the native taste and come at affordable prices. The town of Wongok-dong became the haven for foreign laborers and marriage migrants as industrial training students entered Ansan Banwol Industrial Complex and Sihwa Industrial Complex from the early 1990s. It took root as a foreign street in Korea as the number of community centers for foreigners as well as shops and restaurants that sell food increased. As its name suggests, multicultural street, which is inhabited by more than 40,000 foreigners from 66 countries around the world, is a place where various lives and cultures coexist.     Eating point 2. Foods in Multicultural Food Street made by foreigners, tried by foreignersMulticultural food street is comfortable because it feels like a traditional market where restaurants and street vendors sell foreign vegetables, fruits, side dishes, and snacks. You can purchase the fruits, vegetables, and spices that you saw in your country or during your trip overseas, but hard to see in Korea such as durian, mangosteen, okra, morning-glory, avocado, cilantro, etc. When you walk the street, you’ll hear Chinese, Russian, English, and Vietnamese languages, making you feel like being not in Korea.  The snacks on the stands in front of restaurants are diverse as well. It’s an opportunity to enjoy cheap local foods as much as you want only if you have curiosity for foreign foods as well as huge appetite. But if you just try everything that you see, you might have a full stomach before even looking around everything, so it might be wise to go with friends and share the foods in small bites.     Eating point 3. Food street for global people that provides foods as tasty and cheap as local foodsThere are multiple well-known restaurants in the multicultural food street. While walking down the street, you’ll see a Chinese bakery where twisted bread sticks and dumplings as well as mooncakes are piled on the stands in front of the shop. The Chinese baguette breads, which are dipped in soy milk and served as Chinese breakfast, are very popular. Two large breads are 1,000 won, and the soy milk is free. There is also a Thai restaurant that is popular among Koreans. Papaya salad, whose excellent taste is as refreshing as Kimchi, and somtam are made with anchovy sauce according to the local recipe and are very popular. The Indonesian restaurant near the foreign community center is always full of vegetarians. It offers diverse dining menus including light flour foods whose sweet and salty seasoning fits the Korean palate well. Indian restaurants on the street are visited by many people as well. Tandoori shrimp and chicken and garlic naan are provided at more affordable prices and in larger servings compared to those in Downtown Seoul.     Eating TIP (How to enjoy Vietnamese rice noodles)If you feel like having a warm bowl of noodles in the multicultural food street, try the Vietnamese rice noodles. The rice noodles, which have crispy mung bean sprouts and onion in pure beef bone soup, will warm your stomach. It’s not bad to mix in spicy sauce according to your preference. Cilantro, which cannot be omitted in Vietnamese rice noodles, is provided enough for a full gastronomic experience. Fried dumplings filled with vegetables and meat just like Vietnamese spring rolls are tasty as well. There are multiple Vietnamese rice noodle houses that are widely known to have tasty foods at the entrance of Ansan Multicultural Food Street.    Linked CourseSihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant - Daebu Bada Hyanggi Park - Bangameori Food Street (dinner: clam noodle soup)① Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant    World’s largest tidal power plant constructed in Sihwa sea dike. A cultural center, which provides the history and culture of Sihwaho Lake as well as virtual experience on tidal power generation, is available. -Address: 1927, Daebuhwanggeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-32-885-7530-Operating Hours: Summer season (Mar.-Nov.) 9:30-17:30Winter season (Dec.-Feb.) 9:30-17:00-Closed on: Mondays / January 1 / Lunar New Year’s Day, and Chuseok Holiday-Website: http://english.kwater.or.kr/eng/tech/sub01/sub02/patentPage.do?s_mid%3D1207② Daebu Bada Hyanggi Park   Park located at the waterside of Daebudo, which has a long trail. Has different flowers according to seasons and cute props here and there; a good place for taking photos. -Address: 1841-10, Daebubuk-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do-Inquiries: +82-1666-1234③ Bangameori Food Street  Street of food and culture located in the coastal line connecting Oido Island and Daebudo Island. You can have sliced raw fish and roasted clams. Clam noodles, wherein clams and noodles are boiled in a huge pot, are popular as well.  -Address: Around 97-9, Daebujungang-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do-Website: http://www.daebudoisland.co.kr (Korean only)*Please check restaurant coupons can be downloaded at the website.   [Transportation for Linked Course]① Ansan Multicultural Food Street -> Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant Walk from Ansan Multicultural Food Street to Ansan Station (approx. 3 minutes | approx. 221m) Take Bus 123 and get off at Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant Bus Stop (approx. 52 minutes | 19 stops)Walk to Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant (approx. 4 minutes | approx. 246m) *Fare: KRW 1,250 (one-way)    ② Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant -> Daebu Bada Hyanggi Park (approx. 34 minutes)Walk to Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Plant Bus Stop (18686) (approx. 4 minutes | approx. 246m)Take Bus 123 and get off at Bangameori Parking Lot no.1 Bus Stop (18533) (approx. 14 minutes | 2 stops)Walk approximately 1.06km to Daebu Bada Hyanggi Park (approx.16 minutes)*Fare: KRW 1,250 (one-way)   ③ Daebu Bada Hyanggi Park -> Bangameori Food Street (approx. 26 minutes)Walk to Hotel Daebudo Bus Stop (18503) (approx. 19 minutes | approx. 1.25km)Take Bus 123 and get off at Bangameori Parking Lot 1 Bus Stop (18214) (approx. 6 minutes | 1 stop)Walk approximately 86m to Bangameori Food Street (approx. 1 minute)*Fare: KRW 1,250 (one-way)     

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