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A short trip made possible by the 52-hour work per week implemented for a better work-life balance

WriterAdministratorDate09/14/2018

- A life with evenings, a nightlife traveling with the stars -

- A gift like starlight from the work-life balance -

 

 

Autumn is just around the corner after sweltering heat that seemed like it would never end. Likewise, the 52-hour work per week, which didn’t seem attainable, has finally been implemented to create a better work-life balance. How about enjoying eating alone in a market displaying the latest delicacies or recharging your emotions with a short trip after work?

Let’s enjoy this leisurely evening, a special gift given by a better work-life balance in Gyeonggi-do!


[Eating show on a shiny night]

 

1. Enjoy a craft beer at the 5 Color Night Market in Osan

Left: a cup of craft beer and lamb skewers  wit the background./ Right: Interior of the market with various street food stands.

  

Craft beer in a traditional market? It might sound strange but a quick look around the market holding a glass of beer is not an unusual scene at 5 Color Market. The night market opens every week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The local merchants and the young generation have joined hands to make the market a special place frequented by young customers. ‘Aurora’ is the craft beer of Kkamagui Brewing, a famous local craft beer brand in 5 Color Market. It’s a Pale Ale with a heavy yet fresh finish that is made with five kinds of hops and various fruits. It goes perfectly with the popular foods on offer in the night market, such as lamb skewers or kebabs. If you spend KRW 5,000 or more in 5 Color Market, you are entitled to a glass of craft beer at a discounted price of KRW 3,000 during the Happy Hour between 7 and 8 p.m. And as it is located near Osan Station, the market is a good place for a relaxing, carefree eating show on a shiny night after work.

 

The permanent 5 Color Market used to be called ‘Osan Market’, a five-day interval village market with a long history. Perhaps due to the long tradition, the market looks more active and friendlier on days end with the numbers 3 and 8 when the fifth-day market was open.

Address: 22, Osan-ro 272beon-gil, Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do (10 minutes’ walk to the left(in the direction of Seoul) from Exit 1 of Osan Station, Subway Line 1)

Phone: +82-31-376-4141

Website: www.5colormarket.com (Korean only)

Opening hours: (5 Color Night Market) 17:00-22:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Prices: Aurora Craft Beer - KRW 5,000, Lamb skewers - KRW 1,000, Kebab - KRW 5,000



2. Please help yourself at just KRW 3,000 at Gwangmyeong Traditional Market.

Left: Two plates of various Korean pan cakes; left- mung-bean pancakes, rigt- divers vegetables pan cakes. It looks so yummy. / Right: A owner of  Gwangmyeong Grandma Mung-Bean Pancake is smiling while cooking the pan cakes.

 

Gwangmyeong Traditional Market is a representative traditional market in the metropolitan area that is always packed with people day and night, even on weekdays. The most popular food item among the many foodstuffs sold at the market is mung-bean pancakes. A thick piece of mung-bean pancakes made with ground mung beans and chopped vegetables costs only KRW 3,000, so both its taste and price are wonderful. Furthermore, the market sells various kinds of delicious, generously-sized griddled pancakes such as seafood and green onion pancakes and kimchi pancakes. With its 30-year history of business, the mung-bean pancakes house in the market has many patrons.
 

The next most famous food in the market is noodle soup, a dish of handmade chewy chopped noodles in thick anchovy broth in a large bowl served at unbelievably cheap price KRW 3,500. There are many other delicious but inexpensive foods such as KRW 1000 grilled rib patties and fish cake skewers that cost KRW 1,000 for three pieces, so you can enjoy a hearty snack without worrying about money. The market is also well known for selling good-quality agricultural products and food ingredients at reasonable price, and is easily accessible by public transport as it is connected to Subway Line No. 7.


Address: 17-5, Gwangi-ro 13beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do (Exit 9 of Gwangmyeongsageori Station, Subway Line 7)

Phone: +82-2-2614-0006

Website: https://www.gm.go.kr/tr/en/enBt/TREN0003.jsp

Opening hours: Gwangmyeong Grandma Mung-Bean Pancake 11:00~22:00, Hongdukkae Kalguksu 09:00~20:20

Prices: mung-bean pancakes - KRW 3,000, Noodle soup- KRW 3,500



[Culture Level Up!]

 

 

3. Feel the delicate scent of letters in fall at the ‘Forest of Wisdom’ in Paju.

Left: a picture of a huge book shelves to reach the ceiling, a kind of signature of the open library 'Forest of Wisdom'./ Right: an entrance of Forest of Wisdome.

 

Books readily spring to mind in fall, and Paju is a city closely associated with books. Indeed, the entire process of printing and publication is carried out in Paju Book City. There is a unique and special place in Paju Book City called the ‘Forest of Wisdom’, which is an open library for everyone. The place often appears in TV dramas and movies showing its impressive 3km-long bookshelves which reach right up to the high ceiling. The Forest of Wisdom is composed of three zones: 'Forest of Wisdom1' is filled with books donated by scholars and experts in various fields including history, philosophy and arts. As the books are classified according to the donators rather than by category of the fields, the zone enables visitors to commune with what books they read and what thoughts they had. 'Forest of Wisdom 2' displays books donated by the representative publishers of Korea. Here, visitors can see the flow and history of publication in Korea, as the books are classified by publishing company.

Meanwhile, 'Forest of Wisdom 3' functions as the lobby of Jijihyang, a guest house in Paju Book City. Decorated with books donated by publishing companies, art centers and museums, this wonderful space is open 24/7, thus allowing people to enjoy reading at leisure and feel the scent of letters even in the middle of the night. There are also various convenience facilities including the Booksori bookstore, Bomulseom used bookstore, a café, restaurant, etc.

Address: Asia Publication Culture Information Center, 145, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Phone: +82-31-955-0082

Website: forestofwisdom.or.kr

Opening hours: Forest of Wisdom 1: 10:00~17:00 / Forest of Wisdom 2: 10:00~20:00 / Forest of Wisdom 3: Open 24/7 all year round

Admission: Free

 



4. Moonlight trip to Haengjusanseong Fortress in Goyang

Left: A night view of the the first gate as the entrance decorated with the lights and people visiting there. / Right: A nighttime view of the Haengju Battle Monument shining among the lights and people are looking around there.

  

A special moonlight festival called the ‘Moonlight Trip to Haengjusanseong Fortress’ is held at Haengjusanseong Fortress on autumn nights. It tells the story of the Haengju Battle. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (between August 31 and September 9), new media shows using high-tech equipment and colorful lights are presented on the theme of ‘The Story of the Mountain Fortress at Night in Gyeonggi-do’ to tell historical facts in the viewpoint of the public. The spectacular nighttime view created by projecting light onto the unique structure of Haengjusanseong Fortress is a wonderful sight to behold. The highlight of the festival is the hologram and 3D media façade show which extends to the Haengju Battle Monument along the trail.

The story of the victory at Haengjusanseong Fortress, which was one of the three great Korean victories during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, is told through six kinds of light stories. Visitors can enjoy dramatic stories such as General Gwon Yul to defeat 30,000 Japanese soldiers told through the latest high-tech media. The great victory at Haengjusanseong Fortress is reproduced within the historic space of Haengjusanseong Fortress with colorful lighting in harmony with dramatic music. Visitors can enjoy the unique nighttime programs, including a moonlight tour wearing traditional costumes, luminous face painting, and a constellation tarot free of charge.


Address: 26, Haengjunae-dong, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

Phone: +82-31-259-4723

Website: Click (Korean only)

Opening hours: 18:00~22:00 (2018.08.31~09.02 / 09.07~09.09)

Admission: Free
  

 

 


[Emotional fantasy tour]


 

5. ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO' shows scenes from the galaxy

 

Left: a beautiful starlight arificial flower garden at night./ Right: A front view of a palace decorated with lamps, lights, and lasers at night.


The splendid starlit views of the ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO’ embroidering the night sky have come into spotlight from the opening. OOOZOOO, which is connected with the Deokpyeong Eco-Sevice Area, has become a famous place on SNS as many people have visited the place by accident while using the service area on the expressway, and fallen under the charm of the garden. Now people come to the service area in order to enjoy a date under the starlight and take some special photos.
If you arrive there before sunset, you may as well enjoy a busking performance or relax and drink some tea. Visitors are also recommended to appreciate the ‘Art Cube’ installed inside the building, whose vivid light symbolizes the dreamlike cosmos. After dark, the world of starlight spreads throughout OOOZOOO.

 

a couple holding hands,  sitting on the big scrupture of crescent moon, and looking straight at the OOZOOO at night.

 
The colorful stage in the Romantic Garden harmonizes with soft music, and the moon rises over a sculpture of a crescent moon, creating an unusual scene. Every shot would be work of art wherever you take in any poses – sitting, lying or just standing in front of the moon. However, you will have to join the queue to get into the most popular photo zone. In addition, OOOZOOO contains the Flower Garden with Starlight, the Tunnel Galaxy, which features a succession of rose-shaped lamps, etc. to create beautiful dreamlike moonlight scenery, giving you the feeling you’re in a strange galaxy.  

 


Address: 287-76, Deogi-ro 154beon-gil Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Phone: +82-31-645-0002

Website: www.ooozooo.co.kr (Korean only)

Opening hours: Weekdays 11:00~23:00 / Weekends 10:00~23:00

Admission: (Daytime) Adults KRW - 6,000, Children - KRW 3,000 / (Nighttime) Adults KRW - 12,000, Children - KRW 6,000

 




6. ‘Haenglidan-gil' in Suwon harmonizing with old alleys

Left: Two glasses of coffee and two desserts looking tasty served at one cafe of Haenglidan-gil. / Right: people are walking on the Haenglidan-gil in the silent and pretty night.

  

Haenggung-dong is the area in which Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress are located. However, since the opening of more than sixty stylish cafes characterized by an elegant traditional beauty, it has been called Haenglidan-gil. These days more young people have started to visit the place since the cafes serving unique beverages and desserts became the talk of the town through SNS, livening up the village.

The unique feature of Haenglidan-gil is that it is set on an old alley containing the lives and memories of countless people, rather than a refined and splendid street. The cafes here have opted for harmonization with the old alleys rather than a colorful new building. In fact, most of the cafes were established by remodeling ordinary homes. The torn-down walls have been left just as they are to make the interior simple, and long windows have been installed to allow in the sunlight for a longer stretch of the day. The rooftop space is used as a nice Rooftop Café. That’s why the whole of Haenglidan-gil has become a special space as attractive as the rich aroma of coffee.  


Address: All of Sinpung-ro and Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 

Phone: Travel & Museum cafe +82-31-253-8333 / Haenggung Mansion +82-10-3306-0330 

Opening hours: 11:00~23:00 (Inquire at each café.)  

Prices: Americano - KRW 4,000, Einspanner - KRW 6,000, etc. (Inquire at each café.)