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Experience Gyeonggi-do’s thrilling activities!
Experience Gyeonggi-do’s thrilling activities!

             ​-Gyeonggi-do's 6 Best Destinations for Exciting Sports and Leisure Activities-June is the perfect month to enjoy leisure activities such as walking in the forest or swimming in a fresh, clean lake, or sports activities in even an indoor gym. After enjoying such activities, your body will feel lighter and your mind will be refreshed. Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do, a paradise for exciting sports and leisure activities!  ‘UIWANG Sky-rail’ for a beautiful “flight” over the lakeUIWANG Sky-rail is a zip wire that offers the thrill of speed and flying through the air. It was named ‘Sky-rail’ to match the image of Uiwang, a special railroad zone. The ride starts from a 41-meter-high tower on the hill above the Wangsong Lake Campground. Riders go up to the observatory in an elevator to enjoy the panoramic view of the Wangsong Lake area taking pictures, and when it’s their turn, they go up to the deck upstairs. Following the instructions of the professional guide, they put on safety gear, take a deep breath, and wait for the countdown. With the departure signal, the thrilling ride through the air starts at very high speed, and they will surely be amazed by both the rapid speed and the fantastic scenery below their feet. The ride travels a distance of about 350 meters to the Uiwang Rail Bike Ticket Office. Uiwang, one of the major themed tourist destinations in the metropolitan area, is packed with exciting tourist attractions including Wangsong Lake, Rail Bike, Wangsong Lake Campground, and Sky-rail.Address: 307, Wangsongmotdong-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-8086-7371 Home page: http://uiwangpark.uuc.or.kr Opening Hours: 09:00~18:00 Admission: KRW 15,000 (Uiwang Sky-rail is open to persons who are over the age of 8, at least 51 inches tall, and weigh between 66 and 220 pounds)‘Camptong Island in Gapyeong’, a rising place for water leisure sportsCheongpyeong Lake, set amid a magnificent mountain landscape, is classed ‘Scene1’ among the Eight Scenes of Gapyeong. The lake is not only one of the best driving courses in Korea but also offers various exciting water leisure sports activities including wakeboarding and a water park. Camptong Island, the most popular place of Cheongpyeong Lake, attracts tourists with its variety of water attractions and play facilities including the Monster Slide, Air Bounce, Speed Boat, Partition Boat, etc. Moreover, Camptong Island has gained much more popularity through SNS. There are plans to double the area of the Water Park and build the Blob Jump and Maze Playground in 2018. The Lawn Plaza is a great place to relax enjoying a cup of coffee and the great view beneath a parasol. In addition, access to Cheongpyeong Lake has been improved recently with the opening of Gapyeongdaegyo Bridge.Address: 976, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-585-6000 Home page: http://www.camptong.com Opening Hours: 10:00~17:00 (Water Leisure) Admission: Off-season(until July 6) – Water Park: KRW 9,900, Water Leisure All-Day Ticket: KRW 69,000(Weekends)  Adventure in the Forest ‘Dynamic Eco Adventure ZIPLINE in Yongin’ Offering thrilling experiences in the forest, Dynamic Eco Adventure ZIPLINE in Yongin is an adventure-themed park that consists of a suspension bridge connecting two trees, a zip wire, and other exciting play features. These exciting adventure facilities are divided into three courses for different levels ranging from children to adults. After following the instructions of the safety personnel, children are required to wear a helmet and safety gear to experience the Monkey Course or the Chimpanzee Course, which consist in climbing a tree using safety hooks, avoiding obstacles, crossing a log bridge, and climbing a rope to the opposite side to ride a zip wire in the forest. The courses will help develop children’s patience and spirit of adventure, and let them fully enjoy their freedom with nature.  In addition, the King Kong Course, which is recommended for Junior and High School students and adults, contains ascending and descending activities between trees at high heights. For those who fancy a more spectacular descent, a zip line is recommended. Zip liners can slide down through six courses from the top of the recreation forest. The last course, Albatross, offers the most thrilling experience. Address: 220, Chobu-ro, Mohyeon-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do  Inquiries: +82-1588-5219 Dynamic Ecotainment ZIPLINE YONGIN Home page: http://yongineco.co.kr/adventure.php Opening Hours: 09:20, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00 (Saturdays and Sundays at 09:20 and 17:00) Admission: Monkey Course - KRW 10,000 / Chimpanzee Course - KRW 10,000 / Monkey + Chimpanzee Course - KRW 14,000 / King Kong Course - KRW 14,000‘Sports Monster in Hanam’, a new concept of sports theme park​Sports Monster is a new concept of sports and leisure theme park where visitors can use various play features and facilities even during the late hours after work, regardless of the weather for a certain number of hours at a flat rate. Users receive a wristband at the entrance that allows them to use the games and verify remaining hours of use. As there is often a queue for the most popular features, please check the Sports Monster Guide Map at the ticket office to use your time more efficiently.​ ​ Sports Monster consists of 25 sports activities in four zones – Basic, Exciting, Adventure, and Digital. Of these, the Digital Zone is the most popular space, and its representative game is ‘Soccer,’ in which the player kicks the ball against the goalkeeper on the screen. Another popular game is ‘Baseball,’ in which the player becomes a legendary pitcher in a movie and faces the batsmen of the opposing team, enjoying the thrill of throwing the ball in the strike zone. Other interesting games include ‘Taekwondo’ which allows the user to kick the real sandbag in accordance with the character on the screen, and ‘ICAROS’, which is a simulation game. Address: 4F, Starfield Building, 750, Misa-daero, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-8072-8502 Home page: http://www.sportsmonster.co.kr Opening Hours: 10:00~21:00 (Weekends - 10:00~22:00) Admission: Adults - KRW 24,000, Youth / Children - KRW 19,000 (basic time: 2 hrs)‘Hantangang Sky Bridge in Pocheon’, a trek along a basalt canyon​The Sky Bridge is located in a canyon with columnar joints near the Hantangang River. Visitors can reach the Sky Bridge by following the spiral access road and crossing the canyon. Its upper part is made of transparent glass, giving visitors a thrilling view of the Hantangang River and the magnificent scenery of the basalt canyon far below their feet.​Diverse trekking courses are also available at the Sky Bridge, and of them, ‘Bidulginang Circle Course’ which includes Hantangnag Byeorut-gil and Meonguri Canyon is recommended. This course is well known for Korea’s only basalt canyon, so is appreciated for its unique geological features and magnificent landscape. The trekking course is about 6km long and takes about 2 hours. Furthermore, Bidulginang Falls, situated next to the Sky Bridge, is a great place to escape the heat amid picturesque scenery.    Address: 207, Bidulginang-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-538-2114 Home page: http://www.pocheon.go.kr/ktour/index.do‘Roller Beat in Goyang’, a retro play with roller skates​Roller skating has become popular again since a TV entertainment program introduced this retro activity. Roller Beat in Goyang City, the start of this retro syndrome, offers a spacious track with colorful lighting at a reasonable admission fee that includes the safety equipment rental charge. Ever since Kim Gun-mo, a famous Korean singer-songwriter, appeared at Roller Beat in the Korean TV entertainment program My Little Old Boy, it has attracted many roller skaters, and other rinks benchmarked to it have been opened around the country, too.​ Roller Beat also offers skating lessons for beginners. Visitors will enjoy roller skating with exciting music and colorful lights. Who knows, you might get to skate alongside Kim Gun-mo today? What about visiting Roller Beat in retro outfit to enjoy yourself?Address: B1, 27, Haengsin-ro 143beon-gil, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-973-4400 Opening Hours: 10:00~22:00 Admission: Children - KRW 8,000, Adults - KRW 10,000 (Time: 2 hrs, equipment rental charge for roller skates and helmet included.)

WriterAdministratorDate06/14/2018

‘First Love’ Travel in Search of the Most memorable Scenes
‘First Love’ Travel in Search of the Most memorable Scenes

Just the thought of first love makes heart flutter. Memorable places of that times are etched into your memory forever. Gyeonggi-do invites all those who still preserve their distant, delicate memories and who miss “how they were in those days” to bring back such a pure feeling and memory at that times.    ‘First Love’ Travel Destinations in Gyeonggi-do    1. She Was Pretty - Heyri Art Valley in Paju  It may be a clichéd plot, but what if you met your childhood first love after becoming an adult? The TV series She Was Pretty is a romantic comedy about Hye-jin, a very pretty girl whose appearance changes during adolescence, and Seong-jun, an archetypal ugly duckling who changes from an unattractive adolescent into a ‘golden boy’. Thanks to its charming characters, this witty series was very successful. As the background to the series is a magazine publishing company, there are many charming scenes filmed in various s in Paju.  ​   One of the most attractive places is Heyri Art Valley, where Hye-jin goes to read the book she received as a present at Galdae (reed) Plaza, which is ideal for family outings and picnics. The guesthouse ‘The Forest of Thought, MOTiF #1’ appeared as the marital home of Hye-jin and Seong-jun, and their workroom, as well as the study room filled with 10,000 books, is very impressive. Other shooting s include various stylish cafes such as White Block, COMF-CAFE, and GREEN SENSE in the village.   ​  Furthermore, Byeokchojimunhwa Arboretum, an eco-friendly arboretum packed with green plants and ponds, features in the scene in which Sin-hyeok takes Hye-jin to comfort her after she has been misunderstood and fired. Not only She Was Pretty, but many other TV dramas such as Yong Pal, starring Ju-Won and Kim Tae-hee, and Doctors, starring Kim Rae-won and Park Sin-hye, include beautiful scenes that were shot in this arboretum.    * Heyri Art Valley Address: Heyri Art Village, Heyrimaeul-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-946-8551 L​inks: https://heyri.net/blog/e/index.aspOpening time: Always   * Byeokchojimunhwa Arboretum Address: 242, Buheung-ro, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-957-2004 Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00(Mar.-Oct.), 10:00~22:00(Nov.-Feb.) Admission: Adults - KRW 9,000, Youth - KRW 7,000, Children/Seniors- KRW 6,000        2. Guardian: The Great and Lonely God – ‘Seoknamsa Temple’ & ‘Mirinae Holy Site’ in Anseong   “Every moment I spent with you shone brightly.” “Because the weather was good, because the weather was bad; and because the weather was good enough, I loved every moment of it."   The TV series Guardian: The Great and Lonely God is a successful drama that includes countless great scenes and famous lines. The series concerns the tragic and beautiful destiny of the four characters: an immortal goblin, the goblin’s human bride, who can end the curse of the goblin, the grim reaper, who suffers from amnesia, and a mysterious woman named Sunny who loves the grim reaper. The series was enormously successful thanks to its high-quality storyline, stunning performances, and fantastic and beautiful images, creating a boom known as ‘goblin syndrome’ in the country. In addition, the amazing filming s remained the talk of the country even after the end of the series.   ​  Two s in Anseong appeared in the series. Seoknamsa Temple was the background to the impressive scene in which the goblin flies a sky lantern. Founded in 680 (the 20th year of the reign of King Munmu of Silla), this temple is located at the northeast foot of Seounsan Mountain in Anseong, and is well known for its beautiful stone stairway to Daeungjeon Hall.   ​ The other famous scene depicting the goblin’s bride recalling the goblin, was filmed in ‘the Cathedral to commemorate the canonization of the 103 saints at the Mirinae Holy Site. This Holy Site is the place where Korean Catholics lived in secret to avoid persecution during the late Joseon Dynasty, and it holds the graves of Saint Andrew Kim Daegeon, Korea’s first Catholic Saint, and Saint John Yi Yun-il. As the cathedral is huge and magnificent and has a serene atmosphere, it is a popular destination among pilgrims as well as tourists.    * Seoknamsa Temple Address: 3-120, Sangchonsaemal-gil, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-676-1444 Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00 Admission: Free   * Mirinae Holy Site Address: 420, Mirinaeseongji-ro, Yangseong-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-674-1256 Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00 Admission: Free       3. Architecture 101 – ‘Kudun Station in Yangpyeong’ The movie Architecture 101, which created a boom known as ‘first love syndrome’ in South Korea, tells the story of two university students who fall in love. Kudun Station in Yangpyeong is well known as the site of the romantic scene in which the main characters, Seung-min and Seo-yeon, walk along the rails, outstretching their arms, at this old station originally came for their homework.    ​  The history of Kudun Station, which is registered Cultural Heritage, dates back to 1940. After the train service was closed down, it was abandoned for a while and then re-opened as a local cultural space. Now, this popular filming consists of nine themed spaces including Café Kkamong, Happy Factory, Waiting Room and Garden of Confession. One of the must-visit destinations in Yangpyeong, it offers interesting hands-on experience programs such as taking a polaroid photo, hanging a wish message on a tree, and flying a sky lantern on the railroad.  ​The rail tracks along which Seung-min and Seo-yeon walk together in the film can still be seen without being separated or combined. Along with the film’s famous line, “We all are someone’s first love”, visitors will recall their ‘first love’ on the railroad at the former Kudun Station. Another famous place that recalls one’s first love in Yangpyeong is the Hwang Sun-won House of Literature, Sonagi Village, which was founded according to the background of Sonagi (Rain Shower), a famous Korean short story written by Hwang Sun-won. The village is full of sentimental and romantic places that symbolize the pure and affectionate first love story of a boy and a girl caught in a shower.   * Kudun Station Address: 3, Gudunyeok-gil, Jipyeong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-771-2102 Link: https://kudun.modoo.at  Opening time: 09:00~18:00(on weekdays), 09:00~20:00(on weekends) Admission: Hanging a wish message on a tree - KRW 2,000 / Flying a sky lantern - KRW 8,000   * Sonagi Village Address: 24, Sonagimaeul-gil, Seojong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-773-2299 Opening time: 09:00~18:00(on weekdays, Mar.-Oct) Admission: Adults - KRW 2,000, Youth - KRW 1,500, Children - KRW 1,000       4. A Werewolf Boy – ‘Bidulginang Falls in Pocheon'  The Korean fantasy-romance movie The Werewolf Boy, starring Korea’s famous Hallyu star Song Joong-ki, is a touching story about a boy who becomes a werewolf boy and protects a girl. Combining beautiful images with a story about friendship and love between boy and girl, the movie’s filming s attracted a lot of attention. Its representative is Bidulginang Falls in Pocheon.   ​  Located in the downstream area of Daehoesancheon Stream, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon City, Bidulginang Falls are part of a basalt erosion canyon. The water cascade like folding two hands, falls down between the round river cave, creating a fantastic atmosphere together with the clear blue water in the pool. Bidulginang Falls were thus named because white doves (bidulgi) are said to have built their nest (nang) in the cave behind the falls. Around the falls are a wildflower ecological park and a camping site where tourists can spend the night amid the beautiful natural environment.    In addition, the surrounding area is protected as the Imjingang River and Hantangang River National Geo Park, which boasts mysterious and magnificent scenery including columnar joints and a basalt gorge. Thanks to this wonderful landscape, many other films and TV dramas such as Queen Seondeok; The Slave Hunters; War of the Arrows; and It’s Okay, That’s Love have been filmed here. In particular, the cave featured as Jeong Do-jeon’s secret hideaway in the famous TV series Six Flying Dragons (about the heroes of the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty) attracts many tourists.   * Bidulginang Falls Address: 415-2, Daehoesan-ri, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-538-2312 Links: http://www.pocheon.go.kr/etour/viewTnTursmResrceWeb.do?resrceNo=616&sc1=etour&sa2=CT011002&rcpp=9&key=7041       5. Second to Last Love – Suspension Bridge of Gamaksan Mountain in Paju  Second to Last Love is a romantic comedy series that tells the story of a passionate middle-aged couple, Sang-sik, a man who adheres to fixed principles and common sense, and Min-ju, a woman who enjoys unpredictability. At the thrilling Suspension Bridge of Gamaksan Mountain, the two characters encounter each other by chance and exchange glances of affection and yearning.   ​  “If you are destined to meet someone, you will meet that person in the end – even if you try to avoid that person, even if you have to turn around the earth ten times.”  A famous tourist attraction in Korea since its opening in 2016, the Suspension Bridge of Gamaksan Mountain, which connects the two sides of a steep valley, is Korea’s longest suspension bridge, measuring 45 meters above the ground and 150 meters in length. The best spot to take a photo with the bridge in the background might be from Beomryunsa Temple, which is well known for its white stone statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.   ​  In addition, many of Paju’s tourist attractions appear in Second to Last Love. Byeokchojimunhwa Arboretum was the backdrop to the scene in which the two characters meet each other for the first time, depicting Min-ju playing in a fountain while Sang-sik tries to stop her playing. The Jaunseowon Confucian Academy, which was built to commemorate the scholarly achievements and virtues of Yi I (pen-name: Yulgok), one of the two most prominent Korean Confucian scholars of Joseon, was the place where they fight each other over permission to shoot.   * Suspension Bridge of Gamaksan Mountain Address: 273, Seolmacheon-ro, Jeokseong-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-940-4114 Opening time: Always Admission: Free   * Jaunseowon Confucian Academy Address: 204, Jaunseowon-ro, Beobwon-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Link: http://juseowon.alltheway.kr/?doc=sub_02 Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00 Admission: Adults - KRW 1,000, Children - KRW 500       6. Should We Kiss First? - Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri Park in Paju  Should We Kiss First? is a TV series that tells the love story of a middle-aged man and a woman: Son Mu-han is a lonely bachelor who is obsessed with old things like CDs and LPs, while An Sun-jin is an active person who asks Mu-han to kiss first and transforms Mu-han’s tough, complicated life. On the one hand they are bruised by each other’s criticism, and on the other, they realize their sincerity and fall in love with each other against the backdrop of Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri Park.   ​  While walking around the Park, Mu-han and Sun-jin stop in front of a series of large sculptures, resembling men walking out of the ground, and she says that the man looks like he’s bowing his head, while he says that he looks like he’s praying. This series of sculptures called ‘Unification Calling,’ created by Korean sculptor Choi Pyung-gon, features people who look as if they are praying fervently for the happiness of those who bear deep scars in their minds. The two characters, lying on the ground at the Lawn Plaza, gaze at the sky together, and peacefully walk around the Hill of Wind decorated with thousands of colorful pinwheels.   ​  Pyeonghwanuri Park was established as a cultural complex in a project to transform Imjingak from a symbol of inter-Korean tension and confrontation into one of reconciliation, mutual prosperity, peace and unification. In view of the recent inter-Korean summit and the change of mood on the Korean Peninsula, Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri Park is in the spotlight again. Located on the Hill of Wind, ‘D Brunch Annyeong’ serves a tasty brunch menu consisting of a Panini and yogurt, while ‘Café Annyeong’ located above the pond serves aromatic coffee amid the beautiful natural surroundings.   * Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri Park Address: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-953-4744 Links:  https://tour.paju.go.kr/user/tour/place/BD_tourPlaceInfoView.do?menuCode=1&areaSe=&cntntsSn=878&q_gubun=thema4&q_rowPerPage=30&q_currPage=1&q_sortName=&q_sortOrder=&q_searchKey=ALL&q_searchVal= (Koean only) Opening time: Always Admission: Free   * Café Annyeong Address: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-953-4855 Opening time: Daily 11:00-19:00   * D.brunch Annyeong Address: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-956-8383 Opening time: Daily 11:00-19:00                                                      ​ 

WriterAdministratorDate06/14/2018

A Special Museum Tour on Subway Line 1
A Special Museum Tour on Subway Line 1

“A Special Museum Tour on Subway Line 1”  Do you feel it’s still too cold for outdoor activities? Why not take a tour around museums by subway? We recommend a tour that will quickly dispel any idea that museums are boring. Here is a list of interesting and exciting museums in Gyeonggi-do that are approachable by subway and suitable for everyone.   1. Railroad Museum [Uiwang Station] Opened in 1988 in a three-story building, the Railroad Museum reflects 100 years of Korean railroad history. The museum is centered on exhibition and experiential activities designed to make it easier for visitors to understand the evolution of trains and travel over the years. It is the perfect destination for families with small children who are enthusiastic about cars and trains. The steam locomotives and old trains displayed outdoors at the museum are in such excellent condition that they are often featured in costume dramas and movies. The train driver experience booth is especially popular among children who visit on weekends. One turn lasts a minute and a half.   Address: 157, Cheoldobangmulgwan-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-461-3610 Open hours: Mar to Oct 09:00 – 18:0) / Nov to Feb 09:00 – 17:00 Closed: every Monday Directions: Uiwang station (line no. 1) exit 2 (10 min. walk) Website: http://railroadmuseum.co.kr/xe/main5 Nearby tourist spots: Uiwang Bird Ecology Museum / Uiwang Lake     2. Mr. Toilet House [Sungkyunkwan University Station] Mr. Toilet House, or Haewoojae, was founded by former Suwon Mayor Sim Jae- duck, who carried out a campaign to improve the condition of public toilets throughout the city. It is the world’s only toilet-shaped museum dedicated to the history of toilets. Mr. Toilet House, Haewoojae Culture Center, and Toilet Culture Park are great places to unwind on days off. It is both a great place and visit with the family and an interesting educational experience for young children.   Address: 9, Jangan-ro 458beon-gil, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-271-9777 Open hours: 10:00 – 18:00 in summer 10:00 – 17:00 in winter Closed: every Monday Directions: Uiwang station (line no. 1) exit 2 (10 min. walk) Website: www.haewoojae.com Directions: Sungkyunkwan University Station (line no. 1), exit 1 - take bus no. 39, 64 at Yuljeon Catholic Church BusStop(01-262) - get off at Dongwon High School.     3. Korea Manhwa Museum [Bugae Station] Korea Manhwa Museum was founded to promote manhwa (Korean comics), heighten awareness of their cultural and artistic value, and hand them down to future generations as a cultural heritage. The museum is designed to shed light on the history of Korean comics: The second story of the museum building is a manhwa library with a collection of over 250,000 comic books; while the third story houses a permanent exhibition of manhwa, including comic books that date back one hundred years and a replica of an old-fashioned comic store. The 4D animation theater plays animation movies every thirty minutes. The fourth floor is dedicated to experience programs that are perfect for families with young children.   Address: 1, Gilju-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-32-310-3090 Fees: 5,000 won for adults, 15,000 won for families Directions: Bugae Station (line no. 1), exit 2 – Bus no.79 at Bugae station stop(40-256) - get off at Korea Manhwa Museum (approx. 10 minutes).     4. Robopark [Songnae Station] Bucheon-si launched Robopark, the world’s first permanent exhibition hall dedicated to robots and artificial intelligence on December 28, 2005, to demonstrate its commitment to establishing itself as a supporter of future cutting-edge industries represented by robotics industries and of ubiquitous industries that offer network infrastructure services. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery about how robots came to be invented, their history and development, and introduces different types of robots. It is also accompanied by robot experience zones. The 4D theater equipped with the latest facilities is a great way to introduce young aspiring scientists to the world of robotics. Bucheon Robopark also offers various special events and educational programs.   Address: 655, Pyeongcheon-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-70-7094-5479 Open hours: 10:00 – 18:00 Fees: vary by age. Closed: every Monday Directions: Songnae Station (line no. 1), exit 2 - bus no. 7-1 at Songnae station stop(11-464) - get off at BucheonTechnopark (approx. 20 minutes) Nearby tourist spots: Aiins World    

Writer관리자Date03/13/2018

Time to meet Guardian~
Time to meet Guardian~

On a bright day, I visited dal.komm Coffee, a filming for the popularly aired TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. When you watch the drama, you will see scenes featuring this coffee shop: a scene of the Grim Reaper Lee Dong-wook talking with his junior colleague; and a scene where Kim Go-eun orders honey grapefruit. The coffee shop in those scenes was this dal.komm Coffee in Jeongja-dong. When I opened the door to enter the shop on the first floor, the sweet coffee aroma foretold of the warm ambience. My eyes then landed on the wall next to the window. Several large picture frames were hanging on the red wall, and I wanted to take selfies sitting in front of the wall while drinking a cup of coffee. Before I knew it, I started walking toward the wall. An artwork of stacked-up record players was arranged long, and a guitar was placed in front. The interior itself gave off a free-spirited mood. Then, toward the counter… When I looked upward, I saw a red menu plate written in white color, which gave a refined feel. Compared to other coffee shops, this place seemed to have more Americano varieties. I ordered K4 Dutch Coffee. Although it takes longer to drip coffee, Dutch Coffee has soft aroma and deep flavor, so I like it. Only a few coffee shops offer this coffee, so I was very excited. As I savored the coffee while sitting at the spot where Lee Dong-wook once sat, I enjoyed my time here more than I expected. The coffee shop offered a wide variety of beverages such as tea, juice, ice cream sherbet, and confectionery as well. One more thing — if you use the app, you can accumulate mileage and get a 5% discount. Address: 135, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (#108, #109, Prugio City 3-cha, 162-4, Jeongja-dong) Opening Hours: Weekdays 8:00-23:00                            Weekends 10:00-23:00 Inquiry: +82-31-712-1581 Website: www.dalkomm.com Transportation: Near the Jeongja 1-dong Community Service Center at Exit 3 of Jeongja Station on Bundang Line I paid a visit to Mirinae Sanctuary, a sacred Catholic place. The holy site was situated very near Yongin. After finding out that the name “Mirinae” is a pure Korean word for “Milky Way,” the name sounded more attractive. This place was named “Mirinae” because, after persecuted Catholic believers moved to this place and formed a Catholic village, nighttime light reflected on the stream, along with the moonlight, looking like Milky Way. When you watch the TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Kim Go-eun summons Guardian at a Catholic church. It is the Mirinae Catholic Church, which boasts of high ceiling and beautiful stained glass. While sitting on a pew in the late afternoon, I looked at the empty wall for a moment. I appreciated the beautiful colors of stained glass projected on the wall, along with sunlight entering through the windows. Paintings on one side of the wall and tile pictures explaining the history of Catholicism on the opposite side of the wall — together, they made for the majestic ambience of the sanctuary. It seems to be the perfect place for outing. Address: 420, Mirinaeseongji-ro, Yangseong-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening Hours: 9:00~18:00 Inquiry: +82-31-674-1256 Website: www.mirinai.or.kr/ Transportation: Take a bus at Seoul Express Bus Terminal and get off at Anseong Central Bus Terminal. At the Anseong Central Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 50-7 and get off at Mirinae Sanctuary Bus Stop (takes 1 hour). I visited Seoknamsa Temple in Anseong. The temple, which has a thousand-year history, is situated on the northeast foot of Seounsan, the highest mountain in the Anseong area. It was built during the Unified Silla period and was designated as a temple for praying for the peace and prosperity of the nation during the Joseon Dynasty. In the TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Kim Sin prayed for Wang Yeo and Kim Seon at this temple and, after finding out that the Grim Reaper was Wang Yeo in the previous life, attempted to strangle the Grim Reaper here. I headed to Daeungjeon, the main hall of the temple situated at the end of the steps touching the sky. After walking up the long steps, I lighted incense at the Daeungjeon Hall and saw the tower and the Rock-carved Standing Buddha, turning back the clock to the past. I was particularly amazed at the Standing Buddha since it was carved on the rock so elaborately. When the sun set in the west, as I was watching sky lanterns turning up one by one while standing in front of the Daeungjeon, I remembered the scene where Gong Yoo was flying off a wish lantern. Address: (Geumgwang-myeon) 3-120, Sangchonsaemal-gil, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Operation: All year round Inquiry: +82-31-676-1444 Website: www.seoknamsa.or.kr Transportation: Take Gyeongbu Line at Seoul Station and get off at Anseong Central Bus Terminal (takes 1 hour). Take Bus No. 1, get off at Okcheongyo Bus Stop, transfer to Bus No.100, and get off at Sanjung-ri Sangchon Bus Stop (takes 1 hour). To wrap up the day, I moved to Café Zino. After parking your car at the parking lot, you will see a big building with a European facade. Then, you will feel a little hesitant after finding out that you need to take off your shoes inside the cafe. Or you might wonder whether it is really a cafe. When you open the door a little, you will hear music; when you look inside the café, you will feel comforted by the ambience of the café, which resembles a cozy living room. In sync with the first impression of the building, the café has European antique furniture. I found the place where Gong Yoo and Ji Eun-tak once sat, ordered hot chocolate, and looked around. The café had very simple offerings ― coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. The chandeliers on the ceiling, the soft lightings projecting high-quality paintings, and the piano in one corner made me feel like a noblewoman while drinking tea. nlike the modern feel that I had at dal.com Coffee where I dropped by in the morning, I savored the serenity from this antique ambience created by aged furnishings. It seems to be a perfect place to visit with your acquaintances in the evening to have small talk. Address: 211-31, Saeori-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00 Closed on: Mondays Inquiry: +82-31-949-8365 Transportation: Get on Gyeongui-Jungang Line at Seoul Station, get off at Geumchon Station, transfer to Bus No. 77-4, and get off at Jayuro Hospital Bus Stop (takes 2 hours).    

Writer관리자Date03/13/2018

Inside olympic games, Sports Monster
Inside olympic games, Sports Monster

Column_December_1_Why I love Starfield Goyang Boasting of Aqua Field located near the sky, Sports Monster combining sports and play, Toy Kingdom full of imagination and story, and Electro Mart and offering style and cost-effectiveness, Starfield in Goyang City is attracting many visitors. Let’s find out its attractions. Sports Monster As Korea’s first new-concept sports play cultural space that combines play and sports, Sports Monster is equipped with some 35 kinds of sports contents, a facility on a 5289m2 area, and an 11-meter dynamic multidimensional space. It is offering 4 kinds of enjoyment: Basic, Exciting, Adventure, and Digital. Claiming to be an “unprecedented unique sports playground,” Sports Monster is becoming a popular place among young people through word of mouth as a place offering various kinds of fun and excitement.  An admission fee of 23000 won (adults) on a 2-hour basis may seem a little steep at first; after enjoying sports, however, you will soon realize that the fee is worth it. Visitors sweat a lot while experiencing 35 kinds of sports contents with family, friends, and co-workers. Offline is offering basketball, soccer, and baseball, whereas digital zones feature baseball, soccer, and handball. Laser fire, dart game, cycle, and artificial rock climbing are popular as well. The “Rope Course,” which requires crossing 6 hurdles at 6.5m above the ground, is an essential course for couples. On the rooftop are 3x3 basketball courts.  Since basketball is listed as an official sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is drawing a lot of attention. Upon entering Sports Monster, you will be given a sports band that enables checking the remaining time and playing the game by touching the magnetic at a sports zone you want to play. The facility is equipped with safety equipment, and it provides sufficient information on safety and regulations to prevent accidents. It also houses a nurse’s office to provide first aid. It is the perfect place to enjoy sound sports games. Aqua Field The hot spa is equipped with a media art room that offers 360-degree panoramic videos, hot thermal bath, and high-temperature charcoal sauna, which are unique to Aqua Field. The rooftop pool has a therapy spa and an aroma spa for visitors to enjoy a relaxing rest at the warm outdoor bathtub while looking at Bukhansan Mountain, including a water spray and a floor fountain for visitors to enjoy water without getting into it. It also has a splash kids’ zone as well as a sauna facility for visitors to enjoy relaxing time and unique fun in various bathtubs. Soy Yeonnam Soy Yeonnam is a Thai rice noodle restaurant introduced on a famous TV food program. It has many regular customers due to its delicious rice noodle menus that do not use strong spices but provide a rich, savory soup base. It also offers a popular menu called “Som Tam,” a papaya salad with a crunchy flavor. Address: 1955, Goyang-daero, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here        

Writer관리자Date12/20/2017

Hot spring trip with the glow setting sun
Hot spring trip with the glow setting sun

Column_December_2_Why I love The cold energy of winter, which used to embrace me in my childhood, no long excites me like it used to do even when I simply look at the white snow outside the window. Actually, I started liking winter, and this is probably due to a friend who liked the warm feel in the midst of the cold weather. Around this time of the year, I like visiting the West Sea where I used to walk along the beach with my friend to see the sea and sunset glow. This year, I took up a slightly different course. Let’s enjoy the winter sea, the glow of the setting sun, and warm seafood and hot spring and hot winter in the cold. (Daebudo Island) Tandohang Port – Nueseom Island – Hoe (sliced raw fish) Center (Clam soup, Clam noodle soup) – Wolmun Hot Springs Tandohang Port - Nueseom Island Nueseom (meaning silkworm island) is named as such because it resembles a silkworm from a distance. Several islands are visible between the wetland embracing the nature of Gyeonggiman Ecomuseum. Actually, Nueseom is a small island surrounded by several islands such as Daebudo, Seongamdo, Tando, and Buldo. A distant view of an enormously big wind turbine and the island looks very impressive. Visitors can appreciate the beautiful scenic view of the West Sea from the observatory of Nueseom Lighthouse, with the gallery-type exhibition space showcasing beautiful photos. Address: 717-5, Seongam-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do(Tandohang Port ) / 17-156, Daebuhwanggeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do(Nueseom Island) Hoe (sliced raw fish) Center The inside of the Hoe Center resembles the Noryangjin Fish Market, which has lots of fresh seafood. To warm the body, let’s go up to the second floor, which houses a restaurant that serves clam noodles. The added clams and mussels enrich the spicy flavor. It is the perfect menu to warm the body. Clams can be roasted, steamed, or added to stew. Visitors can have roasted clams on the first floor and braised or stewed clams on the second floor. After touring the port, clam stew will be perfect for warming the cold body. Wolmun Hot Springs The name Wolmun (meaning moon gate) was selected because the appearance of moonlight shining on the gate resembles the moon reflected on the hot spring. Since the olden times, Wolmun Hot Spring has been known to be good for treating skin diseases and arthritis. Visitors can enjoy Korea’s best-quality hot spring, charcoal sauna, jade sauna, medicinal herbal fog sauna, jade tub, cold bath, hot bath, event tub, and dream tub while appreciating beautiful scenery. With the Deunggosan Mountain within the complex surrounding the hot spring, visitors can enjoy hot spring bath, red clay hiking path, and forest recreation all at once. Address: 5, Beodeul-ro 292beon-gil, Ujeong-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here (Jebudo Island) Gungpyeonghang Port – Gukhwado Island – Nondureong Batdureong - Yuram Hot Springs Gungpyeonghang Port-Gukhwado Island Gungpyeonghang is a fishing village at the south end of Jebudao Island. It has abundant marine products and provides various fishing village experiences. It is a popular vacation site where visitors can enjoy water play at the beach and camping out. The name “Gungpyeong” (meaning royal palace land) was chosen because the royal palace in ancient times occupied a big portion of this area due to its good natural environment such as the coast and wetland. When everything turns red, the Haesong pine trees, sandy beach, and sea come together to create an oriental painting masterpiece. Gungpyeonghang Port has a 193 m-long wood deck fishing pier where visitors can enjoy fishing. During the most precious time of the day! All of a sudden, the fast-changing sky color changes the fishing pier to red. The open horizon of the West Sea is the best spot for viewing the sunset. There is an observatory café where visitors can enjoy the beautiful glow of the setting sun. Gukhwado (meaning chrysanthemum island) is so small that one can see the whole island in a few hours, and it was named as such because clams harvested here resemble chrysanthemum. The island is well-known as a place where one can watch both sunrise and sunset. In most cases, one sea route opens; in the case of Gukhwado, however, two sea routes connecting Maebak and Dojiseom islands open, so visitors can enjoy an amazing scenic view of three islands becoming one. These three islands are not frequented by many people, and Maebakseom and Dojiseom are uninhabited islands, so visitors can take a leisurely tour. If you plan to visit the islands, please remember that the sea routes open only twice a day. Address: 1049-24, Gungpyeonghang-ro, Seosin-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do(Gungpyeonghang Port) / Gukhwa-gil, Ujeong-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do (Gukhwado) Nondureong Batdureong This restaurant serves neat, light porridge that is not too stimulating. Visitors can enjoy Korean traditional food cooked with seafood ingredients such as soy-marinated crab, grilled dried pollack, deluxe rice with oysters, and seafood and green onion pancake. You can make nutty-flavored rice water by pouring water into the hot pot rice. Order green onion pancake and dongdongju (rice wine) together to enjoy the perfect combination. Yuram Hot Springs Due to the geographical characteristics of the red clay and granite layers and wide hot spring water vein that can store a large amount of hot water, Yuram Hot Springs is natural spring water that spurts out from a 700m-deep bedrock. Since the olden times, the hot springs has been well-known to treat eye diseases, skin diseases, and arthritis. Hot springs consists of open-air tub and hot spring tub. In particular, Yuram Hot Springs offers both hot spring and hot charcoal kiln sauna. At the hot charcoal kiln sauna, visitors can bake sweet potato at the baking place. Address: 434-14, Oncheon-ro, Paltan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here  

Writer관리자Date12/20/2017

The best club days out 2017 and more
The best club days out 2017 and more

Column_November_2_Why I love Graffiti is the art of painting images or lettering with spraypaint on a wall. It leaves messages on the wall, and it expresses something about humans, culture or a generation. Messages are left, but there is no significant meaning. The created artworks become part of the public space and citizens find their own meaning in it. Just like we love music even when we do not know the meaning of it, the street near Bosan Station of Dongducheon is becoming like that. Workshop street - Design art village, where artworks of many artists are on display Vacant stores are restoring their warmth thanks to artists. Several workshops which used to be downtown were moved here and they operate a café that is suitable for the mood of the village. There are a wide variety of workshops in the village. Ceramics, leather, metal crafts, crochet …. In particular, natural crafts workshops are noticeable, carrying items such as mulberry paper crafts, natural dye, leather crafts, and porcelain crafts. Duduri  – Silver-inlaid craft Dudeuri Workshop at the entrance of the alley is doing silver-inlaid craft work. Silver-inlaid craft is a technique of making patterns with silver on metal dishes made of bronze, steel or copper. This technique was popularly used for making incense burners and vases during the Goryeo Dynasty and for making goods for daily life, such as stationery, candlesticks, and cigarette cases for the nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. Here in Dondducheon, visitors can meet artisans of this craftsmanship. Ariu – Mulberry paper crafts workshop, mulberry paper leather shoes This workshop creates artwork with thin mulberry paper of various colors. In particular, mulberry paper shoes have both splendor and elegance, like traditional Korean shoes ‘flower shoes’ worn by the nobility in olden times. It is amazing to know that mulberry paper is like fiber, so it can be used for a long time.   Dodam Dodam- Korean Traditional play (Dano Jangmyeongnu making) ‘Dodam Dodam’ is a pure Korean word expressing the healthy growth of a baby. At this place, visitors can enjoy various traditional plays such as ssangnyuk (double-dice game), which is known as Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s favorite game, gonu (Korean board game), and body game. Do Dream Music Center - The birthplace of Korean rock Mr. Shin Jung-hyeon, the godfather of Korean Rock, used to be active in Dongducheon. Korea’s representative singers such as Hyun Mi, Na-mi and Cho Yong-pil were also active in Dongducheon. To perform at US Army clubs, singers had to pass an audition which was as fierce as today’s TV audition programs. The existing Bosan-dong Tourist Club was remodeled, so it is equipped with an indoor performance arena, music practice room, and promotion hall for young musicians to create and perform music. Outside the club, there is an outdoor stage and street murals (graffiti art) to revitalize the old, dilapidated street. While walking along Dongducheon-gil, visitors can see traces of legendary figures in Korean music in clubs and on the walls. They will feel proud as if watching PSY’s Gangnam Style in a foreign country. Food This place has a more exotic mood than that in Itaewon, and food contributes to that. Visitors can enjoy various foreign food. Sweet Robin - Dessert Food This place has a workshop, so visitors can personally make porcelain, paint it by hand, and have food on it. Food is also decorated like artwork. It was introduced in a famous food program. It serves very delicious dessert. IM Istanbul - Turkish food In Dongducheon, which is a foothold of culture, visitors can enjoy Turkish food. They can enjoy food on outdoor tables. A generous amount of food is served, making plates look smaller. Hot Pizza & Burger Among several graffiti works, this graffiti of a black lady wearing a Korean traditional costume is getting the most attention from visitors. After being led into the store by the elegant image, ironically visitors can enjoy pizza and hamburgers. Freedom Protection Peace Museum At this place, visitors will be able to realize why the US Army is stationed in Dongducheon. Simply due to different ideology, the Korean peninsula is divided into North and South and both sides share the history of a painful war. This museum presents the history of the soldiers and UN forces who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War. Visitors should pay attention to the foreign countries which participated in the Korean War. 21 countries took part in the Korean War as part of the UN forces and 38 countries provided resources and finances. The museum exhibits several artifacts, such as the combat uniforms of the participating countries and other momentos, as well as many other goods with stories. The last exhibition hall presents exhibits under the theme of exchanges among combatant countries. Visitors can see efforts made to remember the history of the war to keep peace and will be able to realize the necessity of the museum that exhibits the record of the war. Epilogue While walking along the long vacant street, visitors can imagine people who used to walk along the street. It used to be a street for US soldiers to enjoy leisure time, but it is now going through change to greet the general public. Visitors will be able to enjoy the culture of this place  

Writer관리자Date11/28/2017

Burning bright, the best autumn Dulle-gil Trail
Burning bright, the best autumn Dulle-gil Trail

Column_November _1_Why I love Namhansanseong is a fortress built to defend the nation in case of an emergent situation. The fact that a king stayed at this fortress implies a sad story. The most impressive part of Kim Hoon’s novel Namhansanseong was the beginning. The main character of the novel climbs the mountain covered with white snow, wading through the cold snow. All he could think of was the security of his king and the nation. The novel was made into a movie recently, so the voices of the actors are still resonating in my mind. I decided to experience personally the history of Korea while walking along the fortress. The splendid autumn foliage instead of white snow will tell of the different stories of the fortress. Namhansanseong History Museum When visiting historic sites, I recommend visiting a history museum beforehand. It would not be easy for common people to discover the historical significance by simply looking at the dilapidated interior of a building in a totally unfamiliar place. The more you know, the more you can appreciate. The storytelling presented at the history museum will provide a similar effect of making people visit filming sites after watching popular TV dramas. If you’re ready, let’s tour the inside. As soon as you walk inside the museum, a large map of Namhansanseong greets you; it has a short description on the history of Namhansanseong, which was built in the mid-8th century by extending the old site of Silla’s Jujangseong Fortress to defend Hanyang, the capital city of the Joseon Dynasty. The fortress was designed in such a way as to hold the installation of firearms and cannons and is said to have reserved food that could sustain people for several years. One peculiar feature of this fortress is that there used to be 7 temples within the fortress including the existing Janggyeongsa Temple. Constructing Buddhist temples during the Joseon dynasty when Confucianism was promoted might seem strange, but it was intended to mobilize manpower for the construction of the fortress and to protect the fortress using the army of monks. The current beautiful appearance of the fortress has been protected by monks. Namhansanseong was built to defend itself from modern-style weapons, and it can install guns and cannons through the holes made on the fortress. It also has the structure of bastion and barbican. Owing to these features, which aid in the understanding of the fortress’ history and function, it was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage. I strongly recommend examining the map describing the battle of the Manchu Invasion in 1636 as well as the exhibition of topography presented in the center. Namhansanseong Dulle-gil Trail (Course 1) Sanseong Rotary - North Gate - West Gate – Sueojangdae Post - Yeongchunjeong Pavilion – South Gate -Sanseong Rotary Sueojangdae Post Sueojangdae, which is also called Seojangdae, is a post to watch over enemies and to surveil its surroundings while monitoring the fortress. In terms of listing in UNESCO, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was listed in 1997, whereas Namhansanseong was listed in 2014. I had once walked along Hwaseong Fortress. When I started walking up from the entrance of Paldalsan Mountain, I came across Seojangdae Post of Hwaseong Fortress, where I could see a temporary palace as well as downtown Suwon. Therefore, when I headed toward Sueojangdae Post of Namhansanseong Fortress this time, I quickened my pace with the same expectations. Sueojangdae Post is a 2-story tower, and it looks bigger and loftier compared to Suwon Hwaseong. Unfortunately, only the first floor was open to the public, so I could not see the open view under the roof. In front of Seojangdae Post, I saw a black and white photo of our ancestors wearing a Korean traditional hat, taken during the 1980s. The image of the photo still remains in my mind, probably because of their sense of pride in having protected the fortress, so I was somehow able to get over my disappointment. Yeongchunjeong Pavilion Because of the narrow fortress path and a thick forest up to Yeongchunjeong Pavilion, the scenic view is not open; once you get to the protruding curved shape, however, you will feel relieved. Yeongchunjeong Pavilion is probably the highest point in the area. The gray-colored city under the dark blue sky will look like a mystical world enclosed in a glass bead, and I got engrossed in the view. As I was enjoying the sound of unknown birds, I was not even aware that the sun was going down. Janggyeongsa Temple When you walk along the fortress wall, starting from the North Gate and walking toward the East Gate, you will get to the front of Janggyeongsa Temple. After passing one pillar gate, you can see the small temple. When the construction of Namhansanseong Fortress began in 1624, armies of monks were mobilized to the site from across the nation, and several temples were constructed to provide accommodations to them; today, only one temple remains. There used to be weapon storage and powder magazines within the temple. When I imagined monks taking out guns and gunpowder and pointing the gun at the enemies to protect the fortress, the image of monks who tried to fight against enemies with the power of Buddha by engraving Buddhist scriptures on wooden plates at Seonwonsa Temple in Ganghwado Island was juxtaposed. With the monks who protected Namhansanseong Fortress in mind, you can tour temples and walk along Dulle-gil Trail that passes between colorful trees. Address: Namhansanseong-ro 792beon-gil, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here Namhansanseong Food Street In the vicinity of Namhansanseong are several restaurants for visitors of Dulle-gil Trail. It is a time for enjoying delicious food after finishing a hike. Improve your health while appreciating the beauty of Korean traditional houses. Gohyang Sancheon Gohyang Sancheon is famous for chicken soup, but it has a menu called “hyojonggeng,” which is as nutritious as chicken soup. The food was cooked all night, and it used to be delivered to wealthy houses within the fortress when the bell at the watch tower struck 33 times to notify the lifting of curfew at dawn. It was the first delivery of hangover soup in Korea. Address: 763-30, Namhansanseong-ro, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si Gaemichon Gaemichon is a restaurant specializing in Korean table d’hote and local Korean chicken food in Namhansanseong. The building of the restaurant has a unique style created by the combination of Korean traditional house and convenient Western style. Representative menus include whole local Korean chicken soup and Korean table d’hote. Address: 512, Namhansanseong-ro, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here    

Writer관리자Date11/17/2017

Meet the colorful and fascinating fermented Dishes
Meet the colorful and fascinating fermented Dishes

Column_October1_Why I Love In autumn, the season of harvest, our dining table also turns colorful. Like leaves in late autumn, Korean dishes look rich and abundant. Korean traditional dishes are made with ingredients prepared over a long period of time, and they are deeply flavorful and healthy as well. Let’s find out about the color of food ingredients suitable for the autumn season. Ahn Ok Hwa Korean Food Gallery - Medicinal Fermentation Food  As you walk along narrow countryside paths, you will see many unexpected things. Anokhwa Food Gallery will be one of them. Specializing in course menu, this restaurant serves medicinal food and uses extracts fermented for more than 3 years. As soon as you walk into the gallery, you will notice several hundred crocks containing various extracts in the courtyard. At the entrance, it has an exhibition of various fermented seasonings and fermented liquor. Each menu has a description with words such as star, moon, sun, and love. The dishes are made of unfamiliar food ingredients, but the taste of the food is excellent. You can get to know detailed descriptions about the ingredients, cooking method, and medicinal effects. Address: 51-12, Seokdong-ro, Sindun-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here (Korean only) Onghwa Sanbang - Medicinal Fermentation Food Onghwa Sanbang is situated at a place overlooking Namhangang River. It is an environment-friendly building made of red clay with a floor-heating system. It specializes in medicinal food. This restaurant uses wild herbal plant extract obtained by fermenting wild medicinal plants (azalea, dandelion, knotweed, wormwood, acacia flower, and kudzu sprouts) harvested each season. Onghwa Sanbang serves a 9-course menu, and the decorated dishes are colorfully attractive. Unlike other Korean dishes, the main menu is a vegetable dish —Chrysanthemum Salad. The course consists of dishes that are good for the health and richly flavorful due to the use of fermented extract. Seated near the window, you can enjoy food while appreciating the beautiful scenery of Namhangang River. Address: 363, Gangnam-ro, Gangha-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Gungtteul - delicious fermentation dishes Gungtteul (meaning royal palace courtyard) is named as such because it is located at the royal palace site of the Baekje Dynasty. The restaurant boasts of menus made of natural fermented extract and seasonal homegrown vegetables. The building consists of anchae (“women’s quarters”), sarangchae (“men’s quarters”), haengnangchae (“servants’ quarters”), and byeolchae (“annex quarters”). As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you can see a wide vegetable garden and a platform for crocks containing sauces and condiments. While waiting for your food, the restaurant serves cool mushroom tea whose soft flavor spreads in your mouth. The menu features main dishes made of pork, dried pollack, and bulgogi, which look similar to regular Korean food restaurants but made with fermented seasonings such as vinegar, apricot extract, and bellflower root extract aged for a long time, so the flavor of the dishes is soft instead of overpowering. Address: 38, Gungpyeonghacheon-gil, Docheok-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do Contact: +82-31-766-0987 Bongnyeongsa - Temple Food Temple food is not for simple consumption but is part of the process of self-control and discipline as well. In other words, it is the process of emptying our minds through alms bowl meal. Just like the long history of Buddhist temples, female monks have long been making an effort to preserve the tradition of temple food. The color of temple food looks very elegant and pure. Now, instead of simply succeeding the tradition, the monks are offering lectures and education on temple food in order to communicate with the outside world and to transmit healthy food to the public. In particular, through lectures held every year, visitors can try dishes made of various fermented liquids and experience the ceremony through temple stay. Address: 236-54, Changnyong-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: Click here

Writer관리자Date10/31/2017

Gyeonggi Hangeulgil Tour
Gyeonggi Hangeulgil Tour

Column_October _2_Why I love After appreciating the high autumn sky for a while, and upon casting my glance slightly downward, I sensed a dry feel from leaves that are losing their green color. Compared to the time when the leaves looked dazzlingly sparkling under the strong sun, it now feels more comfortable to gaze at them for a long time. Thin leaves look more mature. Today, in the midst of the perfect season for reading books, I attempt to unfold Hangeul encased in a small form over a wider world. Let’s feel Hangeul as we take each step. Yeoju is a city related to King Sejong who created Hangeul (Korean alphabet). Patterns made with Hangeul are all over the city. Yeoju is teeming with rich culture such as museums, Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Sejong), and exhibitions related to Hangeul. King Sejong the Great Museum   After getting off the bus, I stopped for a moment at the forked road on a wide grass field. A little child who ran past me entered a long building. It was the King Sejong the Great Museum. The museum used to look like a strict history teacher who was about to unleash the fountain of knowledge in front of me, so I rarely visited the place. With the thought that I would feel comfortable if I just skimmed through the museum like a folding screen, I entered the museum. On the left, I noticed Yeominnak, a souvenir store with a cafe. The store has a wide window where visitors can see wide grass and people walking on the grass outside. After gazing at the view from the inside, I decided where to go. Inside the museum, I saw Hunminjeongeum (The Proper Sounds for the Instruction of the People) Eonhae Version engraved on a big bronze plate: “Unlike Chinese characters, Hangeul…” I exclaimed spontaneously, “Ah, Hangeul.” I realized at that moment why I came to this place. Hangeul... The museum seemed to be using a slightly different exhibition method compared to other museums. The first exhibition hall was explaining King Sejong’s achievements with lightings in a dark space. Hunminjeongeum Haerye Version was presented on the floor. Visitors can understand the creation principle of consonants and vowels as they walk on the floor. On the horizontally arranged wide screen, historical figures who were involved in the creation of Hangeul are expressed in animation – King Sejong, Queen Sohyeon; the golden royal seals looked splendid as they were. The royal seals are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, so I got emotional when I realized that even the world recognized the value. The clear glass protecting the records under exhibition was made of a touch screen, so the process of selecting information was very interesting. Aside from the creation of Hangeul, King Sejong’s great achievements include music as well. King Sejong had the perfect pitch, so he left many achievements related to music. He crafted Jongmyo Jeryeak (royal ancestral ritual music in Jongmyo Shrine), and the name of the café in front of the museum, ‘‘Yeominnak,” is the title of the song he composed. The name means “Enjoying music with the people.” Among his many achievements in music, I particularly like pyeongyeong (ancient percussion instrument), a musical instrument consisting of a set of L-shaped flat stone chimes. Listening to the pyeongyeong sound while watching the imperial shrine rites or a ceremony reenacting the King’s return to the royal palace, the ritual garments, sound, and weather seemed to match perfectly. At the museum, visitors can watch a video on the process of building royal tombs and ceremonial rites. The scientific composition of royal tombs and the order of the rites presented on the big screen were very interesting, so you should not miss it. Once understanding dawns, things seem to get even more interesting. After I finished touring the museum, it no longer looked like a stern history teacher. Yeominnak As a café located in one corner of the museum, Yeominnak is selling beverages and souvenirs. Although relatively small, it is a good place to appreciate outside scenery while taking a rest. Since it is newly opened, it did not have many souvenirs related to King Sejong’s achievements. I selected a plum flower-patterned small magnet as a souvenir for myself. Yeongneung Royal Tomb-Tomb of King Sejong The way leading to the Yeongneung royal tomb is lined with ginkgo trees. The tall trees touching the blue sky have golden blond hair; whenever the wind blows, the golden color looks more splendid. Upon entering the place, I saw a large pond on the left as well as children feeding carps while leaning against the banister. There is a vending machine selling carps food, and you should try feeding the fish. It is quite interesting. I went uphill for about 15 minutes and saw royal tombs. Korean royal tombs have jinip (the part around Jeongjagak), jehyang (the area just past the gate), and neumgchim (the sacred ground of the grave mounds) spaces. After passing Geumcheongyo Bridge, I walked along the sindo (literally, path of the gods) and headed toward the neumgchim. Actually, Koreans do not walk along the sindo because they know it is the path for the soul. It is not too bad to become a soul to gaze at the surroundings. That is because you can see royal tombs better. I wished the warning sign “Do not go up” was not there. Autumn foliage is boasting of its red color during this time of the year across the nation, but autumn leaves here seem to look shy, maybe because of the overwhelming energy of the surrounding pine trees. The pine trees surrounding the tomb are stretching outward but look bent due to several years of protecting the tomb. Strangely enough, they are bent toward the tomb. King Sejong’s tomb is relatively humble, but the majestic appearance of military and meritorious retainers seemed to present fully the greatness of the king when he was alive. Some visitors sat around and enjoyed the open view. The autumn grass had a reddish tone. Maybe I should have said it had a brownish color. In contrast to the clear autumn sky, it gave an impression of the sunset glow spread thinly over the grass. After appreciating nature like this, I came down. There is another Yeongneung Royal Tomb here, which is the tomb of King Hyojong. I dropped by the tomb and took photos of children who were playing while sliding along the hill formed by the tomb. Address: 269-50, Yeongneung-ro, Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do Website:  Yeominnak(click here)  / Yeongneung Royal Tomb(click here) Further information: Yeoju tour(click here) Mok-A Museum-Hangeul Exhibition The Mok-A Museum is holding the “Hangeul Exhibition” every year. Visitors can appreciate artworks made by applying the design of consonants and vowels of Hangeul to daily goods or peculiar fonts. They will realize the beauty of Hangeul, which they have taken for granted due to the daily use of Hangeul. Address: 21, Imunan-gil, Gangcheon-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do Website: click here King Sejong Hangeul Mural Alley Vivid colors painted on the low fences add interesting elements to the familiar street. The alleys are like that. Drawn on the walls located at the rear gate of Jeomdong High School are unique paintings that can be differentiated from other mural places around the nation. Let us find the number 1446. The Hangeul mural begins with the number. Year 1446 is the year when Hunminjeongeum, the Korean alphabet, was issued. Hangeul was created in 1443, and it appeared in the world in 1446. As you walk along the alley, you will find four letters that are no longer used nowadays and see a painting of the King, who is listening to the voice of the people. Autumn is a good season for reading books. At the park constructed under the theme of books, let us enjoy riding a bike and reading books. Yuldong Park – Book Theme Park Boasting of 10 years’ history, the park is a cultural space where visitors can get close to books in a familiar space and ambience. Above the book theme park is the “Book, the Navel of the World Park ," which is made to look like a garden. Visitors can see a hemispherical outdoor performance site (Book of Sky) with the floor that has the drawing of a Celestial chart made during the Joseon Dynasty. Address: 145, Munjeong-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Galmi Hangeul Park The park was constructed to commemorate the achievement of scholar Lee Hi-seung in the compilation of Joseon mal keun sajeon (Korean Language Dictionary) published by the Korean Language Association during the Japanese occupation of Korea. It is exhibiting sculptures expressing the beauty of Hangeul. It will be nice to take a rest while looking at the sculpture of consonants and vowels presented in harmony with nature. Address: 65, Munhwayesul-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do  

Writer관리자Date10/31/2017

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