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[May] Let’s Go to Gyeonggi-do!<br />“Special Ways to Enjoy Special DMZ”
[May] Let’s Go to Gyeonggi-do!
“Special Ways to Enjoy Special DMZ”

"Special Ways to Enjoy Special DMZ" Q. Why Should You See the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Gyeonggi-do? A. It is a special area formed by the unique combination of history and nature. It is the only demilitarized area in the world. Over the last five decades, the DMZ, along with the northern section of the Civilian Control Zone, has been free of human intervention, preserving nature at its best. Considered as a reservoir with one of the most pristine natural ecosystems in the world, the DMZ offers special tour experiences to visitors. But the DMZ tour in Gyeonggi-do offers much more. Special ways for your added tour experiences include the DMZ bike tour, DMZ Train, and Pyeonghwa (Peace) Nuri Trail. #1. Enjoying the DMZ on Two Wheels: DMZ Bike Tour Do you want to tour the Civilian Control Zone rarely open to visitors by bike? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see and experience one of the precious natural ecosystems in the world and the symbol of the division of the two Koreas? The DMZ Bike Tour runs for 17.2km along the fences demarcating the Civilian Control Line. In collaboration with the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Gyeonggi-do offers this unique bike tour along the Civilian Control Line to promote the national yearning for reunification. Initially, the program was limited to 100 participants as well as to a small designated area. But it has become a popular event with up to 300 participants allowed to join. The application period for the program available each month closes quickly due to popularity. The program conveys unique experiences of viewing the breathtaking Imgingang River with superb natural resources and iron rails that has become the symbol of the division of the two Koreas while biking. The tour starts from the Imgingak Pavilion, followed by the Unification Village Intersection (part of the Civilian Control Line), Gunnae Intersection, and Chopyeongdo Island. [DMZ Bike Tour] Tour RouteImjingak Pavilion-Unification Bridge – Gunnae Intersection- Chopyeongdo IslandPeriodMarch to November (fourth Sunday of each month)Participants300 (first-come, first-served)Eligible ParticipantsSocialized bike club members as well as anyone wanting to participate in the tourCost10,000 won per person (additional 3,000 won for bike and helmet rental)SouvenirLocal produce in PajuHosted and Organized byGyeonggi-do / Gyeonggi Tourism OrganizationInquiries82-31-956-8310   #2. Exciting DMZ Train Travel: DMZ Train The DMZ Train is the only train that operates within the Civilian Control Zone. Dorasan Station, the destination of the DMZ Train, is also the only station within the Civil Control Line. The trail operates two times a day between Seoul Station and Dorasan Station. The first train departs at 8:30 a.m., and the second train departs at 1:40 p.m. from Seoul Station. (The train doesn’t operate on Mondays or during national holidays falling on weekdays.) The train consists of three cars: Pyeonghwasil, Sarangsil, and Hwahapsil. Each car offers a photo exhibition that depicts trails, wars, and the ecosystem. Passengers can view the landscape through spacious window seats or observe the view in front of and behind the train through a video monitor. The café section offers DMZ souvenirs including military crackers, C-rations, rice balls, and discontinued iron rails. The DMZ Train recommends two tour routes: Security Tour and General Tour. For the Security Tour, visitors need to purchase a Security Tour Pass at the Imjingang Station ticket booth operated by Paju City. Upon reaching Dorasan Station, the pass allows visitors to tour the Third Tunnel and Dora Observatory by bus. The General Tour lets visitors walk around in the Dorasan Peace Park 300m away from Dorasan Station. A DMZ Train pass can be purchased at railway stations across the country, on the Korail homepage, or on the mobile application Korail Talk. In addition, DMZ Plus offers a day-pass for the DMZ Train. International visitors must carry their passports to purchase a DMZ Train pass. [For inquiries] (in English, Japanese, and Chinese) Security Tour (bus): 82-31-940-8523 (information desk) Dorasan Peace Park: 82-31-953-0409 (Gyeonggi Tourism Organization) DMZ Train: 82-2-3149-2024/3333 (Travel Counseling Center, Seoul Station) Railway Customer Center: 82-1544-7788 [DMZ Train Information] *DMZ Train Hours DMZ Train Information   Seoul Neunggok Munsan Imjingang River Dorasan Mountain Morning 4881 (Departure) 08:30 08:51 09:16 09:40 09:50 4882 (Return) 13:15 12:53 12:26 12:16 12:10 Afternoon 4883 (Departure) 13:40 14:03 14:30 14:55 15:05 4884 (Return) 18:35 18:12 17:46 17:36 17:30 * Fares Fares   Route Weekend Weekday General Ticket (one-way adult fare) Seoul → Dorasan Mountain 8,900 won 8,700 won Seoul → Imjingang River 8,600 won 8,400 won Munsan → Dorasan Mountain 8,400 won 8,400 won Specific Route Fare1) Imjingang River ⇔ Dorasan Mountain 10,000 won (two-way) DMZ Plus2) Seoul ⇔ Dorasan Mountain 16,000 won for adults; 11,200 won for seniors and minors; 8,000 won for children DMZ Local Resident Pass3) Munsan → Imjingang River 4,000 won for day-pass; 20,000 won for 10-day pass; 40,000 won for 20-day pass; 60,000 won for 30-day pass 1) Specific Route Fare is intended for customers reaching Dorasan Station from Imjingang Station (one-way for 5,000 won and roundtrip for 10,000 won) 2) DMZ Plus is a limitless travel pass within a given period; users of the pass also receive many benefits and discounts associated with major attractions including theme parks, hotels, department stores, and city tours. *Recommended Tour Route: Best 2 Recommended Tour Route: Best 2   Recommended Routes (a prior reservation required for Security Tour) Security Tour (linked to a bus) Seoul Station → Dorasan Station → The Third Tunnel → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Seoul Station General Tour (walking) Seoul Station → Dorasan Station → Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park (tile murals)→ Dorasan Station → Seoul Station ※ Visitors can purchase a Security Tour pass at a ticket booth operated by Paju City. It costs 8,700 won for adults; an additional 3,000 won fee applies to those who want to use an elevator in the Third Tunnel. * Special Remarks - Dorasan Station is located within the Civilian Control Zone. As such, visitors must carry with them a roundtrip pass and personal identification. In addition, visitors must fill out a separate entry application form, receive an entry pass, and wear it. - Visitors are now allowed to enter prohibited areas and must follow the instructions of any military or guiding officials. * How to Purchase a DMZ Train Pass - When using the Korail homepage, click on the menus in the following order: Tour Train -> Pyeonghwa (Peace) Trail -> Ticket Purchase. - When using the Korail Talk, click on the Discount Products/Tour Train and choose the DMZ Train. - Visitors can purchase a pass at any window in railway stations just like purchasing any general railway ticket. #3. The Most Special Walking Travel in the World: Pyeonghwa (Peace) Nuri Trail This is the northernmost trail in South Korea as the only divided country in the world. Opened in May 2010, the trail connects Gimpo, Paju, Yeoncheon, and Goyang near the DMZ. Consisting of 12 routes (three routes in Gimpo, two routes in Goyang, two routes in Paju, and three routes in Yeoncheon), the trail stretches over 189km. Each route is approximately 15km-long and takes 4 to 5 hours for visitors to complete. Dotted along the trail are village alleys, rice paddies, dikes, costal iron rails, downstream the Hangang River, and the Imgingang River, letting visitors experience Korean nature, history, and culture at their finest. In addition, -do in collaboration with the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Gyeonggi-do operates the Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail Walking Event. Detailed routes are available on the website noted below. [For inquiries] (in Korea) 031-956-8310 (Gyeonggi Tourism Organization) [Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail Routes] Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail Routes Routes Length Description Paju Route 11km The route starts from the Imjingak Pavilion and leads to the Eco Museum Street full of unique artwork followed by the Jangsan Observatory overlooking the Imjingang River and the Yulgok Wetland Park surrounded by blissful cosmos flowers. Gimpo Route 12km The route starts from the Sculpture Park, followed by Cheongnyong Hall, Jogang Reservoir (a popular site for fishing and jogging), and the Civilian Control Line. Goyang Route 12km The route starts from Ilsan Lake Park, passes the Civilian Control Line along the Hangang River, and ends up in the Haengjusanseong Fortress known for the Great Battle of Haengju. Yeoncheon Route 15km The route starts from Yeoncheon Public Stadium, passes Yeoncheon Lohas Park (a farm and recreational village), and ends in Herb Village, a popular attraction in Yeoncheon.


[June] Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do!<br />
[June] Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do!
"Temple Stay, a Unique Self-Healing Travel in Korea"

"Temple Stay, a Unique Self-Healing Travel in Korea" Q. Why Should You Enjoy Temple Stay in Gyeonggi-do? A. “Temple Stay” is a special program for tourists who want to focus on their own well-being and meditation rather than traveling through the hustle and bustle of popular attractions. Visitors can learn not only traditional Korean Buddhist life style, but also diverse temple cuisine. Gyeonggi-do Province offers diverse temple stay programs that can fit any tourist preferences. Temple stay will no doubt deliver special experiences to you. #1. Recreational Temple Stay at Yongmunsa Temple The 11-centuries-old Yongmunsa Temple in Yangpyeong provides both experience and recreational temple stay programs. Experience temple stay is available on weekends only, but the recreational program is available year-round. Participants wear temple uniforms and learn temple etiquette. By learning temple customs including Hapjang (joining palms together), participants learn to collect their scattered thoughts for tranquility. The “Hour to Awaken Myself” program enables participants to find their true selves by writing a letter to them. Participants are also exposed to other diverse temple customs including worshipping at dawn, Zen meditation, Baru Gongyang (Zen meal), and Dado (tea ceremony). The hour of meditation at dawn will offer a moment of inner tranquility, free from all worldly, distracting thoughts. Spending a day in a temple is like taking a slow step. The hour of “slow” is a short, but long journey to find one’s true self. Temple stay helps you dust off your mind and find your true self. It’s a special program for enjoying the beauty of nature and reflecting in the form of peaceful recreation. [Information] Information Address 782, Yongmunsan-ro, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do For Inquiries 82-31-775-5797 ( Hours 14:00 - 12:30 (next day) Admission Fees 50,000 won for two days and one night #2. Diet Temple Stay at Yukjijangsa Temple   Located an hour from Gwanghwamun, Seoul, the Yukjijangsa Temple in Yangju offers diverse temple stays from recreational to experience and diet programs. Among those programs, the experience-type health temple stay program is operated mainly in the summer vacation season. The program relies on various ways to help fight against obesity (e.g., meditation, Zen meal, Zen tea, meridian massage) and stimulate blood circulation through moxibustion, contributing to strengthening internal body organs and glands. In particular, meridian massage and moxibustion using various natural medicinal herbs are effective for brain stimulation and skin therapy and wildly popular among female participants. [Information] Information Address 190, Gisan-ro 471 beon-gil, Baekseok-eup, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do For inquiries 82-31-871-0101 ( Hours every Wednesday to Sunday Admission Fees Recreational or Experience Program: 60,000 won for two days and one night and 120,000 won for three days and two nights Fasting Diet: 150,000 won for three days and two nights and 210,000 won for four days and three nights #3. Temple Stay at Sudosa Temple for Temple Cuisine Located in Poseung-myeon, Pyeongtaek, Sudosa Temple offers temple stay programs centered on major parts of Buddhist culture: how to make temple food, how to nurture wild medicinal herbs (used for temple food), and how to pick them. The focus of the temple cuisine program changes seasonally from spring herbs in spring to cold soups and traditional drinks in summer, tofu in fall, and soybeans in winter. Free from the bustle of everyday life, participants learn how to make temple food and nurture an herbal garden, refreshing their minds and bodies. In doing so, participants can appreciate the important of nature. [Information] Information Address 58, Hoam-gil, Poseung-eup, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do For Inquiries 82-31-682-3169 ( [Two-Days-and-One-Night Program] Two-Days-and-One-Night Program Hours 16:00 (Saturday) to 14:00 (Sunday) Admission Fees 60,000 won for adults and 50,000 won for minors * Recreational Program without Temple Cuisine: 40,000 won for adults and minors [One Day Experience Program: Learning Temple Cuisine] One Day Experience Program: Learning Temple Cuisine Hours 8:00 to 15:00, every Sunday Admission Fees 50,000 won for adults and minors #4. Yongjusa Temple for Respecs Parents  The name of the Yongjusa Temple in Hwaseong originates from the dragon carrying a magic orb to the sky. The temple is known for its emphasis on Buddhist mercy and respect for one’s parents. As such, the temple operates the “Paying Back Gratitude to Parents” program. The program lets participants learn ten blessings of their parents and reflect on their relationship with parents, rekindling their affection for parents. The program also covers worshipping, Baru Gongyang (Zen meal), 108 bows, Zen meditation, and Dado (tea ceremony). Worshipping is practiced three times a day from morning to night, bowing to Buddha and disciples of Buddhism with respect; Baru Gongyang is a traditional meal served in Korean temples (Baru referring to a small bowl while Gongyang means a meal in a temple). 108 bows is a way to empty one’s inner agony. Repeated bows in the process lead to purity and tranquility of mind and body. Zen meditation as a way of religious meditation helps participants learn how to collect their thoughts and control their minds. Dado concerns procedures related to drinking tea. Participants learn how to concentrate their minds when boiling tea. [Information] Information Address 136, Yongju-ro, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do For Inquiries 82-31-235-6886 ( Hours 14:00 (Saturday) to 11:00 (Sunday) Admission Fees 50,000 won


[July]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do!
[July]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do! "Fun Summer Shopping"

"Fun Summer Shopping"   Q. Why Should You Take a Shopping Trip to Gyeonggi-do? A. The famed Seoul Summer Sale lasts throughout the month of July. Visitors can enjoy shopping at discounted prices at a diverse array of department stores, duty free shops, mega marts, amusement parks, and restaurants. But Seoul is not the only place to offer shopping attractions. Gyeonggi-do also offers trendy shopping alternatives tailored to your desire for superb shopping experiences. Enjoy the best summer shopping destinations only for you! #1. Seoul Summer Sale Tour The 2014 Seoul Summer Sale begins on July 1st and lasts the entire month. Numerous department stores, duty free shops, mega marts, shopping malls, cosmetics shops, movie theaters, amusement parks, and restaurants offer outstanding products and services at discounted prices. Department stores and duty free shops in particular also organize gift giveaway events. International visitors can receive a 2014 Summer Sale discount card free upon visiting the Welcome Counter at the Incheon International Airport. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to test your luck at the counter by playing darts. Further details on the sale event are available at the following website.   [Information] - Period: July 1 – July 31, 2014 - : Myeong-dong and across Seoul - Inquiries: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, or Chinese) - Website:   #2. All-in-One Shopping: Paju Premium Outlet The outlet is home to many brand shops with diverse price ranges. Focusing on the concept of all-in-one shopping, the outlet houses world-famous brands like Prada and Mulberry as well as inexpensive Korean brands like NII and TBJ. Quality brands at discounted prices attract frugal shoppers year-round. The outlet consists of four interconnected three-story buildings. Third floors offer shopping amenities from restaurants to a bookstore and a multiplex movie theater.   [Information] - Address: Munbal-dong 645, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do - Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. - Inquiries: +82-31-960-2500 - Website: (Korean)   ** Shinsegae Simon Paju Premium Outlets Tailored to Young Consumers The outlets offer over 220 popular brands at discounted prices. They are home to famous international brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Armani as well as casual brands like Jil Sander, Tory Burch, and Calvin Klein. The Art Deco style building has frequently appeared in many Korean dramas, films, and advertisements. The outlets also house a food court offering a diverse range of food and chic restaurants. Easily accessible by transportation (buses and shuttle buses operating from the outlets to Seoul), the outlets remain a popular dating and shopping venue for young people. - Hours: - Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. - Friday through Sunday and Holidays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closed on Korean New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Day only) - Inquiries: +82-1644-4001 - Websites: (Korean) (English) (Simplified Chinese) (Japanese)     #3.  Heart of Hallyu and Unique Shopping Attractions Bundang Jeongja-dong Café Street Known, a Popular Filming for Korean Dramas and Seohyeon Rodeo Street   The Bundang Jeongja-dong Café Street is reminiscent of European-style sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The exotic atmosphere has led to the street making frequent appearances in Korean dramas, films, and advertisements. Each café boasts a chic terrace. Because of its similarity to the glittering Cheongdam-dong in Seoul, the street is also called the Cheongja-dong Street. It is also a popular destination for light brunches as well as night walks surrounded by splendid lighting across shop terraces. The street is also known for everything from unique restaurants that serve delicious bakery items and tea to Japanese, Chinese, and Italian cuisines.     - : Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do     Seohyeon Rodeo Street Setting the Latest Korean Fashion Trend The Rodeo Street surrounding the Seohyeon Station in Seongnam is populated by huge throngs of visitors during the weekend. It is downtown Seongnam with department stores, mega bookstores, multiplex movie theaters, popular restaurants, shopping malls of various sizes, and karaokes. The latest popular family restaurants as well as fashion shops are easily found on the street. Visitors to the street tend to be younger, and its atmosphere is more vibrant compared to Jeongja-dong Street. The nearby Jungang Park is the largest recreational park in Seongnam full of amenities from the gorgeous artificial lake to water fountains, grass plaza, and an outdoor stage hall. Overall, the attractions surrounding the street and the fun atmosphere attract many visitors year-round.   - : Seohyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do - Information:


[August]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do, Exciting Water Parks
[August]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do, Exciting Water Parks

"Exciting Water Parks, Your Choice for a Cool Summer"   Q. Why Should You Enjoy Water Parks in Gyeonggi-do? A. Water parks are exciting attractions to enjoy on sweltering summer days. Gyeonggi-do boasts diverse, superb water parks to visitors. It is home to Caribbean Bay housed in Everland, the grandest amusement park in Korea, along with Termeden (a hot spring water park offering outstanding spa experiences), and One Mount (a multi-recreational facility providing a snow park and a shopping mall as well). Full of wonderful water parks, Gyeonggi-do is your destination for the coolest summer.   #1. Caribbean Bay, a Water Park in the Grandest Amusement Park in Korea Caribbean Bay in Yongin is the most famed water park in Korea. It is also the one that has sparked a water park boom in Korea. Housed in Everland, the grandest amusement park in Korea, Caribbean Bay boasts many attractions for young visitors, in particular, to enjoy. Ideal for those who enjoy thrilling attractions, Caribbean Bay offers Aqua Loop, Surfing Ride, Wave Pool, Water Bobsleigh, and many others. Aqua Loop is a facility in which visitors start with an 18m-high free fall and slides through an array of 360-degree loops. The Wave Pool is perhaps the most popular among visitors, generating artificial waves with the sound of a steam boat. The Water Bobsleigh is ideal for thrill-lovers with a 26m free-fall slide. Surfing Ride is popular among those enjoying surfing and lets visitors surf with a board.  This year, aribbean Bay opened the Aquatic Center so that visitors can enjoy the Wave Pool, various slides, and spa pools indoors. It also opened a Lazy Pool which stretches over 550m, the longest among Korean water parks. It is open at night until August 16th. Visitors admitted to Caribbean Bay can use Everland free of charge. Further details about Caribbean Bay are provided on its website.  [Information] - : 199 Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do - Inquiries: 82-31-320-5000 - Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, or Chinese) -Admission Fees: Type 7/5 – 8/24, 2014 8/25 – 8/31, 2014 Adults Children/Seniors Adults Children/Seniors Day Ticket 70,000 Won 55,000 Won 55,000 Won 43,000 Won   Afternoon Ticket(14:30-) 60,000 Won 46,000 Won 45,000 Won 35,000 Won     [More Things to Enjoy] - Night Opening of Caribbean Bay Period: July 19th – August 16th Hours: until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and until 11 p.m., Friday through Sunday Admission Fees: Night Ticket (30,000 Won for adults; 23,000 Won for children) - Caribbean Band Performance Period: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 pm., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 4th – August 21st Detail: performances by an 11-person band : Caribbean Stage, Caribbean Bay - Free Admission to Everland Period: July 5th – August 24th Detail: visitors to Caribbean Bay can access Everland free of charge after 3 p.m. (Excluding visitors with night tickets to Caribbean Bay)   #2. One Mount, a Place for Both Summer and Winter As its name indicates, One Mount seeks to be the best playground in the world. It is home to a water park, a snow park, a shopping mall, and sports clubs. The water park itself is divided into indoor and outdoor zones. Outdoor zones house the Sky Boomerran Go (using a two-person tube) and Whirling Dervish starting with a 50m free fall and sliding through 360-degree loops. The Party Pool is a unique facility where visitors can enjoy both swimming and partying. Indoor zones offers diverse facilities centered on the concept of “rest” including Doctor Fish, an Event Pool with diverse spa experiences, and a Bade Pool operating a water massaging system.  One Mount also houses Roof Garden where visitors can enjoy Ever Slide. It is a fun, 100m-long water slide.  Snow Park lets visitors enjoy winter even in the hot summer. It boasts Snow Hill (a year-round snow slide), Animal Sleigh (led by sleigh dogs), and Santa Village (reproducing the Santa Clause Office in Finland), offering unique excitement in the heat of summer.   [Information] - : 300, Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do - Inquiries: 82-1566-223 - Website: (Korean, English, or Chinese) - Admission Fees   Types Tickets Types of Visitors Regular Fees Discounted Fees Water Park Period: 7/19 – 7/25 / Afternoon Ticket available after 4 p.m. Weekday Day Ticket Adults 65,000 Won 31,000 Won Children 50,000 Won Weekend Day Ticket Adults 65,000 Won 33,000 Won Children 50,000 Won Weekday Afternoon Ticket (4 p.m. - ) Adults 39,000 Won 22,000 Won Children 30,000 Won Weekend Afternoon Ticket (4 p.m. - ) Adults 39,000 Won 24,000 Won Children 30,000 Won Period: 7/26 – 8/17 Weekday/Weekend Day Ticket Adults 65,000 Won 36,000 Won Children 50,000 Won Weekday/Weekend Afternoon Ticket (4 p.m. - ) Adults 39,000 Won 27,000 Won Children 30,000 Won Snow Park Period: 7/19 – 8/17 Weekday Day Ticket Applied to All 22,000 Won 14,000 Won Weekend Day Ticket Applied to All 25,000 Won 16,000 Won Weekday Afternoon Ticket (4 p.m. - ) Applied to All 12,000 Won 10,900 Won Weekend Afternoon Ticket (4 p.m. - ) Applied to All 14,000 Won 10,900 Won   #3.  Termeden, a Healthy Place for Swimming and Hot Spas Termeden, a German-style hot spring resort in Icheon, offers both indoor and outdoor pools, providing visitors with healthy recreational space for both hot spas and swimming. The indoor pool boasts the largest round bade pool in Asia where visitor can experience ten different types of water therapy and massaging pools. (The Bade Pool is a health-conscious hot spring facility focusing on water therapy using hot springs and promoting health, recuperating, and preventing diseases.)  The outdoor pool also offers exciting facilities and leisure to visitors. Dragon Slide, operated only in peak summer season, is a 7m-high water slide through which visitors slide at a fast speed around 50m-long loops. Water Bucket lets visitors experience the fall of one ton of water. Cave Pool is a place to enjoy rest with the backdrop of cool water generated from artificial falls. The Outdoor Event Pool is also a popular facility in Termeden where visitors use various treatments like beer, strawberries, Makgeolli (traditional Korean liquor), and rice for both fun and skin care.  Termeden also operate diverse therapy shops to promote health of visitors. Programs like Oriental Body Care, Back Care, and Lower Body Circulation Care (known for improving blood circulation and relieving fatigue) are popular.  - : 988, Sasil-ro, Moga-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do - Website: (Korean or English) - Hours · Summer Season (7/12 – 7/18, 2014 and 8/18 – 8/31, 2014) Type Weekdays Weekends/Holidays Men’s/Women’s Bath 08:00 - 20:00 08:00 - 20:00 Indoor Bade Pool 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 Outdoor Bade Pool 10:00 - 18:30 10:00 - 18:30 Outdoor Mountain Slide 11:00 - 18:00 11:00 - 18:00 Outdoor Dragon Slide 11:00 - 17:00 11:00 - 17:00   Peak Summer Season (7/19 – 8/17, 2014) Type Weekdays Weekends/Holidays Men’s/Women’s Bath 08:00 - 21:00 08:00 - 21:00 Indoor Bade Pool 09:00 - 20:00 09:00 - 20:00 Outdoor Bade Pool 09:00 - 19:00 09:00 - 19:00 Outdoor Mountain Slide 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 18:00 Outdoor Dragon Slide 11:00 - 17:30 11:00 - 17:30   - Admission Fees Summer Season (7/12 – 7/18, 2014 and 8/18 – 8/31, 2014) Type Weekdays Weekends/Holidays Bade Pool (Use of Entire Facilities) Adults 40,000 Won 44,000 Won Children 30,000 Won 34,000 Won Sunset Discount (Use of Entire Facilities after 4 p.m.) Adults 24,000 Won 26,400 Won Children 18,000 Won 20,400 Won Hot Spring Sauna (Bath and Sauna Pool + Outdoor Theme Pool) Based on the use of three hours and subject to additional expenses after that Adults 12,000 Won 12,000 Won Children 8,000 Won 8,000 Won   · Peak Summer Season (7/19 – 8/17, 2014)      Type Weekdays Weekends/Holidays Bade Pool (Use of Entire Facilities) Adults 50,000 Won 50,000 Won Children 40,000 Won 40,000 Won Sunset Discount (Use of Entire Facilities after 4 p.m.) Adults 30,000 Won 30,000 Won Children 24,000 Won 24,000 Won  Hot Spring Sauna (Bath and Sauna Pool + Outdoor Theme Pool) Based on the use of three hours and subject to additional expenses after that Adults 12,000 Won 12,000 Won Children 8,000 Won 8,000 Won


[September]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do
[September]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do

        "Attractions to See in Gyeonggi-do While Enjoying the 2014 Incheon Asian Games!"   Q. What Attractions in Gyeonggi-do Do You Recommend for Traveling in September, during the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014? A. Gyeonggi-do offers an endless array of attractions for you while enjoying the Asian Games. While exciting sports events unfold across Incheon, convenient transportation will help you visit outstanding attractions in Gyeonggi-do. We recommend the following attractions and events in Gyeonggi-do in September when fall begins. #1. 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014  With the slogan of Diversity Shines Here, the Asian Games Incheon 2014 will be held between September and October. Offering diverse sporting and cultural events, this will be the 17th Asian Games. Aiming to be the most exciting Asian Games to date for both Koreans and people across Asia, the Asian Games Incheon 2014 commissioned Korean superstar Hyun Bin (who starred in Secret Garden) as its official publicity ambassador. To facilitate smooth public transportation during the event, Incheon City also established transportation transfer facilities across 46 s within the city, connecting stadiums and tourist attractions.    [Information] - Period: September 19– October 4, 2014 (16 days) - : Incheon - Participating Countries: 45 - Number of Sports: 36 - Slogan: Diversity Shines Here - Mascot: Three Seal Siblings, Barame, Chumuro, and Vichuon Barame: a messenger of “wind” with the ability to instantly move across difference spaces Chumuro: a messenger of “dance” with the ability to bring fun and excitement to people Vichuon: a messenger of “light,” bringing the light of hope to countries around the world - Website: (Korean and English) #2. Siheung Lotus Theme Park with over 100 Types of Lotus Flowers (1.5 hours from Incheon International Airport)   This theme park is home to gorgeous lotus flowers blooming in the water. Just 1.5 hours from Incheon International Airport, the park offers over 100 different types of lotus flowers, blossoming in summer and lasting until fall. Visitors don’t have to worry about visiting the park on a rainy day. Lotus flowers, a water plant, are more elegant to watch on a rainy day. With an umbrella and a pair of boots, visitors can enjoy a memorable fall trip amidst lotus flowers decorated by water droplets.  Many visitors and professional photographers visit the park to capture the splendor of lush lotus flowers. Lotus flowers are vibrant in the morning and fade in the afternoon so that visitors may want to visit the park at the appropriate time. The park also hosts various events such as the Lotus Food Contest around the time that lotus flowers blossom. The best days to appreciate lotus flowers are between early July and early October.  [Information] - Hours: open year-round (best hours to observe lotus flowers: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) - Inquiries: +82-31-310-6221~5 - Website: (Korean) - : Gwangokji-ro 139, Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do #3.  Bucheon Hanok Experience Village (1 hour and 20 minutes from Incheon International Airport)   The village provides visitors with an exciting opportunity to experience traditional Korean culture. One of the most popular things to do in the village is to take pictures while wearing Hanbok (traditional clothing). Swings are also placed next to the village for fun experiences. Visitors can participate in diverse hands-on programs from making traditional food to appreciating traditional tea etiquettes. Traditional weddings are often held on weekends or national holidays as well. [Information] - Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. - Inquiries: +82-32-326-1542 - Website: (Korean) - : Gilju-ro 1, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do [Hands-on Traditional Culture Programs] Programs Hours Costs Traditional Tea Half to one hour 3,000 Won Rice Cake One hour 10,000 Won Gangjeong (Fried Traditional Snack) One hour 10,000 Won Yanggaeng (Sweet, Jellied Bean Paste) One hour 10,000 Won Earrings One to two hours 15,000 Won Necklace One to two hours 15,000 Won for a pendant and 30,000 Won when including a pendant and string Hand Mirror One to two hours 15,000 Won Silver Ring One to two hours 20,000 Won   #4.  Special Fall Festival, the 2014 Pyeonghwanuri-gil Walking Event   This fall, the 2014 Pyeonghwanuri-gil (also Pyeonghwanuri Trails) Walking Event will be hosted in Gyeonggi-do, starting in Paju on September 13th and, after that, in Yeoncheon and Gimpo every two weeks. The event will give an opportunity for visitors to walk along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is the symbol of the divided country as well as the home of a rich, pristine ecological system. The event also accompanies a special bike tour on the following Sunday to celebrate the opening of the Pyeonghwanuri-gil Bike Trail. Designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to better understand nature, culture, and history of the DMZ, visitors can walk as well as bike in areas normally prohibiting civilian access. The event will be also run with themes, with Paju for music, Yeoncheon for books, and Gimpo for photos. The event will offer various fun programs for members of social walking clubs and family visitors with children. Such programs will include “busking” performances and “photo spots” reflecting the themes of the venues. A certain amount of money will be accumulated as long as participants walk, and it will be donated to the DMZ Restoration Project, making the event a meaningful occasion for all. Application for participation in the event can be made on the official event website ( The number of participants for each event venue will be limited to 500 to 700 (first-come, first-served basis in terms of payment). The participation fee will be 10,000 Won. Participants will also receive souvenirs such as a hiking stick and backpack sponsored by TrekSta as well as an event participation certificate upon completing a route. International visitors can participate in the event as long as they include at least two members and apply for the event as a group; the leader of the group processing the application must be Korean. [Information] - Period: September 13 – October 12, 2014 (refer to the detailed information below) - : DMAZ in Paju, Yeoncheon, and Gimpo in Gyeonggi-do - Inquiries: 82-31-956-8310 - Website: (Korean) - Event s and Routes s Dates Routes Distance Remarks Paju Saturday, September 13th Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 8: Bangujeong Trail (Imjingak Pavilion → Unification Bridge → Chopyeongdo Island → Jangsan Observatory) 7km Including the Civilian Control Line Sunday, September 14th Imjingak Pavilion → Unification Bridge → 64T → Imjingak Pavilion 17.2km Yeoncheon Saturday, September 27th Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 11: Imjin Jeokbyeok Trail (Gunnam Flood Control Reservoir → Herb Village → Jusangjeolli Cliff) 8km 14km   Sunday, September 28th Public Stadium → Youth Campground → Public Stadium 36km Gimpo Saturday, October 11th Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 1: Yeomhagang Iron Fence Trail (Hamsang Park → Deokpojin → Buraedo Island → Hamsang Park) 7km   Sunday, October 12th Sculpture Park → Munsusanseong Fortress → Check Point A → Mir Village → Check Point B → Sculpture Park 23.5km Including the Civilian Control Line  


[October]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do!
[October]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do! "2014 Gyeonggi Air Show" with the Korean Air Force!!

"Gyeonggi Air Show" with the Korean Air Force The Largest Experience-Type Air Show Festival in Asia Welcoming its 6th Show this Year!!               [Air Show Meeting the Korean Air Force] The largest air show in Asia, the 2014 Gyeonggi Air Show with the Korean Air Force, is reborn this year. Collaborating with the Korean Air Force, the 2014 Gyeonggi Air Show with the Korean Air Force is hosted in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do. Welcoming its 6th show this year, the event will showcase the best of what an air show can offer once again. Starting in 2009, the show has provided citizens with a positive glimpse of recreational air sports. Last year alone, the event attracted over 500,000 visitors for five days, transforming itself into the largest air show festival in Asia. This year, working with the Korean Air Force, the event will showcase a professional, thrill-packed fighters show.      The air show unfolds on the Suwon Airfield near the Seryu Station in Suwon for three days between October 10th and the 12th. Following last year's show, Winky and Amily, the main characters of the popular animation, The Airport Diary, are once again publicity ambassadors for this year's show. Shown in KBS2 between 2012 and May 2014, the animation garnered wild popularity from children and was honored with the MIP Junior Grand Prix for ages 3 to 6 in Cannes, France and the 2012 Korean Content Grand Prize Presidential Award in the area of animation. This year, the characters, working with the special Korean air force team, Black Eagles, will once again deliver dreams and hopes to visitors.                                                                             [Everything about Black Eagles, Charisma in the Sky] The highlight of the event will be the air show performed by the Black Eagles which has received top honors in the Waddington International Air Show (Great Britain) and Royal International Air Tattoo (Great Britain). This year, Black Eagles will perform for an hour including a ground performance, showcasing the best of the Korean Air Force.   The air show will also highlight performances by renowned air show teams. The performances by Hubie Tolson, representing an American air show, and Zontan Veres, a Hungarian air circus leader, are schedule to appear in the air show. Hubie Tolson was a United States Aerobatic Team member between 2004 and 2005, as well as between 2008 and 2009, and participated in two air show competitions. Zontan Veres is a professional aerobatic specialist and received medals in various air show competitions including the Aero Grand Prix World Cup and European Aerobatic Championship; his specialties include cutting ribbons from ten feet high.   Aside from splendid air performances, the festival features diverse experience-type programs including boarding an aircraft, aviation simulation, making a model aircraft, and 119 safety training. As such, unlike other observation-oriented air shows, the event will provide visitors with exciting opportunities to board and experience aircrafts. The aircraft boarding program, one of the most popular programs each year, offers visitors drawn from a pool of those who reserved the show online an opportunity to ride in an aircraft or helicopter; they will enjoy flying between Korea's Independence Hall in Cheonan and the Seohaedaegyo Bride. Other on-site aviation programs include ten diverse aviation education programs, a game-oriented simulation program, 3D Theater, and control tower simulator program. Visitors can purchase tickets to the various education programs and receive customized education to their liking. The program will not only offer aviation theories, but also opportunities for participants to make a glider, model hot-air balloon, and aerobatic craft (Black Eagle). [Special Programs of the Air Show: Pilot Aviation and Aircraft Exhibition] In addition, the air show will offer diverse pilot aviation presentations, such as how to extinguish a forest fire, rescue people, and respond to a disaster. The show also exhibits diverse aircrafts from different eras and with different functions, which range from a light aircraft to a model aircraft. Security-related equipment will also be exhibited. Various guideboards will help visitors understand aircraft exhibits. The event will operate the 119 Safety Experience Camp with diverse 119 rescue experience programs in preparation for emergency situations, offering fun, safety education to visitors. In particular, the Gyeonggi-do Fire and Disaster Headquarters will operate the 119 Special Response Team, which will respond to any emergency situations that arise during the air show. [Admission Ticket Reservations] Detailed information about the air show is available on its homepage as well as social network sites. Online reservations are made on the event homepage (www.경기항공전.com) starting September 1st at a 30% discount. Visitors can also purchase tickets on-site during the event (10,000 Won for adults and 5,000 Won for children and students). - Online Reservations (30% off): September 1 October 9, 2014 - Onsite Purchases: October 10 12, 2014 (A discount of 1,000 Won will be applied to Internet or mobile tickets purchased during the event.) - Persons with national merits, Basic Welfare Subsidy recipients, and young non-school age children - Disabled persons and one accompanying adult (free admission for the accompanying adult limited to disabled persons with grade 1 to 3 disability) - Head of group visitors (one head per 20 visitors), travel guide, and bus driver for group visitors - Members of combat police, members of conscripted police, and current military service men and women (at the rank of staff sergeant or below) - Members of Korean air force and their families (identification required) Types Admission Fees(Won) Age Regular Fees Discounted Fees for Advanced Reservation Event Period (Mobile/Internet) Paid Admission Adults 10,000 Won 7,000 Won 9,000 Won 19 to 64 Children and Students 5,000 Won 3,500 Won 4,000 Won 7 to 18 Free Admission - Persons with national merits, Basic Welfare Subsidy recipients, and young non-school age children- Disabled persons and one accompanying adult (free admission for the accompanying adult limited to disabled persons with grade 1 to 3 disability)- Head of group visitors (one head per 20 visitors), travel guide, and bus driver for group visitors- Members of combat police, members of conscripted police, and current military service men and women (at the rank of staff sergeant or below)- Members of Korean air force and their families (identification required) ※ For group visitors (100 or more), please make a separate inquiry at the Gyeonggi Air Show Office. ※ Those eligible for free admission do not have to stop at the ticket office; they can enter the venue with identification only (such as certificate of national merit or disabled person registration ID). ※ Operation Hours: 09:00 -16:30 (admission closes at 15:30) # Reference Information Name: 2014 Gyeonggi Air Show with Korean Air Force : 224-1, Jangji-dong, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do / (New Street Name System) 165beon-gil 1, Gyeongsudae-ro, Suwon-si Gyeonggi-do Website: www.경기항공전.com / (In English) For Inquiries: 031-225-8188 # Direction Public Transpor- tation Subway Seryu Station (Subway Line No. 1) Bus Take bus #20, 20-1, 200, 200-1, 202, 202-1, 24, 25,  25-1, 25-2, 301, 311, 45, 57, or 82-1 and get off at “Airfield Entrance/Seryu Station” stop Car For your personal GPS device, search for the Suwon 3rd General Industrial Complex (“수원제3일반산업단지” in Korean), which has a parking capacity of over 12,000 vehicles. (756, Gosaek-dong, Gwonseon-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do) ※ Please use the parking lot for the Suwon General Industrial Complex since there are few parking spaces available near the Seryu Station.


[November]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do! “Taste of Gyeonggi-do, Fun Traveling in Traditional Markets”
[November]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do! “Taste of Gyeonggi-do, Fun Traveling in Traditional Markets”

 “Taste of Gyeonggi-do, Fun Traveling in Traditional Markets” Q. Why should you visit traditional markets in Gyeonggi-do? A. Markets show the unique culture of each country. Traditional markets in Gyeonggi-do convey favorite Korean food and unique Korean friendliness. They are must-visit destinations with diverse themes and attractions. Why not enjoy abundant food and warm friendliness in traditional markets in this magnificent, cool November?     #1. Motgol Market, Major Street Market in Suwon Major traditional markets in Suwon are dotted along Paldalmun (Nammun) in Hwaseong and Suwoncheon Stream. Motgol Market is a relatively small street market, but it is full of vitality and visitors thanks to diverse items for sale and delicious food (including fresh vegetables and seafood as well as abundant side dishes and rice cakes). The market became popular when merchants began to operate a program called Radio Star to attract visitors. Recently, merchant women appeared in a cable TV program that showed their first international trip, contributing to publicizing the market. Jidong Market, next to Motgol Market, is home to the Sundae (Korean-style blood sausage) Town and Dongdak (friend chicken) Street. Tongdak Street is not only popular among the young, but also among international residents and travelers. - For Inquiries: 82-31-246-5638 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Suwoncheon-ro 258beongil 12-1 (Motgol Market) [Market Food 1] ‘Sundae-bokkeum’, Sundae Town, Jidong Market Sundae-bokkeum (Stir-fried Korean Sausage), colored with abundant vegetables and sweet-tangy sauce, is a popular dish beloved by both young and elderly patrons. It can serve as a side dish to alcohol or as a main dish. Its leftovers can be used for making fried rice, making the dish ideal for a gathering of friends or family members. Chewy gopchang (tripe) or squid can be added to the dish, capable of producing diverse taste. Delicious sundae-gukbap (Korean Sausage Soup with Rice) is a popular dish as well. Sundae Town of Jidong Market houses over 30 restaurants specializing in sundae-bokkeum. Generous portions with inexpensive prices attract many loyal patrons year-round. - Dishes: Sundae-bokkeum (8,000 Won), Suyuk(Boiled Pork Slices) (10,000 Won), Sundae-gukbap (6,000 Won) - Contact Information * Wonjo Eommane: 82-31-253-5210 * Gohyangjip: 82-31-247-9802 * Eunjune: 82-31-245-9771 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Paldalmun-ro 19 (Jidong Market) [Market Food 2] Yetnal Tongdak, Suwon Tongdak Street Called Chicken Street among residents in Suwon, the street is home to restaurants offering fried chicken for over 40 years. Those restaurants adhere to traditional-style cooking in which chicken is fried in a traditional cauldron. Visitors may need to wait in line at night and weekends, but the reward for tasting delicious fried chicken is quite substantial.   - Dishes: Yeotnal Tongdak (13,000 Won), Fried Chicken (13,000 Won), Yangnyeom Tongdak(Fried Chicken in Sweet and Chili Sauce) (14,000 Won) * Jinmi Tongdak: 82-31-255-3401 * Jangan Tongdak: 82-31-252-5190 * Yongseong Tongdak: 82-31-242-8226 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Paldal-ro 1-ga [Nearby Attraction] Suwon Hwaseong Museum, Dream of King Jeongjo The museum reconstructs the superiority of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and the flourishing cultural era of King Jeongjo’s reign. It consists of the Hwaseong Fortress Construction Hall, Hwaseong Fortress Culture Hall, and Outdoor Exhibition Hall covering the fortress. The museum showcases the process of the fortress and its functions as a military facility. The Planned Exhibition Hall offers a unique exhibition associated with the fortress year-round. - Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 - Admission Fees: 2,000 Won for adults, 1,000 Won for students and service men and women, and free admission for children and seniors (ages 65 and over) - Parking Fees: 2,000 Won for three hours and 10,000 Won for all day - Closed on Mondays - For Inquiries: 82-31-228-4242 ( - Address: Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Paldal-gu Changnyongdae-ro 21 #2. Gwangmyeong Traditional Market, Landmark of Gwangmyeong The market is vibrant and full of people all day long—even on weekdays. Formed naturally along Gwangmyeong Intersection, it used to be a market operated at five-day intervals, but is now a year-round market. With over 400 shops, it is the seventh largest traditional market in Korea. It offers fresh vegetables grown on nearby farms, seafood delivered from a nearby port, and tteokgalbi (Grilled Short Rib Patties). Tteokgalbi, in particular, is known for only using fresh Korean ingredients. High quality vegetables and delicious food have transformed it into a major traditional market in Gyeonggi-do, attracting visitors from neighboring cities. A food street offering delicious food like kalguksu (Noodle Soup) and bindaetteok (Mung Bean pancake) is also a popular attraction in the market.   - For Inquiries: 82-2-2614-0006 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1 - Parking Fees: 2,000 Won per hour when using Gwangmyeong Traditional Market parking lot [Market Food 1] Hongdukkae Kalguksu, Half Price, but Double Taste This restaurant is known for offering tasty hand-rolled kalguksu (Noodle Soup) at an inexpensive price. Well-boiled springy noodles in a deep, tasty anchovy broth creates delicious kalguksu prepared in a generous-sized bowl. All this is available for 3,000 Won. Janchiguksu (Banquet Noodles) using regular round noodles is also a popular tasty dish, available only for 1,500 Won. - Dishes: Sonkalguksu (3,000 Won), Sonsujebi(Korean Pasta Soup)(3,000 Won), Janchi-guksu (1,500 Won) - For Inquiries: 82-2-2625-6235 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1 (within the Gwangmyeong Traditional Market) [Market Food 2] Halmeoni Bindaetteok, Seduction of Sizzling Bindaetteok Bindaetteok (Mung Bean Pancake) fried on a large cooking pan fills the restaurant with a savory smell. While bindaetteok combined with fresh vegetables is the most popular dish here, freshly cooked haemul-pajeon (Seafood and Green Onion Pancake) and kimchi-jeon (Kimchi Pancake) are also popular among patrons. Many patrons visit Gwangmyeong Traditional Market solely to eat bindaetteok. Offering delicious dishes over 25 years, the restaurant is a popular venue for both merchants in the market and loyal patrons.   - Dishes: Bindaetteok (3,000 Won), Haemul-pajeon (7,000 Won), Modeum-jeon (9,000 Won) - For Inquiries: 82-2-2625-4884 - Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gwangmyeong-ro 918beongil 12-1 (within Gwangmyeong Traditional Market)     [Nearby Attraction]Gwangmyeong Gahak Mine Cave, Journey to Unique Cave The cave used to be mined for zinc and copper. Later, it served as storage for salted fish to be sold at the Sorae Port. After multiple repairs and adding various facilities, the cave is now open to the public free of charge. The cave also shows a 3D movie and hosts various cultural and art performances. In a short time span, the cave has become one of the most popular attractions in the Seoul metropolitan area, attracting over 400,000 visitors. - Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 - Admission Fees: Free - Parking Fees: Free - For Inquiries: 82-1688-3399 ( - Address: Gyeonggi-do Gwangmyeong-si Gahak-dong San 17-1 211 - Reservation: group patrons (20 or more) need to reserve using the application form available on the Group Tour Application Notice of the homepage. #3. Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market, Full of Friendliness and Taste One of many attractions in Yangpyeong is a group of traditional markets. Of five traditional markets in the area, Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market is the most popular and the largest. Boasting over 200 years of history, the market is near Yangpyeong Station, making it easy for railway travelers to tour. Those who want to experience the best of what the market has to offer may want to visit it on the 3rd and 8th of each month. That’s when the market is full of merchants and visitors. Diverse food, fun bargaining, and friendly merchants also make the market an exciting place to visit. In addition, the market is also opened on Saturdays, directly connecting producers and consumers and offering fresh, high quality farm and specialty products at inexpensive prices.   - For Inquiries: 82-31-771-2080 (Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market Merchants’ Association), - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yangpyeong-eup Yangpyeongjangteo-gil 15 [Market Food]  Cheonghae Restaurant (Seonji haejangguk) During the Joseon Dynasty, Seonji-haejangguk (Hangover Stew with Clotted Ox Blood) in Yangpyeong was known even by people living in Hanyang (the capital of Joseon). Tasting the dish is a must in Yangpyeong. The restaurant is relatively small with four tables, but it has remained an attraction in the Yangpyeong Mulmalgeun Market for 33 years. The most popular dish offered by the restaurant is obviously seonji-haejangguk, which—combined with tasty meat stock, fresh coagulated ox blood, bean sprouts, and dried cabbage leaves—produces a soup with a rich taste.   - Dishes: Seonji haejangguk (5,000 Won), Cheonggukjang(Rich Soybean Paste)(5,000 Won), kimchi jjigae(Kimchi Stew) (5,000 Won), Jeyuk-bokkeum(Stir-Fried Pork)(7,000 Won) - For Inquiries: 82-31-772-4784 (Cheonghae Restaurant) - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yangpyeong-eup Yanggeun-ri 352-8   [Nearby Attraction 1] Yangpyeong Rail Bike, Running with Fun Visitors can experience the joy of biking amidst nature. Using the closed Jungang Railway line, the rail bike is 6.4km-long; it takes roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes for visitors to finish the route. Biking surrounded by splendid fall foliage will make magnificent fall memories for all.   - Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (November – February), 09:00 – 19:30 (March – April), and 09:00 – 21:00 (May – October) (21:00 time slot available on Saturdays and days preceding national holidays / operated at one and a half hour intervals) - Fees: 20,000 Won for two-person bikes, 29,000 Won for four-person bikes and 30,000 Won for electric bikes - For Inquiries: 82-31-775-9911 ( - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Yongmun-myeon Yongmun-ro 277 [Nearby Attraction 2] Gudun Station, a Romantic Site Appearing in a Movie This is a small station on a hill in a serene village. It is no longer an active railway station and attracts only a small number of visitors who want to relive the memories built in the station. It became popular after appearing as a date site for Suzy and Lee Je-hoon in the mega-hit movie 「Architecture 101」, attracting many couples. - For Inquiries: 82-31-773-5101 (Yangpyeong Cultural Tourism Division) - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yangpyeong-gun Jipyeong-myeon Gudunyeok-gil 8 (close to Gudun Station) #4. Yongin Jungang Market, Full of Vitality With over 60 years of history, the year-round market is home to over 760 shops. It offers fresh vegetables and fruits as well as seafood, dairy products, rice, and grains. The market also offers specialty streets like Sundae Street, Tteok(Rice Cake) Street, and Accessory Street. Diverse food and attractions make the market vibrant year-round. The market also hosts 5-day Market, which opens on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of each month. Yongin 5-day Market, also called Kimnyangjang because it was first opened by a person named Kim Ryang of the Goryeo Period, is a relatively large market centered on Yongin Jungang Market and stretching along Geumhakcheon Stream. The market, full of vitality with a backdrop of exciting rhythms of taffy sellers, makes Yongin 5-day Market a fun place to visit. On Saturdays, Altteul Jangteo (Frugal Market) is held, offering opportunities for visitors to purchase diverse products including organic farm products at inexpensive prices.   - For Inquiries: 82-31-336-1110 (Yongin Jungang Market Merchants’ Association) - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Gimnyangjang-dong 133beonji [Market Food] Ilmibunsik (Suje-mandu) The restaurant specializes in mandu (dumplings) and, particularly, suje-mandu (hand-made dumplings). To prevent the mixture of meat and fat, ground meat is not used in the restaurant. Chewy, thinly prepared wrappers combined with meat produce delicious dumplings. The restaurant has served patrons for over 30 years in the same place through consistently excellent dumplings.   - Dishes: Gogi(Meat) -mandu / Kimchi-mandu (4,000 Won), Manduguk(Dumplings Soup)(6,000 Won), Kal-manduguk (6,000 Won) - For Inquiries: 82-31-332-1864 (Ilmibunsik) - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Geumnyeong-ro 85beon-gil 14-2     [Nearby Attraction] Waujeongsa Temple, Praying for the Reunification of the Two Koreas The temple reflects the wishes of Monk Haegok (a displaced person from North Korea) for the reunification of the two Koreas. Offering a unique atmosphere unlike other Korean temples, it is better known among international visitors, making numerous exchanges with Buddhist organizations in other countries. An 8m-high Buddha’s head and a wooden Buddhist (3m high and 12m long) statue resembling Buddha lying peacefully are two major attractions in the temple. The temple, overall, houses over 3,000 Buddhist statues from around the world, showcasing the diverse, global Buddhist culture. - For Inquiries: 82-31-332-2472 ( - Address: Gyeonggi-do Yongin-si Cheoin-gu Haesil-ro 89-1 (Waujeongsa Temple)


[December]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do! “Sparkling Winter Festivals”
[December]Let's go to Gyeonggi-do! “Sparkling Winter Festivals”

“Sparkling Winter Festivals” #1. Romantic Illumination in Everland - Period: November 14, 2014 – March 1, 2015 - Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do - For Inquiries: 82-31-320-5000 - Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 (as of December / monthly hours subject to change and visitors recommended to refer to the website prior to visit) - Website: Everland hosts the Romantic Illumination Festival full of lighting decorations. The Magic Garden, transformed into a garden of light, will showcase lighting decorations resembling sparking jewels as well as the Proposal Photo Spot that will captivate loving couples with a giant heart sign and angel wings. In addition, the Magic in the Sky Season II, a multimedia fireworks show armed with new visual presentations and special effects, will unfold until December 28th this year. The Rose Garden turned into Romantic Avenue will demonstrate an arched water fountain covered with splendid bulbs, Carriage of Light, and stunning street lights. Visitors will encounter a giant 12m-high fir tree at the entrance of the festival venue; Mistletoe Photo Spot will convey to visitors the legend that kissing a lover could lead to eternal love. The Music Lighting Show will flash in time to the tune of Christmas carols. One of the most popular events during the festival is expected to the Ever Milk Way that will turn over 120,000 LED bulbs and hundreds of thousands of lighting decorations into a sparkling Milky Way. The festival will also host the White Christmas Parade spraying artificial snow to the tune of Christmas carols, with the sparkling of a 13m-high Christmas tree. The festival operates between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. in November.   #2. Herb Island Fireworks Festival in Pocheon - Period: November 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 - Address: 35, 947beon-gil, Cheongsin-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do (Sinbuk-myeon) - For Inquiries: 031-535-6494 - Website: - Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for weekdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. for Saturdays and national holidays - Programs - Cooking Santa: Herbal Apple Jam / Herbal Oil and Vinegar                                 Christmas / Christmas Cake - Gift Santa: Christmas Wreath / Christmas Candlestick / My Own Christmas Tree - Preparing Christmas Cards: to be delivered on December 24, 2014 - Wearing a Christmas Elf Costume and Taking Photos (for children) The festival offers splendid lighting festivities in which couples can cement their love, friends make unforgettable memories, and family members experience happiness. Millions of LED bulbs will decorate the festival and every building, structure, and garden on Herb Island will be covered with stunning light that is yet to be seen anywhere else.  The Santa Village, home to the 300m-long tunnel with pink-lighted Christmas wishes, will greet visitors with over 300 Santa grandfathers and grandmothers. Take pictures with Santa as only imagined in fairy tales!   #3. Lighting Festival at the Botanical Garden BCJ - Period: November 28, 2014 – March 2015 - Address: 166-1, Changman-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do - Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (December to February) - Website: Located in Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, this is huge natural art space (130,000m2) showing elegance of four seasons in Korea. Over 1,400 rare trees, shrubs, water plants, and flowers decorate the garden. Part of the garden is produced in a European garden style, conveying the beauty and atmosphere of the Western garden. Diverse attractions and beautiful surroundings have made the garden appear in numerous TV dramas (My Love from the Star, Boys before Flowers, Deep-Rooted Tree, City Hunter, and Master’s Sun), commercials, and movies, attracting many international visitors thanks to the popularity of Hallyu (Korean Wave) across the world. In winter, the garden hosts the Lighting Festival, a state-of-the-art lighting show in which dazzling light dances in tune to music, thanks to the connection between light and 3D sounds. This year’s festival theme is “Byeokchoji, Light Dances!” and winter outdoor plays. During the day, a huge pond (10,000m2) will provide visitors with an opportunity to enjoy sledding, curling, arrow-throwing, Yutnori (a popular traditional game), and Jegichagi (a popular outdoor game), capture smelt and trout, fly kites, and spin tops. The festival also offers other fun programs in which visitors can make candles, paint pottery, and roast and eat potato or sweet potato. Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., dynamic, splendid light shows unfold and the 150m-long Firefly Wow Tunnel at the entrance of the festival venue greets visitors. Visitors can write wishes on an elegant lantern and hang it along the tunnel. The Music Garden hosts performance art through which lighting gently dances to the tune of music. The garden also houses diverse photo zones surrounded by large Christmas trees and various animal and plant sculptures and fall foliage covered with LED lighting create an elegant atmosphere for visitors. The Garden of Light boasts Fountain of Light, Glob of Light, and other unique attractions. The Aurora Plaza creates a wave of light thanks to the connection between trees decorated with one million bulbs along 100m and 3D sounds. During the festival, visitors will receive a 1,000 Won discount coupon, which they can use for every facility and amenity in the venue including restaurants, cafes, gift shops, and the Winter Playground. #4. Bucheon Light Festival - Period: - December 31, 2014 - Address: Aiins World, Giljuro-1, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do - For Inquiries: 1800-5490 - Hours: 17:00 - 24:00 - Website: Aiins World in Bucheon reproduces world famous buildings led by Wonder Works (a top miniature producer in the world) and its detailed handmade artistry. It also introduced the 3D Projection Show for the first time in Korea. Diverse visual contents are projected onto the surface of buildings. The festival will showcase world-class buildings with splendid night lighting. The festival houses a photo zone offering visitors with an opportunity to take pictures with famous buildings in the world surrounded by dazzling lighting and make unforgettable memories.


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: 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: 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    


Run to Gyeonggi-do with Running Man
Run to Gyeonggi-do with Running Man

Run to Gyeonggi-do with Running Man Are you looking for a vacation destination somewhere in the suburbs this spring? How about a tour that follows in the footsteps of the popular variety show Running Man? Here we introduce you to landmarks and tourist destinations that have been featured in the television show.   [Gapyeong] Petite France as seen on Running Man ep. 20 and ep. 204 Petite France is literally ‘little France’ in Korea and the only French-themed amusement park in the country that brings you an entire southern provincial village of France. It is famous for its reference to Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novella The Little Prince. There is a memorial hall dedicated to the celebrated French author as well as statues of the Little Prince, Boa Constrictor, Fox, and Drunken Man, all of which make great souvenir photos.   Address: 616, Goseong-ri, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-584-8200, Open hours: Sunday to Thursday 09:00 – 18:00, Fridays and Saturdays 09:00 – 20:00 Admission fees: KRW 8,000 for adults, KRW 6,000 for teens, KRW 5,000 for children (36 months to elementary school students) Parking: Free of charge Open all year round   [Pocheon] Herb Island as seen on Running Man ep. 104 Just setting foot on Herb Island will melt away your stress and help you relax. The air is filled with the refreshing scent of fresh herbs. The buildings are replicas of great landmarks such as the Parthenon, Trevi Fountain, and renowned buildings in Venice, making visitors feel like they are in a scene from a fairytale. Colorful fireworks adorn the night sky at Herb Island while Venice Village and the Herb Museum are lit up to create a magical atmosphere. You will find herb shop, bakery, and herb café dotted all around the theme park as well as retro music café, Korean herbal medicine clinic, stores, and restaurants that will take baby boomers back to their childhood. Don’t forget to check out Dinosaur Village, a new addition to Herb Island. Address: 517-2, Samjeong-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do TEL: +82-31-535-6494, Open hours: 10:00 – 21:00 on weekdays and Sundays in wintertime, 10:00-23:00 on Saturdays and holidays Admission fees: KRW 6,000 for adults, KRW 4,000 for children aged 37 months to middle school students, and senior citizens   [Goyang] One Mount, Ilsan Lake Park as seen on Running Man ep. 164   One Mount  One Mount is a multi-faceted cultural space that integrates elements of water park, snow park, shopping mall, and sports club into one large entertainment center. Enjoy splashing in the water at the indoor water park in the coldest months. You can enjoy sledding, dog sledding or skating at the snow park anytime as it is open 365 days a year. You can also enjoy swimming, horseback riding simulator, and golf at the sports club. Whatever your age or gender, you are sure to find something exciting to do. If you’re into shopping, the four-story shopping mall offers a wide selection of popular fashion brands and restaurants. Don’t be limited by season or time. At One Mount you can enjoy all sorts of seasonal sports. Address: 300, Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do TEL: +82-1566-2232 Open hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (weekdays), 10:00 – 20:00 (weekends) Open hours are subject to change depending on the season, weather, facility maintenance, upgrades, and other special events. Admission fees: Adults Children All-day pass KRW 42,000 KRW 32,000 Afternoon pass KRW 25,000 KRW 19,000 *The same rates apply on weekends and weekdays. *Admission fees are subject to change depending on the season, weather, facility maintenance, upgrades, and other special events.   Snow Park Weekdays Weekend All-day pass KRW 25,000 KRW 30,000 Afternoon pass KRW 15,000 KRW 18,000 Official website: *How to get there: Get off at Juyeop Station (Subway Line no. 3) and walk for 15 minutes.   Ilsan Lake Park Ilsan Lake Park is located in Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do on a site covering approximately 1,000,000m2,makingitthelargestartificiallakeparkinallofAsia.Itisthemostprominentparkforrestandrecreationinthemetropolitanarea.Thesceniclakesetagainsttheromanticbackdropcreatedbythesunset,beautifullighting,andten-meter-highfountainisespeciallypopularamongcoupleslookingfortheperfectplaceforadate.TheannualHorticultureGoyangKoreatakesplaceatthepark,puttingtheLakeParkontheworldmap. Address: Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do TEL: +82-31-909-9000 Open hours: Open all year round Official website: How to get there: Get off at Jeongbalsan Station (Subway line no. 3) and walk for five minutes. Take bus no.1000, 2000, 9702, 9708 from Seoul Station. Take bus no. 3300 from Incheon International Airport, or no. 33 from Gimpo International Airport.   [Yongin] Korean Folk Village as seen on Running Man ep. 185 Korean Folk Village is a replica of an entire traditional Korean village. The village was founded in 1974 to preserve Korea’s traditional folk culture and to raise awareness of the importance of preserving it for future generations. The folk market sells traditional foods and crafts, taking visitors to the old days. The outdoor theater features nongak band performances and traditional ceremonies such as weddings. Must See Korean traditional wedding ceremony Nongak: Korean traditional music performance Tightrope-walking act Horseback martial arts B-boy dance with Korean traditional music Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do TEL: +82-31-286-2111~5 Open hours: 09:30 – 18:30 (wintertime: to 17:30 *subject to change depending on the season) Admission fees KRW 15,000 for adults; KRW 12,000 for teens; KRW 10,000 for children / Free pass: KRW 24,000 for adults; KRW 19,000 for teens; KRW 17,000 for children Official website:   [Yongin] Everland as seen on Running Man ep. 141 Everland was opened in April 1976 as Yongin Farmland, the first family park in Korea. The resort covers a 1,488,000m2 site while the theme park itself covers approximately 1,000,000m2. The Resort includes theme parks, an amusement park, a water park, and accommodations. It offers so many different activities, events and experiencing programs that can be enjoyed throughout the year. In spring, there are tulip and cherry blossom festivals and GKBF(Great Korean Beer Festival) is held in June. In fall, there is Holloween festival attracting many couples and foreign tourists and in winter it features Snow festival and Christmas festival. Everland is also one of most popular filming s for many TV shows and dramas.   Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do TEL.: +82-31-320-5000 Open hours: 09:00 -22:00 Open all year round Admission fees differ among facilities (refer to the official website) Official website:


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