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Top tourist attractions recommended by the GTO this Chuseok Holiday!
Top tourist attractions recommended by the GTO this Chuseok Holiday!

- Wishing everyone a Happy Chuseok and a joyful trip! - - #Service Area #Welcoming the Moon #Observatory #Photo of a Lifetime #Family Outing #Folk Game #4 Top Outings - Why not enjoy a happy family outing amid the vivid colors of autumn during the upcoming Chuseok holiday. Our recommended destinations are open during the holiday and conveniently located near the ICs of busy expressways and national roads, so you can visit them easily on the way back from your hometown. Chuseok will be so much more fun if you spend it together with Gyeonggi-do this autumn!  1. The Korean Folk Village and its many traditional games  The Korean Folk Village is holding a special “How good Hangawi (Chuseok) is!” event for five days from September 22 to 26. The event will consist of various experience programs of traditional customs and folk games as well as fun programs designed for all the family. Visitors can experience making half-moon rice cakes (Songpyeon) and pounding with a rice-cake mallet in the house of Nolbu, enjoy the merry atmosphere of a banqueting house in the photo zone reenacting traditional birthday meal, or receive a gift of traditional rice cakes by giving the right answers in a special Chuseok quiz. The Village is also holding seasonal-custom events and folk games in the spirit of Chuseok. The ritual for house guardian god for the peace of the family and a good harvest is a representative custom of Chuseok. When the cheerful rhythm of the farmers’ band ends, the participants partake of the rice cakes and drinks given up as an offering. Visitors can also experience holiday folk games such as Yunnori (traditional Korean board game), Tuhonori (Arrow-throwing), Geune-ttwigi (Korean traditional swinging), and Julleomgi (Korean traditional jumping rope). In addition, visitors who wear Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) will receive a maximum discount of 44% on the Free Pass.   Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do Tel.: +82-31-288-0000 Website: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/multi/english/ 2. Anseong Machum Land offers traditional performances and relaxation     Anseong Machum Land is a public park in Anseong where visitors can experience traditional performances, culture, and the arts. Designed as a rest and relaxation space for citizens, it is packed with enjoyable things to see and do, including Anseong Namsadang (Vagabond troupe of Joseon) Performance Hall, where the Anseong Baudeogi Pungmul Band give regular performances are held; the Anseong Machum Astronomy Science Museum, which is a popular astronomical observatory in the center of the downtown Lawn Plaza where people can see and feel the changes of the seasons; a Fountain Plaza; Wild Flower Complex; and a Waterside Park. Of these attractions, the six scenes of the Namsadang Nori (play) are performed cheerfully, including the Mudong Nori and the Beona Nori, which are centered on the life of Baudeogi, the first and only woman leader of a Namsadang Band during the Joseon Dynasty. In particular, a young tightrope walker who walks, runs, and jumps into the sky from his rope while chatting with the other performers is very impressive. It is interesting to see the actors communicate with the audience in modern humor while maintaining an old tradition. After the performance, the Pungmul band and the audience will join the wrap-up party, and you can shoot some souvenir photos, too. A trip to Anseong Machum Land will satisfy all five senses of not only children but their parents and grandparents too. * Anseong Machum Land    Address: 198-2, Namsadang-ro, Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do Tel.: +82-31-678-2518  Website: https://www.anseong.go.kr/en/contents.do?mId=0402040000  *Anseong Namsadang Performance Hall Tel.: +82-31-678-2518 Website: https://www.anseong.go.kr/en/contents.do?mId=0402020000 Regular performances: Saturday 16:00, Sunday 14:00 Admission: Adults KRW10,000 / Adolescents KRW 5,000 / Children KRW 2,000 (50% discount for babies under 5 years of age and the elderly over 65 years of age)  *2018 Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival: Oct. 3 ~ Oct. 7, 2018 3. The Moon Observatory in the Sihwa Narae Tidal Power Park   A new moon has risen over Sihwaho Lake! It is the Moon Observatory in the Sihwa Narae Tidal Power Park, which has been built between the Sihwa Embankment connecting Ansan and Daebudo Island and the T-Light Service Area. The circular observatory perched on the 75m-high tower looks like the Moon. Not only visitors to Daebudo Island but many other people visit the Moon Observatory, which has quickly become a new tourist attraction at Sihwaho Lake. If you take the elevator on the first floor to reach the Observatory you can enjoy a wonderful, unobstructed view of the West Sea and a panoramic view of the world’s largest tidal power plant of Sihwaho Lake. You can also see the T-Light Park and Service Area and the remote Daebudo Island while walking around the 360° round-shape deck, or watch seagulls flying over the sea through the glass floor, which makes children shriek with delight.   The exhibition hall next to the observatory introduces the history of Sihwaho Lake and the principles of tidal power generation and clean energy. In particular, the Children’s Energy Playroom allows children to experience the principles of energy generation in a fun way, while the 360 Circle Theater shows the story of a turtle and a gray mullet looking for the “Elf of the Moon.” Address: 1927, Daebuhwanggeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do Tel.: +82-32-889-3365 Website: tlight.kwater.or.kr (Korean only) Admission: Free Opening hours: Moon Observatory - 10:00~22:00 / Exhibition Hall - 09:30~17:00 Closed: Moon Observatory – Open all year round / Exhibition Hall – Closed on Monday  4. ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO' in Icheon recreates the galaxy   The splendid starlight of the ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO’ embroidering the nighttime sky is creating a sensation. OOOZOOO (the universe), which is connected with the Deokpyeong Natural Rest Area, has become famous through SNS as many people have visited the place by accident while using the rest area on the expressway, having been attracted by the charm of the garden. Now many more people come to the rest area to enjoy a date under the starlight and take some special, unforgettable photos.    If you arrive there before sunset, you can enjoy a busking performance or relax and drink a cup of tea. It is also recommended to take a look at the ‘Art Cube’ installed inside the building, whose vivid light symbolizes the dreamlike cosmos. After dark, a world of starlight spreads throughout OOOZOOO. The colorful stage in the Romantic Garden harmonizes with soft music, and the Moon rises over a sculpture of a crescent moon, creating an unusual scene. You can take photos of a lifetime with your smart phone while sitting, lying or just standing in front of the Moon. However, you will have to line up to get into the most popular photo zone. Furthermore, there are other attractions such as the Flower Garden with starlight, the Tunnel Galaxy with its long line of lamps configured in the shape of a rose which create a beautiful dreamlike moonlight landscape that will make you feel as if you’ve entered a strange galaxy.   Address: 287-76, Deogi-ro 154beon-gil, Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Tel.: +82-31-645-0002 Website: http://www.ooozooo.co.kr (Korean only) Opening hours: Weekdays 11:00~23:00 / Weekends 10:00~23:00 Admission: Day - Adults KRW 6,000, Children KRW 3,000 / Night – Adults KRW 12.000, Children KRW 6,000  

WriterAdministratorDate09/20/2018

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

- A life with evenings, a nightlife traveling with the stars - - A gift like starlight from the work-life balance -     Autumn is just around the corner after sweltering heat that seemed like it would never end. Likewise, the 52-hour work per week, which didn’t seem attainable, has finally been implemented to create a better work-life balance. How about enjoying eating alone in a market displaying the latest delicacies or recharging your emotions with a short trip after work? Let’s enjoy this leisurely evening, a special gift given by a better work-life balance in Gyeonggi-do! [Eating show on a shiny night]   1. Enjoy a craft beer at the 5 Color Night Market in Osan   Craft beer in a traditional market? It might sound strange but a quick look around the market holding a glass of beer is not an unusual scene at 5 Color Market. The night market opens every week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The local merchants and the young generation have joined hands to make the market a special place frequented by young customers. ‘Aurora’ is the craft beer of Kkamagui Brewing, a famous local craft beer brand in 5 Color Market. It’s a Pale Ale with a heavy yet fresh finish that is made with five kinds of hops and various fruits. It goes perfectly with the popular foods on offer in the night market, such as lamb skewers or kebabs. If you spend KRW 5,000 or more in 5 Color Market, you are entitled to a glass of craft beer at a discounted price of KRW 3,000 during the Happy Hour between 7 and 8 p.m. And as it is located near Osan Station, the market is a good place for a relaxing, carefree eating show on a shiny night after work.  The permanent 5 Color Market used to be called ‘Osan Market’, a five-day interval village market with a long history. Perhaps due to the long tradition, the market looks more active and friendlier on days end with the numbers 3 and 8 when the fifth-day market was open. Address: 22, Osan-ro 272beon-gil, Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do (10 minutes’ walk to the left(in the direction of Seoul) from Exit 1 of Osan Station, Subway Line 1) Phone: +82-31-376-4141 Website: www.5colormarket.com (Korean only) Opening hours: (5 Color Night Market) 17:00-22:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday Prices: Aurora Craft Beer - KRW 5,000, Lamb skewers - KRW 1,000, Kebab - KRW 5,000 2. Please help yourself at just KRW 3,000 at Gwangmyeong Traditional Market.  Gwangmyeong Traditional Market is a representative traditional market in the metropolitan area that is always packed with people day and night, even on weekdays. The most popular food item among the many foodstuffs sold at the market is mung-bean pancakes. A thick piece of mung-bean pancakes made with ground mung beans and chopped vegetables costs only KRW 3,000, so both its taste and price are wonderful. Furthermore, the market sells various kinds of delicious, generously-sized griddled pancakes such as seafood and green onion pancakes and kimchi pancakes. With its 30-year history of business, the mung-bean pancakes house in the market has many patrons.  The next most famous food in the market is noodle soup, a dish of handmade chewy chopped noodles in thick anchovy broth in a large bowl served at unbelievably cheap price KRW 3,500. There are many other delicious but inexpensive foods such as KRW 1000 grilled rib patties and fish cake skewers that cost KRW 1,000 for three pieces, so you can enjoy a hearty snack without worrying about money. The market is also well known for selling good-quality agricultural products and food ingredients at reasonable price, and is easily accessible by public transport as it is connected to Subway Line No. 7. Address: 17-5, Gwangi-ro 13beon-gil, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do (Exit 9 of Gwangmyeongsageori Station, Subway Line 7) Phone: +82-2-2614-0006 Website: https://www.gm.go.kr/tr/en/enBt/TREN0003.jsp Opening hours: Gwangmyeong Grandma Mung-Bean Pancake 11:00~22:00, Hongdukkae Kalguksu 09:00~20:20 Prices: mung-bean pancakes - KRW 3,000, Noodle soup- KRW 3,500 [Culture Level Up!]     3. Feel the delicate scent of letters in fall at the ‘Forest of Wisdom’ in Paju.   Books readily spring to mind in fall, and Paju is a city closely associated with books. Indeed, the entire process of printing and publication is carried out in Paju Book City. There is a unique and special place in Paju Book City called the ‘Forest of Wisdom’, which is an open library for everyone. The place often appears in TV dramas and movies showing its impressive 3km-long bookshelves which reach right up to the high ceiling. The Forest of Wisdom is composed of three zones: 'Forest of Wisdom1' is filled with books donated by scholars and experts in various fields including history, philosophy and arts. As the books are classified according to the donators rather than by category of the fields, the zone enables visitors to commune with what books they read and what thoughts they had. 'Forest of Wisdom 2' displays books donated by the representative publishers of Korea. Here, visitors can see the flow and history of publication in Korea, as the books are classified by publishing company. Meanwhile, 'Forest of Wisdom 3' functions as the lobby of Jijihyang, a guest house in Paju Book City. Decorated with books donated by publishing companies, art centers and museums, this wonderful space is open 24/7, thus allowing people to enjoy reading at leisure and feel the scent of letters even in the middle of the night. There are also various convenience facilities including the Booksori bookstore, Bomulseom used bookstore, a café, restaurant, etc. Address: Asia Publication Culture Information Center, 145, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do Phone: +82-31-955-0082 Website: forestofwisdom.or.kr Opening hours: Forest of Wisdom 1: 10:00~17:00 / Forest of Wisdom 2: 10:00~20:00 / Forest of Wisdom 3: Open 24/7 all year round Admission: Free   4. Moonlight trip to Haengjusanseong Fortress in Goyang    A special moonlight festival called the ‘Moonlight Trip to Haengjusanseong Fortress’ is held at Haengjusanseong Fortress on autumn nights. It tells the story of the Haengju Battle. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (between August 31 and September 9), new media shows using high-tech equipment and colorful lights are presented on the theme of ‘The Story of the Mountain Fortress at Night in Gyeonggi-do’ to tell historical facts in the viewpoint of the public. The spectacular nighttime view created by projecting light onto the unique structure of Haengjusanseong Fortress is a wonderful sight to behold. The highlight of the festival is the hologram and 3D media façade show which extends to the Haengju Battle Monument along the trail. The story of the victory at Haengjusanseong Fortress, which was one of the three great Korean victories during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, is told through six kinds of light stories. Visitors can enjoy dramatic stories such as General Gwon Yul to defeat 30,000 Japanese soldiers told through the latest high-tech media. The great victory at Haengjusanseong Fortress is reproduced within the historic space of Haengjusanseong Fortress with colorful lighting in harmony with dramatic music. Visitors can enjoy the unique nighttime programs, including a moonlight tour wearing traditional costumes, luminous face painting, and a constellation tarot free of charge. Address: 26, Haengjunae-dong, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do Phone: +82-31-259-4723 Website: Click (Korean only)Opening hours: 18:00~22:00 (2018.08.31~09.02 / 09.07~09.09)Admission: Free     [Emotional fantasy tour]  5. ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO' shows scenes from the galaxy  The splendid starlit views of the ‘Starlight Garden OOOZOOO’ embroidering the night sky have come into spotlight from the opening. OOOZOOO, which is connected with the Deokpyeong Eco-Sevice Area, has become a famous place on SNS as many people have visited the place by accident while using the service area on the expressway, and fallen under the charm of the garden. Now people come to the service area in order to enjoy a date under the starlight and take some special photos.If you arrive there before sunset, you may as well enjoy a busking performance or relax and drink some tea. Visitors are also recommended to appreciate the ‘Art Cube’ installed inside the building, whose vivid light symbolizes the dreamlike cosmos. After dark, the world of starlight spreads throughout OOOZOOO.   The colorful stage in the Romantic Garden harmonizes with soft music, and the moon rises over a sculpture of a crescent moon, creating an unusual scene. Every shot would be work of art wherever you take in any poses – sitting, lying or just standing in front of the moon. However, you will have to join the queue to get into the most popular photo zone. In addition, OOOZOOO contains the Flower Garden with Starlight, the Tunnel Galaxy, which features a succession of rose-shaped lamps, etc. to create beautiful dreamlike moonlight scenery, giving you the feeling you’re in a strange galaxy.   Address: 287-76, Deogi-ro 154beon-gil Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-doPhone: +82-31-645-0002Website: www.ooozooo.co.kr (Korean only)Opening hours: Weekdays 11:00~23:00 / Weekends 10:00~23:00 Admission: (Daytime) Adults KRW - 6,000, Children - KRW 3,000 / (Nighttime) Adults KRW - 12,000, Children - KRW 6,000  6. ‘Haenglidan-gil' in Suwon harmonizing with old alleys   Haenggung-dong is the area in which Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress are located. However, since the opening of more than sixty stylish cafes characterized by an elegant traditional beauty, it has been called Haenglidan-gil. These days more young people have started to visit the place since the cafes serving unique beverages and desserts became the talk of the town through SNS, livening up the village. The unique feature of Haenglidan-gil is that it is set on an old alley containing the lives and memories of countless people, rather than a refined and splendid street. The cafes here have opted for harmonization with the old alleys rather than a colorful new building. In fact, most of the cafes were established by remodeling ordinary homes. The torn-down walls have been left just as they are to make the interior simple, and long windows have been installed to allow in the sunlight for a longer stretch of the day. The rooftop space is used as a nice Rooftop Café. That’s why the whole of Haenglidan-gil has become a special space as attractive as the rich aroma of coffee.   Address: All of Sinpung-ro and Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Phone: Travel & Museum cafe +82-31-253-8333 / Haenggung Mansion +82-10-3306-0330 Opening hours: 11:00~23:00 (Inquire at each café.)  Prices: Americano - KRW 4,000, Einspanner - KRW 6,000, etc. (Inquire at each café.)

WriterAdministratorDate09/14/2018

What A SWEET GYEONGGI!
What A SWEET GYEONGGI!

What A SWEET GYEONGGI! - CAFÉ AND DESSERTS –   1. Café Yul   Café Yul is sort of fusion traditional café that offers more relaxed and cozy feeling unlike other Korean traditional café with a kind of solemn atmosphere. It has a spacious terrace and you can experience the ‘floor culture’. Sitting cross-legged on the floor could be torture for foreigners at first but it’s little fun, isn’t it?  The main set menus are ssanghwacha(medicinal herbal tea)and hangwa(traditional Korean sweets) set and jujube tea and hangwa set. Above these, there are many kinds of coffee, Ade made of owner’s own making fruit syrup and desserts including cakes, waffle, etc. It is located on ‘Bojeongdong Café Street’, a filming of A Gentleman’s Dignity, a Korean drama starring Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul. If you’ve seen and loved this drama, why don’t you think about your favorite scenes of the drama enjoying tasty desserts at Café Yul? Address: 6-1, Jukjeon-ro 15beon-gil, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-doInquires: +82-31- 889-2379   2. Café siso stato         Have you ever tried Bingsu, ice flakes in Korea? This Strawberry Sherbet ice flakes is the most famous dessert in Café siso stato. A big bottle of condensed milk is offered together. This combination of strawberries and condensed milk is splendid. Its tasty waffle is famous as well. Come and fully enjoy this sweetness with a pleasant autumn breeze now! Address: 121, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquires: +82-31-8022-5552Opening Hours: 09:30 - 21:00 (Mon.- Fri.), 10:00-21:00 (Sat. and National Holidays) / Closed on Sundays3. Roastery Café, Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday This Café is well-known for from its main menu homemade ice cream and hand drip coffee to side dishes like citron pizza. Its interior decorated with simple but cute props, and antique teacups are another charming point as well. As it name says, it recommends a different drink for each day at discounted price.    Address: 4-6, Neuti-ro 51beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquires: +82-31-715-7030Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00   4. Café AMADAS253  Located in Heyri Art Village Café AMADAS253 offers not only pleasure of eating but also a meaningful work of art based on culture and arts, so satisfies visitors’ all the senses. It’s a second-story building; first floor has huge space and you can enjoy a beautiful open view of Heyri Art Village from the second floor terrace. Also it’s well-known for a shooting of A Man from Another Star, a big hit drama in Korea. Café AMADAS253 has proper dining dishes and it’s recommended for a formal and elegant dinner.   Address: 47, Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquires: +82-31-949-1296Opening Hours: Daily 10:00-23:00  5. Café RED BEAN  As name says, café Red Bean’s main feature is red bean. It offers sweet red bean porridge, Bingsu(shaved ice) with sweetened red beans made of 100% Korean read beans and sweet pumpkin porridge as main desserts. When you order a main menu, sweet rice cakes with grain syrup and almonds are served together as service. This Café is well-known for soft texture and moderate sweetness of red beans to this area residents like a good restaurant. Even though the visual of Bingsu here isn’t colorful and impressive, a simpleness based on just shaved ice and red beans is good enough. When you see and taste it, you’ll think that Simple is the Best! Address: 43-20, Jeongbalsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-doInquires: +82-31- 903-0069Opening Hours: Daily 11:00-22:00    

WriterAdministratorDate09/03/2018

How to spend Holiday Night - Finding a Moon Rabbit at Starlight Garden OOOZOOO
How to spend Holiday Night - Finding a Moon Rabbit at Starlight Garden OOOZOOO

- Finding a Moon Rabbit at Starlight Garden OOOZOOO - Do you know the Asian folklore, Moon Rabbit? Have you ever dreamed Space Trip? Every country has its own folklore and this Moon Rabbit is one of the Asian folklores. Koreans have heard of this Moon Rabbit once at least during childhood. Now we live in the age of high-technology to be able to get to space, still space is unknown and there are people who want to believe the folklore like Moon Rabbit, or their own imagination of starlight space. Located right next to Deokpyeong Service Area Starlight Garden OOOZOOO is a beautiful garden decorated with stunning starlight and illumination. At night, this fairy-tale world starts a feast as if the galaxy scattered throughout the ground.  Light-themed park, OOOZOOO opened last October and consists of 12 themed gardens with various lightning and lamps; Flower Garden, Firefly Forest, Tunnel Galaxy 101, Star Ocean, Art Cube, Tunnel Interstellar, Secret Garden, Cosmic Play Ground, Violet Fantasy, Romantic Garden, Space Tower, Blue Avenue, Moonlight Walk. The first you can see is a Flower Garden full of lovely flower lights. The darkness around the garden makes more romantic feeling and impressive. Following the 12 space trip courses, you can meet an amazing and cute Moon Rabbit. It feels like the Rabbit talks about something to you. Wherever you take photos, all of thigs would be your best photos ever. Especially, don’t miss taking silhouette shots at Heart Box. The silhouette shots against the light give to you more romantic mood and happy emotion than normal shots. At Art Cub, an indoor exhibition hall, you can play drums, then the move, the sound and the beat take your stress away. When your space trip finish, a wonderful full moon will see you off as if it already knew what you think.   Address: Deokpyeong Service Area / 287-76, Deogi-ro 154beon-gil, Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Opening Time: 18:00-23:00 Admission: Adults (over 14 years old) KRW 12,000, Children (36months ~ 13 years old) KRW 6,000Link: http://www.ooozooo.co.kr/ *The ticket of OOOZOOO offers discounts when using the service in Deokpyeong Service Area. *reference: Gangbuknyeo  photos: Gangbuknyeo, OOOZOOO website   

WriterAdministratorDate08/16/2018

Gyeonggi-do’s COOL Waterside Excursion Solution
Gyeonggi-do’s COOL Waterside Excursion Solution

- Six Ways to Enjoy Summer and Stay Cool - -Free , Exotic, and Thrilling!-   People become worn out in this intense summer heat. The “tropical night” makes it difficult for people to sleep at night and causes them to feel under the weather. Still, we cannot let summer go like this! Let’s find the solution to stay cool! Gyeonggi-do invites you to enjoy this hot summer with cool and thrilling attractions!  [Free Urban Water Parks in the Hot Summer] 1. “Namyangju City Hwado Clean Water Center” – Escape the heat with a Piano Hwado Clean Water Center opened an eco-friendly public water park to turn its water purification plant’s negative image into an exciting summer tourist spot. You can see a 61m-high artificial Piano Waterfall and a unique Grand Piano-shaped Toilet building. This “Piano Waterfall Park” offers free admission in summer so it’s popular destination during weekends and holidays. The S-shaped Water Park equipped with the ground fountain and fountain tunnel has shallow water that is safe for children and infants to play in. And another water park around the Grand Piano-shaped Toilet is recommended to elementary school students for playing in the shade. Each water park at the center is designed for each age group with different water depth, providing a relaxation space where people can take a rest on their mats in the shade around the water park. It also has a walkway and a cafeteria. Address: 562, Pokpo-ro, Hwado-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-523-3015 Opening Hours: 10:30~17:00 (open until August 31, closed on Mondays) Admission: Free 2. “Water Park at Soyosan Children’s Park in Dongducheon” – A Large Water Park in Soyosan Mountain     The Water Park at Soyosan Children’s Park boasts of beautiful scenery surrounded by the green Soyosan Mountain. It is well-known among parents for its clean and well-maintained facilities, and its huge space that is twice the size of other urban water parks. It is composed of a variety of exciting water play facilities for children including water bomb, slides, mushroom-shaped fountain, and two large inflatable swimming pools. In particular, the lifeguard is always present, so parents feel at ease and take a rest in the shade while their children play safely in the park.  The water park replaces the water every day and cleans the facilities often to provide clean and pleasant environment. The park operates for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break to maintain children’s normal body temperature and prohibits children from bringing toys and water guns into the park for safety reasons. It is also adjacent to the Children’s Museum of Northern Gyeonggido Province. Visitors can enjoy their waterside excursion in the morning and a museum tour in the afternoon to avoid the heat.   Address: 46, Pyeonghwa-ro 2910beon-gil, Dongducheon-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-860-2093 (Culture & Sports Dept. of Dongducheon City) Opening Hours: 10:00~17:00 (open until August 26, closed on Mondays) Admission: Free [Exotic Swimming Pools]   3. “Kumwon Tree Garden Pool in Gwangju” – Enjoy swimming with a BBQ party   If you want a kind of something special to escape the heat, Kumwon Tree Garden Pool is the answer! It’s close to Gwangju city and surrounded by dense forest, so you can enjoy swimming with fresh grass scent. The swimming pool is divided into different pools - children’s pool, youth pool, and adults’ pool - for visitors’ safe swimming experience. It uses the clean underground water that maintains high quality since it uses its own purification facility, and it is cold enough to chase away the summer heat. But it’s all about Camping. As the biggest advantage of this swimming pool, the Swimming Pool Shelter is the camping site where visitors can cook and enjoy BBQ party in the forest in a cool shade. Also, the Swimming Pool Shelter is right next to the swimming pool so is a perfect place to watch children playing in the water while preparing their food. Address: 389, Taeheojeong-ro, Namjong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-762-3702 Homepage: http://www.kwgarden.co.kr Opening Hours: 09:00~20:00 (open until August 26) Admission: Adults - KRW 19,000, Children - KRW 15,000, Below 3 years - Free 4. “Haeyeorim Village in Yeoju” – Pool Villa and Forest Swimming Pool   Located at the beautiful Bangchukgol Valley in Yeoju, Haeyeorim Village, whose name Haeyerim means a beautiful forest where the sun stays all day in Yeoju, makes visitors to relax their body and mind amid the serene natural environment. Cheonyeonji Pond, which is Haeyeorim Village’s pride, can be reached by walking along the road on the right side of the visitors’ center. Beside this large pond covered with lotus plants is the pool villa-type pension “H-Pond.” Its well-decorated and spacious living room offers an open view of Cheonyeonji Pond through its large window. Also there is a terrace swimming pool that can be seen from inside the villa. Walking toward Haeyeorim Village Forest, you will see the Forest Swimming Pool, a quiet, independent pool in the forest.    Address: 78, Haeyeorim-ro, Sanbuk-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-882-1700 Homepage: http://www.haeyeorim.co.kr Check in: 15:00 / Check out: 12:00 [Thrilling Water Park]   5. “Island Castle in Uijeongbu” – A New Water Park in Uijeongbu   Opened in June 2018, the Island Castle has received a lot of attention from residents of the northern suburb of Seoul as a rising summer tourist attraction for 2018. It is composed of a hotel with 101 rooms, a water park consisting of indoor and outdoor facilities, and a condominium to be opened in 2019. Water park visitors will enter the indoor water park zone first after passing through the locker and shower room. This large indoor water park with high ceiling has children’s spaces including an Adventure Play and a Kids Zone. The Healing Spa Zone using the natural sulfur hot spring water from 800 meters underground consists of bathe pool, various themed baths, and sauna. The outdoor water park zone is full of exciting attractions such as Tornado Tantrum, Tube Slide, Speed Slide, Mountain Slide, and other thrilling facilities. It appeals to many people since they can enjoy these unusual rides without waiting in a queue. After having fun with the thrilling attractions, Visitors can relax lying on the sunbeds or just letting themselves floating on Torrent River of a slower flow. Address: 22, Janggok-ro, Uijeongbu-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-984-0300 Homepage: http://www.island-castle.co.kr Opening Hours: 09:00~22:00 Admission: Please refer to the homepage (Adults - KRW 65,000, Children - KRW 55,000 / During the peak season) 6. “Sinbuk Resort Spring Fall in Pocheon” – Enjoy a Wave Pool in the mountain   Sinbuk Resort is a family-type theme park consisting of hot spring, water park, and sauna. It is also known for its hot spring water containing sodium bicarbonate from 600 meters underground in the northern part of Hangang River. Since it is clear and clean without any smell compared to other sulfur hot spring water, it is popular among men and women of all ages.   Above all, the main feature of the Sinbuk Resort is a Huge Outdoor Wave Pool where you can enjoy its rough wave amid the green woods. You can just play on a tube in the Lazy River Pool as well and there is a special zone for kids, the Water Island where children enjoy various water attractions including water slides. Its large indoor Bathe Pool, which was modeled after Germany’s Bade Haus, is a great place to relieve fatigue by enjoying body massage in the water pool and neck and shoulder massages with the neck shower and air bubble bath facilities. Or just relaxing in the spring water with temperatures of 30~34°C could be enough.  Address: 571, Cheongsin-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-536-5025 Homepage: http://www.sinbukresort.co.kr Opening Hours: 09:00~18:00 Admission: Please refer to the homepage (Adults - KRW 39,000, Children - KRW 29,000 / During the peak season)  

WriterAdministratorDate08/16/2018

Enjoy a ‘1 Night, 2 Day’ stay at one of the Unique Attractions of Gyeonggi-do Province
Enjoy a ‘1 Night, 2 Day’ stay at one of the Unique Attractions of Gyeonggi-do Province

   Gyeonggi-do’s Four Hottest Attractions in Summer - Rolling Hills Hotel in Hwaseong, Gwanggyo Lake Park Family Campground in Suwon, Jungmisan Observatory in Yangpyeong, and Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest in Namyangju-July is of course the hot summer season, so let’s explore the unique, distinctive attractions of Gyeonggi-do for ‘1 Night 2 Days’ in time for the summer holidays and the kids’ vacation! Gyeonggi-do offers lots of interesting “hot” places in summer – relaxation in a comfortable hotel, romance on a campsite in the middle of the city, and so on. Any places you choose make your ‘1 night and 2 days’ special and memorable! [Urban Hotel Package or Urban Auto Campground]   Rolling Hills Hotel in Hwaseong, ideal for a family holiday package The Rolling Hills Hotel, a resort type of hotel in the capi​tal region, is set amid a beautiful landscape of rolling hills. It’s the ideal hotel for anyone who wants to just relax in the tranquil atmosphere of a natural environment. In particular, it boasts a walkway planted with some fifty species of flowers and trees designed for a leisurely walk with one’s family. It also has a large lawn garden and pond, creating a beautiful space for a rest with nature.   The hotel offers a ‘Sweet Rolling Summer Package’ for customers who want to enjoy a relaxing family holiday this summer. The package includes a cozy and stylish room for one night and a buffet breakfast known for its generous servings. It also allows guests to use the indoor swimming pool and the fitness center, and offers each child a Rolling Bear doll made by the hotel as a gift.Above all, guests can fully appreciate views of the green landscape, including mountains and garden, not only from their room but also from the restaurant and swimming pool. Guests can also take advantage of an optional program comprising various choices, including the ‘Action Pack’, which includes a pottery and herb experience, and the ‘Party Pack’, which includes a decoration and dining service for a special party, at a discounted price. Information -Address: 290, Sicheong-ro, Namyang-eup, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do -Inquiries: +82-31-268-1000-Home page: https://www.rollinghills.co.kr/hr/namyang/en/index.hvc -Operating Period: Summer Package – July 21 ~ August 31 (Please inquire for the other packages.)-Room Rates: Please inquire for details.       Gwanggyo Lake Park Family Campground in Suwon welcomes camping beginners   Family camping in nature might be every father’s dream. If the father, who usually stays in and spends time on the sofa during holidays, sets up a tent and cooks some food, his family will surely be impressed. However, when it comes to camping, we usually get stressed about so many things to prepare such as a tent and camping equipment, and longtime driving, so we give up in the end. But the Gwanggyo Lake Park Family Campground is different.  It’s a family-oriented campsite in the middle of the city, and there are Caravans and the picnic tables at each campsite in Auto Campground- so you can just come casually and enjoy a barbecue party. It offers a rental discount to Suwon citizens and families with many children as well.    The campground is filled with cozy-looking scenes of people enjoying food and chatting to each other, and admiring the romantic nighttime view under the starry sky. The Gwanggyo Lake Park Family Campground is the perfect campground for family campers and camping beginners.    Information-Address: 57, Gwanggyohosu-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do -Inquiries: +82-31-548-0075 -Home page: https://www.suwonudc.co.kr/ggcamping/PageLink.do -Opening Hours: 14:00~ 11:00 next day -Fee: Auto Campground - KRW 25,000, Caravan - KRW 120,000 (30% discount for Suwon citizens, 50% discount for families with many children, etc.)     [Astronomical Observatory with stars shining in the night sky or Recreational Forest filled with green refreshing scent] Jungmisan Observatory in Yangpyeong” offers a special ‘1 night 2 days’ astronomical observation pakage  ​   The Jungmisan Observatory is an education and experience center that specializes in providing education on astronomy and space science to small groups of people. Its experience-oriented programs are designed to stimulate children’s unlimited curiosity. The ‘1 Night, 2 Day Starlight Family Camp’ is a representative family camp that allows participants to enjoy a family trip while learning about the constellations. Upon arriving at the Jungmisan Observatory in the evening for the Starlight Family Camp, participants receive a brief explanation, have dinner, and then attend a visual education class about astronomy at the education center, in which they acquire basic knowledge about space through images and a simulation program. Children in particular are impressed by planets a thousand times bigger than the sun. After the visual education course, the participants are able to observe the stars and planets, including the Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter, through an astronomical telescope while listening to explanations about the constellations in the summer season. The clear image of the Moon with its large craters fascinates people of all ages.  The clean and pleasant accommodation is decorated with photos of stars and space, and the Attic Room with its round window is very popular among guests. The Jungmisan Observatory offers a special 1 night, 2 day stay amid a fantastic atmosphere.    Information -Address: 1268, Jungmisan-ro, Okcheon-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do -Inquiries: +82-1522-1835 -Home page: http://www.astrocafe.co.kr -Opening Hours: 17:30 ~ 11:00 next day -Fee: KRW 80,000 per person (based on weekends for more than 3 people)  ‘Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest in Namyangju’ is the ideal destination for a 1 night, 2 day program for relaxing mind and body  Located in Sudong-myeon, Namyangju City, Chungnyeongsan Mountain was named after a rite in which Yi Seong-gye, King Taejo of Joseon dynasty offered a sacrifice to the spirits on the summit of the mountain, which is part of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range (Hanbukjeongmaek Mountain Range). As the Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest, located in the middle of Chungnyeongsan Mountain, is relatively close to the downtown, many people visit this dense forest. The Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest is well-known for its magnificent landscape surrounded by high mountains. It is a great place for hiking along a mountain trail or taking a leisurely stroll along the walkway through the forest to purify the body and the mind.   If you want to fully enjoy the forest, it’s worth staying the night. The Chungnyeongsan Recreational Forest also has diverse accommodation facilities including “Forest Cabin” and the Forest Culture Recreation Center. In particular, “The Forest Cabin” recently underwent renovation, and now offers a clean and comfortable accommodation service. It is also equipped with the latest kitchen equipment including a large refrigerator, and has a balcony and an attic that’s loved by children. The Forest Culture Recreation Center, located higher up than the other accommodation facilities, has a large room for group guests.    Information -Address: 299, Chungnyeongsan-ro, Sudong-myeon, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do -Inquiries: +82-31-592-0681 -Home page: http://farm.gg.go.kr/sigt/41 -Admission: Entrance Fee - KRW 1,000, The Forest Cabin - KRW 120,000 (based on a room for 8 persons in the peak season and at weekends)     

WriterAdministratorDate07/26/2018

Don’t you know yet Uiwang?
Don’t you know yet Uiwang?

Don’t you know yet Uiwang? Uiwang Rail Park As the ​Special Railroad Zone, Uiwang City, Gyeongg-do is well-known for a railroad industry-themed tourist attraction – Railroad Museum where exhibits the whole history of Korean railroad; Uiwang Rail Bike, a riding around Wangsong Lake with a gentle breeze; Sky-rail, a thrilling flight at 41 meter high; Wangsong Lake Campground, a modern and cozy place for a summer party; Uiwang Railway Festival, etc. – and there is an Artificial Eco Marsh, the largest one in the capital area as well. Therefore it’s a perfect tourist area for everyone of all ages. It takes about half an hour by taxi from Gangnam station, so if you’re looking for another tourist site outside but close to Seoul, Please come to Uiwang City! 1. Uiwang Rail Bike   Just get on this Uiwang Rail Bike, and the rail bike takes care of the rest. This 4.3kilometer-long journey offers you such a relaxing time with a beautiful open view of Wangsong Lake, the largest bird sanctuary in the Seoul metropolitan area, smell of summer grass and fresh breeze. It consists of 7 courses and the last two courses - SPEED ZONE at which literally you can ride faster feeling much cooler and speed, and MIST ZONE, you feel like you’re in a wet fog – blow away this summer heat for a while. Don’t be surprised at quite a strong spray than expected!  For those who still worry about or hate riding rail bike in the sun is much better riding at nighttime. Uiwang Rail bike opens at night every year with beautiful illumination. You can see totally different view from one of daytime with much more romantic feeling. (*Please check the nighttime opening time in the website).  TIP. Do not ride during the hottest hours and please wear a hat and sunglasses!       Portable electric fans are recommended!        Always keep a safe distance away!   About 10 minutes later, there is CENTRAL STATION where there are convenient facilities such as cafeteria and toilet, and you can rest about 10 minutes there. And as soon as you start again, get ready to pose and smile! You can buy the photos at the ticket office. Please listen carefully to various bird sounds at POP-UP MUSEUM! Address: 209 Wangsongmotdong-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries/Booking: +82-31-462-3001Home page: http://www.uwrailpark.co.kr/Opening Hours: 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 17:30 – on weekdays (in Summer & Winter season) 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 – on weekends( in Summer) 10:00, 11:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30 – on weekends( in Winter) Admission: 2-seater rail bike – KRW 28,000 / 4-seater rail bike – KRW 36,000 (on weekdays)                   2-seater rail bike – KRW 30,000 / 4-seater rail bike – KRW 40,000 (on weekends and national holidays)Transportation: –By subway Walk to the right side about 15 min. from the entrance no.2 of Uiwang station on line 1.  –By bus #1-1: From Sadang Station to Jaenmal Bus Stop #1-2: From Seoksu-dong, Anyang City to Jaenmal Bus Stop #1-5: From Wonteo Village to Jaenmal Bus Stop #3-1: From Cheolsan Station to Jaenmal Bus Stop 2. A wonderful harmony of East and West of Mushroom Recipes, MushelinMushelin, a delicacy around Wansong Lake site, is named after the combined word, Mushroom and Michelin. If you want a ‘well-being’ food, especially made of Mushroom, Mushelin is perfect for you. You can enjoy a luxury meal of 12 courses - Button Mushroom Cream Soup, King Oyster Mushroom Sushi, Sweet and Sour Pork with Shiitake, Korean cold salad with tree ear, Mille-feuille nabe, etc. You can’t take your eyes off every meal and a open view of Wangsong Lake enriches the flavor of food. After the meal on the 3rd floor, you can enjoy a cup of coffee on the 2nd floor. Address: 80 Wangsongmotseo-gil, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi Inquiries: +82-31-461-7077 Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 21:30  3. RAILROAD MUSEUM Uiwang RAILROAD MUSEUM, the largest railroad museum in Korea, shows the whole history and future of Korean railroad, and even tickets are the old style ones like actual tickets used before.  The first thing you can see is an Outdoor Exhibition that features about 20 actual railroad vehicles and equipment run and used before. In particular, there is the only remaining steam locomotive and an old presidential train designated as cultural property. And you can see interior of the vehicles as well. At the 2-story Indoor exhibition, the most popular one is RAILROAD DIORAMA, from a steam locomotive to KTX, the latest high-speed train in Korea. You can see and learn the history of Korean trains with guide’s clear and easy explanation.  On the 2nd floor, you can see both of history and future of Korean railroad. There is a Driving Experience Zone via VR and collecting all stamps at each exhibition is a little fun for children.  Tip. If you are good at Korean, booking an exhibition tour with guide would be better. (Twice a day on weekdays, 5 times a day on weekends, please check web site for details.) Address: 142 Cheoldobangmulgwan-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-461-3610 Home page: http://www.railroadmuseum.co.kr Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Summer season) / 09:00 – 17:00 (Winter season) Closed: •Every Monday (except for statutory holidays) •The day following statutory holidays (except for weekends) •January 1 •Lunar New Year's holidays •Chuseok holidaysEvery Monday (except for statutory holidays) Admission: Adults-KRW 2,000/ Children and Youths- KRW 1,000/ Toddlers (under 4) and Seniors (over 65)- Free     4. Sky-rail, A Thrilling Flight   UIWANG Sky-rail is a zip wire that offers a thrilling flight at the maximum speed of 50mph. 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 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, they will surely be amazed by both the rapid speed and the fantastic panoramic view of the Wangsong Lake below their feet. *For all riders •Wear trousers - skirts are not recommended. •Tie long hair back •Wear trainers or walking boots – open toe shoes, flip flops, sandals or similar footwear are not permitted  Address:​ 307 Wangsongmotdong-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-8086-7372 Home page: http://uiwangpark.uuc.or.kr/ Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 18:00 (10:00 – 17:00 in winter season) (Closed on Mondays) Admission: KRW 15,000 5. A Midsummer Night’s Romance, Wangsong Lake Campground   Today’s recent trend of outdoor activity is Camping. However, still people are worried about or make a kind of big deal about camping because of short of time, longtime driving and so many camping equipment need to prepare. Don’t worry now! Just come to Wangsong Lake Campground in Uiwang.   Wangsong Lake Campground has 10 decks with picnic tables for the veteran campers having their own tents, 15 Glamping Tents with all the comforts of a hotel room - a cozy bed, electricity, heat, a huge fridge, TV, etc. – for the beginner campers. If you want a luxurious camping, the European-style Caravans are recommended. Deck-users can use public restrooms and showers, Glamping Tents have indoor toilets and Caravans also have separate toilets outside.   Deck with picnic table Glamping Tents   Caravans  Equipment for barbecue party isn’t offered, so you should bring your own grills, charcoals, gas torches, and the pork, of course. You can cook only at designated areas, and using firewood in campsite and cooking in the Caravans are not permitted.    Online booking is available only and draw for winners randomly from the pre-booked. On the 3-4th among Uiwang citizen primarily, and 8-9th among every subscribers of each month.   * Please check the date of drawing of lots in the website.   Address: 307 Wangsongmotdong-ro, Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do Inquiries: +82-31-8086-7371 Home page: http://uiwangpark.uuc.or.kr/ Booking: http://forest.maketicket.co.kr/ticket/GD91 Opening Hours: Check in from 14:00 and Check out by 11:00 (Closed on Mondays)Admission (For 4 people):      Pick Season (July-August) Off-Season On weekdays On weekends and national holidays Deck KRW 25,000 KRW 20,000 KRW 25,000 Glamping KRW 120,000 KRW 70,000 KRW 90,000 Caravan KRW 120,000 KRW 70,000 KRW 90,000 *Weekends: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, the day before national holidays *Extra fee for each additional person: KRW 2,000 (Deck)/ KRW 5,000 (Glamping & Caravan)                     

WriterAdministratorDate07/23/2018

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 lake 

WriterAdministratorDate06/14/2018

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

‘First Love’ Travel Destinations in Gyeonggi-do   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.       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 ValleyAddress: Heyri Art Village, Heyrimaeul-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-946-8551L​inks: https://heyri.net/blog/e/index.aspOpening time: Always * Byeokchojimunhwa ArboretumAddress: 242, Buheung-ro, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-957-2004Opening 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 TempleAddress: 3-120, Sangchonsaemal-gil, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-676-1444Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00Admission: Free * Mirinae Holy SiteAddress: 420, Mirinaeseongji-ro, Yangseong-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-674-1256Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00Admission: 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 StationAddress: 3, Gudunyeok-gil, Jipyeong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-771-2102Link: 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 VillageAddress: 24, Sonagimaeul-gil, Seojong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-773-2299Opening 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 FallsAddress: 415-2, Daehoesan-ri, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-538-2312Links: 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 MountainAddress: 273, Seolmacheon-ro, Jeokseong-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-940-4114Opening time: AlwaysAdmission: Free * Jaunseowon Confucian AcademyAddress: 204, Jaunseowon-ro, Beobwon-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doLink: http://juseowon.alltheway.kr/?doc=sub_02Opening time: Daily 09:00~18:00Admission: 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 ParkAddress: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-953-4744Links: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: AlwaysAdmission: Free * Café AnnyeongAddress: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-953-4855Opening time: Daily 11:00-19:00 * D.brunch AnnyeongAddress: 148-40, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-doInquiries: +82-31-956-8383Opening time: Daily 11:00-19:00          ​ 

WriterAdministratorDate05/14/2018

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

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