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

WriterAdministratorDate06/14/2018

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

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

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

Time to meet Guardian~
Time to meet Guardian~

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

Writer관리자Date03/13/2018

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

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

Writer관리자Date12/20/2017

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

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

Writer관리자Date12/20/2017

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