Eva’s recommendation – Dumehyanggi, Yangpyeong
“Is anyone familiar with sannamul? Probably not many of you are. Sannamul is, as the name suggests, greens that grow wild right on the mountain. In Korea, you eat these greens with meat or on their own by seasoning. I heard there was this park with sannamul and wild flowers as theme, so I went to check it out with Parviz, because I felt I might somehow get healthier if I went there.”
Address: 62-59, Mogwang-ro 592beon-gil Yangseo-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed on: Open all year round
Fee: KRW 8,000 (50% discount opening event is ongoing)
Website: http://www.dumenamul.com/ (Korean language support)
* Reservations required
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
Subway (Myeongdong Station -> Sannamul Dumehyanggi │ Total of 1 hour 24 minutes)
Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station, transfer to Line 2 at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Approx. 7 minutes | 2 stations)
Take Line 2 at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, transfer to Gyeongeui-Jungang Line at Wangsimni Station (Approx. 9 minutes | 3 stations)
Take Gyeongeui Line at Wangsimni Station, get off at Yangsu Station (Approx. 56 minutes | 14 stations)
Take a taxi, get off at Sannamul Dumehyanggi (Approx. 12 minutes | Taxi fare approx. KRW 8,700)
*Fare: One-way KRW 10,550
Experience Point 1. Sannamul gathering experience and forest trail walking experience (1 hour)
“Dumehyanggi,” located in Yangpyeong, is a novel space where 20 species of the representative sannamul of Korea, including aster, groundsel, giant angelica, cirsium, and Alpine leek, as well as wild flowers grow in the woods. Here you can observe and collect various kinds of sannamul according to the season. Also in the forest full of sannamul are walking paths made of all kinds of trees such as pines, birches, oak, and maple trees. These trails are named “Path of Slowness,” “Path of Meditation,” and “Path of Healing”; as you walk along them, you can feel the spirit of nature.
Experience Point 2. Cooking experience with natural ingredients (1 hour)
Offered in Dumehyanggi are various cooking experiences using not only sannamul but also edible flowers and farm products like strawberries, sweet potatoes, and potatoes. A pizza topped with edible flowers is perhaps too pretty to eat. In the fall, you can use sweet potatoes to make yokan, or balls made of sweet potato dough coated with chocolate powder or sponge cake powder.
Experience Point 3. Repotting wild flowers and craft experience (1 hour)
In the greenhouse garden located at the entrance of the park, grow herbs like verbena, geraniums, sage, and rosemary as well as Korean shrubs and wild flowers and tropical plants. Here, repotting of wild flowers — Korean sage and seashore dianthus, for example — is offered as an experience all year round, so you can take home wild flowers planted prettily in pots. There are also experiences wherein you make medicine packets by drying the leaves or fruit of plants often used for medicine, like chrysanthemums, giant angelica, mugwort, cinnamon, and jujube, and wrapping them in hanji (Korean traditional paper). They say if you hang these medicine packets in the house, they have the effect of calming the body and mind. Aside from these, Dumehyanggi provides natural soap-making experiences, craft experiences using straw and plants like one where you make an egg bouquet with chaff, and woodwork experiences using tree branches.
Fun experiences and festivals all year long
Cooking experience: Experience cooking with agricultural products in season
Traditional winter games experience: Firewood chopping and bonfire experience, sledding and top spinning
Dumehyanggi light festival: Lights installed all over the park in winter 2016 are turned on, letting you enjoy a completely different kind of forest fragrance
A fragrant meal enjoyed in Dumehyanggi Restaurant “San” at Dumehyanggi
You can enjoy a whole table full of fragrant wild vegetables picked directly from Dumehyanggi. The menu includes Dumehyanggi bibimbap, set menu with bulgogi, and more.
(Location: Between the Dumehyanggi deck lanes│ Inquiries: +82-31-774-3114 │ Business hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
A nature park whose name means “One can cleanse one’s mind by looking at the water and enlighten one’s spirit by looking at the flowers.” The water and flowers are harmonized; this place is popular among tourists.
– Address: 93, Yangsu-ro, Yangseo-myeon, Yangpyung-gun, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-775-1834
– Business hours: March-June 9 a.m.-10 p.m. / July-August 7 a.m.-10 p.m. / September-October 8 a.m.-10 p.m. / November Weekdays 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Weekends 9 a.m.-10 p.m. / December-February 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
– Closed on: Mondays / Open on Mondays during May-October
– Fee: Regular KRW 4,000 / Children and Youth KRW 2,000
– Website: http://www.semiwon.or.kr/
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
A village that recreates the setting of the novel Sonagi, it includes an exhibition hall displaying Hwang Sun-won’s work and a special sonagi experience area.
-Address: 24, Sonagimaeul-gil, Seojong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
-Business hours: Summer season (March-October) 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. / Winter season (November-February) 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
-Closed on: Mondays / January 1 / Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok Holiday
-Fee: Regular KRW 2,000 (Group of 20 or more KRW 1,500) / Youth KRW 1,500 (Group KRW 1,000) / Children KRW 1,000 (Group KRW 500)
-Website: http://www.sonagi.go.kr/ (Korean language support)
Duration and Transportation
Sannamul Dumehyanggi (3 hours)-[By bus 35 minutes]-Semiwon (2 hours)-[By bus 26 minutes]-Sonagi Village (1 hour)
① Bus: Walk toward Yangsoori Prayer Center Bus Stop (Approx. 14 minutes) – Take Bus 8-5, 2000-3 at Yangsoori Prayer Center Bus Stop (45901) – Get off at Yangseo-myeon Office·Sports Park·Yongdam1-ri Param Village Bus Stop (46001) (Approx. 17 minutes) – Walk toward Semiwon (Approx. 4 minutes)
* Fare: One-way KRW 1,250
② Bus: Take Bus 8-7 at Yangseo-myeon Office·Sports Park·Yongdam1-ri Param Village Bus Stop (46001) (Approx. 14 minutes)-Transfer to Bus 9-2 at Munho-ri Last Stop (46048)-Get off at Hwang Sun-won House of Literature, Sonagi Village Bus Stop (45916) (Approx. 6 minutes)
* Fare: One-way KRW 1,250