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A happy and memorable autumn day in Anseong

A breezy autumn day is a perfect change to go out. Soft clouds that look like cotton candy and the dazzlingly clear sky constantly push to leave for somewhere. So how about a trip to Anseong, traditionally known as a safe and comfortable (An or ) region (seong or ). Exotic European-style houses, a book stay where you can enjoy books as well as nature, a cultural experience reminiscent of childhood, delicate and elegant brassware, and tasty ox bone soup await you.


Travel Schedule

Book stay Gonggan → 627m, 10 minutes’ walk → Neorigul Culture Village → 6.25km, 15 minutes by car→ Anilok → 4.71km, 15 minutes by car→ Anseong Machum Museum

1. Autumn travel at Book Stay Gonggan

One of the most popular travel trends this fall is a book stay, which means taking a break to read books. In line with the growing popularity of such accommodation, which offers both books and rest, comfortable and unique book stay places are emerging nationwide. Old bookstores or lodgings are renovated or a small book room is created in a rented cottage to provide a welcome break for book lovers.

Book Stay Gonggan, located in the Anseong Korea Learning Resort, is surrounded by European-style houses. The exotic buildings and magnificent surroundings amaze viewers. Gonggan is a shared accommodation. The living room, kitchen and bathroom are used with other guests. The bookshelf in the living room is filled with various kinds of books: novels, self-help books, comic books and so on. It is a good place to sit around a table with others and immerse yourself in a book. You can also go to the balcony on the second floor with your favorite book or relax on one of the comfortable mattresses placed in each room. As it is located in a residential area at the foot of a mountain, neither noise nor dust will bother you. You might nod off while turning the pages in this laid-back place. While nothing is urgent and nobody is pushing you, your mind and body will be relaxed and healed.


Address: 21, Seonggong-gil Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

Tel: +82-10-3337-9038

Opening hours:

Check-in: 13:00, Check-out: 10:00

Fee: Baobab tree KRW 130,000, Lime orange tree KRW 100,000, Rothem tree KRW 70,000

Website: None






2. One of a kind memory in Neorigul Culture Village



The Neorigul Culture Village is a culture and art village located near the lush natural environment Bibongsan Mountain. Neorigul means “Neoreun (wide) gol (valley)” in the local dialect, meaning a wide valley at the foot of the Bibongsan Mountain. This cultural complex (app. 33,0580 m2) consists of a museum, an outdoor performance hall, a training institute, a youth training center, a workshop and a camping ground.

One advantage of the Neorigul Culture Village is its easy access to nature without having to go far away from the city center. The eco-friendly wooden rental cottages surrounded by trees will relieve the stress of guests overnight. The place is especially beautiful when the dense tree leaves change color in autumn. Walking from the entrance, you will find several uniquely decorated workshops of the town.

In the workshops, you can make small items for yourself, so it will be particularly special. Even the people who are all thumbs when it comes to making something are given an opportunity to produce lovely accessories with various and easy programs in the Neorigul Culture Village. The leather workshop is popular with young women because they can make practical accessories using high-end leather, from bracelets to wallets and bags. Kids love the metal workshop where they can create metal pendants or frames with white copper cables or colored wires. There are also six other activity classes including the science class, ceramics workshop, natural soap craft class, and scented candle craft class. The activities last for about 1.5 hours each. Reservations can be made at the website. When there are group reservations, advance reservation is a must.


Address: 100, Neorigul-gil Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

Tel: +82-31-675-2171

Opening hours: 09:00 - 18:00, open all year round.

Fee: Leather workshop KRW 12,000~30,000, Metal workshop KRW 7,000~15,000








3. Anilook, a 100-year-old Ox bone soup restaurant



In Europe, 100-year-old cafés or 200-year-old beer houses are a common sight. In Anseong, there is a 100-year-old restaurant which has been handed down over generations. It is Anilok, where ox bone soup has been served for over three generations. Opened in 1920, it is the oldest restaurant in Gyeonggi-do as well as in Anseong, and is the fifth oldest one in South Korea. The main building was remodeled from the interior and yard of a hanok (traditional Korean house). Its ox bone soup is as comforting as the old sliding glass doors and antique furniture of this hanok-turned-restaurant.

Ox bone soup has been loved by Koreans for many years. Koreans usually put steamed rice into the white broth, mix them together and eat it, which will warm their body and heart. There is a variety of dishes based on ox broth in Anseong as it used to be home to one of the three biggest cattle markets in Korea along with Suwon and Gaeseong. The dishes include ox bone broth, bone soup, short rib soup, ox head rice soup, ox knee joint soup, and ox feet soup, etc. But Ox bone soup remains the most popular.

Anilok’s ox bone soup preserves the flavor created by the first generation (Lee Seong Rye) who used to cook in an iron cauldron at Anseong Market. Kim Jong Yeol, the third generation, still cooks ox bone soup the way his grandmother and mother used to make it. He even uses his mother’s cooking ware in an effort to preserve the taste.

Now people who used to came with their parents and who are now in their twenties and thirties keep coming back to Anilok. It’s not just the owner but the customers who age together and maintain the tradition of the 100-year-old ox bone soup in Anseong.

Address: 20, Jungang-ro 411beon-gil, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

Tel: +82-31-675-2486

Opening hours: 8:00 - 22:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok Holiday)

Menu: Ox bone soup KRW 8,000, Anseongmachumtang soup KRW 19,000, Assorted cuts of boiled meat KRW 35,000

Website: None



4. Elegant brassware of the Anseong Machum Museum




The Anseong Machum Museum is located on the Anseong Campus of Chung-Ang University. The must-see on the first floor is the Brassware Exhibition Room. There are information and exhibits on the history, production process, production method and types of brassware along with a variety of brasswares for ancestral rituals, dining, shamanistic rituals, Buddhist rituals, etc. Visitors can also watch a video on brassware or listen to brass instruments. In addition, there are the Special Exhibition Room and the Activity Site.


Anseong’s Agricultural History Room, Local History Room and Seminar Room are on the second floor. In the Special Exhibition Room, different special exhibitions are held to showcase the history and culture of Anseong on varied themes of the ceremonies of the people of Anseong, the hidden treasures of Anseong, the craftsmanship of Anseong, Infiltration into Patterns, Chiljangsa Temple in Chilhyeonsan Mountain, Wind of Human, etc.


Brassware is a specialty of Anseong. Since the mid-Joseon period, the city has been famous for its large population of master craftsmen. According to the records, there were two types of brassware produced in Anseong: ready-made Jangnaegi used by commoners and custom-made Mochum (Machum) for noblemen and government offices. Anseong brassware was particularly favored by the aristocratic class in Seoul. With its advanced and delicate manufacturing techniques that satisfied the sophisticated taste of the upper class, and its high durability, the dishes gained a reputation as Anseong Machum Brassware. Anseong Machum, meaning well-made products as expected, is derived from the brassware of Anseong that meet customers’ expectations.


If you look closely at the exhibits you will gain a deeper understanding of the elegance and gracefulness of the Anseong Yugi (brassware).




Address: 4726-15, Seodong-daero Daedeok-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

Tel: +82-31-676-4352

Opening hours: 09:00 - 18:00, Closed on Monday, 1 January, Lunar New Year's Day and Chuseok Holiday

Admission: Free



1. Book Stay Gonggan may be rented as a whole by a group of several families or individually by multiple teams. If you are lucky, your team may use all the space freely. To the meet lucky moment, diligent search and booking is essential.

2. As the Neorigul Culture Village is crowded with group visitors at weekends, weekdays are recommended for individuals. Various cultural activities are available but, most of all, walking through the quiet forest will relieve your mind.


Public Transportation Information

[Express Bus] The inter-city bus operates 14 times a day from Seoul to Anseong (07:00 - 20:40) at Dong Seoul Terminal in Seoul. It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Walk from the Anseong Bus Terminal to the Bogae Nonghyup bus stop - about 15 minutes’ walk. Then take bus no. 15 and get off at the Eomma Mokjang bus stop. It takes about 15 minutes. Then walk for approximately 1 km to reach Book Stay Gonggan.


Tel.: +82-1688-5979 (Dong Seoul Bus Terminal)




Driving Information

Gyeongbu Expressway → Yeongdong Expressway → Gajaewol Sageori → Wonsam Sageori → Turn right toward Neorigul Culture Village and then turn left → Book Stay Gonggan at Anseong Learning Resort