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Arts & Cultur Car-Free BMW Travel Course [Yeoju]

WriterAdministratorDate07/04/2018

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An image of tourist attractions on Gyeonggang line.



 

 

* King Sejong Tour Bus: The King Sejong Tour Bus ticket allows tourists to travel freely around various attractions in Yeoju City all day long. The tour service operates roughly every hour and follow two routes - Route Ga and Route Na. Route Ga takes in Silleuksa Temple, Mok-a Museum, Gangcheon Reservoir, Gangcheon Island, and Hwanghaksan Arboretum, while Route Na includes the Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb (Tombs of King Sejong and Hyojong), Yeoju Reservoir, Ipo Reservoir, spicy buckwheat noodles village, and Godalsa Temple Site. In addition, bus users can transfer to another route at the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Sejong), Silleuksa Temple, and the Yeoju Fifth-day Market. You can find detailed information about the bus schedule on the Yeoju City Tourism Homepage.


- Ticket Price: KRW 5,000 (KRW 4,000 for users who get on the bus at other tourist destinations, except Yeoju Station.)

- Where to Buy a Ticket: Ticket Office or Bus Driver (Cash payment. If the bus is full, please use the next bus.)

- Home page: www.yeoju.go.kr/main/culture/

 

* Recommended Course by Public Bus: Yeoju Bus Terminal -- (20 mins by bus) — the Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb (Tombs of King Sejong and Hyojong) --(40 mins by bus, bus transfer: once)—Silleuksa Tourist Area (Silleuksa Temple, Yeoju Museum, Dojasesang(a place for ceramics shopping and culture) --(15 mins by bus)-- Yeoju Bus Terminal

 

* Transportation: If you prefer to take a public bus rather than Yeoju City Tour Bus, it’s advisable to hop on a bus at Yeoju Bus Terminal. If you use the Gyeonggang Line, you can take bus No. 904, which runs about every hour, from Sejongdaewangneung Station to the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Sejong)

 

* Telephone Numbers for Taxi: Yeoju Taxi - +82-31-885-4197, Geogwang Taxi - +82-31-883-8000, GG Call - +82-1688-9999

 

* Yeoju City Tour Bus Schedule

- Weekdays: Route Ga – Departure from Yeoju Station at 9:50~16:00, Route Na – Departure from Yeoju Station at 10:10~16:20

- Weekends: Route Ga – Departure from Yeoju Station at 9:35~15:35, Route Na – Departure from Yeoju Station at 10:10~16:10

 

Recommendation!

* Do you fancy a walking tour to recharge yourself in Nature?

* Are you interested in exploring a World Heritage Site and a thousand-year-old temple?

 

Intro

Thanks to the opening of the Gyeonggang Line (KTX), travelers can now visit a wonderful World Heritage Site, the Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb (Tombs of King Sejong and Hyojong), more easily than before. While taking a leisurely stroll around the royal tombs set in a beautiful natural environment, why not ponder the dreams and ideas of Kings Sejong and Hyojong. The ‘King’s Forest Trail’, which connects the royal tombs of the two kings, is overshadowed by many large pine trees that create a truly majestic atmosphere. This beautiful walkway is designed for everyone, including the elderly and the infirm, and takes about 15 minutes to complete. At dusk, it is recommended to visit the 1,000-year-old Silleuksa Temple, which faces a splendid view of the Namhangang River, and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the river. Yeoju tourism promotes the concepts of exploration and relaxing tour based on leisurely walks around the area’s leading tourist attractions.
 

An entrance of Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb

Highlights

-Enjoy a therapeutic walk along the ‘King’s Forest Trail’ which connects two Joseon royal tombs, Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of Kinig Sejong) and Hyoreung Royal Tombs (Tombs of King Injong and Queen Inseong)
-Try some boiled meat slices with a dish of Cheonseo-ri spicy buckwheat noodles.
-Discover the treasures of Silleuksa Temple.

A multi-story stone pagoda on the rock around Silleuksa Temple.



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Course 1.


Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb (Tombs of King Sejong and Hyojong), travel back in time to an era of great kings
King Sejong the Great, widely known as the creator of Hangeul(Korean alphabet), is the greatest and most special king of Joseon Dynasty in the eyes of the Korean people. Yeoju is the place where King Sejong was laid to rest, leaving behind him many great and timeless achievements. There are many ways to get to the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Sejong), but the easiest way there is to take the city tour bus to the many attractions in Yeoju from Yeoju Station after arriving via KTX on the Gyeonggang Line.


Upon arriving at the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Sejong), its peaceful and serene atmosphere will embrace you. Behind the tomb is a dense pine grove with an open view. Passing through the ‘King’s Forest Trail’ on the right, you will find the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of King Hyojong). Although King Hyojong devised a plan for a northern expedition to Manchu’s Qing Dynasty in order to avenge the defeat inflicted on Joseon by the Qing Invasion, the plan was never put into action, and he died at the young age of 41. The King’s Forest Trail, linking the two royal tombs, is a beautiful trail passing through large and splendid pine trees, and is said to resemble a dragon ascending to the sky. This trail, which takes 15 minutes to complete, is itself one of the excellent attractions of Yeoju. Furthermore, the nearby King Sejong the Great Museum displays interesting exhibits about King Sejong.


a front view of  Yeongneung Royal Tomb

Travel Information

- Address: 269-50, Yeongneung-ro, Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel: +82-31-880-4700

- Opening Hours: February ~ May - 09:00~18:00, June ~ August - 09:00~18:30, September ~ October- 09:00~18:00, November ~ January - 09:00~17:30 (Last admission one hour before closing time)

- Admission: KRW 500 / Free – every last Wednesdays (Closed on Mondays)

- Homepage: sejong.cha.go.kr



Course 2.


Ipo Reservoir, an open view of the Namhangang River

It takes about 20 minutes to get from the Yeongnyeongneung Royal Tomb (Tombs of King Sejong and Hyojong) to Ipo Reservoir by city tour bus. Ipo Reservoir, one of three reservoirs built around the Namhangang River, is said to resemble a white egret ascending to the sky. Notably, the fine metal sculpture, which represents a white egret’s egg embracing the gate hoist to open and close the sluice, catches the eye. As the Namhangang River Bike Path passes through this area, many bikers like to take a short break at the reservoir. And as only walkers and bikers can travel along the road, it has a serene atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy and take photos of the panoramic view of the Namhangang River and Ipo Reservoir from the Ipo Reservoir Observatory. Also it’s worth having a cup of coffee at the observatory café while you enjoy the view.


It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Ipo Reservoir to Cheonseo-ri Makguksu (Buckwheat Noodles) Village. You can also reach the village by crossing Ipo Reservoir while enjoying the beautiful view of the Namhangang River, after getting off the bus at Ipo Reservoir bus stop.


An open view of the Namhangang River with Ipo Reservoir 

 

 


Course 3.


Cheonseo-ri Spicy Buckwheat Noodles, a fabulously tasty combination of chewy buckwheat noodles and spicy sauce!

Spicy buckwheat noodles are not only Gangwon-do Province’s specialty, as many delicious spicy buckwheat noodles restaurants are also situated in Yeoju. Cheonse-ori Makguksu (Buckwheat Noodles) Village, which is home to famous restaurants such as Ganggye Bongjin Makguksu and Hongwon Makguksu, is always packed with visitors on weekdays and at weekends. In particular, Ganggye Bongjin Makguksu, well-known for its spicy North Korean-style buckwheat noodles, has become more famous since its appearance on the TV cooking program Baek Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef Kings. The restaurant attracts many customers with its chewy buckwheat noodles, the refreshing taste of its radish water kimchi broth, and, especially, its unique sauce. It’s also recommended to try the boiled meat slices with mixed with the restaurant’s special sauce, mustard sauce, and salted shrimp.

Left: a bowl of Cheonseo-ri Spicy Buckwheat Noodles/ Right: a plate of well steamed porks.

 

Travel Information

Ganggye Bongjin Makguksu
- Address: 26, Cheonseori-gil, Daesin-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do 

- Tel: +82-31-882-8300

- Opening Hours: 10:30-20:00 

- Menu: Spicy buckwheat noodles (KRW 8,000), Cold buckwheat noodles (KRW 8,000), Boiled meat slices (KRW 17,000)
- Home page: www.강계봉진막국수.kr


Hongwon Makguksu
-Address: 12, Cheonseori-gil, Daesin-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do 

- Tel: +82-31-882-8259 

- Opening Hours: 10:30-20:00 

- Menu: Spicy buckwheat noodles (KRW 7,000), Cold buckwheat noodles (KRW 7,000), Boiled meat slices (KRW 15,000)



Course 4.


Silleuksa Temple, a Buddhist temple with a thousand years of history, and a splendid view of the Namhangang River

Silleuksa Temple is well known for its wide open view of the river, setting it apart from most other temples which are usually situated deep inside a mountain. After passing by the riverside park with its green lawn and the Hwangpo Sailboat Quay and entering the temple site, you will see two pagodas near the riverside. The Multi-story Brick Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple, which served as a signpost for boatmen in the distant past, stands a magnificent 9.4 meters tall. In addition, the Three-story Stone Pagoda, built on the wide rock below the Brick Pagoda, offers an open view of the Namhangang River, while Gangwolheon Pavilion, situated to the right of the stone pagoda, was favored by writers who liked to get together and compose a poem. Gangwolheon Pavilion is a great place to take a break and enjoy the sight of a Hwangpo Sailboat (Yellow Hemp Sailboat) drifting along the river, while Silleuksa Temple is a tourist attraction where you can enjoy a leisurely walk around and explore various important treasures of the Goryeo Dynasty.

The Silleuksa Tourist Area, an ideal destination for a family outing, also features some of Yeoju’s most interesting attractions, including Yeoju Museum, Dojasesang, and a large park.


left: an entrance of Silleuksa Temple / Right: A front view of the Multi-story Brick Pagoda of Silleuksa Temple.

Travel Information

-Address: 73, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Tel: +82-31-885-2505
- Admission: Adults - KRW 2,200, Youth - KRW 1,700, Children - KRW 1,000
- Home page: www.silleuksa.org

 
Course 5.


Yeoju Dojasesang, a hub of ceramic art offering diverse hands-on experience activities!

​You might be tempted to buy some beautiful ceramic wares at Dojasesang, which offers a variety of ceramic products characterized by refined and unique designs. The Bandal Art Museum holds various exhibitions relating to ceramics including special, planned and invitational exhibitions. Doyerang, a rest area in front of the museum, sells ceramic living wares, including ceramic mugs (at KRW 1,000) and tableware (KRW 2,000). Why not enjoy shopping at Dojasesang, the largest ceramic shopping mall in Korea!
​The Yeoju Ceramic Festival is held every spring, while the River Market, a cultural market, is held on the second weekend of every month in Yeoju City.

Upper left: some beautiful ceramic wares at Dojasesang. / Lower left: another ceramic plates/ Right: a big brick kiln sculpture.

 

- Address: 7, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel: +82-31-887-8232


  

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Useful Tips for Walking Tourists

 

TIP 1. Getting on a Hwangpo sailboat

The Hwangpo Sailboat (Yellow Hemp Sailboat) is a cruise ship that was built by reproducing one of the old boats with a yellow sail, the main means of river transportation during the Joseon Dynasty. Passengers can travel around Yeoju along the Namhangang River and appreciate, among other things, the beautiful scene of autumnal leaves at Silleuksa Temple from onboard the sailboat. Visitors can also take the boat at major tourist destinations in Yeoju, such as the riverside recreation area and the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of Kinig Sejong).

 

- Tel: +82-31-882-2206

- Boat Fare: Round trip ticket - KRW 5,000~10,000

- Home page: www.yeoju.go.kr/main/culture/ (Yeoju Tourism)



TIP 2. Enjoying a cup of tea at Yeoju Museum

Yeoju is home to numerous cultural heritage sites including the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of Kinig Sejong), the Yeongneung Royal Tomb (Tomb of Kinig Hyojong), Silleuksa Temple, Prehistoric Site in Heunam-ri, Godalsa Temple Site, and the Birth Home of Empress Myeongseong. Yeoju Museum displays a collection of relics and folk materials excavated from these cultural heritage sites.


If you are looking for a coffee shop with a stylish atmosphere around the Silleuksa Tourist Area, Yeoma-kwan Building of the Yeoju Museum is the place to go. The café is located on the 1st floor of the Yeoma-kwan Building, which won the Korean Architecture Award and was selected as one of the “seven best architectures of the year”. There is also a beautiful water space right in front of the café.

 

Travel Information 

 

 

- Address: 6-12, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel: +82-31-887-3583

- Opening Hours: March~October 09:00-18:00 / November~ February 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays)

- Admission: Free

- Home page: www.yeoju.go.kr/museum