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See a Great View at the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center and Enjoy the Performance Dandi

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

I visited a tourist destination that is not widely known yet, so it was not crowded even on a weekend. It is the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center, where you can see the view of Sihwaho Lake.
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I visited a tourist destination that is not widely known yet, so it was not crowded even on a weekend.
It is the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center, where you can see the view of Sihwaho Lake.
The Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture with its beautiful landscaping is a great place to visit with your family or partner on the weekends.

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Sihwaho Lake is well known as a migrant bird sanctuary, so some migrant bird sculptures caught my eye.
They harmonized nicely with the wonderful view of Sihwaho Lake. ​

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You may sometimes want to get away from the city full of buildings and see a clear view of nature.
Sometimes you just need to refresh yourself.
This is a perfect place for that. ​​

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The Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center is facing Sihwaho Lake.
You can enjoy a better view of Sihwaho Lake here. ​

Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img
Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

The rooftop is the best spot to enjoy a view.
You can go up to the rooftop via the stairway. The floor there was covered with artificial turf.
The green turf went well with the clear view of Sihwaho Lake. ​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

It was great that I could see the view of Sihwaho Lake to my heart's content.
Do you know where the name of Sihwaho Lake came from?
The name of Sihwaho Lake means a lake connecting Siheung and Hwaseong.
Sihwa was named using the first letter of each word, si from Siheung and hwa from Hwaseong.​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

Sihwaho Lake has a dramatic story in its background.
Sihwaho Lake used to smell bad because it was surrounded by factories.
Back then, people had lower awareness of environmental impacts.
Industrial waste was disposed into Sihwaho Lake, and the lake was dying little by little.
However, Sihwaho Lake began to revive after environmental regulations were enforced and the lake was connected to the ocean.
Today, you can now see the beautiful view of the restored Sihwaho Lake. ​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

After its revival, many bicyclists and local residents have been visiting Sihwaho Lake.
The view from the rooftop of the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center was particularly amazing.
Don't miss this wonderful view.​
Sihwaho Lake is also popular for its bike paths. Many bicyclists take a break at the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center along the way while bike riding.
You can lock your bicycle at a bike rack in front of the Center and enjoy the lake view on the rooftop. ​

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The area is a migrant bird sanctuary, so bird observation facilities are well established for visitors to enjoy birdwatching.
There was a trail starting from Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center.
You can find a bird observation point if you follow the trail.

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You can also find bird sculptures on the rooftop.
The sculptures are alongside a photo of migrant birds flying from Sihwaho Lake.
This makes a good photo spot for Sihwaho Lake. ​
Some performances were held on the day of my visit,
So some queues were set up as shown in the photo above.
The rooftop is usually cleaner and tidier if you go on other days.​

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After enjoying the view, I went inside the building.

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You can find an exhibition hall inside the building, which will be educational for children.
Look around the exhibition hall, then enjoy the view of Sihwaho Lake. This is how you should enjoy the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center.

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I saw some performances in the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center.
Two performances were held. ​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

The first performance was a Yo-yo Circus.
Artists performed freely with their yo-yos, which looked really cool.
It was amazing that the performers did their best for the kids in the audience even though the weather was so hot.

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The second performance was Fable Dandi.
The story was about a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.
Everyone from children to adults all enjoyed this non-verbal performance.
I was particularly impressed by what the host said before the performance.
He said that not only did kids love the performance, but also some old ladies were moved to tears.
A butterfly flies freely after undergoing hardships. The story of the performance was like our lives.

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

The performance began with three caterpillars hanging on ropes.
All of the actors wearing safety gear, but it was still dizzying to watch.
All of the actors were amazing.​

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The caterpillars hanging on the ropes continued the performance on the wall.
The mime performance was delightful. ​

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Finally, the caterpillars took off their old clothes and changed into butterflies!
Flapping white clothes made the transformation of the butterflies even more splendid. ​​

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Butterflies flew back into the sky, and the performance ended.
The term "Sampo generation" (three-time giving up generation) had emerged around the time that the performance was planned.
It seemed like the performance was for the Sampo generation and those who were going through difficult times.
It was like a message of encouragement. ​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

I took some photos of the actors after enjoying their energetic performance.
The performance was part of the social contribution activities of K-water provided for local children.
Another purpose was to promote the upcoming National Marine Sports Games.
Not only can you see the wonderful view of Sihwaho Lake,
but you can also enjoy a variety of events at the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center. ​

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I ate yeonipbap (steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaves) for lunch, made from the local specialties of Siheung.
Whenever I enjoy a local event, I take the opportunity to get to know the local foods.
Thanks to this dosirak (lunch box), I had the chance to learn the origin of the lotus flowers of Siheung.

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Do you know the connection between lotus and Siheung?
The answer is Gwangokji Pond in Hajung-dong, Siheung-si.
Gang Hui-maeng, an agriculturist of the Joseon dynasty, brought lotus seeds from Ming, and the seeds were planted here. ​

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Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center img

I enjoyed the yeonipbap even more after learning its background.
If you visit a place with a great view, you should have a dosirak meal.
You can find a wide lawn and some picnic tables behind the Sihwa Narae Environmental Culture Center.
It is a great place for a family picnic.
The Sihwaho Lake Environmental Culture Center is located on the MTV Geobukseom Island.
MTV Geobukseom Island is one of the venues of the 14th National Marine Sports Games Gyeonggi 2019, held August 15 to 18.
Enjoy the National Marine Sports Games in August at the Sihwaho Lake Environmental Culture Center,
and enjoy a picnic here on other days!