Living in Korea long term makes you realize that it has much more to offer than big metropolitan cities and major tourist attractions altogether. All you have to do is open your mind and be ready for an adventure. On some days, when I have a lot of free time, all I like to do is going to a bus terminal, buying a bus ticket to a random city and exploring it by myself. It is much more fun than it sounds in the first place and also, it teaches you to enjoy small things. In addition to that, you are prone to find amazing places and most beautiful locations that might not even be marked on a map, not to mention a “tourist map”. My most recent adventure took place in Hwacheon and there are a few places, which I found interesting.
Have you ever wondered, who are those people portrayed on the Korean Won? We use money every single day, but do we ever stop for a moment and think about what do the “pictures” on them actually mean? In most cases, there are usually famous people, usually historical figures, or significant places or objects related to that specific country. South Korea is not an exception and living here for 5 years, I have never really thought about that, so as soon as I heard that Ojukheon Municipal Museum (also known as Ojukheon house) was just a right place to learn more about that, I was more than ready to go!
Who else loves animals as much as I do? Then you should definitely visit the Baby Animal Farm in Gangeung! This place is not widely known among tourists, but loved by locals, especially families with young children. As someone who grew up in a small village up until I was a teenager, I have had kind of a familiar relationship with some of the farm animals that are raised in the Baby animal farm, but for most Korean children, seeing a goat or a cow is comparable to going to the zoo, which makes the visit more exciting not only because of the animals themselves but also because of the reactions by its visitors.
Many people associate coastal cities with summer, hot weather and swimming season. This is one of the main reasons why there are little to zero visitors in most coastal cities in South Korea in winter. Therefore, I feel that the ocean is not limited to exclusively swimming and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. As some of you might already know, Gangneung is one of my favorite cities in Korea and I like coming back there over and over again. In this blog post, I am going to introduce some fun & interesting things you can do in Jumunjin this winter, while the city is not overcrowded with tourists.
With 2019 coming to an end comes not only the great joy of the holidays but also a big worry of what to get your loved ones for Christmas and The New Year. Also, Lunar New Year is coming up soon with it being in January next year. I had to think not only about gifts to my friends and family but also about what should I get my Korean parents’ in-law for Seollal as well. Even though there are many souvenir stores around the Seoul old town and department stores thrive with possible gift options, this time I decided to go for something different and checked out the “I Market Seoul You” store next to the Seoul city hall and hunted for some unique gifts there!
This year I have spent a lot of time in Chuncheon, the closest city to Seoul in Gangwon province. It is relaxing, the air is much purer and people density is much lower as opposed to Seoul, so I just like getting on a subway and going there anytime I have a day to spare. Sometimes it is to visit new places, sometimes it is just to take a calm walk and visit some lovely cafes in the area. Food is also a big part of traveling, so I always enjoy going to new places to eat and exploring local cuisines.
Last weekend I had a chance to visit Chuncheon’s Museum of Books and Printing, located on the west side of the city, not too far from the Gimyujeong station. This futuristic building is located near the famous Kim Yujeong village, which I have introduced to you back in October. Even though the museum and the village are not directly related, you could still witness some of the most iconic works of this author in the museum as well.
Have you ever eating Korean buckwheat noodles – Makguksu? It is a local specialty of the Gangwon province of Korea and is one of the most popular dishes in its’ capital Chuncheon. Makguksu is usually served in cold Kimchi broth. Due to that reason, buckwheat noodles are the most popular in summer but are still widely eaten all throughout the year. Last weekend we have visited the Makguksu museum in Chuncheon and learned how this delicious dish is made.
When someone hears the words “traveling to a coastal city”, they imagine white sand, beautiful beaches and lots of nature. Samcheok is a city with has all of it, but in addition to that, there are also places, where you can learn about the history & culture of Korea and better yourself in many different ways. During my last visit to Samcheok, I have visited one of those places and it is the Samcheok National Museum.
This autumn I finally had a chance to visit the famous Jukseoru Pavillion in Samcheok and I happened to come there at the best time I could have ever imagined. There is a Chrysanthemum festival happening at the Jukseoru Pavillion this November and if you happen to be in Samcheok, you should not miss it as well.