[Korea Travel] Chuncheon Makguksu Museum

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.

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[Gangneung cafe] Tasting shark lemonade was something I could have not imagined

Every expat in South Korea is probably aware of the fact that Koreans are crazy about cafes. Yes, you heard me right – not coffee, but cafes. Before I came to  Korea I thought that cafes are usually rated by the coffee quality or the variety of coffee beans, yet after living here more almost 3 years I have transformed a lot – now cafe to me is a place to relax and have a unique experience, either it would be an unseen drink, special type of dessert or even beautiful interior design where I could  take tons of pretty pictures.

Speaking of Seoul, cafes here are appearing and disappearing so fast, you cannot even catch up with all of them, right? Even though most of the cafes I have introduced before were located in Seoul – this time I am here with something different!

Cafe Geumjin station is a little container cafe located just in front of the Geumjin port in Gangneung. As you might already know, after the Winter Olympics 2018 Gangneung has become one of the main tourist destinations in Summer in Korea. It has many beautiful beaches and places to explore, so I definintely recommend going there as well!

Yet, this time we have decided to go farther away from the main Gyeongpo-dae, Gangmun and Jumunjin beaches and moved a little bit South, where the beautiful Jeongdonjin beach,  famous thanks to the Sun Cruise Resort (read more about the resort in my next blog) is located. This is where we found this cafe!

Geumjin station is unique in many ways. First  of all, it does not have an address. If you want to go there, you should move towards the Geumjin port and you will see it next to some raw fish restaurants nearby. Second, it has some  very cute drinks, that are going to make your Instagram feed 10 times more interesting! My personal favorite was the “Jumping sharks” lemonade, which had actual sharks inside! Ok, just kidding! It was not shark meat, but cute jelly shaped as this amazing ocean creature and tasting completely amazing! As for the taste, the lemon was quite strong, so take it only if you like sour drinks! Coffee was great though.

When we decided to go to this cafe, we planned to take a bus, but later it came clear that the buses here are coming just 4 times a day! Even though the transportation system in Seoul is great, smaller cities, such as Gangneung are not that well developed, so you might need to hop in a taxi in order to go there. Not worth it? I don’t regret it all all!

The girl working in a cafe that day was really nice to us and she even gave us some melon as a service! A big plus for the hospitality.

They also have a dog so you might need to note that before going. Even though the dog was out at the time we visited, I saw quite a lot of pictures in Instagram of other customers petting it! ^^

On the end note, I would totally recommend visiting it if you happen to be in Jeongdongjin or Geumjin areas, but coming all the way from the main area of Gangneung might be too far for a small cafe.

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Place: Cafe Geumjin Station
Adress: no adress. Just in front of Geumjin port
Opening time: 10 AM
Prices: 2,5$ – 5$