Whenever you go to Seoul, you may be forgiven for spending all of your time within the metropolis. However enterprise simply past into Korea’s lovely countryside and also you’ll discover Jecheon – the place our good friend Bethan lives! She’s a neighborhood within the space now, so we requested her to place collectively an inventory of her favorite issues to do in Jecheon!
If you happen to inform any Seoulite that you simply plan to go to town of Jecheon, you could be met with incredulous faces and exclamations of “However it’s in the course of nowhere!” or “However there’s nothing there!” However don’t be fooled! Due to the KTX practice, put in in 2020, the common-or-garden countryside metropolis of Jecheon has by no means been extra accessible.
Jecheon is positioned within the coronary heart of the Korean countryside and is called ‘The Therapeutic Metropolis’, named for the standard medicines it produces. However this title goes past the native exports: the juxtaposition between metropolis and countryside that may be discovered right here is really a therapeutic expertise, particularly if visiting from the hustle and bustle of busy Seoul. Round an hour from Seoul on the KTX practice (or round two hours by different means), a go to to Jecheon is ideal if you wish to go to the Korean countryside simply, while sustaining good transport hyperlinks and on a regular basis facilities.
Similar to Seoul, central Jecheon has common buses and a comfort retailer, a restaurant and a restaurant on nearly each road. And unbeknownst to most vacationers and Seoul residents, there’s a enormous array of issues to do right here. If you happen to’re visiting Seoul and wish to decelerate a bit and expertise life outdoors of the capital metropolis, listed below are our favorite issues to do in Jecheon!
Easy methods to get to Jecheon
If you’re travelling from Seoul, it’s straightforward sufficient to get to Jecheon due to the KTX service. This practice runs each few hours from Cheongnyangni Station and prices 15,400W (round £10) for a one-way ticket. I like to recommend reserving tickets as much as every week upfront if attainable as some trains, particularly at peak journey occasions, will promote out rapidly. Nonetheless, should you can’t take a KTX there are different rail companies (Mungunghwa, Nuriro and ITX) that may take you from Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul to Jecheon in simply over two hours for between 9,200 – 12,800W. There’s additionally the choice to get a bus to Jecheon Bus Terminal from the Specific Bus Terminal in Gangnam. The bus often prices between 15,000W – 17,000W and takes round two hours and thirty minutes relying on visitors.
Issues to do in Jecheon
Jecheon is known for the Uirimji Reservoir which has change into the primary attraction for vacationers and residents alike. From the walkway lined with conventional pagodas to the native cafes and tiny amusement park, there may be leisure to be discovered for everybody. Stroll alongside the glass bridge over the waterfall, trip the Swan Boats throughout the lake or go to the museum to be taught concerning the historical past of Uirimji and perhaps even catch a conventional efficiency or two. In case you have time to take a seat and loosen up, carry a picnic blanket right down to the waterfront or seize a ebook and loosen up within the hammocks.
If you happen to keep till darkish, the picket walkways across the lake illuminate, and you may catch a ten minute gentle present projected over the lake each thirty minutes that includes a very spectacular dragon. If you happen to like a stroll and wish to wander additional afield, there’s a close-by park with a stream that leads as much as one other, smaller lake, which is way quieter and extra peaceable than the primary reservoir – however nonetheless simply as lovely!
If you’re a fan of the Okay-pop group BTS (or only a fan of scenic walks), you could go to the previous airstrip, only a few minutes away from Uirimji. Edged in vibrant pinwheels and surrounded by flowers, this airstrip is not in use by aircrafts, however has change into a calming walkway lined with cafes and eating places. BTS followers could recognise it from the group’s ‘Younger Endlessly’ music video, and it’s a should add to your Okay-pop tour itinerary. Come right here to marvel on the seasonal flowers, together with towering sunflowers in the summertime. I like to recommend the close by cafe Bihaeng, which has rooftop seating and is a superb place to catch the sundown over the airstrip and mountains.
Samhan Inexperienced Street
If you happen to wish to spend time in nature and take within the countryside surroundings, there’s a strolling path resulting in Uirimji which offers simply that. Winding by means of the rice fields, this path, like so many hidden spots in Korea, doesn’t must be as fairly as it’s! It’s particularly lovely within the spring and summer season, when the seasonal flowers are all in bloom. As you stroll, you’ll be met with the sound of peaceable jazz music from hidden audio system within the lampposts, and should you occur to be strolling at evening, you would possibly even discover some tiny frog mates having fun with a sunbathe within the lamplight. The trail begins at Kune Youngsters’s Park and could be recognized by the bike rental store. If you happen to stroll at a leisurely tempo, you need to arrive at Uirimji inside an hour, however you gained’t even discover the time passing as you are taking within the beautiful surroundings.
The Native Market
If you happen to actually wish to expertise the lifetime of the locals, it’s important to go to the standard market. In addition to low-cost, regionally grown fruit and greens (positively strive the strawberries within the winter!), you will discover selfmade rice desserts and an array of road meals to strive comparable to hodeok (a candy pancake crammed with honey and seeds) or mandu (meat or kimchi crammed dumplings.) It’s also possible to pattern a wide range of selfmade kimchi and different Korean facet dishes. In order for you a quiet and genuine market expertise, Jecheon Market is the place to go.
For unbelievable mountain views, pay a go to to Cheongpung Lake. Simply half-hour outdoors of town by bus, Cheongpung is a village on the base of a mountain, crammed with little cafes and eating places and is properly well worth the journey. You may take the Cheongpung Cable Automobile (15,000W per individual) as much as the highest of the close by mountain to get a view of the whole lake, in addition to some nice photograph spots and a comfortable cafe to loosen up in. I extremely advocate visiting throughout cherry blossom season in late April – early Might: that is my favorite place to see the blossom lined streets with out the large crowds you get within the in style cherry blossom spots in Seoul, and I personally assume it’s essentially the most lovely. There are additionally boat journeys, zip-lining, and bungee leaping out there for the extra adventurous!
If you’re travelling to Korea throughout August, you could possibly catch the Jecheon Worldwide Music and Movie Pageant. Held alongside the lake in Uirimji, this pageant contains performances by Korean Indie and Hiphop artists that could be sometimes onerous to see; simply this yr headliners included 10cm and Stella Jang, with the earlier yr that includes Simon D and Zico. Somewhat identified place to catch your favorite artists – and better of all, it’s free!
What to eat in Jecheon
Jecheon is in Chungbuk Province, and is well-known for its agriculture – that means that the the seasonal fruit and greens listed below are one other stage of scrumptious. If you happen to’re searching for an space with a lot of totally different meals choices (together with Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese language and Japanese), Jangrak-dong has simply what you want. The Italian restaurant Chef’s Observe is a favorite amongst locals and is understood for the stone-baked pizzas piled with toppings, and the scrumptious mushroom salad.
Nonetheless, for genuine Korean meals, I like to recommend Chaesungdang Shabu Shabu restaurant. This hearty and filling hot-pot is a enjoyable, Korean do-it-yourself type meal that’s as wholesome as it’s scrumptious. Dip meat in a simmering beef broth crammed with scrumptious greens, and add dumplings or make Vietnamese type spring rolls for an additional charge. It’s also possible to add noodles to absorb the leftover broth once you’re performed or use the leftovers to make an excellent tasty fried rice.
If you happen to’re within the temper for a drink along with your meal, the Cheongjeon-dong space is the place to search out bars, fried rooster eating places and BBQ locations galore. Nonetheless, my favorite BBQ restaurant, Haengbokhan BBQ, could be present in Haso-dong, alongside the river. This restaurant makes use of actual charcoal-based grills, giving the meat a deliciously smoky flavour, and the facet dishes are all selfmade by the house owners (the pickled cucumber is especially tasty).
Lastly, when you have a candy tooth and wish to discover a cozy cafe, Uirimji-dong is the realm you need! Go to Cafe Merrily and meet Cream, the cute Samoyed that lives there, or Cafe Namu, which has a big tree protruding by means of the center. Nonetheless, my favorite cafe in that space (and perhaps in the entire of Jecheon) is Villa De Dohwari. This cafe has unbelievable mountain views, resident ginger cats and an excellent tasty croffle coated in injeolmi powder (a candy powder often used to cowl rice desserts). If you happen to go there within the night on a cool and clear day, you possibly can sit by one of many hearth pits roasting complimentary marshmallows. I’ve but to discover a extra enjoyable spot!
In the end, Jecheon has every thing you want for a relaxed day within the Korean countryside surrounded by nature, with out having to depart the comforts of town behind. There’s loads of issues to do in Jecheon for each adventurers and relaxers alike!
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