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All about sense and sensibility: Yongin

  • Tag etc History Tour
  • Date06/04/2015
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Photo: Everland

Just an hour distance by driving, there rests a city called Yongin, which not only is the home for many city commuters but also a hotspot for many tourists for its myriad attractions to see! Popular sites such as amusement parks, museums, drama filming locations are just a few to mention. The city itself is bustling with a lot more of sightseeing places loved by both local and international tourists alike.

Whether it is with your family, loved ones or friends, Yongin will be a great excursion destination for all! Let’s learn more about what the city has to offer as you read on.

A hunt for your favorite drama filming locations

Travel back in time, Korean Folk Village



Occupying a total site area of 990,000㎡ with spacious village settings that looks a lot like it was brought from Joseon Dynasty, the Korean Folk Village (KFV) is a special theme park, reproducing the country’s long-treasured values. Showcasing important parts of the Korean history, visitors get to travel back in time as they are able to learn about the everyday lives of Koreans in the olden days while resting at traditional houses and watching the staffs walk around in traditional costumes. The place has been gaining more popularity as it was featured in some of the popular TV dramas such as “My Love from the Star”.

The facility also holds regular cultural entertainments that will give you an extra fun when touring the site. Most of the performances take place outdoors, therefore it is better to select the dates where there are  less expected crowd and chances of rain. Do check the available offers and schedule in advance from their official webpage.

☞ Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Take a free shuttle bus run by the Korean Folk Village from Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4
or Sanggal Station (Bundang Line), Exit 2.
(The passenger seats are filled by first-come, first-served basis.)
☞ Hours:
Weekdays 09:30-18:30 / Weekends 09:30-19:00
※ The hours are subject to change depending on the weather and other conditions.
Please check the latest info from the official website in advance.
☞ Admission:
[Admission]
Adults 15,000 won / Students 12,000 won / Children 10,000 won
[Free pass (자유이용권)]
Adults 24,000 won / Students 19,000 won / Children 17,000 won
☞ Website: www.koreanfolk.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Where the magic happens, Yongin MBC Daejanggeum Park



Yongin MBC Daejanggeum Park was founded on August 2005, a partnered-creation between Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Yongin Municipal Office. Located in Baekam-myeon of Yongin-si, MBC Dramia is an open set that has been featured in many historic films and dramas, such as “Dong Yi (2010)”, “Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)”, “Gu Family Book (2013)” and more.

Touring the whole set area would take about 1 hour and 30 minutes, where visitors will be brought to see reproduced heritages of the past from Samguk (Three Kingdoms) (B.C 57-A.D 676) to Joseon (1392-1910) Eras. If you’re up for more feeds on historic lessons upon finishing the tour, head to Mongyuhyang building where more hands-on activities like traditional costume fitting is offered. The arrays of garments displayed there are the exact same outfits that actors and actress of the above mentioned dramas worn from the scenes. You may also partake in many photo ops with gorgeous dresses here, with a fee of 20,000 won.

☞ Address: 25, Yongcheon drama-gil, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal heading to Baekam Bus Terminal.
(Fare: 4,500 won / Total travel time: approx. 50 minutes)
Upon exiting from the terminal, take bus no. 105 or take taxi at your convenience.
(Total travel time: approx. 10-15 minutes)
☞ Hours:
Mar-Oct 09:00-18:00 / Nov-Feb 09:00-17:00
※ Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
☞ Admission:
Adults 7,000 won / Students (ages 13-18) 6,000 won / Children (ages 4-12)  5,000 won
☞ Inquiry: +82-31-337-3241 (Korean, English, Japanese)
☞ Website: withmbc.imbc.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Bojeong-dong Café Street



Looking for place to stretch your feet for a bit after hours of traveling? Here’s the perfect place for you to either to take fives or sip on some tasty refreshments – Bojeong-dong Café Street. This neighborhood of cafés has an almost European vibe and walking down the streets following the unique sets of exteriors and interiors of each store will be quite an eye-pleasing experience.

Families and couples holding hand in hand come here to enjoy a leisurely walk, strolling down the streets adorned with lush greens. Pick your delight and imagine yourself as the characters from “A Gentleman's Dignity” (2012) that was filmed here. Rejuvenate yourself with delicious treats and afternoon tea at this café street!

☞ Address: Bojeong-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Get off at Jukjeon Station (Bundang Line), Exit 1.
Continue walking along the street behind the E-Mart. (total walking time: approx. 12 minutes)

Fun family times

Heaps of fun, Gyeonggi Children’s Museum



Gyeonggi-do Children's Museum is where a number of hands-on activities await for children to grow their creativity, curiosity, imaginations and dreams. The whole museum experiences are created for families to be involved not only with eyes but with hands-on programs, which no doubt makes the museum well-liked amongst families for being one of the most popular weekend activities.

The museum consists of three levels with 10 exhibition halls in total. Nature's Playground, one of the many activity halls, is literally decorated with themes inspired from the Mother Nature. Other facilities include rock climbing walls and an interactive lab to learn and exercise scientific tricks, known as ‘Healthy Playground'. The programs are all well-designed to intrigue the young visitors as well as to feed nourishing information to growing children.

It's quite easy to lose track of time while enjoying entertaining activities such as ‘Construction Zone’, which is a miniature size display of building workshop, a fairy tale treasure hunt section called ‘Wisdom in the Fairy Tales’ and many more.

☞ Address: 6, Sanggal-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Get off at Sanggal Station (Bundang Line), Exit 4 then walk for 10 minutes.
Or get off at Giheung Station (Bundang Line), Exit 5 then walk for 15 minutes.
☞ Hours:
For January to June & September to December: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-18:00,
For July to August: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-19:00
※ Last admission is 1 hour before closing.
Closed on Mondays (Will stay open in case Monday falls on a public holidays), January 1st, Seollal and Chuseok Holidays.
☞ Admissions: Adults 4,000 won
☞ Website: gcm.ggcf.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Dreamland full of fun and fantasies, Everland



Peter Pan might pop out of a page of the fairytale to greet you gladly in Everland. This is the largest theme park in Korea, boasting a size of 99,174m². The amusement park features the world's steepest ride such as 'T Express’, ‘Lost Valley’ where one can explore wild animals riding on an amphibious vehicle (a car capable of traveling on land and water), and watch wild lions and tigers at ‘Safari World’. Do not miss out on the grand, festive and colorful parades varying by season that magically unfold before your eyes every night at this land of fantasies.

☞ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin Ever Line), Exit 3.
Take free shuttle bus to Everland. (travel time: approx. 10 minutes)
☞ Hours: 10:00-22:00
☞ Admissions: Adults 43,000-52,000 won / Teenagers 37,000-44,000 won / Children 34,000-41,000 won
※ The prices differ by days and hours. Please check the details at the official website in advance.
☞ Hours: +82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English, Chinese)
☞ Website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Best date spots for the love birds

Rediscovery of the TV, Nam June Paik Art Center


Photo: Video Chandelier No. 1 by Paik Nam JuneIn paying a tribute to the global video artist Paik Nam June, the museum focuses on the interaction between audiences and artists. Most of art pieces exhibited in the Paik Nam June Art Center is designed to foster the active communication between these two. Here, visitors can understand Paik's perspective in his own creation of art world, appreciating his symbolic masterpieces in the permanent exhibition hall. The special exhibitions are also to be held where a variety of artists' talents are explored.

☞ Address: 10, Paiknamjune-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Get off at Giheung Station (Bundang Line), Exit 5.
Walk for about 15 minutes along Tancheon Stream toward Singal High School.
☞ Hours:
For January to June & September to December: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-18:00,
For July to August: Tuesdays-Sundays at 10:00-19:00
※ Last admission at 1 hour before closing.
Closed on Mondays (Will stay open in case Monday falls on a public holidays), January 1st, Seollal and Chuseok Holidays.
☞ Admissions: Adults 4,000 won / Students and Children 2,000 won
☞ Hours: +82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English, Chinese)
☞ Website: njp.ggcf.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Exuding exotic scents, Wawoojongsa Temple



Wawoojongsa Temple has something that cannot be found in the other traditional temple sites. The temple’s exotic yet glamorous ambience welcomes visitors from its entrance with the 8m height Buddha stone statue, called buldu (a Buddhist head).

In addition, the unification wishing stone tower is stacked with stones brought from all over the world. Over 3,000 pieces of Buddha statues from Myanmar, India, China and Thailand are also placed here. What makes this temple even more unique is because of its wabul (A Buddha statue in lying position). This famous wabul is made of wood and known for its graceful smile with height of 3m, the length reaching 12m. It was also recorded in the British Guinness Book as the largest wooden Buddha statue in the world.

☞ Address: 25-15, Haegok-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions:
Take a taxi upon existing from Yongin Bus Terminal. The travel will take about 20 minutes.
☞ Website: www.wawoo-temple.org (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Russian)

More Info

☞ Directions (Seoul → Yongin)
Everland: Gangnam Subway Station → Take red bus no. 5002 → Get off at Everland∙Caribbean Bay Bus Stop
Gyeonggi-do Children's Museum: Gangnam Subway Station → Take red bus no. 5001-1 or 1560 → Get off at Gyeonggi Museum∙Geumhwamaeul Bus Stop
Paik Nam June Art Center: Gangnam Subway Station → Take red bus no. 5001 or 5003 → Get off at Sangal Police Station∙ Paik Nam June Art Center Bus Stop
☞ Homepage: Youngin-si Tourism Office tour.yongin.go.kr (Korean, English)
☞ Inquiry: +82-31-287-1332 (Korean, English), +82-31-321-9393 (Korean, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

*This column was last updated on June 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.

<Last updated in June 1, 2015>