|Day tripping outside of Seoul via Subway|
Traveling in Seoul is very convenient as many of the city’s tourist destinations are easily connected by Seoul’s world-renowned subway system. Getting out of the city is easy too, as Incheon, Gyeonggi-do, and other Seoul suburbs are easily accessible via the subway lines that extend outside the capital. The Jungangseon Subway Line, in particular, will take you to Namyangju and Yangpyeong, which are nestled among beautiful natural landscapes. So, if you are looking for some great spots outside of the city limits, make your way to Yangpyeong for a relaxing and enjoyable time.
Travel Information by stations on Jungangseon Line
Ungilsan Station – Learn to make kimchi!
Near Ungilsan Station are a number of farms that offer hands-on programs to the public. Visitors can pick seasonal produce, dye fabric, and make kimchi or gochujang (red pepper paste). Some programs are available for small groups, but others require the participation of at least 20 people, so make sure to inquire in advance. If you need help with communicating in Korean, call the Korea Travel Hotline (+82-2-1330) (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or the Dasan Call Center (+82-2-120) (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian) for language assistance.
* Some hands-on activities are only available for large groups or on weekends, so make sure to inquire before making a reservation.
Yangsu Station – Enjoy a bike ride along the Hangang River
Biking along the Hangang River’s bike path is considered one of the most pleasant outdoor activities in Yangpyeong. The path spans about 35 kilometers from Deokso Station to Yangpyeong Station, and the stretch from Yangsu Station to Paldang Station is said to be the most beautiful. Stop by Neungnae Station, which is no longer operates as a train station, to visit an exhibition of items and photos of the area from the 1960s and 1970s. On weekends, visitors can try on old school uniforms and pose for pictures. In case you get hungry or need a quick bite, there are some snack stores and restaurants near the station.
Obin Station – Sledding and cookies
Obin Station on the Jungang Line is situated in a quiet and cozy rural area. It is home to the Yangpyeong Wild Flower Arboretum. Though not the largest, the arboretum is well maintained and organized. It houses an herb and wild flower garden, a labyrinth garden, rose garden, palm garden, and tropical arboretum. Various hands-on programs are also available, such as sledding down a tuft hill and baking cookies.
Yangpyeong Station – Enjoy the decorated walls of local villages
The painted village walls near Yangpyeong Station were created by artists who wanted to add some life to the otherwise dull exteriors. Of these villages, Ihwa Mural Village and Cheongju Suamgol Village have appeared in Korean dramas and movies and have since become quite popular. Following this popularity, many villages throughout Korea followed this trend and began to paint their walls. In Yangpyeong, there are two villages with painted walls that are relatively less known to tourists, and the murals display the old lifestyles of Korean people and various landscapes. Both are close to Yangpyeong Station, just about a 10 minute walk away. The Gongheung-ri Village is a quiet residential area, and Changdae-ri Village offers a nice balance between the surrounding rural ambiance and the paintings of old Korean farming areas on the walls.
Yongmun Station – Ride the old railways
Just a ten minute walk down the road from Yongmun Station in the direction of Yangpyeong Station is a rail bike site. The Yangpyeong Rail Bike is a 6.4 kilometer long round-trip and rides along a beautiful mountain and river landscape. The biking isn’t too difficult as there are no real slopes to speak of. The rail bike seats a maximum of four people and costs 20,000 for two people and 29,000 won for four people. It runs every 1.5 hours and is open until 6 p.m. in the winter and until 7:30 p.m. in the spring, summer and fall.
Grilled Eel (jangeo-gui)
In Korea, eel is known as a great food to eat when you need to boost your energy. The reason Yangpyeong is famous for grilled eel is because there are many farm-raised fresh-water eels caught in the Namhangang and Bukhangang Rivers nearby. The eel is prepared first by grilling it plain over charcoal. Then, it is dressed with salt, soy bean sauce, or gochujang red pepper paste, and grilled for a second time. There are many eel restaurants on the road near the entrance to Ungilsan Station.
There are many lotus ponds around the Namhangang and Bukhangang Rivers near Yangpyeong. Dishes made with the lotus plant generally use the leaves or roots and usually contain a mild flavor. The most popular lotus dishes are lotus leaf noodles (yeonip kalguksu), glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf (yeonip chalbap), lotus roots glazed in a sweet soy sauce, and pickled lotus root. There are many restaurants selling food made with lotus flowers near Dumulmeori, which is a famous tourist spot with a lotus pond. Glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf is chewy with a slightly sweet taste. It is usually wrapped with lotus root, ginkgo fruit, and jujube. Many places near Neungnae Station sell this dish.
Okcheon Naengmyeon (cold noodle)
Named after Okcheon-myeon County in Yangpyeong, Okcheon Naengmyeon has become so famous that a large number of restaurants serving the dish have sprung up in Yangpyeong. Unlike Pyongyang Naengmyeon or Hamheung Naengmyeon, the noodles of Okcheon Naengmyeon are very thick and chewy. If you find the seasoning too mild, add more mustard, vinegar, and sugar. Also try the wanja meatballs made of pork and vegetables. These delicious meatballs are full of flavor and are just as popular as the cold noodles.
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