Jeonggangwon 정강원

Nov 29

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The Traditional Korean Food Culture Experience Center was established in order to preserve, research, distribute and promote the values and merits of traditional Korean food culture in the world.There are various hands-on facilities for traditional food culture such as an exhibition hall, cooking room, and a fermentation room, covering an area of 10,000 pyeong (33057.85㎡) in Baegokpo-ri, Yongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. Particularly, it is the a great place for anyone who wants to learn more and take part in various aspects of traditional Korean food culture. IMG_2564 IMG_2565

Visitors can also lodge at a hanok (traditional Korean house) for a little bit of lifestyle experience. Day programs change by the month; overnight experience programs available (prices vary and classes are held in the Korean language). Or if you just wanna come in for some photographs, you may too, ranging from 3000 won, per adult. IMG_2572IMG_2566IMG_2570IMG_2574

Oh my oh my… The unusal sight of over 600 earthenware pots containing various traditional condiments on a jangdokdae (platform for fermenting) spread out before them along with fresh, green vegetables growing in the front yard.


Hanbox fitting

Hanbok renting fees is 8000 won (one time per person), and you can put it on as long as you want, just make sure to return before 7pm of the same day.

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Hanbok expresses Korea’s true characteristics in terms of culture and history. Just like qipao from China and the kimono from Japan, Korea also boasts its own traditional garb, though people nowadays wear them only on special occasions like weddings, birthdays, or during national holidays like Chuseok and Seollal. However, positive changes have been seen as many young couples and foreign nationals have shown increasing interest in the garments. They often pay a visit to hanbok experience centers to enjoy these beautiful garments.

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Spoiled with choices, I was having a hard time deciding on the colors (but thank god for the kind lady that picked out a hanbok that fits me, and complement my skin tone), same goes with the other ladies. And trust me, it was like a project runway moment, where ladies are competing on getting the best shades of hanbok, lol. More picture to below.


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You will be wearing the hanbok over your clothes so there is no need for a changing room or a locker for your clothes. Just make sure that you are wearing light clothes (made of thin material) during summer and avoid thick clothes so that you will not feel too warm while wearing the hanbok. A short sleeved shirt and shorts will be perfect. If you are renting their hanbok during winter, be sure to wear layers or a thicker shirt. Avoid turtlenecks or very thick jackets and sweaters/jumpers, or you may not fit into the hanbok because of the bulkiness of your jacket. If it’s raining or snowing, the shop staff will just shorten the skirt to avoid mud stains.IMG_2596

Meet my ancient pet, lol

It was like a scene straight out from a periodic drama, minus the mobile phone and sneakers, haha.
IMG_2626Female hanbok is basically composed of jacket (저고리 = jeogori) to cover upper body, and skirt (치마 = chima) to concentrate on lower body. Male hanbok consists of pants (바지 = baji), jacket (저고리 = jeogori), vest (조끼= jokki), outer jacket (마고자 = makoja).

Hanbok covers almost the whole body except for head, hands and feet. Though Hanbok cutting is much on straight lines with gentle curved on sleeves, but the harmonize combination of short jacket (Jeogori) and wide pleated bell-shaped skirt (Chima) brings out the gracefulness of the wearer’s body shape.

Hanbok has high placement of the waistband to give a billowy look of flowing lines while retaining an airy voluminous of the skirt that allowing freedom of movements. On top of basic features, hanboks have other features like appearance, cutting, decoration, color and design changed over different dynasties. They were also vary based on political position, social status, occupation, and season. For instance, dragon embroideries only be used by kings and phoenix for queen.

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The Hanbok has roots dating as far back in Korean history as the Three Kingdoms Period (57BC – 668AD). Today the style of the Hanbok is most similar to the Joseon period in Korea from 1392-1910. I’ve always thought Hanboks were beautiful when I’ve had a chance to see Koreans wearing them and I was excited to get to wear one for our ceremony. The Hanbok isn’t about being tight fitting or showing off curves but the elegance and style when the women seemingly float across the floor in the abundance of cloth draped around them.


It might feel a little bit awkward at first, putting on clothes that are bigger than one is used to, but after a few moments, its elegant shapes and curves will give you a profound appreciation for the way people dressed in the past.


I’d like to imagine this is how Korean ladies in older time spend their girl time. heh.
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If you are a big fan of Korean culture, I’d suggest you can come here for your wedding shoot, haha. The places is great, and who needs a professional photographer? A selfie stick or a tripod will simply do the job. It is the beautiful architecture and gorgeous hanbok that made it picture-worthy.

Bibimbap Making & lunch

Bibimbap would have been a substantial enough meal by itself, but we also had array of side dishes to try as well, many of which were unique to JeongGangWon, such as the buckwheat pahjeon (pancake), it is scrumptious! And the kimchi here is 100% homemade and were stored using one of those big jars shown on our way in, unlike the frozen ones sold in the supermarket, it’s truly organic and healthier without the chemical added.

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It is said that to really understand a country’s culture, you must first experience it’s food. If you want to learn more about Korea’s traditional foods, there is no better method than to try your hand at making the food yourself.

Bibimbap (비빔밥) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed meal” or “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.

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Traditional East Asian philosophy was organized around the concept of five “elements,” and this plays a role when preparing your bibimbap. The five “elements” were wood (목, 木), fire (화, 火), earth (토, 土), metal (금, 金) and water (수, 水). Each is closely associated with a color: green, red, yellow, white and black. Those are the colors of bibimbap as it’s served at your table. Just as the interplay between these “elements” was closely associated with many beliefs — musical composition, writing, painting, feng shui (풍수, 風水) — it was also important in health, cuisine and cooking. All types of bibimbap mixed rice try to “balance” these five “elements.” This makes for a visually stunning meal. Look at any photo of any type of bibimbap. The colors are glorious.traditional East Asian philosophy was organized around the concept of five “elements,” and this plays a role when preparing your bibimbap. The five “elements” were wood (목, 木), fire (화, 火), earth (토, 土), metal (금, 金) and water (수, 水). Each is closely associated with a color: green, red, yellow, white and black. Those are the colors of bibimbap as it’s served at your table. Just as the interplay between these “elements” was closely associated with many beliefs — musical composition, writing, painting, feng shui (풍수, 風水) — it was also important in health, cuisine and cooking. All types of bibimbap mixed rice try to “balance” these five “elements.” This makes for a visually stunning meal. Look at any photo of any type of bibimbap. The colors are glorious.

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The colors green, red, yellow, white and black are represented by lettuce and spinach, red pepper paste and carrots, Asian radish and egg yolk strips, rice and egg white strips, and laver seaweed and fernbrake. Adding this variety of vegetables not only makes the rice more interesting to eat. Koreans truly believed in these five “elements” and they incorporated each color, in balance, into the final dish. Such balanced dishes bring health to the body.


And during my trip in Jeonggangwon, I have mastered the art of preparing with Bibimbap, but I’m afraid I can never recreate the same taste without their homemade sauces, gochujang, for instance. It’s sold for 20,000 won per 500gm, It was pricey and I hesitated, but now I regret not getting it.


Learning about the history and reasons why certain things are done in the preparation of the dish really gives you a greater appreciation for all the work and thought that went into each dish.


After years of making bibimbap with online recipe, today I finally have a proper and authentic class to master this dish!! Heh. And FYI, in regardless of the vege and side dishes, the chilli sauce (gochujang) could be a key to make this dish delicious! Now I began to think Jeonju bibimbap is overrated, because I have tried the best in Jannggangwong, Gangwondo!

Essentially, if you are intertested in signing up for this class, It is 12,000 won per person, and it takes about 30 mins for the whole course, and of course you may enjoy your own creation at the end of the class. Aside from Bibimbap, you may also sign up for other classes, such as kimchi making, red pepper making, and etc. For more information, you may log on to

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Jeonggangwon 정강원

Address : 21, Baegokpo-ri, Yongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea

Transportation : Seoul → (Bus) → Jangpyeong Terminal → Jangpyeong Bus stop → ‘장평, 유포 (시내방향) (Bus) → Uipongpo Bus stop → 5min walk →Jeonggangwon


Uiyaji Wind Village 의야지 바람마을

Nov 29


Located on the highlands of Pyeongchang county, the Uiyaji Baram Maeul (Uiyaji Wind Village) is a mountain village situated on top of Daegwalleyong between 750 and 800 meters above sea level. Because of its abundant early winter snowfall, it was also one of the first places for skiing in Korea. At Uiyaji Wind Village, one can also enjoy the sight of sheep grazing peacefully the expansive green fields. The area where Samyang Farm and Hanil Farm are located is the site of the nation’s largest grassland. There is also a wind power generation complex that utilizes the wind coming over the hills.

Getting There: The Daegwallyeong Yangtte Sheep Ranch can be reached via a bus from Dong Seoul Terminal (Gangbyeon Station, Line 2) to Hoenggye bound for Gangwon Heungeop or Donghae departing every 40-60 minutes. The ride is 2.5 hours and costs 13,800 won for adults. Once in Hoenggye, take a taxi from the Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal to the Maeul Hyugaeso/Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch Parking Lot. The ride should take approximately 15 minutes and cost about 10,000 won.

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The Windville Cheese Factory which opened in 2006 has attracted both local and international tourists as well. This was the place where we learned how to make cheese using top-grade fresh milk from Daekwallyeong Highlands. They extract the fresh milk from cows at 6AM daily.


If you are a skii-a-holic, there is also a banana boat skiing tracks, it is more of a family skiing tracks during winter season to let you fully enjoy your winter vacation here. As a result, this is not a simple coutry side village as you thought in the beginning; it is the best spot that provides the best opportunity for you and your family to gather around, to spend your vacation in a meaningful way! Let’s say Cheese to this honourable Uiyaji Wind Village!


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To give you a brief remark on what I’ve learned in the class: The primary process in making Cottage Cheese involves good dairy bacteria converting lactose to lactic acid. This lactose (or milk sugar) is an important component in our milk but unless it is converted by a good quality dairy bacteria, some off flavors or worse may result. Several hours after the bacteria culture activity begins, the milk acidity increases to the extent that the milk coagulates into a solid gel which can be cut into small curds. This resulting curd is then cooked until the moisture is released and a dry curd is formed. Then this curd is chilled to the final cottage cheese as we know it. A final optional cream dressing may also be added to increase the richness and texture and this then becomes the Creamed Cottage Cheese.
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And after all the pressing to drain the liquid off of the cheese, our dairy creation is ready to be revealed! Voila! Look how pretty our cheese is! It looks beautiful enough to eat. Haha!


Please do not panic if you don’t know anything about making cheese, because there is a proper cheese making teaching class from the professional to teach you the simplest way to make a cheese! You can even decorate your cheese with all kinds of tiny flowers, which can get from this village. After all, you may try your cheese on the spot, together with some crispy chips and strawberry jam.

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Once you discover how easy it is to make your own cottage cheese, you’ll never buy it at the store again!



The cheese we made earlier was appetizer, haha. Not long after, we were introduced to another class, and this time we are carrying forward with our main course and dessert!


It was a rather simple class, and I glad it arranged it that way, because I was starving and there were so much activities and fun around Uiyaji village, I wouldn’t want to spend several hours trying to perfect my pizza. lol. Anyways, the host is thoughtful, and for attention deprived kids like me, I was lucky to be provided with simple steps, and ready made pizza dough and ingredients. All I had to really, was to nicely decorate my pizza and send them to the even! =)



These frozen treats are so simple to make―and so incredibly delicious―that they’ll make you rethink the store-bought pint.

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The science behind Uiyaji Homemade Icecream:

To make ice cream, the ingredients—typically milk (or half and half), sugar and vanilla extract—need to be cooled down. One way to do this is by using salt. If you live in a cold climate, you may have seen trucks spreading salt and sand on the streets in the wintertime to prevent roads from getting slick after snow or ice. Why is this? The salt lowers the temperature at which water freezes, so with salt ice will melt even when the temperature is below the normal freezing point of water.

Technically, the temperature that the salt lowers is called the freezing point. When a freezing point is lowered, such as by adding salt to water, the process is called freezing-point depression. As we’ll see in this activity, freezing-point depression is not unique to solutions made of water and salt; it also happens with other solutions. (A solution is made when a substance, such as salt, is dissolved and becomes a solute. The medium into which it is dissolved is a solvent—typically a liquid, like water.)


I think the children will really enjoy this class, it’s really satisfying to see what you can do with this little ingredient and turn them into your favorite treat, and the host is really cute and fun, she just brought the whole atmosphere alive.


Also I learn a new way of enjoying ice-cream , haha. The savory snacks and pizzas are absolutely done well with sweet and cold and creamy vanilla ice cream! The combination of contrasting tastes creates a new kind of gastronomical experience that satiates both the savory craving and sweet-tooth yearning palate of mine at once! And I love how they taste together!


People have been making ice cream far longer than the invention of electricity so there’s no reason you can’t make ice cream and sorbets at home without a machine! Look, the texture is exactly like the typical ice cream you find in store, if not, better. Also, the recipe on a yummy ice-cream in my point of view, really depends on the dairy products and ingredients you put in.


Also, I win some souvenirs over the pop quiz over the magic of making this ice-cream. When I mean magic, what it really is — science. XD


All the sheeps… so cute.. baaaa~


Long story short. The Uiyaji Wind Village is one of the most popular villages in Korea, it is located in the Gangwon Province of Pyeongchang County. Why is it called the Wind Village? As you stand on the little hills of Wind Village, just close your eyes to feel the refreshing breeze gently kisses up against your skin and glides through your hair, marvel its presence with the smell of the grass that further delights your senses. From far away, the sheep bleat is audible, the sound came from the sheep ranch nearby. Give me a reason not to fall in love with Wind Village.

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Uiyaji Wind Village(의야지 바람마을)
Address : 141, Hoenggye-ri, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun,
Gangwon-do, Korea
Transportation : Seoul → (Bus) → Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal → (Taxi) → Uiyaji Wind Village(의야지 바람마을)

Boseong Tea Trails

Nov 9


Boseong is located in the South Jeolla Province in Korea, and it is as south as you can go!  It is very famous for their acres of green-tea fields, which is visited by tourists and locals alike! It is an amazing and breath taking view, and is often the backdrop of famous Korean dramas!

Boseong green tea field, aka the Korean version Cameron highland. This place is more than a picturesque destination, the plantation here is one of the largest tea industry in South Korea. Even the blue house appointed them as their official tea supplier. IMG_2379 IMG_2386

Meeting the tea master, and also the owner of the green tea plantation. Upon arriving, he led us through his farm and along the way shared his story and his passion with us.

This area accounts for 40% of the national tea production! The area also cultivates and developes Korea’s one and onyl seawater green tea spa- there are also very interesting tea-based food that you can experience!

Why Green Tea?

Boseong has the optimal climate, soil, geography and topography to produce top-level tea. Additionally, the Boseong tea is grown in a purely naturla enivornment! They won the Silver Award at the 2007 World Green Tea Fair, and was also certified by the FDA in the US.

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Tea flowers are queens of tea: they are preferred by older people, particularly women, for their beauty, light fragrance and mild strength. As they are enriched with the flowers’ pollen, additional health qualities are attributed to them. The flowers are also used to add a pleasant flavor to other green Puer teas. Just break a bit and add it to the pot of green tea to experience its mellowing effect.


 Just me, or do you think that these flowers resembles the Chanel camellia flower too??


Unlike many overly conventional touristy place, what I like about this place is the fact that, the Tea Plantation here remains relatively quiet, untouched and authentic.

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The tea plantations in this region are harvested traditionally by hand and local tea pluggers join the slopes  daily. And the best part of all, the tea leafs here are all raised without any chemical 



Traditionally, this Korean soup was served over the lunar new year as a symbol of good fortune. These days, dok guk is eaten year-round. It’s a simple, satisfying and very comforting during the cold days.

Tea Etiquette and Tea Tasting Class

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If someone isn’t used to green tea then I usually start by asking what they might have tried and whether they liked it; often the individual has only tried teabag greens and so has limited experience with the breadth of green tea tastes.

In each country (and region within) tea planters use specific cultivars of Camellia sinensis to influence their intended result—this will be a large factor in taste differences.  Next to the cultivar, the processing style plays an important role.  As I’ve traveled and watched tea production, I’ve realized how many subtle differences in technique there can be—playing an important part in what you taste in the cup.  I never realized how much “rolling” goes into making green tea, and how important that is for developing the tea’s flavor.

Tea Bricks Making

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Being a tea fanatic, im absolutely loving this novel experience! I have always been the consumer but never the producer, but today I was given a tour on tea bricks making and it was an eye opener on how some of the million dollars tea were prepared!

And little did I know that, in Ancient time, tea bricks were used as a form of currency due to the high value of tea in many parts of Asia. The higher quality the better exchange!

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Experience Center for Dietary Life
IMG_2545This place was established to act as a venue that offers education, research, and experience in traditional dietary life, focusing on the Korean cuisine. It was a jack pot for a food lover like me!


The owners of the Tea Plantation, they are looking so good together, I can’t stop but imagined myself with my other half running home business like this in countryside. Awwww… IMG_2541 IMG_2542

Food and more food, I was so spoiled the entire time when I’m in Damyang and Boseong. The korean dishes here, banchan, is divine, it is no match to those in Seoul. Let me add, now I understand why organic vegetables are so expensive, because you could literally taste the difference. 

Although there is a bus that goes from Soeul to Boseong, there is only one bus per day, and so we highly recommend that instead, you take a bus to Gwangju, and then a seperate bus to Boseong!


As you can see, Boseong is very far from Seoul! A one way trip will take you approximately 5 hours, so please plan your trip in advance so you can enjoy your time at Boseong to the fullest!

1. Seoul to Gwangju

When traveling by train, take the KTX from Seoul to Gwangju (approximately three hours).

When traveling by bus, take a bus from your closest express terminal! It will take approximately 3 hours!

There are 2 different bus terminals, Seoul Express Bus Terminal and Dong Seoul Bus Terminal which will take you to Gwangju Express Bus Terminal. 

The buses leave from around 6.00 am, until 11.00pm, but we recommend leaving bright and early because there is so much to eat and do in Sokcho!

1. Leaving from Seoul Express Bus Terminal

You can double check on in english for the bus schedule and whether there are available seats!

2. Leaving from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal 

Another option is that you can take the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, but most of our readers are more familiar with the Seoul Express Bus Terminal! It can get a little bit confusing, so please make sure you go well ahead of time in order to make sure you find the ticketing center and where you need to take the bus!

You can check the website for the bus time table, however it is available in Korean 


2. Gwangju to Boseong

Once in Gwangju, go the Gwangju Bus Terminal and take an intercity bus headed for Boseong (approximately one hour and 40 minutes).


There are many buses that go from Gwangju Bus Terminal to Boseong Bus Terminal, so do not worry! They travel regularly, and you have gotten the most difficult part of your journey over and done with!  It will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, and costs 8,400 won per person.

3. Boseong Bus Terminal to Boseong Green Tea Fields

Because the distance from Bosenog Bus Terminal to Buseong Green Tea Fields is not too far, we recommend that you take a taxi! It will come out to a little less than 10,000 won (the left side shows from approximate costs it would take to take a cab, as well as the time!)

Slow living at Samjinae Village

Nov 8


It is my second time in Damyang! And just a brief introduction to Damyang city — it is one of the northernmost places where bamboo can be found on the Korean peninsula (for some reasons not all places have bamboo in Korea), and its bamboo forests are well-known among Koreans. Many touristic attractions have been created to leverage that reputation. But little did I know, aside from bamboo, Damyang has another side — a village called Samjicheon, which was designated as a “Slow City” in 2008. Prior to its designation, Samjicheon, a small village with little over 500 residents, was easily overlooked by tourists visiting the Damyang area. This charming rural village contains well-preserved traditional hanok houses and 3.6km of stonewalls that meander around the town.

IMG_2101IMG_2129IMG_2119Being in the Slow city, I felt a sudden restlessness inside me. For the longest time, I have forgotten how to take things slow, and being in a fast pace city like Seoul, where everything should be “pali, pali”, I have missed out the joy and the simple act of settling time away for myself. Being here, I was able to let go of responsibilities, daily choirs, and joining the local, I was able to experience some of this childhood fun in the Korean countryside. 

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Even the korean have no luck in getting this right, lol. Ok, perhaps no korean from Seoul, lol.

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Aside from the food, I would also like to draw some attention to the local food, the local says, most of my korean friends actually, says Jeollanamdo has the best food in the entire Korea, probably better than food in Jeonju. And my verdict? Likely so, I’m not an expert in korean dished, but I could taste the freshness and the difference in the banchan prepared here and those in Seoul.

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Making Bee Wax Candles


Signed up for a candle making class over the list they provided, well I always like to learn something when I’m visiting new places.


I didn’t realize it was this easy to make beeswax candles– it’s pretty much melt and pour. But to speed up the process, we choose to melt and dip, using an existing bee wax candle and to increase it’s size =D

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My final product! The lady said I should keep this for awhile, and it will smells better when it burns. She literally told us this candles are like friends, “the longer you keep the better they are”. #wordsoftheday

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Making Korean Toffee “Yeot”

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Yeot is a traditional Korean confectionary (or hangwa) made from grains or sweet potatoes (basically, anything with starch) that have been steamed and fermented with barley malt and boiled until liquified. Depending on the boiling period, the yeot can take a syrup form (jocheong) which is used for cooking or for other hangwa, or it can solidify when cooled and be stretched into a taffy-like substance. Although it can be consumed by itself, many local varieties involve folding ingredients such as sesame seeds, pumpkin, walnuts, etc. into the yeot as it cools down.

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In many parts of the city you can see guys making this traditional candy, eaten by Kings centuries ago. It starts with a hard piece of honey then it is twisted in corn starch to make thousands of little strings.

IMG_2264IMG_2267IMG_2272See how it turns from brown to white? The more you fold the thinner it gets. I imagine making ramen when i’m doing this. Hahaha..

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Hand make candy, another achievement unlocked!

After mess! after awhile when the Yeot starts cooling down, it hardens and making it even more difficult to pull and fold, and there you see, my hands are all red and burning.


But regardless, I will do it all over again for this sweet sweet treat. It’s yummy, and a very novel experience for me!


With the very kind imo (aunties) at the centre, and my sonbeh (Senior) from school.


So after the Korean Toffee Class, we had some time before dinner and together with some friends, we took a stroll down the village with the local. It was mesmerizing, seeing the sunset over the rice field, and the nostalgic view of some of the hundred-year-old hanok.


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I always thought they look like giant marshmallow lying over the rice field, haha. The white packaging is actually hay inside for the farmer to cover the rice field with during the cold winter, keeping them away from snow.

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Samjicheon is an official “slow city,” a designation made by an organization based in Italy, where the Cittaslow movement started in 1999. The movement encourages nations around the world to preserve the cultural legacies of small towns and promote slower lifestyles, discouraging technology in favor of tradition.

Samjicheon, located in South Jeolla province, was the first city in Asia to gain such status in 2007. Since then, four other towns in Korea have also been named slow cities. Only 111 cities worldwide share this distinction.


DINNER TIME! It’s bulgogi!!!

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it’s truly scrumptious and of course I couldn’t let go off the kimchi, if I have a tupperware. I would have…


After dinner, an unexpected activity pop-ed up, the time where we recollect our fun times during the day and bind them together permanently! It’s scrapbook time! I really enjoy activities like this, art and craft but on top of that, pinning down my memories on something I can hold and touch, a real object, non digital. You know what I mean?


In visiting the Samjicheon Village I was impressed by their ways of living and thought that I could not see this in the city. The people who live in this area want to live in harmony with nature as well as to recover a loss of humanity caused by rapid urbanization. Although these attitudes have receded more and more in today’s society, we should focus on the preservation of tradition, culture and the natural environment as much as possible. Speediness is more convenient and materialistic enrichment might be still deeply rooted in our society, but ‘Slowness’ fertilizes our mind by reminding us of some priceless values transcending time and space. If you want to escape from your busy life in the city, I would recommend that you visit Slow City!


Address: Samcheon-ri, Changpyeong-myeon, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do province
Information: +82-61-383-7877
Tourist Information: +82-61-1330 (KOR, ENG, JAP, CHI)
Getting There: From Seoul take a train to Gwangju-> From Gwangju Train Station take bus 303-> Get off at Changpyeong Police Station and walk to the village. Or take the bus to Damyang Inter-city Bus Terminal and then take a regional bus or taxi to the Samjicheon village.

Day Trip to Sanmeoru Winery

Sep 26

 Sanmeoru Farm is a wild grape farm in Paju City, Gyeonggi Province. The farm not produces own grape wines for the domestic market, it also offers a range of hands-on experiences for visitors. It’s just Just another 30 minutes drive from Paju Premium Outlet, so do consider dropping by if you are that area, this place is worth-visiting!

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Aside from the family fun in countryside (Soomy Village for instance), friends my age would appreciate this better if they are a wine lover!

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So upon arriving, we were given an exclusive tour around the winery, and unlike other winery, Sanmeoru winery provides you the first hand experience into wine-making. Due to time constrain, we didn’t had the time to drop by the grapes farm, but the local guide gave us a tour inside into the process of their wine making, and proceeded to teach each and every on of us how to bottled and package our wine!

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Thank god I’m not a drinker, otherwise I think I could take forever to fill up this bottle, hahah… my friends on the side were commenting how they will down half the wine first before filling them up to get the cork screwed on, lol. But of course, they didn’t. XD


Compared to other wineries I have visited from the past, in terms of “experiences”, other than the standard tours or tastings. Sanmeoru farm provided an out-of-the-ordinary to experience at a winery. Aside from the usual, they provided a money can’t buy opportunity for increased education or taking part of the process. Which is something new for me!


To make great wines you need a few key ingredients. Naturally, things like good soil, healthy vines, sunlight, plentiful grapes and good barrels are all necessary. However, truly great wines require something more –something Sanmoru Winery (감악산한국전통산머루와인) has cultivated since 1979 –hard work and passion.


Here, visitors are able to go beyond the cellar door to discover characteristics unique to Sanmeoru wine making. Sanmeoru winery are not simple venue to taste and purchase wine, they allow us to interact with their product, the winemaker at and enjoy first-hand experience. 

When the outdoor are getting a little chilly, we’re moving indoors and escaping to these jaw-dropping wine cellar at Sanmeoru Winery. And and and…! if you have watched Hotel King, the personal wine cellar of one of the “Oppas” are taken back here in Sanmeoru wine cellar. So, for K-pop fans, you may mark Sanmeoru farm for your next must-go destination!


Each winery has its own unique charm, but here in Sanmeoru farm they offer a variety of activities, ranged from the winery cellar tour and wine sampling (3,000KRW/person), create own wine bottle (15,000KRW/person), grape jam/chocolate/soap making – 20,000KRW/person. It will be an ideal stop for small to mid size groups for team activities.


What special about this — is their grapes are freshly harvest from their farm, and to your liking, you may also infuse your chocolate with some of their wine, but we weren’t that creative, so we just went for the usual. And I’m not particularly proud with the chocolate I made, I guess this is a good enough explanation why I never give out DIY chocolates during Valentines >.< I might very well get rejected on the spot if the guy who received get this $@#$#@^ looking chocolate from me, lol.


Chocolate making was fun, but what comes next is even more exciting! It’s my first time making jam! lolol..

Before this, I was contended to leave jam making to the experts, but now that I have tried them, it is never the same again! Making jam puts us back in touch with the seasons and satisfies our crave for creation. The grapes were squashed and pre-packed into these bags, then we were given honey and sugar to adjust the sweetness and flavor we like.


It is all done in the farm kitchen, the process was rather easy and unlike chocolate I was more appealed to my creation this time, we made enough to fill our bottle and had some remaining but were too wasted to throw them away so the owner handed us these crackers to dip and finish up the jam!

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It was like attending a “girlfriend” course, lol.. Not that I’m confident to make jam or chocolate better now, but I no my limitations, and after this I am more convinced that I should not give DIY chocolates to my crush in future, hahaha. 
Now, we are done with the edibles! Next on, we have soap making!! And unlike any other soaps, these soaps contained wine produced from the Sanmeoru winery. FYI, and I just found out about this too, red wine can help transform a dull complexion to its original glow. With thousands of polyphenols, it helps prevent cell oxidation that ages the skin.


Actually this wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that’s sat in the fridge too long or simply wasn’t too your liking. You just have to pick up the ingredients and you are good to start in your own kitchen! All the ingredients were provided by the instructor, I wish I know where to obtained them but I forgot to ask, but there’s always google =/


I am very happy with how these wine soaps turned out! The mould adds so much character to it! haha.  Soaping with wine was quite an experience but totally worth the extra effort!   The color of the bars is a perfect wine hue (it looks black from here because of the lighting).  The lather of the soap bar is luxurious and creamy. On top of that, these batched are made out of lemon essence + wine, so it has a lemony fragrance to it, well.. it is really personal, you can mix and match and find the perfect scent!


At the end of the class, each and every one of us were handed with this surprise printouts, it is actually a sticker label for the wine, I was totally not expecting this. Now it made sense why the guide insisted earlier to have my picture taken ^^, and I thought someone from the winery may have a crush on me, oh well… hahahhaha. The wine bottle is the one we made earlier, yep, filled and packaged all by myself!


Needless to say, the home wine and jams are some of their best seller, all these are production from their grapes farm! . FYI, the winery is designated as Korea Traditional Food Manufacturer (by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) and also authenticated as Environment Friendly with no-agrichemical cultivation.


My favorite of all in this trip! A limited edition ootd wine by yours truly, hahah.. Gonna put up for auction. Starting with 50,000 won, any takers? Alright, maybe not, I might just keep this until I get a private wine cellar one day! lol.


On my final remark, a visit to Sanmeoru farm is enthralling any time of year. But during harvest season (typically late August to early October), there’s something magical about seeing vines with purple fringes of grapes and smelling the aroma of freshly pressed juice lingering in the air. Also, if you are a big time photography lover, like me (like to be photographed instead, haha), I think Sanmeoru farm may be a photo worthy place to visit!

 For more information, you may look out on their homepage,

Transportation to Sanmeoru winery 

 recommend to take Subway, as taking bus requires some basic Korean >.<
Directions Munsan Station (Gyeongui Jungang Line) Turn right (north) out of the exit and walk about 600 m to the intersection. Cross the street and take bus 95 heading east from the bus stop on the next street over to the west (Munhyang-ro, 문향로). Ride it for 39 stops and get off at Jeokseong Terminal bus stop (적성터미널 정류장). It will take about one hour. Transfer to bus 091B and get off at Baewon-ri Budaeap Bus Stop (배원부대앞 정류장) (8 stops, about 20 min). Continue walking in the same direction and take your first right (south) after about 50 m. Then, walk about about 500 more meters and turn left at the four-way intersection. Sanmeoru Farm will be on your left after about 100 m.