(Chuncheon) Pungmul Market- (Chuncheon) Lunch: Dakgalbi Alley- (Chuncheon) Cheongpyeongsa Temple- (Yanggu) Park Soo Keun Museum- (Yanggu) Center of Korea Observatory (Dinner: Silky Fowl)- (Yanggu) Dutayeon- (Yanggu) 4th Tunnel Ulji Observatory Region: Chuncheon, Yanggu
Take your time looking around Chuncheon and Yanggu on the weekend. Chuncheon is famous for dakgalbi (spicy stir fried chicken) and Yanggu is famous for odolgye (silky fowl), and you might feel like you are on a tour for poultry.
Chuncheon Pungmul Market
└ Chuncheon Pungmul Market
Whenever you visit rural cities, you should always check out the markets.
On my first day, I went straight to the Pungmul Market as soon as I arrived in Chuncheon.
I went near the newly built Namchuncheon Station and I could see the traditional market.
Just like other traditional markets around the nation, there are shops instead of stands.
The market opens on the weekend and there are many things on sale and things to see.
Chuncheon Dakgalbi Alley
└ Chuncheon Dakgalbi
After a light snack at the Pungmul Market, I headed towards the Myeongdong Dakgalbi Alley that is famous in Chuncheon.
There are many dakgalbi (spicy stir fried chicken) restaurants right next to each other in the narrow alley.
The smell of dakgalbi all around conquers my nose.
└ Cheongpyeongsa Temple
The next destination is Cheongpyeongsa Temple. While you can get there by land, I decided to take a boat from Soyanggang Dam.
After getting off the boat, I walked along the mountain path towards Cheongpyeongsa Temple.
Along the path is a princess statue that contains the legend of a princess from Tang China and a half-snake half-human, and the Guseong Falls that is small, but beautiful.
At the end of the path, Cheongpyeongsa Tempe welcomes me. The cozy temple and the lotus pond next to it create a comfortable atmosphere.
I heard that there is an astronomical observatory in Yanggu, so I went to Yanggu with high expectations, but I arrived at an ambiguous time.
Luckily, the Park Soo Keun Museum was still open, so I decided to take a look there first.
Park Soo Keun Museum
└ Park Soo Keun Museum
It was written that the works of Park Soo-keun uses simple forms and drawings about common life to highlight the essence of the subject.
The granite-like rough texture stands out first, and this perfectly synchronizes the exterior of the museum with the texture of his works.
There are many pieces that are simple, yet having a fairy-tale like ambience, so I think that anyone will be able to easily appreciate the works.
Center of Korea Observatory
└ Center of Korea Observatory
After filling up on the famous silky fowl of Yanggu, I headed towards the observatory.
Admission is cheap and it opens until late, so it is a must-visit site in Yanggu.
Yanggu has clean air so you can see star-studded skies just by looking up, but I can’t help being curious to get a closer look.
Though it is just a day, welcoming the morning away from home feels new. The first destination on the second day is Dutayeon.
You must make reservations through the Yanggu-gun Office homepage to visit Dutayeon.
After signing an agreement in front of Yanggu-gun Office, I headed to Dutayeon.
A sign indicating mines on the edge of the road is a bit scary, but being able to see the beautiful valley, enjoy the sunlight, and look at large Manchurian trout made me feel as if I came to a whole new world.
Fourth Tunnel / Ulji Observatory
└ Fourth Tunnel / Ulji Observatory
This trip ends at the Fourth Tunnel / Ulji Observatory that continues the feel of division given by Dutayeon.
You must declare your entry to go in.
After attaching the entry permit on my windshield, I went downhill to a checkpoint.
The one minute course on an electric vehicle at the Fourth Tunnel is simple, and I was finally able to get to the underground tunnel that I imagined about.
I got back in my car and went up the Ulji Observatory to end this trip taking a look at the strangely shaped punch-bowl topography.