KTO Annyeonghaseyo Spring 2016 FAM Trip - Part 5: Yeongju/Cheoram/Jeongseon/Seoul
V TRAIN EXPERIENCE - DEPARTING FROM YEONGJU STATION TO CHEORAM STATION
The next day morning it was raining and the sky was gloomy. We were hoping for the weather to be nice for our V Train experience but it was beyond our control when it comes to weather prediction. Nevertheless, we started our last journey in Gyeongsangbuk-do province by taking the V Train from Yeongju Station. Our destination was the Cheoram Station located in Taebaek in Gangwon-do province. Our train tickets were purchased online by the local agency in Korea. Make sure to check the train schedule via the Korail website before you make your reservation okay? Furthermore, we also used the tourist train coupon provided by Korail outlet in Malaysia so basically our tickets were free. YEAY!
For your information, the ‘V’ in V-train stands for "valley," as it travels through the remote mountainous areas of Gangwon-do and Gyeongsangbuk-do. The V-train, connecting Buncheon in Gyeongsangbuk-do and Cheoram in Gangwon-do, runs through scenic valleys. The train is non-stop and makes only 5-10 minute stops at Yangwon Station, the smallest train station in Korea, and Seungbu Station, which has particularly beautiful scenery, so that passengers will have time to take pictures. So make sure you use the restroom before departure since the train will not stop at any other stations before Yangwon Station and Seungbu Station.
The special thing about V Train is you can view the outside scenery by pulling down the windows and the seats are also adjustable. How cool is that? We definitely had fun while riding the train even though the weather was not really okay during our trip.
LUNCH @ NEOWAJIP (VEGETABLE BIBIMBAP SET)
Once we have arrived at Cheoram Station, we then directly proceed to a restaurant located in Taebaek area called Neowajip for our lunch. If you look at the restaurant from the outside, you will never know that there is actually a delicious restaurant inside. Remember, never judge a book by its cover, right? Anyway, we had a mountain vegetable Bibimbap set served with local Soybean Paste Stew and other various types of side dishes. The interior of the restaurant really makes you feel like you are in someone else's house.
Address: 208-9 Sangjang-dong, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do, Korea
Phone: +82 33-553-4669
Google Map: Click HERE
SAMTAN ART MINE (DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN)
About less than 30 minutes from the restaurant, we then proceed to Jeongseon to visit a special location which was used as one of the filming locations for the global hit Korean drama for 2016, the 'Descendants of the Sun'. If you have watched the drama, you will definitely able to recognize the scenes where this location have been featured in.
Located at the foot of Hambaeksan Mountain where was the main producing place of anthracite, Samtan Art Mine has transformed an abandoned mine which is unique and special point of the place, into a cultural art complex. The name of ‘Samtan’ refers to Samcheok Tanjwa, one of the major coal mines in Korea, and ‘Art Min’ refers to ‘Coal mine’ in English and has the meaning of a mining coal turning into cultural art space.
Throughout the nation, many cultural art places are located but Samtan Art Mine attracts visitors for being an actual mine site, which was closed in October 2001 after its first opening in 1964 when it was developed as a industrial establishment. Likewise, it is meaningful that the mine site became an artistic site despite its historically poignant history.
And of course, other reason to visit this location is because of the drama! Here at Samtan Art Mine, you will get to see the actual locations where they filmed the drama and even the room that was used by the main actor, Song Joong Ki when he was there! Believe me, you will be as excited as we were!
DINNER @ HIT THE SPOT (ITALIAN CUISINE)
Once finished our touring at Samtan Art Mine, we then directly proceed to Seoul which took us almost 4 hours to arrive. We then went to an Italian restaurant called 'Hit The Spot' for our dinner located in Yeouido. This time we tried the Italian cuisine after many days of Korean food. The food served here were nice and have the authentic taste. The best for me would be their pizza!
Address: 28-1, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Phone: +82 2-2055-4100
Google Map: Click HERE
PANG SHOW! PANG PANG CRUISE!
After the delicious dinner, we then proceed to the E Land Cruise located at the Hangang River for the Pang Show! Pang Pang Pang Cruise experience.
For your information, Pang Show is a hands-on variety performance that invites the audience to participate in the baking of “pang” (bread). The show originates from the popular Korean TV drama “King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo” (2010), which has been televised across twelve countries in Asia.
The performers and audience join hands to bake bread together while enjoying an exciting performance of drumming, B-boy dance, acrobatics, and comic acting. After the show, warm, our fresh-baked “pang” that we prepared by ourselves were served to us and of course it tasted so delicious!
We ended our last night in Korea at Lotte World Hotel located in Jamsil, Seoul. We were really had fun throughout the trip! By discovering the new destinations, we hope the participating agents will get to develop new travel packages so that YOU (yes you our readers!) can experience all of these too!
See you again on our next adventure!
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