9 Awesome Things to do in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea That Most Tourists Do Not Know About

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1. Visit the DMZ

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The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a region on the Korean peninsula that demarcates North Korea from South Korea. It is considered the world’s most dangerous border

More importantly, you are required to bring legitimate form(s) of identification and/or your passport when going to the DMZ. Photography is another matter that should be considered, as it is a highly restricted action in many of these areas, although you will have plenty of photo ops at multiple designated areas.

Address: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: Check this site out

Offical Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_ENG_2_2.jsp

Admission Fee: All Fees Listed Here

2. Visit Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center (‘’Descendants of the Sun’’)

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Camp Greaves was the oldest US base where the US Army used to be stationed since the ceasefire agreement of the Korean War.

Now it is a virtual space and the main background location of the famous Korean drama ‘’Descendants of the Sun’’

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If you are keen in experiencing the military life, this is the place to re-live your imaginations.

Some of the activities:

(i). Wearing military uniform, cartridge belt and beret and you will also become, Yoo Si-Jin. You are free to look around the location, take photos and make good memories

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(ii). You can also make military dog tags (an essential item for soldiers as a neck chain to confirm their identity)

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image via http://www.hanlibubu.com

Address: 137, Jeoksipja-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: Check this site out

Official Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2376049

Admission Fees: 14,000 won (about RM50)

3. Visit Everland, The South Korean’s Disney Land

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Everland is South Korea’s largest theme park which has a total visit of 7.3 million visitors last year. It Is South Korea’s version of Disney Land.

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There are tons of things to do here. It is a fun place to bring your kids here. If you are into a fairy tale land, Everland will not fail.

Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

How to get there: Get on the Bundang line headed for Seoul. At Giheung Station, get off the Bundang line, head towards Exit 4 (follow the signs). Exit the subway station and make your way to the adjacent Giheung LRT Station. It will take about 10 minutes to get from Mangpo Station to Giheung Station

Offical Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=26423

Admission Fees:  Adults 47,000 won (RM180); Children 37,000 won (RM140)

4. Visit Pocheon Herb Island (where everyday is Christmas here)

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Herb Island is a tourist attraction that focuses on growing Mediterranean herbs. Additional attractions include the crafting experience, herb museum, aroma therapy center, herb restaurant, herbs beef ribs, herb bakery, herbs-related souvenir shop and more.

The best time to visit Herb Island is during the warmer season where you can tour the island for half a day and enjoy the local culture performances.

The main attraction of this place is none other than the love tunnel in Santa Land. There are more than 300 of Santa’s Status located here. And, yes everyday is Christmas here after 5.30pm. You get to see colourful Christmas decorations across the fields.

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Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: Take an express bus to Pocheon Intercity Bus Terminal.
Take Bus 57 bound for Sinbuk Oncheon (Sinbuk Hot spring) at the local bus stop outisde the Bus Terminal. Get off at Samjeong-ri and go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.

Official Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1051901

Admission Fees: 6,000 won (about RM23)

5. Visit Petite France – French Culture Village

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Petite France (쁘띠프랑스) is a French-style theme park It consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture.

Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Sangbong Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Cheongpyeong. From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Goseong-ri

Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=815994

Admission Fees: 8,000 won (about RM30)

6. Hanbok Wearing Experience in Hwaseong Fortress

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image via http://www.hanlibubu.com/

Suwon Hwaseong is a large fortress that embraces the downtown area of Suwon. It is 6m high and 5.7km long. As one of the Korea’s best known cultural heritages of 18th century, the fortress was also designated as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage in 1997.

The mega hit TV Drama “大长今” was filmed here. When you travel to Korea, you must rent the traditional clothing here and take a picture because Hanbok expresses Korea’s true characteristics in terms of culture and history. Just like Chipao from China and Kimono from Japan.

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image via http://www.hanlibubu.com/

Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Website: https://en.ggtour.or.kr/ggt-attraction/hwaseong-fortress-suwon-hanbok-korean-traditional-clothes-experience-programs/

Admission Fees: 1,500 (about RM5.50)

7. Korean Folk Village

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The Korean Folk Village opened in October 1974 as an open-air folk museum and international tourist attraction for both Korean and foreign visitors.

Due to its proximity to Seoul, it remains one of the best-known of Korea’s folk villages, although those in the countryside tend to be more authentic.

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The Folk Village is home to Korean heritage and many features of Korean culture have been collected and preserved for future generations.

A traditional marketplace offers exotic flavors of Korean food from various regions, and numerous shops sell a variety of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, many of which were made on the permises.

Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do

 

Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264121

Admission Fees:  Fees may vary with different activities (check out this website)

8. Dreamy Camera Cafe in Yangpyeong, South Korea

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This is Dream Camera Cafe, a fully operational coffee shop on a hill in the countryside built to resemble, in baffling and exacting detail, the Rolleiflex Mini film camera of the 1950s.

The owners of the café (both husband and wife Pak Seong Hwan and Kwak Myeong Hwee) had an idea about 10 years ago, at the time when they were celebrating the birth of their daughter.

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To this effect, Pak and Kwak hand out a five-point “bucket list” to each and every customer, and ask that, during your time in the cafe, you think seriously about your own dreams. The list ends with an open space that reads, “Now you’re about to seek your dreams. Is there anything you want to say to yourself? Write them down in big letters.”

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After finishing your list, Pak photographs it and prints out two instant photos. One for the ever-expanding wall of lists in the cafe, and the other for you to take home as both a keepsake and as a practical plan for the future. In the cafe that’s a camera in the Korean countryside, you can dream. Pak and Kwak want you to dream. They encourage you to dream

Address: 341-13, Jung-won-ri, Yongmun-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: Direction guide

Website: Dreamy Camera Cafe

9. Onemount

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Onemount is the largest multi-cultural space in the northwest metropolitan region.

Aiming to be the best playground in the world, Onemount features a shopping mall, snow park, water park, and members-only luxury sports club, and organizes various performances, events, and parties year round.

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Onemount Snowpark is an indoor winter theme park, the first of its kind in Korea.

Address: 300 Hallyuwoldeu-ro, Daehwa-dong, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1864552

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