Gyeonggi, the province surrounding the capital Seoul, is considered a "hidden gem", which has not only beautiful sceneries but also an impressive history. To expats in Korea, Gyeonggi (경기도) is a place not to be missed. If you want to explore all popular destinations in this province, it is best to spend about 5 days. But don't worry if you only have the weekend to travel, you can choose to check out these 5 beautiful destinations.
Dumulmeori is the intersection between the South and the North of the Han River, open 24 hours a day. This is a beautiful photo spot in Korea that helps you feel the movement of fresh nature and quiet village life.
Whether it is summer or winter, Dumulmeori is always peaceful and beautiful. Surely, this setting will help you to take artistic photos and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Korean name: 두물머리
Address: 경기 양평군 양서면
Directions: Yangsu Station (양수역) on Gyeongui-Jungang Line, exit 1, walk 2.2 km (33 minutes) as instructed on the map or take a taxi for 4,800 won (10 minutes).
Opening time: 24 hours a day
The success of the famous drama You Came From the Stars not only made Koreans fall in love with the two main characters, but viewers in many Asian countries also fell in love with them. The drama has also attracted a large number of foreign tourists to Korea to visit the filming locations.
One of the most famous destinations is the French style village, Petite France Village in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi. The French Village is about a 2 hour drive from Seoul, this is a romantic village with the name of the character from the famous children’s book: The Little Prince. Here, you can easily find pictures and statues of this prince.
The village complex of 16 buildings displays many French-style artifacts such as food, clothes, souvenirs, home decorations, etc. There are also various interesting performances by foreign artists. The best time to visit this village is probably in spring when the village is very quiet, like waking up after a long winter holiday, the scenery is splendid with thousands of flowers like in fairy tales.
With its romantic scenery and special architecture, the village has become a popular spot for filming, magazine photography, or wedding photography. Petite France is also the place where the famous reality programme, Running Man was filmed. In addition, this is the setting of many famous dramas such as The Secret Garden.
Korean name: 쁘띠 프랑스
Address: 경기 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063
Directions: From Gapyeong Station (가평역), Gyeongchun Line (경춘), Exit 1, take bus as instructed on the map.
Entrance fee: adult (10,000 won), teenagers (8,000 won), children (4,000 won)
Opening time: from 9:00 to 18:00
Website: Petite France
Korea has many natural campsites in the middle of the mountains, wild sceneries that are suitable for weekend picnics.
The campsite of Sanjeong Lake in Pocheon City is such a place. Here, you will be immersed in the wild nature, forests, vast grasslands. You can choose to go camping in free campsites, cook food on the spot or book places in camping sites.
The lakeside is full of blooming flowers in spring and in autumn, the scenery is romantic with yellow, red leaves. In summer, there are white clouds floating in the blue sky while winter scenery is filled with snow. Also, do not miss the beautiful bridge here.
Korean name: 산정 호수
Address: 경기 포천시 영북면 산정호수로411번길 89
Directions: From Soyosan Station (소요산역) at the end of line 1, exit 1, take bus number 57-1 (41 stops) and bus number 1386 (29 stops)
Opening time: 24 hours a day
"The cutest village on Earth, where all the artists are dreaming". That is the poetic way Koreans introduce Heyri. Only one hour’s drive from Seoul, the atmosphere here is completely different.
"Heyri" comes from the word "Hey hey", often sung by farmers while working in the fields, giving the listeners a very happy and excited feeling.
At Heyri, you can take a leisurely walk and watch the unique, monstrous, unusual houses that show unlimited creativity. In a country where most people live in concrete apartment blocks of the same type, the same color, the same model, enjoying life in houses like this perhaps only appears in a dream.
Indeed, nearly 500 artists working in different art disciplines such as writers, painters, actors, architects, and musicians have joined hands to build a cultural village called Heyri. The houses lying quietly under the canopy of maple trees or brilliantly on the yellow flower fields all have a unique thing in common, which is one of a kind, and unlike any other houses in the village.
This small village has more than 30 different large and small museums in fields such as international folk musical instruments, traditional foods, toy museums, butterflies, stamps, movie posters, etc.
In addition, there are galleries where visitors can enjoy works of art, crafts and ceramics. You can also visit various unique cafes. Visitors do not have to pay any fee to visit Heyri, unless they want to visit the galleries or museums. A village map is provided at the information counter at the entrance number 1, the fee for the map is 500 won.
The architectures at Heyri, even though they are built without any rules and with endless creativity, all at most only have three floors. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most desirable villages in the world for anyone working in the field of Arts.
Korean name: 헤이리 예술 마을
Address:경기 파주시 탄현면 헤이리마을길 70-21
Directions: From Geumcheon Station (금천 역), Gyongui-Jungang Line (경의 중앙), exit 1, take bus number 033 (35 stops) and walk into the village.
Opening time: depends on each place, often from 9:00 to 18:00
Blog: Heyri Art Village
Daebu-do is Gyeonggi's largest island in the West Sea, it is so named because it resembles a large hill. However, Daebu-do is a bit different from the other islands because there is a levee between Daebu-do and the mainland. Daebu-do is also known for its unique natural scenery and a very popular destination for sunset photographers.
Visitors to Daebu Island can walk along the undersea road connecting Tando Island (탄도) and Nue Island (누에섬) departing from Tando Port (탄도항). It is only possible to travel on this route twice a day during low tide. During the peak tourist season, up to 4,000 tourists walk along the sand bar every day.
Daebu Island is an ecotourism destination where everyone can feel and experience the original future. You can easily see the wind power poles used to power the street lights here.
On Daebu Island, visitors can enjoy the unique experience of producing dried salt in a traditional natural way in Dongju salt fields (동주 염전).
The best path to travel to Daebu Island is to Sihwa Narae Joryeok Park (시화 나래 조력 공원) and then from here to other famous spots on the island by bus.
Korean name: 사화 나래 조력 공원
Address: 경기 안산시 단원구
Directions: From Jeongwang Station (정왕역), line 4, exit 1, take bus number 7, 26-1 or 26 (1 stop), bus number 300 (2 stops) and walk into the park.
Website: Daebudo Island