After a good night’s sleep at the Gochang Hanok Village (refer here for more information), we headed out for breakfast!
[Food] Breakfast: Pungjeon
You might have heard of hangover soup (해장국) in Korea, which works wonders for hangovers, but is also a good meal otherwise too! There are too many types of hangover soups to list, and we tried the bean sprouts hangover soup for breakfast! I’m a huge fan of beansprouts, so I really loved this version of hangover soup. Moreover, the soup is not too spicy but not bland, giving a soothing but filling meal for breakfast!
The egg is placed below the steamed rice, and by taking a few spoons of the soup and mixing it with the now half-cooked egg you get a delicious treat! I’m still really amazed at how that worked out 😀
More information on the restaurant: http://map.naver.com/local/siteview.nhn?code=31378935
[Attraction] Seonunsan Provincial Park and Seonunsa Temple
After a hearty breakfast, we took a nice morning walk at Seonunsan Park to the Seonunsa temple. The name of the temple means to meditate among the clouds (禅云寺) and it’s 1000-year old! With the beautiful mountains in the background, it certainly feels like a peaceful place for meditation ^^
More information on Seonunsan Provincial Park and Seonunsa: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=658504
[Food] Lunch: Okgeumjung
After the relaxing stroll we headed for a traditional Korean set meal (한정식)! The highlight of the meal is it’s many dishes and it brings together much goodness of Korean cuisine such as bulgogi, raw beef slices (육회), pork ribs steamed with rice cakes (떡갈비)!
More information about the restaurant: http://map.naver.com/local/siteview.nhn?code=20650268
[Transport] Getting to Gimje
From Express Bus Terminal station (Line 3 and 7), go to the Honam Line (Exit 8 of the subway, to the Central City Terminal) and take a bus for Gimje. It costs W13,400 and takes about 2 hours 45 minutes to get there. Bus timetable is as below:
Weekday : 06:40 10:35 14:35 18:40
Friday~Sunday, Public Holidays: 06:40 10:35 11:50 14:35 18:40
[Attraction] Gimje Horizon Festival
We spent the rest of the day today at the Gimje Horizon Festival which celebrates the rice cultivation culture of Korea and to pray for a good harvest. There are many activities available, and we tried out straw handicraft making our own fragrance bags (coffee smell yay!) and Hanbok too ^^ There is even a Korean Confucian academy experience and you see all the small children paying attention to the teacher! The symbols of the festival are the two dragons, blue and white, that act as the guardians of the byeokgolje reservoir built for irrigation. The night ends with a torch relay parade with the dragons in the back drop ^^
I’ve been to a few “traditional” Korean festivals, and this really is one of the most interesting ones with the many activities, and one where the legend and history features the most strongly. Next time there’s a long weekend in October, why not consider coming to Gimje?
More information about the festival: http://festival.gimje.go.kr/english/
[Food] Dinner: Daose Crotch steamed dish
Have you heard of Crotch steamed dish (아구찜)? I’ve seen it a lot around but I never got down to knowing what it is except that it’s fish (and I personally don’t really like fish). Although the fish looks huge and the sauce is really spicy, it turns out to be really really delicious! The fish is really soft and there’s no fishy smell, and I just couldn’t help having more of that. To top it off, you can order fried rice at the end 😀
More information on the restaurant: http://map.naver.com/local/siteview.nhn?code=16669264
It was a tiring day for us as we went around the festival in the heat, but nevertheless the festival was really worth a go. Next up will be our day 3 in Jeonju!