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Yongin where the Urban Coexists with the RuralExperience Multiple Facets of Korea through History Tours and Farming Experiences

Yongin is a city in Gyeonggi Province where you can find a unique coexistence of urban and rural lifestyles. Each part of the city takes on different features: for example, Suji-gu (gu stands for “district”) is a concentration of urban residences whereas many parts of Cheoin-gu remain pastoral. Such a mixture of diverse traits attracts many tourists. Visitors can learn about Korean history at the Korean Folk Village and Yongin Daejanggeum Park, observe the leisure and everyday modern life of Koreans at Everland, Bojung Cafe Street, and Yongin Central Marketplace, and experience the life of Korean farmers at Yongin Agricultural Theme Park and Nongdowon Farm. Korea AgraFood would like to introduce you to eight representative tourist attractions of Yongin City.

# A Glimpse at Korean History

* Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village is an outdoor folk museum that reproduces the lives of pre-modern Koreans ancestors and offers a chance to learn and experience their wisdom and wits. The village was built by moving and restoring traditional Korean houses that were built during the Joseon period (1392-1910) in different regions of the country. Both the houses of commoners and aristocrats are on display.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of events and shows such as exciting performances of traditional Korean horseback martial arts, nongak (traditional Korean folk music performed by farmers), gukak (Korean classical music), B-boying (which combines merry tunes of traditional Korean music with fantabulous break dancing), and a traditional Korean wedding ceremony.


* Yongin Daejanggeum Park

Yongin Daejanggeum Park is a reproduction of an architectural style and living space of pre-modern Koreans, based on historical research of the periods of the Three Kingdoms (1 C BC – 10 C AD), the Goryo dynasty (10 C – 14 C), and the Joseon dynasty. The park is renowned as a shooting location of Korean hit television drama series including Dong Yi, The Great Queen Seondeok, Yi San (also known as the Wind of the Palace), Empress Ki, and The Moon Embracing the Sun.

The park offers a wide range of sites including district offices which also served as residences of Joseon aristocrats, downtown streets where one can get a glimpse of daily life of commoners, police bureaus and prisons, Gyujanggak (royal library of the Joseon dynasty) and Muryangsujeon (second oldest standing wooden building in Korea). What’s more, the park offers visitors a chance to put on royal costumes and take pictures with models of TV series characters in a photo zone, see a royal costume exhibition, and have refreshments at a medicinal herbal tea house.

# A Glimpse at Korean Recreation Culture

* Everland and Caribbean Bay
 

Everland is a land of fantasies and adventures where festivals are held 365 days a year. Some representative events include the Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash, Halloween and Horror Nights, Christmas Fantasy, and Snow Festival. In this large amusement park, you can take a thrilling ride on attractions like Thunder Falls, T-Express, Amazon Express, Sky Dancing, and Magic Swing.

Caribbean Bay is a large water park themed after the Caribbean Sea of the 17th century. There, visitors can enjoy a Wave Pool with 2.4m-high artificial waves, indoor and outdoor River Ways, a variety of slides, and a Spa Village.


* Cafe Meomum in Yongin Central Marketplace

In Yongin Central Marketplace, a traditional marketplace in Yongin, one can easily spot red- and yellow-colored container buildings. Those are a system of cafes, called Meomum, which the marketplace is famous for. They serve meals and refreshments at quite reasonable prices. To have a meal, visitors first buy meomum coins in the red-colored building and then walk around the market exchanging the coins with the dishes they like.
After choosing various side-dishes, they return to the red building where they can add rice and soup and enjoy the meal. Inexpensive yet delicious drinks, such as Americano coffee for KRW 1,500, can be purchased at the yellow-colored building.


# A Glimpse at Korean Rural Communities

* Yongin Agricultural Theme Park

Yongin Agricultural Theme Park is a hands-on experience complex designed to aid understanding of life in rural communities. Opened in September 2006, it offers tourists a variety of experience programs. In March through June and September through December—the periods matching two terms of a school year—one can try sowing seeds and planting, or making handicrafts with herbs and natural objects from a forest at the experience hall of the park.

The agriculture exhibition hall is looking into the future of agriculture in Yongin through exhibitions dedicated to science, culture, and business aspects of agriculture. In addition, the park is equipped with a wild flower plaza, planting demonstration zone, agricultural landscape zone, lawn plaza, well-being garden, acupressure pavement, and other facilities.

* Nongdowon Farm
 

Nongdowon Farm is famous for an Alps-evoking ranch and a picturesque house on a green hill. It was selected as the most beautiful farm in Korea and has many fans. Visitors can experience a variety of farming-related chores such as feeding calves, milking cows, making icecream and cheese, riding a tractor, and feeding hay to farm animals. A full course of the chores for individual participants begins at 10:20 am every day, whereas the starting time for teams of visitors is flexible. You can book the experience program at www.nongdo.co.kr.

Park Sung Eun  parkse@agrinet.co.kr

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