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Icheon Cerapia and Seolbong Park

Ceramics for all to see, touch and make! Great, funny and colorful getaway one hour drive from Seoul

Icheon Cerapia

Icheon is known for being the center of South Korean ceramic manufacture and beside the ceramic villages, there is a wonderful ceramic theme park called Cerapia. Cerapia is a combination of words “ceramic” and “utopia” and this exhibition center of contemporary ceramic works has been open last year in Seolbong Park.

Start your walk around the beautiful Seolbong Lake, then cross the Recreation Park where your kids can ride a bicycle or run after the soccer ball on the vast flat land.

And then you can start walking up to the Icheon World Ceramic Center. Icheon Cerapia time capsulesOn your way up, you can enjoy the outdoor exhibition of many beautiful sculptures in mosaic, the time capsule in form of huge pottery kiln, the ringing tree composed with thousands of ceramic bells and a beautiful colorful playground made from broken pieces of ceramic bowls…

Don’t forget to check the interior of the Ceramic Center with a permanent exhibition of around 500 contemporary ceramic works by Korean and foreign artists; and one special exhibition hall which features works done for the World Ceramic Biennale International Ceramic Workshop event.  Icheon Cerapia outdoorIcheon Cerapia kids playground

On the first floor of Icheon CeraMIX Creativity Center you’ll find the CeraMIX Creativity Residency Studio where you can watch four different workshops of artists in ceramic lighting, in paper clay, glass artist in blowing, and glass artist in lamp working. There are also classes for kids in ceramic and ceramic painting.

How to get there :

Bus

  • Take Express Bus 1113-1 at Tachno Mart Gangbyeon Station, get off at Gwangju Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, transfer to the bus bound for Icheon Terminal, get off at Icheon Fire Station (Icheon World Ceramic Center), and walk towards Icheon World Ceramic Center in Seolbong Park.
  • Gangnam Terminal – Icheon Terminal (Travel time: 60 min.) Every 30 to 50 minutes from 06:30 ~ 21:20 ☏ 02-535-4151
  • East Seoul Terminal – Icheon Terminal (Travel time: 60 min.) Every 15 to 20 minutes from 06:20 ~ 22:40 ☏ 02-446-8000
  • Incheon Intercity Bus Terminal – Icheon Terminal (Travel time: 90 min.) Every 60 minutes from 06:30 ~ 20:00 ☏ 032-430-7114
  • Suwon Intercity Bus Terminal – Icheon Terminal (Travel time: 90 min.) Every 15 minutes from 06:30 ~ 21:00 ☏ 031-267-7800
  • Seongnam Intercity Bus Terminal – Icheon Terminal (Travel time: 60 min.) Every 30 minutes from 06:50 ~ 21:00 ☏ 031-781-8668
  • Take Express Bus 500-1 or 500-2 at Jamsil Station or Seongnam Intercity Bus Terminal,get off at Tongwon College, transfer to the bus bound for Icheon Terminal, get off at Icheon Fire Station (Icheon World Ceramic Center), and walk towards Icheon World Ceramic Center in Seolbong Park.

Icheon Cerapia Seolbong Park

Car
  • On the Jungbu Expressway : Exit at West Icheon IC
  • From Suwon and Yongin : Take Local Road No. 42
  • On the Yeongdong Expressway : Exit at Icheon IC
  • From Seongnam and Gwangju : Take Local Road No. 3


Icheon Cerapia Map

Fro more information visit Cerapia link

There are plenty of delicious restaurant on the main road coming from Seoul. We tried the 도락 in a beautiful traditional korean house and it was just delicious.

 Dorak Gallery & Restaurant Korean food Icheon
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Jeondeungsa Temple

Jeondeungsa Temple located on Ganghwa Island, another magic place to visit just one hour of drive from Seoul.

Jeondeungsa Korea

Jeondeungsa was founded in 381 AD and is considered to be one of the temples having the oldest history in Korea.

Jeondeungsa Temple Ganghwa Island

The initial name of the temple used to be Jinjongsa Temple and it played an important role of Buddhism revival during the invasion of the Mongol hordes (13th century). In 1282, the name of the temple was changed to Jeondeungsa after the Queen Jeonghwa made offerings of sutras and a jade lantern to the temple. During this period of the Joseon Dynasty, when Confucianism was worshipped and Buddhism largely suppressed, Jeondeungsa didn’t lose its position as a significant temple.

Jeondeungsa Temple Lotus Lanterns

When you start the beautiful walk through the forest, you’ll realize that the temple is encircled by a fortress. Once you enter the fortress gate, you’ll see first the giant buddhist prayer wheel. If you have a chance to visit the temple just before during the Lotus Lantern Festival (usually in April or early May) you’ll be just amazed by the density of colorful lanterns decorating all the area of the temple. The view from the temple is also stunning.

Jeondeungsa Temple prayers mill

After the visit, if you have your own car, just head to the Dongmak beach on the southern part of the island. It’s a nice place to relax by the sea and there is a bunch of very good restaurants serving the seafood, crabs and all kind of delicious fresh fish.

How to get there:
Tel: +82-32-937-0125, 0025
1) Buses to Ganghwa Island leave from Seoul’s Sinchon Bus Terminal, reached via Exit 7 of Sinchon Station, Line 2. The trip to Ganghwa Town takes about an hour and 10 minutes. From Ganghwa Terminal, you can take local buses to destinations throughout the island.
2) Yeongdeungpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 1).
Across from Shinsegae Department Store, take Bus 88 to Ganghwa Terminal.
From Ganghwa Intercity Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Jeondeungsa Temple.
Get off at the last stop. Dongmak Ganghwa seafood barbecue
Jeondeungsa Temple Map
For more information, follow the link: Jeondeungsa temple

Baedagol Theme Park, Little farm experience

Baedagol Theme Park in Goyang area, a kids-friendly animal experience with thematic Korean traditions and some extras too. Easily reachable from Seoul downtown

Baedagol Theme Park Korea

Yesterday, while visiting the Goyang area, by pure chance we came across the Baedagol Theme Park. And what a surprise to find this perfect place lost in the middle of the farms where your kids can watch the rabbits, hen, sheep, ponies, dogs, pigs, doves, donkey and peacocks. All the park is well maintained and very colorful proposing many different and funny activities and experiences for your kids.

korean totem Baedagol

Apart from the little animals corner, there are two huge green houses – one with exotic plants and the other one full of pools with colored carps. You will receive a small bag of fish food at the entrance and it’s really lots of fun to feed the hungry carps who come literally to pick the food from your hands.

Baedagol Theme Park Korea fishIn the central area there are a restaurant and a beautiful folk museum presenting the life and the culture of our ancestors.Baedagol Theme Park Korea - folk museum

Just behind the museum, you’ll find a huge garden of kimchi jars lined with an amazing collection of funny and all colorful Jangseung (Korean totem poles). Then you can follow the little stream decorated with beautiful wooden jumping fish and stop by one of the soccer fields to kick the ball.

There is also a big outdoor pool, used for ice-skating and traditional Korean sledding in winter, and for swimming in summer (from early June to late August).

For an extra little fee, your children can make carp necklaces or paint the wooden carp in one of the adjacent pavilions.

Baedagol Theme Park KoreaDon’t forget to check the penguins and sea lions in the small pavilion right after the entrance. We’ve been lucky enough to see them practicing for the show to the delight of our two little preschoolers.

Opening hours :

November – March: 10 am – 6 pm

April – October : 10 am – 7 pm

Entrance fee :

Adult – 6,000 won

Children – 5,000 won

How to get there :

Subway/Bus

From Hwajeong Stn (Subway line #3) Exit 1, take the local bus 20 or 21 direction of Youngheung villa. Get off at Youngheung villa and follow the direction of Donedong for 100 m, when you arrive to the stream stay on the left side of the stream without crossing and continue for 700 m.

Car

From downtown Seoul take the Gangbyeon Expressway westbound past the Worldcup Park.Take off the Expressway at Bongno Jonction, continue straight on direction of Gangmae Stn. and turn left after Seojeong Elementary School. Then follow the brown sign with Baedagol Theme Park.Baedagol Theme Park map

For more information go to Baedagol websiteBaedagol Theme Park Korea animals