When you feel little bored with your daily life, why don’t you try something different?
It’s also nice to visit places or taste things related to Korea, but I want to recommend that you leave for unique place that is really exotic. May be, many people might think that this place is “Itawon” in Seoul, but this tour place I’ll introduce to you is the “International Center Market” in “Pyeong-Taek” in Kyeong-Ki Do. Although this place is formed by typical market, many people can experience real foreign culture without a worn-out shopping experience This Market was found in 1960s and is the first international market in Korea.
*Way: Heuk-Seok station-> Noryang-gin station-> Yong-San station ->Take Saemaul train-> Pyeong-Tak staion-> Transfer to Song-Tan station-> Number 5 exit from Song-Tan station -> About 15minutes from Song-Tan station
a. Where is a “International Center Market?”
As the representative traditional market in the Pyeong-Taek, it is specifically located in Song-tan. Asians like the Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese have mainly visited this market for over 60 years. If you walk around the market and see each exotic scene, you can easily feel that someone moved Itawon to Pyeong-Taek. So when people in Kyeong-Ki Do want to visit Itawon, they can instead visit here easily! Also you can find a sign board written with the message “Hello”. It is the other name of the “International Center Market”. Some people call this market the “Hello Market” and you can see many merchants wearing T-shirt with the text “Hello”.
There are two differences between the International Center Market and other markets you had visited. First of all, you can see rare products that are hard to buy in common markets. For-example you can get big-size clothes or military uniforms. The other is that you can experience unusual and interesting cultures by directly participating in various programs.
b. Values at the “International Center Market”
Sin-Jan Shopping mall
Because the main customers of this market are foreigners, there are many products that satisfy their sense of taste. For-example, a Vietnamese traditional hat, an exotic photo, handicraft pictures, animal shaped leather masks, and sports uniforms are all things that can’t be easily found in common shops. Also you can find repair shops, antique clothes shops, because there are many stores in a row around. Looking the scenes that draw inspiration from the old days, you can feel familiar moods of nostalgia.
This is the most famous place in the market. As an opened complex-culture place, it has become a kind of information bureau and a place for interesting programs. Many people have visited to participate in programs with families or friends. They share valuable information. Salon, M is concerned with two aspects, art and cooking. In art, you can make a mini-garden or make leather crafts. In cooking, you can cook Korean traditional foods. It’s so interesting for tourist that this shop offers them a chance to make something firsthand.
A longing scent, a railroad and wall paintings.
If you enter the “International Center Market”, a railroad will welcome you above all. This railroad is used for conveying supplies from “Song-Nae” station to the “U.S Army”. This train still runs sometimes. So when this train passes, it prevents people from crossing the road. When this is not the case, the rail-road is usually opened. There is a local folk story related to the rail-road that says you can bring luck, if you encounter the irregular train.
Also, there are a colorful wall-painting around the rail-road. It is a kind of art that merchants, residents and foreigners made together to describe their difficulties in the past. Including this painting, there are more painting works about elephants with balloon and Hello slogan. As you look upon these familiar views, you can feel the artists’ nostalgia and love for home countries. province.
c. “Bu-Rak mountain” that you meet around the market.
If you go to see the “International Center Market”, I recommend you also see another noted tour place “Bu-Rak mountain”. As you go approach the entrance of mountain trail, you will find a wide walking road that is clean enough to attract many tourists. When you go deeply, you can find the “Bu-Rak mountain” viewing point a and two storied jet. This includes pleasant surroundings like an ecology pond, benches and a spinning wheel. In spite of a mountain, this place is famous for having a comfortable mountain roads. So childeren or the old can exercise and enjoy the mountain easily
Way: Song-Tan station-> Take 5-1 bus ->Take off a bus at Eun-Hye middle, high school-> walking
d. Move your taste sense with delicious food!
After walking around the international market for a while, it’s time to eat some delicious food.
Among these food choices, the most famous food that I’ll introduce you to is “Budae-JJigae” Because, Pyeong-Taek is well known for this food and you can enjoy it near the international market. The name of an excellent restaurant for Budae-JJigae is “Kimnae Jip”. Many people have visited to eat there from many countries. Although this restaurant is located on a narrow side road, anybody knows where it is.
Location: Pyeong-Taek Si , Sin-Jang Dong 316-14
Tel: 031) 666-3648
Business Hour: Am 11~ Pm 11.
Menu & Price: Budae-Jjigae: 8000won/ Ross :9000won/ Instant noodle:2000won/ Rice:1000won
Why don’t you have something to drink or bread for a quick dessert? I’ recommend you a café called “From in” that also is located in the international market, because of its exotic and antique atmosphere. Many foreigners have visited this café regularly, compared to other cafes. Although this café isn’t very big, people like its simplicity. The interior is also very nice. The café is decorated with the memorable pictures of many of its customers. It’s painted in a brown color has many green plants. People also feel comfortable in the café’s low lighting and beautiful interior design
Location: Pyeong-Taek Si , Sin-Jang Dong 322-38
Tel: 031) 662-2234
Menu & Price: Espresso, Americano:3000won/ other coffee: 3000~4000won
Frappuccino, Smoothie, Juice: 4000~5000won
You will find infinite attractions that you can’t find anywhere else are always waiting for you. There are programs for cooking and making things that you can personally participate in. Also there are street foods from Turkey, Iran and America. These area has enough charm to satisfy your expectation. Take a trip to the “International Center Market” in Pyeong-Taek., with your significant other or family when spring comes!
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