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South Jeolla Province Cheongmaesil Farm (청매실농원)
Maesil syrup turning into maesil wine under the blossoms.
At this 80-year-old farm, visitors can try everything there is to experience in terms of maesil (a type of plum) including maesil-picking, cooking maesil-based foods, maesil concentrate facials, and listening to a lecture from the maesil master -- and farm owner -- Mrs. Hong.
The blossoms bloom in March, making the farm a beautiful weekend getaway, while maesil-picking takes place in June and costs ₩100,000 per family (four people).
414 Dosa-ri, Daap-myeon, Gwangyang-si, South Jeolla Province (전남 광양시 다압면 도사리 414번지); +82 61 772 4066; www.maesil.co.kr
Gangjin Celadon Museum (강진 청자박물관)
Priceless Goryo artifacts, like this celadon vase, are on display at the Gangjin Celadon Museum.
The area of Gangjin was renowned for its celadons between the ninth and 14th centuries and 188 celadon kiln sites have been discovered in the region.
The Goryeo Celadon Museum exhibits more than 450 Goryeo celadon artifacts and a kiln site, and also runs a celadon experience program, allowing visitors to try out the celadon-making process such as wheel-shaping, sculpting and creating mosaics.
The admission fee is ₩2,000 for adults and ₩1,000 for children under 12.
117 Sadang-ri, Daegu-myeon, Gangjin-gun, South Jeolla Province (전라남도 강진군 대구면 사당리 117); +82 61 430 3718; www.celadon.go.kr
North Jeolla Province Jinan Red Ginseng Spa 진안 홍삼스파
Hop on one of these pebble beds for some stone therapy.
Jinan Red Ginseng Spa features various therapy rooms, a rooftop open-air bathtub and meditation labyrinths.
Oriental medicine constitution consultants are available to help you make the best therapy choices. Yongdam, the spa’s Korean restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Ginsengvill, prides itself on using "well-being" ingredients like ginseng, black pork, deodeok (a type of mountain root) and mushrooms.
The admission fee at the Red Ginseng Spa is ₩39,000. For ₩153,000, couples can enjoy the Couple Package, which includes a night at the Hotel GinsengVill, breakfast and the use of the spa (reservations are a must).
16-10 Oesayang-gil, Jinan-eup, Jinan-gun, North Jeolla Province (전북 진안군 진안읍 외사양길 16-10); +82 63 433 0393; www.redginsengspa.kr
Sunchang Gochujang Festival, Gochujang Village (순창 장류축제, 고추장마을)
Gochujang Village, overflowing with gochujang crocks.
Sunchang is best known for its delicious gochujang -- a spicy, sweet and salty condiment made with red pepper powder and other ingredients.
The Sunchang Gochujang Festival is held every November, during which participants can wander through booths and taste various kinds of gochujang and gochujang-based foods.
If November seems too far away, sign up for the gochujang making program or the injeolmi (traditional rice cake coated with bean flour) making program. Prices start at ₩15,000.
265-5 Baeksan-ri, Sunchang-eup, Sunchang-gun, North Jeolla Province (전북 순창군 순창읍 백산리 265-5); +82 63 653 0703; sunchang.invil.org
South Gyeongsang Province Oedo Botania (외도 보타니아)
You're not experiencing déjà vu -- you're just remembering that last scene from "Winter Sonata."
Thanks to its mild climate and heavy rainfall, this camellia-covered island is a haven for temperate and tropical plant life.
Don't care that 800 different species can be found here? It was also where the last scene of the original hallyu K-drama "Winter Sonata" was filmed.
In addition to the countless flora and the hallyu trivia, there is also a dinosaur cave, a dinosaur rock and a sculpture park. A full tour takes about 50 minutes.
If you get tired, enjoy a cup of herbal tea at Otea’s Room while looking out at the ocean, or slurp a hot bowl of udon at the snack shop.
109 San Wahyeon-ri, Irun-myeon, Geoje-si, South Gyeongsang Province (경상남도 거제시 일운면 와현리 산 109번지); +82 070 7715 3330; www.oedobotania.com
Sancheong Hanbang Resort (산청 한방리조트)
We're sure they look like mushrooms for a reason ...
Here's a typical day at this eco-friendly resort pension: a rafting trip on the river followed by a medicinal herb bath and a hot few hours in a Korean dry sauna built with the finest red clay.
There are six two-room (one bedroom, one living room) pensions, one three-room pension and three duplex type pensions (₩100,000, ₩230,000, and ₩150,000 each; prices go up during the peak season from July to August)
327 Nae-ri, Sancheong-eup, Sancheong-gun, South Gyeongsang Province (경상남도 산청군 산청읍 내리 327번지); +82 55 972 9989; www.sancheongresort.com
North Gyeongsang ProvinceCheongdo Gamwine 청도 감와인
The temperature in the tunnel is around 15 C all year, so dress warmly.
Bordeaux and Napa Valley may be the go-to places for wine, but for daring, curious drinkers, Cheongdo is a not-to-miss spot.
Cheongdo Gam Wine specializes in wine made with Cheongdo specialty flat persimmons, which are matured in their own wine tunnels.
Persimmon wine tasting and wine tunnel field trips cost ₩3,000, bottling persimmon wine costs ₩20,000 and persimmon-picking (from September to November) starts at ₩5,000.
252-2 Songgeum-ri, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, North Gyeongsang Province (경북 청도군 화양읍 송금리 252-2번지); +82 54 371 1904; www.gamwine.com
Jeju IslandSouthernmost Theme Park 최남단 체험테마공원/체험감귤농장
Winter is the best season to pick tangerines.
Jeju's Southernmost Theme park, located in Seogwipo, is a curious mix of tangerine farm, insectarium and petting zoo.
The basic experience program (₩5,000) includes a tour of the tangerine farm, tangerine tasting, a tour of the insectariums and the butterfly park, feeding the animals at the petting zoo (rabbits, ducks, chicken, deer, and donkeys) and taking a picture on a donkey.
Prices vary depending on the season.
2019 Namwon-ri, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Special Self-governing Province (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 남원읍 남원리 2019번지); +82 64 764 7759; orangefarm.co.kr
Daheeyeon Cave Café 다희연 동굴카페
Alfred would approve.
Daheeyeon, a green tea farm in Jeju-si (or Jeju City), features endless fields of green tea, a tea culture museum and caves formed from volcanic eruptions.
Visitors flock to the cave café in Daheeyeon, a renovated space in a Gotjawal cave (meaning gravel forest), to savor the taste of green tea muffins, green tea chocolate, and various green tea-based drinks and coffee in a unique, bizarre atmosphere.
The cave also serves as a home for bats, so don't freak out if you see any.
An electric cart tour is available for those who want to see the vast green tea fields more comfortably.
600 Seonheul-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jesu-si, Jeju Special Self-governing Province (제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 선흘리 600번지); +82 64 782 0005; www.daheeyeon.com