Cool Gangneung

Saturday, May 25, 2019 -
8:15am to 9:45pm
Gangneung city old downtown
60,000won for members and 72,000won for non-members (not incl. meals)
Tour Leader: 
Mr. Robert Koehler
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Cool Gangneung

Meeting Point:  At 'Waiting room (맞이방)' on the 3rd floor, Cheongryangni train station (청량리 기차역). At 8:15 a.m

Though the RAS-KB has often taken excursions to Gangneung, this one will be a tad different.

Rather than focusing on Gangneung's better known historic sites, this excursion will focus on the city's old downdown, where one of Korea's most successful urban regeneration projects is underway.

In particular, we will focus on Myeongju-dong, where several older properties have been transformed into cafes and cultural spaces, turning the neighborhood into a travel destination in its own right. Of particular note are BonBon Roastery, a former mill-turned-cafe that played a leading role in reviving the district, and Owol Coffee and 7 Coffee, where the owners have renovated a pair of colonial era homes for use as a cafe and cultural complex.

To be sure, we'll also be visiting some "historic" sites, too, including a Joseon era government complex that includes a wooden gate from the Goryeo era and an old Catholic church founded by Irish missionaries in 1939.

We'll end our excursion at Budnamu Brewery, where some graduates of the Susubori Academy and an Australian brewmeister turned a 40-year-old makgeolli brewery into a very, very fine craft beer brewery producing beers made from local ingredients. The kitchen ain't bad, either.

The cost of the tour is KRW60,000 for members and for non-members KRW72,000.

We will travel to Gangneung by KTX. We will depart Cheongryangni Train Station at 08:45 a.m and arrive in Gangneung at 10:25 a.m. To return to Seoul, we will take the 8:00 p.m KTX from Gangneung Station, which arrives at Cheongryangni Train Station at 9:40 p.m.

We will meet at 'Waiting room (맞이방)' on the 3rd floor in Cheongryangni Train Station at 8:15 a.m. Please be on time!

Please register your RSVP for the Cool Gangneung tour
by Wednesday, May 22, 2019, by click here.

                         Please register one RSVP at a time.
                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)



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Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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