Visit to Sewang Brewery and Botapsa Temple
Located in Jincheon County, North Chungcheong Province, Sewang Brewery is one of Korea’s oldest continuously functioning breweries. Built in 1930, and run by the same family for three generations, the beautiful wooden brewery---built of pine cut from the forests of Mt. Baekdusan---was so perfectly designed for its task, that when repair work was done in 2006, it was discovered its framework hadn’t rotted at all. The clay jars in the fermentation room are from the 1930s, too. The brewery even got featured in cartoonist Huh Young-man‘s serial in the Dong-A Ilbo, “Sikgaek.” If you’re a fan of makgeolli, you won’t want to miss this excursion---Sewang Brewery produces some of the finest makgeolli in the Republic of Korea, along with a wide variety of other interesting yakju (medicinal liquors). We’ll be trying some of its firewater at the brewery’s recently built tasting center and gallery.
While we’re in town, we’ll also take a look at Jincheon’s old Anglican church (1923), one of several Korean-style hanok Anglican churches built throughout Korea. We’ll also pay a visit to beautiful Botapsa Temple, a gorgeous---if recently constructed---Buddhist nunnery hidden away in the mountains outside of town. It’s most famous for its three-story wooden pagoda, built by master woodcutter Shin Young-hoon in 1992 based on the design of the long-gone nine-story wooden pagoda of Gyeongju’s Hwangnyongsa Temple. Wooden pagodas are extremely rare in Korea, and as an added bonus, you can climb all three stories.
Cost of the tour is 65,000 won for members and 78,000 won for non-members. This cost includes fees for the brewery tour, ending with makgeolli tasting and a small portion of Korean-style pancakes. We will stop at a Korean restaurant for lunch (fees not included) but you can also bring your own food. The bus will leave from the left side of the Yongsan Post Office (Subway Line number 4, blue line, Sinyongsan Station #429, exit #1) at 8:00 a.m. and return at 8:00 p.m.
About the Excursion Leader
A 15-year resident of Korea, Robert Koehler is a writer, photographer and editor with Seoul-based publishing company Seoul Selection. He is the author of two comprehensive guidebooks, “SEOUL” and “KOREA,” published through Seoul Selection.
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