2 summer vacation spots that are not well known and are good to enjoy in a quiet way
There are times when I want to stay in just one place. In particular, it is more reluctant to move during the heat wave or the rainy season. However, it is too bad that I took the time to spend the whole vacation boringly. I found a fruitful travel destination where I can enjoy a full day in one place. It introduces two unique theme spots in Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, where you can enjoy it quietly because it is not well known.
Happiness of 10,000 won, God Sung Rain Forest Therapy at National Forest Healing Center
National forest healing facilities with programs and accommodations utilizing forest resources such as forest therapy walks, water healing, and meditation. It is a forest welfare institution operated by the Korea Forest Welfare Promotion Agency. When I heard up to here, I expected it to be a calm and slightly boring facility that seems to be mostly for the elderly to rest. However, I was surprised that most of the users were young people in their 20s and 30s, and I was surprised once more that it was so popular that it was difficult to make reservations. It was strange that young people flocked to Yeongju and were enthusiastic about the national forest healing facilities. I looked at what kind of charm was hiding and why they would have gathered them one by looking at it one by one.
First of all, I visited Suu Kyi Yu center. It is said that an exercise program will be held here to relieve stress and relieve muscle tension through underwater activities such as underwater gymnastics. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary swimming pool, but it provides differentiated numerical therapy such as a body pool configured according to human meridian. Noodle therapy strengthens underwater exercise cardiopulmonary endurance and helps relax the mind and body with hydraulic massage. In addition to recovering from fatigue and relieving stress, you can also take “life pictures” against the backdrop of dense trees while breathing the air of Sobaeksan Mountain in the outdoor pool. It is much less crowded than famous hotel swimming pools and water parks, so it is good to enjoy playing in the water quietly. The good price of 10,000 won is also attractive.
The health promotion center has several state-of-the-art healing equipment such as aqua spa, aqua line, sound wave vibration device, and dry half-body bath. You can enjoy all facilities, including expensive massage machines worth 70 million won per unit, unlimitedly for 10,000 won. The green scenery that spreads out of the window is healing just by looking at it. When you’re hungry after loosening up your tight muscles, you can head to a cafe that will help you with caffeine and sugar.
The highlight is “forest healing” where you experience forest resources in the healing center and enjoy a rest in the forest by hanging hammocks on trees. Deck roads such as Masil Healing Forest Road and Solhyanggi Healing Forest Road are easy to walk. If you walk leisurely, do gymnastics, and experience trees, you feel like you’re in a forest. The most precious thing was the sweet rest lying on the hammock in the middle of the forest. Listening to the sound of birds and wind, I drink a lot of phytoncide, so it’s like heaven. In addition, various programs such as tea ceremony experience, singing ball meditation, and balance therapy are always operated at low prices, so let’s break the seal one by one.
You can book individual programs or double rooms, four-person rooms, three meals, and packages including programs through the website. There is also a one-week stay package of six nights and 17 meals. It boasts a much lower price than the soaring hotel and resort fees during the peak season, but reservations are made quickly. There are many group reservations such as schools, and it is said that reservations for October and November are also coming in as word of mouth has recently begun to spread on SNS. It’s always pretty in all four seasons, so if you missed this summer, let’s aim for autumn and winter. Without a car, visiting and moving is tricky.
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Will it come to mind as “Hot Place”… K-Culture Theme Park Seonbi World
Watching, eating, learning, and spending time like a scholar? On September 3, “Senbi World,” a k-cultural theme park that modernizes tradition based on six themes, including hanok, hanbok, Korean food, Hangeul, Korean paper, and Korean music, will open in Yeongju. The new theme park in Yeongju, which started construction in 2013 and took nearly a decade to build, offers a wide range of experiences in Korean culture through interactive content and high-tech media. It is also worth noting that it is written as “SUNBEE” in English, which means the ideal realization of the sun and the combination of diligent hard work and wisdom of the bee. I visited the scholar world at the end of last month to see if it could emerge as a “Yeongju Hot Place.”
The Seonbi World consists of antique hanok, buildings that reproduce old thatched houses, and observatories. It is said that it will recruit “hip scholars” who will help with overall guidance and perform. Unfortunately, I couldn’t meet Hip Seonbi, but there were employees and instructors wearing hanbok, so I could feel like I was traveling in time to the Joseon Dynasty. Various experience programs and exhibitions are being held in each building, including Hanok Village, Hanji Village, and Korean Food Village.
First of all, I visited Dalyewon, a scholar of Hanok Village. When I followed the fragrant scent, a professional tea ceremony teacher’s permanent tea ceremony experience was underway. On this day, it rained, and the sound of rain and tea pouring were heard together, doubling the quiet atmosphere.
Hanji-related experiences, one of the stationery sauas that the scholar always uses with him, are also indispensable. At the Hanji knitting workshop in Hanji Village, Hanji was made in a traditional way by following a demonstration by a Hanji craftsman. You can learn the process of one sheet of hanji. If you pay only the admission fee (15,000 won for adults, 12,000 won for teenagers, 11,000 won for children, and discounts for residents/group members), you can proceed with all such experiences in the Seonbi world unlimitedly. However, there is a separate cost for renting hanbok. There are indoor and outdoor photo booths with various themes where you can wear hanbok and take commemorative photos, such as the AC room, the Doryung room, and the feast table.
It is full of digital experiences using new technologies such as media art made with the motif of Yeongju Gugok Garden, exhibitions of traditional five colors and hanbok textures, and music appreciation rooms where you can sit comfortably and enjoy traditional Korean music by season theme. There were many indirect experience programs, such as filling paintings with screens or climbing up to the main hall and setting up dishes for the scholar’s table through the Soban monitor, and there were also regrets that there would be more experiences such as cooking classes. In particular, it seems necessary to think more about it to convey interest to the children of the generation who are familiar with high-tech devices and are always close to them.
On this day, the Hwalin Atrium Wellness Program was held at Pungwolru, which is scheduled to be used as a viewing point and a venue for the performance where you can look down at the Seonbi world. Under the guidance of instructors of “Breath,” a startup that organizes customized wellness travel contents, he experienced aroma scent meditation, archery, and gymnastics, and sound bath. As I felt the wind blowing pleasantly on the pavilion with my whole body, I was relaxed and fell asleep. In particular, the “sound bath” is the most memorable because you could take a rest just by concentrating on the sound that comes to your ears. It is said that Seonbi World and Breath are planning such a wellness experience as an official program. Personally, it was the most satisfying experience in the scholar’s world, so I hope it will be carried out as an official program.
Overall, when I looked around, I thought it would be much better if I came with my child rather than visiting with adults. There are many programs that can encourage educational effects and interest in children, such as video experiences learning Hangul, indoor playgrounds, and automata performances. This is not everything. There are still things to enjoy, such as performances, festivals, and “Hip Seonbi,” which have not yet been disclosed, to the tastes of the younger generation.
In addition, Seonbi World will have time to listen to and reflect customers’ opinions through the temporary opening. It will be temporarily operated from the 30th of this month to August 15th. It is open to the public for free every weekend and National Liberation Day. From the 25th, you can participate after making a reservation in advance through the notice on the website of Yeongju City Hall, and the number of visitors on the 1st will be limited to 1,500. During the vacation and holiday season, various events such as parade performances, Pungryu Hanmadang, Music Concert, and Flea Market will also be held. There are no accommodations inside the Seonbi World, but it is said to provide discounts in connection with nearby lodging companies, so let’s check before visiting.