As the weather gets warmer there are more and more things to do. I pride myself on doing really interesting things in Korea. I don't want to do the typical foreigner activities that EVERYONE does because the blogs will all be way too similar. That being said, some of the adventures I go on, Koreans don't even know about. This past weekend I planned a trip to Asan, where there is a Mediterranean theme village. No one actually believed this was Korea until they saw the Hangul. Asan in located in the Chungcheongnam province of Korea, just below Gyeonggi. There isn't much in Asan but it's a nice place to visit.
We were in awe when we arrived. I have never been to Greece but it has been on my bucket list forever. This little village made me feel like I was in Santorini, they did a great job with the architecture. There are actually three different types of building styles; Spanish, Greek & Italian. You can tell the difference in the buildings. The all white buildings with the blue tops are Greek, the buildings with columns are Italian and the colourful buildings with the brown roof tiles are Spanish. We arrived at about 12pm, and we both hadn't eat breakfast so we did a quick rounds to find food.
We came across a barbecue restaurant and decided to give it a try. It's called Farmers BBQ. They had foods you would eat at a BBQ in North America like mac n cheese, ribs, coleslaw, brisket and beercan chicken.
We got beers to celebrate the real BBQ feel, and they came in cute mason jars. I ordered beer can chick and Jung got ribs. But we had no idea it would be a whole chicken, so we decided to share the meal because there was no way I could finish that chicken by myself.
The food was delicious. It definitely reminded me of BBQs I've been to in the past. There was so much flavor in the food! We were so stuffed. After we finished we went to take pictures around the village.
As you may have noticed, each of these buildings are apartments. People live on the second and third floors. The first floor is reserves for businesses.
This village was a lot smaller than we imagined. There actually isn't much around her to do, it's an up and coming tourist attraction. Some of the buildings aren't even open yet. Hopefully by July or August all the work will be done. A Sephora is supposed to be opening there, so I would love to go back. Since there wasn't a lot to do we decided to go check out a flower garden which was about two hours away by bus. It actually didn't work out because the buses don't run as frequently as were used to so we got half way there and had to turn right around because it closed at 5pm. We wanted to see the village at night because the pictures we saw looked so pretty. So we were able to waste about 3 hours, which was not too bad. We figured around 7pm it would get dark enough. When we got back to the village we just took lots of different pictures to kill some more time.
It was really hot outside, about 25 Celsius. So we took a break and went for beers at Montpelliers. I loveee this place, the atmosphere is so nice. We sat here for about an hour just taking and drinking, but we still had time to kill before the lights came on.
After our drinks we walked around some more and looks some more photos. We literally had a photo shoot today. But you can check out the rest of the pictures in the gallery section.
After snapping some more pictures, we decided to eat dinner so we could relax a bit more. We went to a place called Casa Mingo. We ordered tomato linguine with sangrias that tasted like cocktails. But the food was delicious, actually a little spicy. We stayed for about an hour and a half which was perfect timing for the lights to turn on.
After we finished eating, we went outside and it was finally dark enough. But not all the lights were on. There was one section that did not have lights on, so we took pictures everywhere else. It got really cold at night compared to the day time. It was really pretty, it felt like Santorini at night (but I don't know how that feels haha). The sunset was very pretty, I haven't seen a nice sunset in awhile. I'm really glad we got to come up here, even though there's not much here. We did see a self pottery making store it was 8,000 won. It is across from Farmer's BBQ if you are looking for something to keep you waiting.
There are a lot of low-key places to visit you just need the right tools to find them and be willing to travel!
How to get here:
1. Take the dark blue line (line 1) to Asan station, towards Osan.
2. At Asan station leave through exit 2.
3. Catch either bus 777 or 970 at the bus stop diagonal from the exit, across the street. Side note: The bus runs every 40 minutes and stops running early so try to plan for your way home, or take a taxi which is about 8,000 won.
4. Get off at Tra palace, you will hear it in English. It's about a 15 min ride.
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