August 10, 2017

Gangneung Coffee Festival

Other than the attractions I mentioned in my previous post about Gangneung, there's a lot more reasons for you to visit this city.

The Gangneung Coffee Festival held its first event in 2009 as part of project in making Gangneung, a city of coffee. The festival celebrates the emerging coffee culture of Gangneung-si, which in recent years has welcomed in famous coffee chains and artisan coffee shops.

The festival celebrates the scenic city’s past and present culture with a variety of coffee-related events such as exhibitions, photo exhibitions, coffee-making and coffee bean-roasting experience programs. Coffee entrepreneurs can also sign up for on-site seminars about the coffee industry.

Admission/Participation Fees: Free (Some programs may require a fee)
Period: 6-10 Oct 2017
Address: 131, Nanseolheon-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Transportation: From the Gangneung Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 221.
Get off at Anmok (안목, the last stop) and walk to the festival grounds (10-min walk).

Anmok Coffee Street

This street slowly transforms into a coffee heaven attracting coffee chain stores and café owned by baristas. Each café in Anmok Coffee Street offers its own specialty coffee and dessert menus so there is a vast variety that you can choose from. Particularly, terrace seats facing the coastal line of the East Sea of Korea are popular among visitors. Furthermore, you can find coffee vending machines that started this coffee street in numerous spots.

Address: Changhae-ro 17, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Anmok Beach)

Coffee Cupper Museum

This is a place where various and rare coffee relics from around the world are displayed. Visitors can see the history and culture of unique coffees from countries around the world and learn about, understand and experience the world of coffee. Visitors can also visit the coffee farm where coffee beans were grown and produced for the first Korean coffee for commercial purposes.

Address: 2171-17, Wangsan-ro, Wangsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Operation Hour: 9:30-19:00
Admission Fee: 5,000 KRW for adult/ 4,000 KRW for underage (4-19 years old)
Program Fee: 10,000 KRW per program (Coffee roasting, Hand-dripping, Espresso Extraction, Planting activity, Chocolate activity)

Historically, Gangnueng is known as the town where people enjoyed drinking tea. The love of tea developed into interest in coffee, now the City has established its own coffee culture.

Heo Gyun/Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park

The Heo family lived in Gangneung in 16th century. They were talented in literature, especially the daughter and son, Heo Nanseolheon and Heo Gyun. Heo Nanseolheon was a prominent female poet and produced 211 beautiful poems before she died at the age of 27. Heo Gyun was prominent Korean politician and poet, novelist and scholar. Heo Gyun is often credited as the author of the famous Korean story tale of 'Hong Gildong', which in many ways reflects his progressive thinking.

Heo family enjoyed drinking tea same as noble families in Joseon dynasty did. Especially Heo Gyun, knowing how to appreciate arts was a tea lover and wrote many poems about tea.

Heo Gyun/Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park was built to commemorate these talented sister and brother in 2007. The park consists of birthplace of Heo Nanseolheon and Heo Gyun, memorial hall and traditional tea experience center.

Chohee traditional tea experience center was named after Nanseolheon’s given name, Chohee. It opened in December 2012 and Korea Tea Culture Assocation members are promoting Korean tea culture and offering tea ceremony session to visitors.

During tea ceremony session, the instructor explains about tea utensils such as tea kettle, tea cup, cooling bowl and draining tray. And the instructor moves on teaching how to serve tea step by step from pre-heating the tea utensil to brewing the tea. The session is about 20-30 minutes and advised to make a reservation beforehand.

Address: 1-29, Nanseolheon-ro 193beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)
Admission: Free (Tea ceremony experience 5,000 won)

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