안녕하세요: Goguryeo Blacksmith Town

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A hidden gem, the Goguryeo Blacksmith Town 고구려 대장간마을

Before you try to use Goole Map to search for Goguryeo Blacksmith Town, be warned that the address "390-1 Achasan-ro, Gyomun-dong, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do" which shows the nearest station to be Guri on Jungang Line is wrong by the way. Of course I wasn't aware at that time since this visit was planned at the eleventh hour on the way out of Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁 (see post here) lol. So from Jongno-3(sam)-ga where Changdeokgung is, I boarded Line 1 to Cheongnyangni, transferred to Jungang Line to get to Guri, and took bus 1-1 from the bus stop in front of Lotte Shopping Centre after I was done exploring and having my late lunch at this area known for its makchang.

I realised I was lost, when the 5th stop looked nothing like a Blacksmith Town.

Super scared sia because even though it is near, this is Gyeonggi-do and not the Seoul where I am more at ease after all. Since I didn't want to be stranded along the expressway, I remained in the bus which was the best decision ever. While I was wondering what I should do, whether to search for the place or see where the bus takes me (and hopefully not further from Seoul), I caught a glimpse of the name of the next stop: 고구려대장간마을, about 6 stops from where I thought it was. The area still does not resembles one with a Blacksmith Town in the vicinity and I was still on the expressway. But this time, I alighted. Taken from Google Map, this was exactly how the place looked like.



If anything, the design of the bus stops was the only thing that hinted an attraction nearby. There wasn't anyone around for me to ask for direction, so I just crossed the road and ta-dah, in front of the petrol station is a sign pointing towards the alley on the right! Amazingly, there are actually street-view images on Google Map for this particular alley, so do check it out before you visit so you won't be as doubtful and uncertain as me. Use the address "41 Uminae-gil, Guri-si, Gyeonggi-do" instead. It was quite a walk in, and the path was rather deserted. Quite intimidating for someone travelling alone but then again I am timid to begin with.

It was something like that.



In any case, I succeeded.

And I was rewarded with free entry because it was coincidentally the Christmas weekend. Not knowing this, I disturbed a few ajeossi (uncles) who were drinking coffee and chit-chatting when I saw that the ticketing counter was closed lolol. So that was my adventure -- eventful but fulfilling even though I was on my own.

Time to enjoy the pictures now ^.^


Let's start with the exhibition hall!


Welcome to Goguryeo Blacksmith Town


Super in love with this picture ❤❤


Do you remember 태왕사신기 (The Legend / 太王四神記) in 2007?


Whose picture why so nice =x

To be absolutely honest, though it was nothing majestic and was definitely out of the way, Goguryeo Blacksmith Town is for certain one of my favourite attractions in Korea. Maybe it is because of the tranquility, of its lack of tourists, or perhaps because at this place alone, I was complimented by 3 groups of Koreans, including the ajeossis, on how adventurous I was to travel to isolated places like this on my own and how fluent my Korean thought it could not be further from the truth. Koreans are extremely encouraging when it comes to foreigners speaking their language. They are simply appreciative of any amount of effort trying to pick up their tongue.

Apart from that, they are generally very friendly and would attempt to strike conversations with you too! The two other groups of Koreans I mentioned included a family who told me the entrance is already locked when they saw me heading that way when they could have ignored me. It was obvious they wanted to make sure I am safe and accompany me all the way to the exit too as the parents would surreptitiously slowed down every time I stopped to take a picture. While walking out to the main road, I bid farewell to another other group whom I helped to take a group photo when we were inside, and they insisted on having me walk out with them too because the sky was getting dark. Sigh, this really make me miss Korea and their people so much.

So anyway, instead of going back to Guri, I took the same bus 1-1 (there were many other buses too) from the petrol kiosk to Gwangnaru Station on Line 5. This would have led me to Gongdeok where I was staying directly, except that Pympon contacted me off-hand for dinner at Itaewon!



Hope you are doing well in Bangkok now, Pympon,
Yvette

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