Pocheon Makgeoli Excursion

Date: 
Saturday, June 16, 2012 -
8:30am to 7:00pm
Destination(s): 
Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do
Cost: 
75,000 won for members and 88,000 won for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Jennifer Flinn

The city of Pocheon in rural northeastern Gyeonggi Province has long been famous for its beautiful mountains and forests, but even more so for the distinctive qualities of mineral spring waters which lend a unique taste to the locally produced makgeolli (unrefined rice alcohol), tofu, and kimchi. This food and drink-oriented day excursion will take a leisurely stroll through some of Pocheon’s most famous spots, including a chance to sample its potent potables.
We will begin by visiting Baesangmyeon Brewery and Gallery Sansawon, a museum attached to the brewery grounds and dedicated to Korea’s brewing culture, including exhibits on the history of traditional alcohols in Korea. Our visit will include a two-hour hands-on makgeolli brewing class where we will have the chance to make our own, and a chance to sample a wide variety of liquors and foods produced by the brewery.
After spending the morning at Sansawon, we’ll head to lunch in the Idong area. Local mineral springs located deep underground in granite beds have given the local makgeolli a distinctive sweet-sour flavor, and have also given a unique tang to local tofu. We’ll stop at one of the areas many restaurants for a meal centered on fresh local soy and stop by the local Idong Brewery, one of the most famous in Korea.
Following lunch, we'll move on to Cheonju Lake and Pocheon Art Valley, a unique cultural space created out of an abandoned stone quarry. The quarry formerly supplied the granite used for official markers at the National Assembly, Blue House, and other government structures, but was recently converted into a multifunctional art space that includes an exhibition hall and sculpture park. It offers exceptional views of Cheonju Lake, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including salamanders and crayfish.
The excursion will leave from in front of Yongsan Post Office (Shinyongsan Station, Line 4, Exit 1) at 8:00 am and return by approximately 7 pm. The cost of the tour is 75,000 won for members and 88,000 won for non-members, and includes transportation, admission to all venues, lunch, and the cost of the makgeolli-making class and ingredients.

To make a reservation, please send payment via bank transfer

AND email the following information to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Monday, June 11, 2012.

TO: R.A.S.

PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE POCHEON MAKGEOLI EXCURSION ON JUNE 16, 2012 FOR THE FOLLOWING:

NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

PHONE NO. (Mobile) ________________ (Home/Office) ______________________

Please make payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account #1OO-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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