One November Sunday, we decided to hop on a train and go to Chuncheon with no specific plan in mind except to eat the famous “Chuncheon chicken” – something like “let’s have dinner in Chuncheon”. It was by far the best dakgalbi (닭갈비) we’ve ever had! For the curious, here is Wikitravel‘s description:
Chuncheon is known for its Dakgalbi Street, featuring a large number of restaurants that specialize in the dish. Dakgalbi (Hangul: 닭갈비) is a delicious grilled chicken dish with vegetables and topped off with a spicy gochujang sauce. Most restaurants will offer both tables with chairs and tables with floor seating. Chicken, rice cakes and vegetables are grilled before you on the table’s skillet.
Chuncheon is also famous for its lake, but we only got to it at night, before taking the train back to Seoul, so I have no good pictures to show.
As usual, we mostly just wandered around, knowing we’d find interesting things this way. I like exploring new cities on foot! On a small street up a hill, we saw persimmons and leafy greens drying on a clothing line (!!!), and garlic drying on restaurant steps. You know you’re in a smallish city in Korea when… 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised to find a 3-story Artbox in Chuncheon! It’s an awesome place for gifts, stationery, and cute household objects. We got tempted by some beautiful wine glasses from Italy…
We also saw a cat cafe (“My Sister’s Cat Cafe”) and spent a nice hour in there. There were pods on the ceiling for cats to sleep in, and the cats seemed more relaxed than in other cat cafes I’ve visited. All in all a great day!