Life in Seoul #12: Blue Crystal Village

The gate

This place, which is also called Asan Mediterranean Village, is located in Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do. There are three ways to get there: by taking express bus, KTX train, and regular Seoul Metro subway. I went there with the last one.

It takes 2.5 hours from Dongmyo station to Asan station by Seoul Metro line 1. It is three times slower than if I’d taken KTX, but the ticket price is also three times cheaper.

After arriving at the station, I had to get out and walk to Cheonan-Asan station, the station for KTX train. Bus No. 777 that took me to Blue Crystal Village stopped right in front of this station’s entrance. The bus ride was about 30 minutes. Getting off at Tra Palace, I crossed the street and went for a short walk before reaching the village.

Tra Palace

The “village” is obviously not an actual village (LOL). There are various cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shops in the relatively small area. Some of the shops belong to famous brands like Michael Kors and Polo.

one of the galleries
MK Store
green tea latte from Casamigo Cafe
it seems like painted walls are everywhere in Korea

As a newly built tourist attraction, this place may not be known by foreign tourists (which explains why I only met Korean young couples there), but I think it deserves to be another choice for a one-day trip outside of Seoul.

Asan itself is actually famous for its hot springs, which explains why some part of the city looks like what I used to see in Beppu.


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