Introducing a magical place where you can throw yourself into nature near Seoul. Dumulmeori [read: doo-mool-moo-ri], for those that have been following, I have already posted a Prologue, which is purely about pictures at Dumulmeori, Yangsu. For those who don’t know about Dumulmeori 두물머리 yet, it is an attraction at Yangsuri (양수리), Gyeonggi Province. To be precise, Dumulmeori is located at the southern tip of Yangsuri.
“Dumulmeori”, which literally means “the head of two waters”, refers to the starting point of both the Bukhangang River and the Namhangang River. It is a great place for a day trip since it is not very far from Seoul. For cycling enthusiasts, you may want to check this place out, for its established bicycle trails along the spectacular landscape.
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The journey from Seoul to Yangsuri was like travelling via a time machine. I boarded the subway train from the hustle and bustle of Seoul and alight right at the doorstep of peace and tranquillity. 90 minutes away from Seoul and now we get peace of mind!.
The below picture is the outline of the trip, from departing to the last stop at Sumilwon cafe. Once you reach Yangsu station, you basically walk/cycle to all the spots below. Think of it as a trip by public transportation and foot. We took the subway from our home in Seoul and took Jungang Line (Jade blue line) to Yangsu Station. It is a whole 4.5 KM walking trail throughout the trip, but I am pretty sure it is doable. Be sure to wear a pair of good walking shoes before embarking on your journey.
I’ve also mapped the places out here on the Google map below. Both the blue route and purple route will bring you to the same places listed above. If you like to take more photos of the beautiful lotus farm, it is best to take the blue route as it guarantees you endless lotus farm along the way, especially during summer when lotus is in season.
We set off from Seoul relatively late. Photographers who want to catch the magical moment of the first sunlight will have to wake up early. The scenery was said to be particularly magnificent at dawn. Since the sun was already high up by the time we arrived, we decided to head directly for lunch.
I figured the subway is the best way of transport to Yangsuri. Basically, travel from any subway station in Seoul, and transfer to Jungang Line 중앙선 (the only Jade Green colour line) and alight at Yangsu Station (양수역) then complete the course by bicycle/foot or cab.
1. Lunch: Korean Traditional Full Course @ Yeon-pat 연밭
Lunch was taken at this famous matjib called Yeon-bat (연밭) that serves traditional Korean full course meal since 1981. “연밭” means lotus fields in English. During the lotus blossom season, visitors are able to enjoy their sumptuous meal by the lotus field admiring the beauty of the lotus flower.
Lotus fields are everywhere here in Dumulmeori, hence lotus roots, lotus seeds — basically everything lotus are the specialities here. We ordered the “Lotus Field Course” 연밭정식 [read: Yeon-bat Jeong Sik], which cost KRW 15,000 per person. It includes steamed Pollack and lotus leaf glutinous rice. The meal was served with homemade red wine, followed by the steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaf, then a huge portion of pollack. A wide variety of the side dishes is the highlight of the meal. I love the steam glutinous rice. The lotus leaf left a nice fragrance on the rice and it matches well with the fish.
Since this is a very famous restaurant, we waited for more than an hour to finally get a seat for our meal. Moral of the story? Please make reservations before your visit to avoid endless waiting.
Yeon-Pat Lotus Leaf Korean Full Course Meal 연밭
Gyeonggi-do, Yangpyeong-gun, Yangseo-Myeon, Yongdamni, 514.
Operating Hours: 11am-9pm
Korean Version of the Address: 경기도 양평군 양서면 용담리 514
2. Saemiwon 세미원
Saemiwon Garden 洗美苑 is one of the popular attractions here in Dumulmeori. Visitors are able to visit the beautiful water fountain made of Hagari (Korean pottery jars), and also walk through two extremely huge lotus fields with white and pink lotus flowers respectively. There are also different species of lotus flowers planted in Saemiwon, an ideal place for some flora and fauna photography.
Since the exit of Saemiwon is directly linked to the walkway towards Dumulmeori, if you are visiting this place, I suggest you arrange your visit to Dumulmeori right after Saemiwon.
3. Snack : Lotus Ice-cream
Lotus waffle, lotus tea, lotus set lunch. Lotus, lotus, LOTUS. It is all about lotus if we are talking about snacking here at Dumulmeori. Be sure to try out some of this lotus themed street food at the snack booths right after crossing the bridge from Saemiwon. We got ourselves this lotus ice cream in a lovely shade of pastel green. Never mind the taste of the ice cream, it was a pure delight having ice cream in the summer breeze. (Well, it wasn’t that bad. I just couldn’t taste the lotus from it. Rather, it is more like vanilla with a mild green tea flavour to me. )
Continue walking down the path with your ice cream and you’ll reach Dumulmeori in approximately 20 minutes?
Private owned Dumulmeori is a popular spot for local dramas, movies, commercials and wedding pictures. According to visitkorea.org, there should be an ancient style ferry on the water, but we did not see one. I guess it was under construction when we visited the place. There are also three 400-year-old Zelkova Trees that appear as one giant tree, adding to the rustic feel of Dumulmeori.
To be frank, the best pictures of the trip are all taken here at Dumulmeori. I love the beautiful landscape with water, hills and lotus fields. So be sure to bring your camera with you to Dumulmeori! If not, you can hire professional photographers here to take photos of you at the lotus field. That’ll cost you some money for sure. If you intend to self-take some portraits, here are 3 great photo spots for pictures:
Photo spot 1 : By the lotus field
Photo spot 2 : By the picturesque river
Photo Spot 3: With the Dumulmeori picture Frame
5. Personalized Cartoon Sketches by the river
After long hours admiring the beautiful scenery, you can get cartoon sketch artists by the river to preserve your memory here at Dumulmeori. It is 30,000 for couples, and 10,000 each person for a piece of group sketch. It takes about 10-20 minutes to complete your personalized cartoon sketch.
6. Sumilwon Art Gallery + Cafe 수밀원
Sumilwon is an art gallery cum cafe by the river. Filled up with oil paintings and artworks, Sumilwon is a great place to cool off the summer heat. I love their outdoor seats facing the river — an excellent spot for people-watching. We ordered their red bean shaved ice and it was surprisingly good.
7. Tibits: Lotus Sausage
Feeling hungry by now? How about snacking on a lotus flavoured hotdog? Before we call it a day, we discovered a stall selling lotus sausage at Dumulmeori. This fried hotdog snack looks like any other typical street food you can get elsewhere. However, we were told powdered lotus is added in the process of making the crumb of the hotdog.
Seriously, I can’t really taste the difference between a Dumulmeori lotus sausage from the usual one I had in Seoul. Anyway, it was quite yummy.
This is how we ended our Dumulmeori day trip. With a hotdog. LOL I wish you had fun reading the blog. Let me know your experience visiting Dumulmeori down here in the comment box! Did you try any of their lotus-themed snacks? : D