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Coastal

In the East Sea.

In the East Sea.

Last weekend, we took a trip to the east coast. Matt’s co-teacher Rosa and her boyfriend, Jae-mo, planned out the restaurants and sites to see.

The weather was perfect for a day at the beach, though the water was freezing. The first stop was in Gangneung, which is one of the largest coastal cities in Gangwon province. We first stopped at a well-known dubu, or tofu, restaurant. We could see the tofu being made right outside the restaurant. Sea water from the East Sea is used to make the tofu, which is supposed to make the tofu more light.

Gangneung has a street that started out with many vending machines selling coffee. Now there are only a few machines left, but a strip of coffee shops, which helps make it a tourist destination for people escaping Seoul's busy atmosphere.

Gangneung has a street that started out with many vending machines selling coffee. Now there are only a few machines left, but a strip of coffee shops, which helps make it a tourist destination for people escaping Seoul’s busy atmosphere.

Matt and Rosa

Matt and Rosa

Alli and Matthew in Hangul.

Alli and Matthew in Hangul.

Cold water!

Cold water!

In front of the SunCruise Resort, which is a hotel that was built to look like a boat.

In front of the SunCruise Resort, which is a hotel that was built to look like a boat.

Jae-mo and Rosa in the sun.

Jae-mo and Rosa in the sun.

An old train car at the SunCruise Resort.

An old train car at the SunCruise Resort.

View from the SunCruise Resort.

View from the SunCruise Resort.

Outside Jeongdongjin Station. The train station is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the train station closest to the ocean anywhere in the world.

Outside Jeongdongjin Station. The train station is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the train station closest to the ocean anywhere in the world.

Jeongdongjin Station

Jeongdongjin Station

Trying to take the back way to the train station, only to see the fence blocking our entrance!

Trying to take the back way to the train station, only to see the fence blocking our entrance!

The SunCruise Resort.

The SunCruise Resort.

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The sand in this hourglass at Moraesigye Park takes exactly one year to fall. ... Although Matt couldn't see any sand falling so he decided to go to the tourist information center to ask how it worked. Once an engineer, always an engineer.

The sand in this hourglass at Moraesigye Park takes exactly one year to fall. … Although Matt couldn’t see any sand falling so he decided to go to the tourist information center to ask how it worked. Once an engineer, always an engineer.

Jeongdongjin Station

Jeongdongjin Station

Rosa and Jae-mo wanted to get raw fish, or hwae, for dinner, since that is what the coast is known for. It’s also much cheaper and more fresh than in other cities in Korea where we frequent more, so we decided to take the plunge. Matt and I enjoy sushi, but we haven’t had sashimi much so we were a little nervous.

Before eating dinner, we visited the fish market. There you can buy fish from the tanks. If you’re so inclined, you can choose your fish from the tanks, agree on a price and then go upstairs to have it served to you. This is a little cheaper than going to an actual restaurant, but it also doesn’t offer as many side dishes. Since Matt and I were a little squeamish about seeing our fish swimming before eating it, we decided to go to a restaurant where we wouldn’t need to choose our fish.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

Uhhh... I don't know about this place!

When in Rome!

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

At Jumunjin Fish Market.

Dried stingray. hangs in the fish market.

Dried stingray hangs in the fish market.

Octopus.

Octopus.

Jumunjin Fish Market.

Jumunjin Fish Market.

Rosa picking out fish.

Rosa picking out fish for her mother.

Five kinds of raw fish, plus sea urchin, squid and some other stuff.

Five kinds of raw fish, plus sea urchin, squid and some other stuff. The fish was good, but the sea urchin tasted like it smelled.

So many plates! Where do we start?

So many plates! Where do we start?

Shrimp

Shrimp

The site of our raw fish dinner.

The site of our raw fish dinner.

Across from the restaurant.

Across from the restaurant.

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8 thoughts on “Coastal

  1. That’s one hell of a meal! I give you credit for trying the sea urchin…I made that mistake once and i’ll never forget it. I’m so glad to see you guys getting out and doing so much….you both look great.

    • Yes, never again on the sea urchin for me! Also, there was one thing I refused to eat that was still moving even though it was cut. No, thank you!

  2. Do they do anything at all to the fish? Add citris or anything or is it just raw? Looks like a wonderful outing.

    • It is just raw. But there is a sauce to dip it in, and there was lemon served with it for squeezing onto it if you want. Actually the lemon may have been meant as a garnish but I used some on my fish!

  3. Looks like it would be an expensive meal? That’s great that Rosa showed you around- the Suncruise is pretty cool!

    • Yes, it was 100,000 won for the food (not drinks) which is about $90. It was the medium size, which they recommended for four people. But Rosa and Jae-mo said it would be more expensive farther from the coast. Although all that food in the U.S. would probably be a lot more I’d guess.

  4. Wow…that is some meal and beautifully presented….New tastes are some times a bit of a fright. Our sea urchins must be different here….we pop them off the reef, split them open and enjoy…HHHHHHHmmmmmmmmmm What did you decide about the raw fish?
    Maile has grown up on is as did Jon….altho we prefer a red vice a white fish, with the exception of barracuda which is a wonderful white one. (again when it is fresh out of the ocean.) It’s a little more difficult to come by it in the midwest tho.

    So glad you have willing ‘guides and that you both are willing to be ‘guided’. Good on you!!

    • Overall we liked the raw fish! Will probably have it again if we go to the coast. (Which we hope to) I had some I Japan too but just a little sampler platter and I didn’t know what kind it all was.

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