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Spring Comes along the Flow of Water: Gyeongpoho Lake, Gangneung
Date 03-09-2018 09:30
Spring Comes along the Flow of Water: Gyeongpoho Lake, Gangneung

You do not need a map application or a navigation system to find your way around the Gyeongpoho Lake in Gangneung. All you have to do is walk wherever your feet take you. The lake is close to many of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, including the Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum, the Heo Gyun and Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park, and a nearby pine forest. How about a leisurely walk around the lake while taking in the warm sunlight of early spring?

Walking and Running along the Lake Shore: The Gyeongpoho Lake

“Gyeongpo (鏡浦)”:As if hundreds of jade marbles float on the lake when sunlight breaks against its surface,. Beyond the lake, a white sand beach and the sea can be seen. The Gyeongpoho Lake has been famous for its scenery since the ancient times. Nowadays, the lake offers a resting place for Gangneung City visitors. A gentle trail runs around the lake, where around 50 sculptures, kinds of flowers, and comfortable benches for strollers can be found.
Every walk around the lake offers people with something new to enjoy. Come spring, cherry blossoms, forsythias, and other seasonal flowers adorn the lakeshore. Another way to enjoy the lake is to ride a bike on the well-organized bicycle trail around the lake. You can find a rental shop at the lake entrance. The shop offers bicycles for couples and families, as well as multirider bikes. A single ride around the lake takes around 30 min.

- Address: Jeo-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
- Telephone: 033-640-4414

A Pavilion of Five Moons: Gyeongpodae Pavilion

Gyeongpodae is a pavilion that offers a sweeping view of the Gyeongpoho Lake. On the eastern side of Daegawllyeong Mountains lie eight scenic points widely loved for their superb view, which the noblemen of the Joseon Dynasty (called “seonbi” in Korean) collectively referred to as Gwandongpalgyeong (eight scenic spots of Gwangdong). Gyeongpodae’s exquisite scenery puts the pavilion at the top of the list. Seonbi’s would visit the pavilion to recite poems while looking at the lake wide below.
From the pavilion, you can see the disc-shaped lake in its entirety. The lake’s clear surface reflects the greens and blues of the surrounding pine trees and the sky above. The water is so still that you can almost count the sand grains at the lake bottom. Seonbi’s left many poems about the scenery, in which words came together to form landscape paintings. One poet attested to the awe-inspiring scenery with the following verse: “no other place in the world can surpass the beauty of this place!” The beauty of the view from the pavilion does not diminish during the night. In fact, Gyeongpodae is one of the top moon-watching spots in Korea. It is said that, on the pavilion, you can admire five moons: one in the sky, one in the sea, one in the lake, one in the glass in front of you, and one in the eyes of your love. How about losing yourself to the mood of the warm season as the ancient travelers did on the pavilion?

- Address: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
- Telephone: 033-640-4471

A World of Sound and Light: Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum

Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum consists of two museums: the Charmsori Gramophone Museum and the Edison Science Museum. The Charmsori Gramophone Museum provides a concise overview of the history of sound, through its 2,500 or so exhibits including music boxes, horn-shaped gramophones, and radios. The founder of the museum dedicated half of his life to collecting the items across 60 countries. Most of the gramophones and music boxes on display are still operable today. A music box made in the 1860s still plays music when a coin is inserted.
Here is an interesting fact: the Edison Science Museum has more of Edison’s gramophones than the Edison Museum in the United States. Of course, the museum has other remarkable items in its collection. Gramophones, light bulbs, and other appliances invented by the genius are simply amazing to look at. The long list of Edison’s invention includes coffeepots, toasters, microwave ovens, hair dryers, and irons. Without Edison’s inventions, doing housework would be much harder than it is today.

- Address: 393, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
- Telephone: 033-655-1130
- Website: www.edison.kr

The Sweet Fragrance of Pine Trees: The Site of Heo Gyun and Heo Nanseolheon’s Birth Home and Pine Forest

Beyond the Gyeongpoho Lakestands an elegant traditional Korean house. It is the birth home of Heo Nanseolheon, one of the best female poets of the Joseon Dynasty. Heo Nanseolheon came before her time. She proved her literary gift since she was littlebut did not have the opportunity to bring that gift to fruition under the patriarchal oppression of the Joseon period. Her personal life was a series of tragedies as well; she lost her children to diseases one by one and passed away at the age of 27.
The current building is not the house where Heo lived. It was built on the site after Heo’s birth home had been torn down. The Gangneung City Government purchased the current house and opened it to the public. The house, although not the one where the poet lived, goes well with the pine trees and the low walls around it. The site is surrounded by a forest of dark green pine trees, which are presumed to be more than 500 years old. A walking trail winds its way through the tall trunks. The trail has no pavement, which makes it all the more natural and peaceful looking. Take a relaxing stroll in the forest and breathe in the sweet fragrance of the pine trees.

- Address: 1-16, Nanseolheon-ro193beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
- Telephone: 033-640-5118