Tuesday, July 27, 2010

속초... Sokcho

Since it's our summer break, we took a little weekend road trip with my birth family to 속초, a city on the northeastern coast of Korea. It's pretty close to the DMZ.

Little fun fact learned from Wikipedia: "Lying north of the 38th parallel, the city belonged to North Korea from 1945 until the end of the Korean War, when the dividing line between the two Korean states was officially altered. Consequently, many of the population have relatives in North Korea."

We clown car-ed it with 6 people smashed into a car designed for 5. Mark and Mr. Kim were in the front and there were 4 people in the back seat... SangKwun, Emily, her sister, and me. Luckily, we're all pretty small.... but it wasn't the most comfortable of situations.

Needless to say, I was pretty happy when the 3.5 hour drive was completed. Once we arrived, we relaxed in the hotel room for a little while, then had lunch.

We went to a grilled fish and soup restaurant. But what they really seemed to specialize in was side dishes. Check out all those 반찬!


After lunch, we set out for Sokcho beach. Actually, Mark and I weren't informed that we were going to the beach until we were there, so we didn't have our swimsuits. But it was still fun walking in the sand and putting our feet in the water.




After the beach, we boarded a little tourist boat for a cruise around the area.


There were a TON of seagulls waiting to be fed by the passengers. Some of them were even able to catch chips and snacks in mid-air. Mark took a couple videos that we will post later.



After the ride, we went to this old fashioned restaurant for dinner.


This light is so pretty isn't it?


속초 is famous for two types of food, both of which we got to try at dinner. We had 순두부 찌개, a tofu soup. I like it a lot in Seoul, but this was the best version I've ever had. It wasn't spicy, though you could add your own seasoning. We also had 오징아 순대, which according to the Korean Tourism Organization is: This “sausage” made from squid is cooked by taking the intestines out of the squid and filling it with a mixture of tofu, rice noodles, onions, carrots, and egg. The stuffed squid is then baked or sauteed and cut up into small edible pieces and is a very popular snack or side dish when drinking.

Unfortunately, I failed to take pics once the food arrived, and I couldn't find a pic of the 순두부 찌개 that was similar to what we ate. So I just leave you with a pic of the 오징아 순대. It was just okay for me. I still haven't fully jumped on the squid-eating train, but Mark looooved it.

::image via Wikipedia::

Wow, this is a looong post. Looking back we did a LOT on this trip! I think I'll stop now and add another post about Waterpia and Seorak Mountain soon.


Mica said...

Wow, your trip sounds super fun! I'd love to see a coastal city in Korea.

Mmm, soon dobu jigae is one of my favorites too!

Mom J. said...

I want that light fixture.

Jen said...

What a nice little vacation. I love seeing your pics of Mark with everyone else, because the way he towers over everyone just makes me smile!

I must say though, the description of the squid sausage isn't nearly as appetizing as the Ramen post! I don't blame you for steering clear!