Gangwon Discovery: Folk Museum, Dakgalbi and Coffee in Inje

Tour the sights of the mountain village of Inje without feeling too far from home with these three favorite stops of the expats who live there.

60-injeDeep in the mountains of Gangwon-do lays Inje, a village famous for the beauty of its natural surroundings—but that’s not all it offers. At Inje Mountain Folk Museum get more in touch with the spirit of the country side. Move on to taste the best of the local specialty food at Inje Dalkgalbi. Finally, finish your day (or start the next one) at Kaffee Klatsch with a fine coffee or something stronger.

Opened in 2003, the Inje Mountain Folk Museum specializes exclusively in educating visitors about disappearing traditional Korean folk culture. It’s also the only mountain village folk museum in Korea. Displays of farming and hunting tools, traditional seasonal food, dioramas of pastoral life, and other realia are featured here. Outside are an amphitheater, a traditional Korean mud hut, a pagoda, and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. The folk stories displayed on the walls of the museum are in Korean, so be sure to bring a friend if you aren’t fluent.

415 Sangdong-ri, Inje-eup, Inje-gun. 033-460-2085 

If you’re feeling peckish after a day at the museum, head to Inje Dalkgalbi for a delicious meal of spicy chicken breast mixed with cabbage, sweet potato, and rice cake. A common dinner gathering place for local expats, the kind and friendly owners are no strangers to foreigners and their louder-than-Korean behavior. The dalkgalbi is available with or without cheese. If you’re sensitive to spicy food, the cheese version is recommended. 305-13 Sangdong-ri, Inje-eup, Inje-gun. 033-461-1331

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On your way home, make sure to stop by Kaffee Klatsch. Hailed by the local expats as the best coffee house in the world, Klatsch specializes in fine international coffees, slow hand drips, and excellent cocktails. 249-5 Sangdong-ri, Inje-eup, Inje-gun. 033-462-4457

Words and shots by Sergey Vaynshenk