Friday, 10 April 2015

Out of Seoul: Strawberry Farm. Seoul: St. John Café.

Greetings from Seoul!

Today we went to a strawberry farm! After seeing it multiple times on Korean variety shows etc, I made sure to include it in this trip's itinerary. There are around 2-3 strawberry farms that are near Seoul. We went to the one at Ilsan. It's open only from Dec-Jun, 10am-4pm.

We set off from Myeongdong because that's the nearest station from our hostel, i-House. It takes approx an hour to get there.

From Myeongdong, take to Seoul Station, follow the signs for KTX (Gyeonggui Line), scan out and go up the escalator towards the shopping centre. Shift a little to the right and go past the shopping mall, all the way straight and you should see a flight of stairs. Go down, then turn around to the right. That's the station to board from.

Take the train towards Munsan, alight at Daegok Station and change to the orange line, then alight at Madu. From Madu, take a cab and show the cab driver this:

It'll take around 10 mins and cost around ₩5,000. Refer here for more info: http://funtastickorea.com/strawberry-picking-in-korea-ilsan/


Some scenery before reaching.



Outside the farm.

The road to the farm.

Finally reached! Once you go into the farm area, there's a greenhouse to the right. Open the first door, if I didn't remember wrongly. You'll see rows of strawberry plants. Look for the ahjumma and inform her you want to pluck the strawberries. She'll ask how many boxes you want, 1 box for approx 1kg (₩15,000). Then she'll teach you how to pluck them.


From what I remember from a variety show, ripe strawberries with the leaves on top curling upwards are sweeter!

Quickly filled up just one box for both of us.



It'll take around an hour, if you're planning your itinerary. We actually plucked really fast because too excited by the bright red strawberries haha.










Our spoils! Filled up more than 1kg, so paid more than ₩15,000. Guess what, we had that for dinner. Finished all of them. So sweet and juicyyyy! And so filling.

Choose how many you want to eat. The ahjumma will rinse them and pack up the rest. You cannot eat when plucking them because have to be weighed and rinsed as well. Pay after everything is weighed.

Wrapped with just cling wrap. Plastic bag is not provided, so bring a big plastic bag for convenience.

We asked the ahjumma to help us call for a cab, so no problem getting out of that super ulu place. Booking cab through phone is only an extra ₩1,000. Ask the driver to drop you back at Madu Station. We tried to cut one train transfer and asked to drop at Daegok, but he said unable to stop there.

Before that, we had a quick coffee at St. John Café, near our hostel.





And had early dinner at a random restaurant in Edae.




Good night!

16 comments:

  1. Hi, can I ask if did you make any bookings for the strawberry farm? Found a lot of websites and there recommend making reservation to visit the farm. But most of the websites are in Korean and I don't speak and understand at all.

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    1. Hello Eunice. No we did not make any reservations for this farm. It was totally empty except for a family of 3, who went off mins after we arrived. This farm does not have a website, I found it on another blog.

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  2. Alright thanks! Do you speak Korean, or the owner understands some basic English?

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    1. No problem. I speak very basic Korean. The ajummas there that day don't speak English.

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  3. Hi,
    Can I check how much do they charge if you picked more than 1kg of strawberries? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! My apologies, it's been too long ago that I can't recall 😅 But shouldn't be much more since it's ₩15,000 for a box.

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  4. What time is the farm opening hours? We are planning to visit the farm in late Dec. Thks

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    1. Hi, you may refer here for more details.
      http://blog.funtastickorea.com/strawberry-picking-in-korea-ilsan-yangpyeong/

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  5. Hi, can strawberry jam be made at this farm? Thank you!

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    1. Hi! I don't think they provide this service.

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  6. Hi Germain, may I know how to say "I want to pluck the strawberry" in Korean? I'm afraid the ahjumma don't understand me.. Thank you.

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    1. This should work.
      나는 딸기를 따러 가고싶어요 (naneun dalgi reul dda reo gago sipeoyo).

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    2. Thanks for your speedy response, Germain :)

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    3. No problem, enjoy your trip!

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  7. Hello,thank you for the information. It's very useful:) I'm planning to go to the farm but i'm wondering is prior reservation is needed? or we can just hop in and ask the staff that we want to pick the strawberry. If the reservation is needed, how can we make it? Thank you very much.

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    1. Hi, glad that you found the post useful! I doubt reservation is needed as we just made our way there without notice and told them we wanna pick strawberries.

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