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.