두물머리 Dumulmeori : Day-trip Itinerary

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Introducing a magical place where you can throw yourself into the nature near Seoul. Dumulmeori [read: doo-mool-moo-ri], for those that have been following, I have already posted a Prologue, which is purely about pictures at Dumulmeori, Yangsu. For those who don’t know about Dumulmeori 두물머리 yet, it is an attraction at Yangsuri (양수리), Gyeonggi Province. To be precise, Dumulmeori is located at the southern tip of Yangsuri.

“Dumulmeori”, literally means “the head of two waters”, refers to the starting point of both Bukhangang River and the Namhangang River. It is a great place for a day-trip, since it is not very far from Seoul. For cycling enthusiast, you may want to check this place out, for its established bicycle trails along the spectacular landscape.

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On the subway to Yangsu Station. Taken by Maynard, edited by Pheuron.

The journey from Seoul to  Yangsuri was like travelling via time machine. I boarded the subway train from the hustle and bustle of Seoul and alight right at the doorstop of peace and tranquility. 90 minutes away from Seoul and now we get a peace of mind!.

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Itinerary:

The below picture is the outline of the trip, from departing to the last stop at Sumilwon cafe. Once you reach Yangsu station, you basically walk/cycle to all the spots below. Think of it as a trip by public transportation and foot. We took the subway from our home from Seoul and took Jungang Line (Jade blue line) to Yangsu Station.  It is a whole 4.5 KM walking trail throughout the trip, but I am pretty sure it is doable. Be sure to wear a pair of good walking shoes before embarking your journey.

Day-trip itinerary to Dumulmeori

I’ve also mapped the places out here on the Google map below. Both blue route and purple route will bring you to the same places listed above. If you like to take more photos of the beautiful lotus farm, it is best to take the blue route as it guarantee you endless lotus farm along the way, especially during summer when lotus is in season.

We set off from Seoul relatively late. Photographers who want to catch the magical moment of the first sunlight will have to wake up early. The scenery was said to be particularly magnificent at dawn. Since the sun was already high up by the time we arrived, we decided to head directly for lunch.

Transportation: 

I figured subway is the best way of transport to Yangsuri. Basically, travel from any subway station in Seoul, and transfer to Jungang Line 중앙선 (the only Jade Green colour line) and alight at Yangsu Station (양수역) then complete the course by bicycle/foot or cab.

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A picture of Yangsu Station.

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1. Lunch: Korean Traditional Full Course @ Yeon-pat 연밭

Lunch was taken  at this famous matjib call Yeon-bat (연밭) that serves traditional Korean full course meal since 1981. “연밭” means lotus fields in English. During the lotus blossom season, visitors are able to enjoy their sumptuous meal by the lotus field admiring the beauty of lotus flower.

Lotus fields are everywhere here in Dumulmeori, hence lotus roots, lotus seeds — basically everything lotus are the specialities here. We ordered the “Lotus Field Course” 연밭정식 [read: Yeon-bat Jeong Sik], which cost KRW 15,000 per person. It includes steamed Pollack and lotus leaf glutinous rice. The meal was served with homemade red wine, followed by the steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaf, then a huge portion of pollack. A wide variety of the side dishes is the highlight of the meal. I love the steam glutinous rice. The lotus leaf left a nice fragrance to the rice and it matches well with the fish.

Since this is a very famous restaurant, we waited for more than an hour to finally get a seat for our meal. Morale of the story? Please make reservation before your visit to avoid endless waiting.

Address:
Yeon-Pat Lotus Leaf Korean Full Course Meal 연밭 

Gyeonggi-do, Yangpyeong-gun, Yangseo-Myeon, Yongdamni, 514.
Tel: 031-772-6064
Operating Hours: 11am-9pm
Korean Version of the Address: 경기도 양평군 양서면 용담리 514

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lotus leaf steamed glutinous rice

 

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The Pollack.

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Side dishes made of lotus roots.

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2. Saemiwon 세미원

Saemiwon Garden 洗美苑 is one of the popular attractions here in Dumulmeori. Visitors are able to visit the beautiful water fountain made of Hagari (Korean pottery jars), also walk through two extremely huge lotus fields with white and pink lotus flowers respectively. There are also different species of lotus flowers planted in Saemiwon, an ideal place for some flora and fauna photography.

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The bridge that link up Saemiwon and the route to Dumulmeori.

Since the exit of Saemiwon is directly linked to the walkway towards Dumulmeori, if you are visiting this place, I suggest you to arrange your visit to Dumulmeori right after Saemiwon. dumul 17

 3. Snack : Lotus Ice-cream

Lotus waffle, lotus tea, lotus set lunch. Lotus, lotus, LOTUS. It is all about lotus if we are talking about snacking here at Dumulmeori. Be sure to try out some of these lotus themed street food at the snack booths right after crossing the bridge from Saemiwon. We got ourself this lotus ice-cream in a lovely shade of pastel green. Nevermind the taste of the ice-cream, it was a pure delight having ice-cream in the summer breeze. (Well, it wasn’t that bad. I just couldn’t taste the lotus from it. Rather, it is more like vanilla with mild green tea flavour to me. )

Continue walking down the path with your ice-cream and you’ll reach Dumulmeori in approximately 20 minutes?

Lotus Ice-cream at Dumulmeori

Lotus Ice-cream at Dumulmeori

4. Dumulmeori

Private owned Dumulmeori is a popular spot for local dramas, movies, commercials and wedding pictures. According to visitkorea.org, there should be an ancient style ferry on the water, but we did not see one. I guess it was under construction when we visited the place. There is also three 400-year-old Zelkova Trees that appear as one giant tree, adding to the rustic feel of Dumulmeori.

To be frank, the best pictures of the trip are all taken here at Dumulmeori. I love the beautiful landscape with water, hills and lotus fields. So be sure to bring your camera with you to Dumulmeori! If not, you can hire professional photographers here to take photos of you at the lotus field. That’ll cost you some money for sure. If you intend to self-take some portraits, here are 3 great photo spots for pictures:

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 Photo spot 1 : By the lotus field

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 Photo spot 2 : By the picturesque river

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Photo Spot 3:  With the Dumulmeori picture Frame

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5. Personalized Cartoon Sketches by the river

After long hours admiring the beautiful scenery, you can get cartoon sketch artists by the river to preserve your memory here at Dumulmeori. It is 30,000 for couple, and 10,000 each person for a piece of group sketch. It takes about 10-20 minutes to complete your personalized cartoon sketch.

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6. Sumilwon Art Gallery + Cafe 수밀원

Sumilwon is an art gallery cum cafe by the river. Filled up with oil paintings and artworks, Sumilwon is a great place to cool off summer heat. I love their outdoor seats facing the river — an excellent spot for people- watching. We ordered their red bean shaved ice and it was surprisingly good.

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7. Tibits: Lotus Sausage

Feeling hungry by now? How about snacking on a lotus flavoured hotdog? Before we call it a day, we discovered a stall selling lotus sausage at Dumulmeori. This fried hotdog snack looks like any other typical street food you can get elsewhere. However we were told powdered lotus is added in the process of making the crumb of the hotdog.

Seriously, I can’t really taste the difference of a Dumulmeori lotus sausage from the usual one I had in Seoul. Anyway, it was quite yummy.

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This is how we ended our Dumulmeori day-trip. With a hotdog. LOL I wish you had fun reading the blog. Let me know your experience visiting Dumulmeori down here at the comment box! Did you tried any of their lotus-themed snacks? : D

15 Comments

  • Geraldine says:

    How do I get to here from Seoul

    • Pheuron says:

      Hi Geraldine, you can reach Dumulmeori by subway. Travel from any subway station in Seoul, and transfer to Jungang Line 중앙선 (the only Jade Green colour line) and alight at Yangsu Station (양수역) then complete the course by bicycle/foot or cab. 😉

  • sharon says:

    Can you email me your itinerary for the whole entire trip?

    Thanks very much! 🙂

    • Pheuron says:

      Hi dear, I am not too sure what do you mean by sending you the whole itinerary as it is already on the blog. You can make use of the sharing button above and send the post directly to your mailbox ; )
      May I know if you are planning your winter trip? FYI, Dumulmeori is best visited during summmer as it is the season for lotus plants. ; D

      • Emily says:

        hi pheuron, i love your blog. It is very informative.
        I’m planning to go to korea in winter. Around end of Dec – begining of Jan. Do you have any other itineraries / recommendations for winter?

        Also i think Dumulmeori is beautiful. I might try using your itinerary for a simple day trip in winter.

  • Zini says:

    Is it a good time to travel to this place in mid June?

    • Pheuron says:

      Hi Zini, Dumulmeori looks different every season I am not too sure if the lotus flowers are blooming in June, since it is early summer. But i think you’ll be able to see what that is similar to my pictures above. : )

  • Jingyi says:

    Hello! Would this place be crowded on the weekends? Or is it preferable to go on the weekday! Thanks!

    • Pheuron says:

      Hello Jingyi,
      I don’t think this place will be “crowded” like in Myeongdong during weekends. But it is for sure that there will be more people during weekend than weekday.
      If you really want good pictures without strangers photobombing, it is best you visit the place during weekday! 😀

  • KonaBeans says:

    Hi PHEURON,
    I want to thank you for this article.
    I found it earlier this year and insisted my friends to follow your path just last week when we were in Korea. Although it was very hot, we thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and took many nice photos. Thanks again.

    • Pheuron says:

      hello KonaBeans,

      I’m glad you enjoy the trip to Dumulmeori! And thanks for letting me know 😀
      More interesting places to come, do check back!

  • Melissa says:

    Hi, can i know if if once you completed the course in Dumulmeori, do you walk/ cycle back to Yangsu station again to go back to Seoul? When you said the course is around 5km, is it a round trip or a one way journey? 🙂
    Just trying to figure this out as I am planning to make a day trip there by myself soon, and I cannot cycle.
    And also, if it will be easy to catch a cab back to the station at the end of the course.

    Appreciate if you can let me know. Thanks!

    • Pheuron says:

      Hello, the course should be more than 5km. You may check out the google map I added for your convenience 🙂
      you’re able to cab only if you can flag down a cab on your trip back. It’s countryside so the frequency might not be as good as you’re in Seoul.

  • soonoona says:

    Hi Pheuron! I’m currently looking for new places to complete my itinerary for my 2nd Seoul visit next october. Glad I’m stopping by your blog and found this dumulmori review. Can you tell me, after dropping by Yangsu Station how to get to the lake precisely? So is it walking distance? Can you give more detail about walking direction? Thank you so much, pheuron:)

    • Pheuron says:

      Hello Soonoona,

      I have updated the blog with a google map 🙂
      I am not too sure if it is”walking distance” though, there’re bike rental service near Yangsu Station but we completed the whole session by foot.

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