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A taste of North Korea

This North Korean settlement is very much a residential area but there are two things worth... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Jacob S
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Loved the water taxi

If you're a K-Drama fan of Autumn in the Heart then this is a must see! We enjoyed helping pull the... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Justwedeminute
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122, Cheongho-ro, Sokcho, Gangwon-do 24884, South Korea
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We spent 30 minutes at the Abai village which is an area where the north Koreans lived when the country was divided, but you can see no evidence of this now as they seem to be fully integrated into the community. There are several little...More

Thank palawanismyhome
Reviewed 8 February 2018

This is a pleasant enough place to visit since it is located by the water. But in reality it is just a small fish market. However, having said that, you can buy some rather nice freshly cooked fish, prawns and other seafood. We were on...More

2  Thank Roslyn35
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This "village" is not the most interesting spot in the city. The little boat ride to it is fun, but there's not much to do once you're there. They have plenty of stuffed squid and coffee shops.

1  Thank George N
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The only fun thing is the 200won boat that carry us manually across the island. The village was full with restaurant, during non peak hours the shop keeper will come out and pull customer... abit uncomfortable.

Thank noobby
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

The people here were very friendly. I here that lots of people here are North Koreans that fled during the Korean War. I heard about a North Korean soondae (pigs blood sausage) called Abai soondae. I found a restaurant that served it and gave it...More

1  Thank kingkangreturns
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Learn a bit about the history of this village to get the most out of your visit. Lots of good little seafood restaurants and souvenir shops.

Thank EuniceTen
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This North Korean settlement is very much a residential area but there are two things worth visiting here for. The first is the ferry crossing (only ₩200) which is operated by people pulling the boat using a metal wire. Secondly, Abai provides an oportunity to...More

1  Thank Jacob S
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

If you're a K-Drama fan of Autumn in the Heart then this is a must see! We enjoyed helping pull the water taxi across the waterway. The area under the bridge is across the street from the main actresses houses in the show so they...More

1  Thank Justwedeminute
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Have to say that unless I had read reviews, I would not have known that this was a North Korean community rather than South Korean. I'm ashamed to say that after 3 days in Korea, maybe my eye has not distinguished a difference in Hangeul...More

Thank Darren H
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Its a residence area than a tourist place. All they have are some tourist restaurants. The view of the beach was nice though.

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(hope it is not too late...) You can take intercity bus to Sokcho at DongSeoul(East Seoul) Bus terminal. It takes about 2.5~3hours and costs 17,300won(appr. $15) from Sokcho bus terminal, you can go there by foot.
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