Unless you really enjoy your own company or you speak fluent Korean, you are likely to want to
spend most weekends travelling outside of Hambaek! At least when you live in this village, you
have every reason to explore the rest of Korea! And thankfully, it is not too hard once you have
the main travel information you need.
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Hambaek Train Station
Most importantly, there is a train station (Yemi) about 30 mins walk from the Elementary
School (or a very easy 10 min bike ride!). The train goes West to Cheongyangni (Seoul) via
Yeongwol, Jecheon and
Wonju (about 3 hours), or East to
(also about 3 hours). There are 8 trains in each direction throughout the day, with an extra service
at the weekends.
Hambaek Bus Information
There is a local bus service here, which runs to Yemi,
Jeongseon. (the timetable for the Yeongwol bus is
displayed in the window of the convenience store by the bus stop). From Yeongwol and Jeongseon, it is
relatively easy to get express buses to other parts of Korea.
Korean Fast Food Restaurant
There is a ‘Korean fast food restaurant’ in Hambaek, where you can get kimbap (rice rolls, like larger
sushi minus raw fish) Donkass (breaded pork cutlet with a bbqish sauce) mandu (steamed/ fried dumplings)
and much more. The owner is a young woman and the opening times are hit and miss but worth a try!
“Peh-bul-i-yo” (“I'm full”) is only 5,000 won away here!
'Tundari' restaurant, which is a chain in Korea, serves a variety of bbq skewered meats and vegetables.
It is one of the most attractive restaurants in the area with low lighting, lanterns outside and little
booths to sit in.
Another chain restaurant that pops up here and there in Korea is 'Pelicana', another fried chicken
joint (though not a drinking place like the one in nearby Yemi).
Rumour has it, 'Pelicana' has just started serving pizza... Again prices vary depending on portions
and expect pizzas to be a little pricey.
Hambaek is home to at least two bars, and even a ‘noraebang’ (literally translated as a ‘song room’).
Hambaek has all the amenities most people would need during the week. There are 3 small convenience
stores, a couple of butchers, a rice shop, post office, and a Nong Hyup bank (although unfortunately they
cannot do international transfers there).
Sadly there is very little to do in Hambaek other than walking in the surrounding hills and keeping
fit! There is a free, small gym about 40 mins walk away, in neighbouring Yemi, and a really good running track
at the Elementary School, as well as a large gym where activities are held most weekday evenings. Like most
Korean towns and villages, there is a free outdoor gym too! Not far from Yemi, there is also a rafting
company - you can contact Mrs Shin at the Elementary School and she will be happy to help you out with