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Levee Brewery

Levee Brewery (레비 브루어리) is one of the finest locations to enjoy craft beers in Suwon.

Halloween Edition

Halloween Edition

The interior design of Levee Brewery doesn’t necessarily sweep you into a proper European pub, but it is not Korean. At first glance, I thought I was trespassing in a warehouse. The room is spacious and guests have the option of sitting either at wooden pallets or 4 ft tall barrels. The barrels were the most appealing for me for it felt like sitting at a bar with close friends. Off in the corner of the room, there are three dart boards and a pool table. In the front, a glass panel divides the dining area with the sparkling brewing kettles. It may be a warehouse or a loading dock, but the ambiance is fine for drinking.

The menus are quite creative – taking a bookmark from my old science textbooks. It is fashioned as a Periodic Table of Elements. Imagine the title of Breaking Bad. In lieu of atomic numbers, each beer is paired with its final gravity and alcohol volume. Science, bitches.

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Gwangmyeong IKEA

IKEA Korea (이케아 코리아) carries the thousands of products and ideas that people from around the world have known to love. It sells lighting products, home furnishings for every conceivable room, holds a restaurant, a cafe (at the exit) and has a play area for children.

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Gwangmyeong IKEA is located north of Anyang city near Gwangmyeong train station. Without a car, commuting to IKEA is a bit burdensome. The directions by subway are similar to going to Gwangmyeong Costco, which I’ve posted here. Simply, ride the Subway Line #1 to Gwanak Station (관악역). Exit the station to your right and board the  small yellow maeul bus 1-1. Ride it to the Costo Bus stop or keep riding until it turns back around. It will stop in front of IKEA.

If you anticipate buying any large furniture, it would be best to return home by a taxi. As, it would be very bothersome to lug anything back by the subway.

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Datzzang Donkas

‘Datzzang Donkas’ (댓짱돈까스) is an trendy restaurant specializing in Japanese style pork cutlet tonkatsu. The establishment has a unique name which sets it apart from other tonkatsu restaurants. As of November 2014, the restaurant will celebrate its 1 year anniversary.

It is located near Mansuk Park almost across from the concert pavilion. It is on the second floor above a galmegisal restaurant. Therefore, patrons can sit at a window on a warm summer day and relax. Park picnic-ers, city bikers, and the always active Korean grandmas and grandpas make for a pleasant background to the dining experience. The restaurant incorporates a finer atmosphere with jazz playing in the background. The owners put a lot of thought into the decor, which may change depending on the season.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

Gwangmyeong Costco

Every expat has to know the way to their nearest Costco, and making that pilgrimage once in his lifetime is mandatory. Living in Suwon, I find that the Gwangmyeong location (광명 코스트코) to be the best one for me to visit. It is in Anyang City. Other people say that the Yangjae location (양재 코스트코) is just as close. Although, those people typically have a car. For those of us without the luxury of wheels, I want to explain the directions that I use to get to Gwangmyeong, and at the end of the post, I list the specific buses that stop near here.

The first step in getting to the Gwangmyeong Costco is to make your way to Suwon Station (수원역). Actually, any station on the Seoul Metro Line #1 is  could fine. You will have to head North, as if you were going to Seoul.

The subway station which you need to depart at is called Gwanak Station (관악역). Listen carefully for Anyang Station (안양역). Gwanak is right after Anyang. This station is quite old, and Koreans describe it as a “country” station. It is just not modern, like the stations you see with safety gates or an elevator. Go up the stairs to the ticket gates and walk to the right. Then, back down to the street level.

Board the yellow 1-1 Maeul bus

Board the yellow 1-1 Maeul bus

There will be a small bus stop to the left side of the stairs. Most Koreans use Gwanak Station as an alternative route to the Gwangmyeong KTX Train Station. Here, wait for the yellow 1-1 Maeul Bus. It runs every 10-15 minutes, and it is typically waiting in front to keep on schedule.

Once you find your seat, sit back, and relax. The trip will take 10 minutes, and you will get off on the 2nd to last stop. If you are riding during the spring, you can enjoy the cherry blossom trees which line the streets on your way to the Anyang Stream. After the stream, listen carefully for the stop. It is called the Costco stop, and you will be dropped off at the corner of a block.

Go straight with the construction fence on your right

Go straight with the construction fence on your right

Currently, there is a lot of construction in this area. Costco may not be visible around a large fence. Walk in the direction with the fence on your right side. In the distance, there is a Lotte Premium Outlet and IKEA. Take note of the bus stop that you pass on the way. This will be the bus stop to board the 1-1 Maeul bus, again, and return to Gwanak Station.

Congratulations! You made it and happy shopping.

Here’s a list of alternative buses that stop near Gwangmyeong Costco. You might be able to find a better route from your home using the ‘Seoul Bus’ smartphone app. 1-1, 3, 3-1, 8-2, 11-2, 12, 17, 75, 505, 3001, 5627, 5633

As a final word, don’t forget to check the opening days of your Costco. Due to the Korean government regulations of large scale supermarkets, Costco closes it’s doors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Naver Map directions to Costco