[Well-curated weekend] High-speed thrills, soft pretzels, and art set to music

Visitors pose for photos at Ganghwa Luge.  (Gangwa Luge)

Visitors pose for photos at Ganghwa Luge. (Gangwa Luge)

Do you enjoy playing racing games like Mario Kart or KartRider?

At Ganghwa Luge, located at Ganghwa Seaside Resort in Incheon, you can enjoy the thrill of a high-speed ride in real life.

About 50 kilometers west of Seoul, Ganghwa Luge, located on the slopes of a mountain, offers a spectacular view of the horizon in the West Sea.

After purchasing tickets, be sure to pick up a hardhat before taking the five-minute gondola ride to the starting point.

Brief safety instructions are provided for first time luge drivers.

The 1.8 kilometer track at Ganghwa Luge (Ganghwa Luge)

The 1.8 kilometer track at Ganghwa Luge (Ganghwa Luge)

The sled is powered by gravity and the slope of the course and does not use any power source. The 1.8 kilometer track, the longest in Asia, offers a dynamic driving experience and a unique way to enjoy the mountains and seascape.

Ticket prices vary depending on the number of trips, from 19,000 won to 50,000 won.

Children under 10 years of age or shorter than 120 centimeters must travel with an adult.

Ganghwa Luge is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and from 9 am to 6 pm on weekends.

Visitors pose for photos at Ganghwa Luge.  (Gangwa Luge)

Visitors pose for photos at Ganghwa Luge. (Gangwa Luge)

Visit the UFO Observatory for a cup of coffee and snacks or take a walk on Forest Adventure, a 700-meter trail next to the observatory, surrounded by lush pine trees.

Please note that Ganghwa Luge will be closed from December 5-13 for maintenance.

Six different pretzels are on display at the Bready Post located in Yongsan-gu, Soeul.  (Song Seung-hyun/The Korean Herald)

Six different pretzels are on display at the Bready Post located in Yongsan-gu, Soeul. (Song Seung-hyun/The Korean Herald)

If you’re tired of bagels, which have swept the country with their over-the-top fillings and flavors, why not try pretzels this weekend?

The Bready Post Soft Pretzel Shop is located near the No.1 Exit of Sinyongsan Amorepacific Station.

Immediately upon entering a white door next to the Got Eat Mexican food franchise, you are enveloped in the unique aroma of soft pretzels.

The bakery, located on the second floor, is decorated in a retro and European theme and doubles as a café. The space is filled with accessories including a rotary phone, typewriter, and vintage-style suitcases. One side of the wall is covered in dozens of pretzel-shaped accessories.

The shop currently sells six varieties of soft pretzels: plain, coconut, cinnamon, pepperoni, chocolate, and their signature butter pepper.

Butter and pepper pretzel and black coffee at the Bready Post located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Song Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

Butter and pepper pretzel and black coffee at the Bready Post located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Song Seung-hyun/The Korea Herald)

The signature pretzel is topped with condensed milk buttercream. Black pepper is sprinkled over the cream to eliminate the buttery taste.

Since the butter and pepper pretzel is sweet, it pairs well with a cup of black coffee.

There is a minimum order of one drink per person in the store.

The pepperoni pretzel is baked with black olives, mildly hot chili and cheese and topped with slices of pepperoni. The flavor is similar to a pepperoni pizza, but with a chewier, softer crust.

The store also offers many different types of cream cheese, including plain, garlic and spring onion, cranberry, basil, and yuja. The shop also has cream cheese pairing recommendations for each pretzel on the wall.

The bakery is open from 10 am to 8 pm every day. However, many of the popular pretzels sell out by noon, especially on weekends.

“Little Ark” by Choe U-ram (MMCA)

Musical performance at MMCA

Contemporary Korean art and a musical performance featuring traditional Korean musical instruments and Western musical instruments will be presented together this weekend at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea.

The kinetic art of Choe U-ram, whose solo exhibition “MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2022: Choe U-Ram – Little Ark” is held at the museum, will be accompanied by performances by the musical duo “CelloGayageum” consisting of the cellist Sol. Daniel Kim and gayageum player Yoon Da-young. Like Choe’s works that unite humans and machines that integrate in harmony, the two musical instruments from different cultures will collaborate to create music.

music duo

Music duo “CelloGayageum” consisting of cellist Sol Daniel Kim (left) and gayageum player Yoon Da-young (MMCA)

The one-hour show will take place at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday and at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday at the museum. Anyone with a ticket to the exhibition is invited to see the performance.

The program is jointly prepared by the MMCA and the Korea Traditional Performing Arts Foundation.

The exhibition itself will be open until February 26, 2023.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])
Song Seung Hyun ([email protected])
Yuna Park ([email protected])

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