Upon having a painful history, Gunsan has found a way to modernize its city without erasing the traces left by the past. By renovating and designing facilities to reflect on the pain of the Japanese colonial era. Like Goudang, a cafe in which you can experience modern Gunsan through its Japanese style architecture.
As we mentioned before, Goudang was established to not forget the painful history. But to remember with respect. And reflect on how far Gunsan has come as a city. Now, all those places that in the past brought pain, have become historical sites. Where younger generations can learn about the old times.
It does not mean that people visit these spots to feel sorrow. But to embrace and enjoy the new reality. I mean, how unrealistic must it feel to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee? Where in the old days there was oppression. No wonder why tourists love coming to this area!
Now, we will introduce you more about this cafe that you must visit!
Keeping the past alive
Goudang is one of the facilities that it is part of the ‘Gunsan Modern History Experience Hall’. In which all the the places that are part of it, have been renovated. Without leaving the past behind, of course. As they keep their Japanese style architecture. To not erase the past.
The name comes after the dialect of the province of Jeolla. And it is a place where visitors can think about the old times. Since the cafe it is not the only place to follow the architectural style of 1930. But what surrounds it, do it as well.
From coffee to tea, they sell vast of drinks. Plus some desserts and snacks. Such as bread and fruits.
They sell beer as well. So you can sit outside and enjoy the view while drinking a cold beer.
They sell some souvenirs. Such as magnets and cards. Which are indeed a must buy to remember your trip.
Especially the cards (군산화투). Since it is in fact one of the most popular souvenirs of Gunsan. And no wonder why. Through these, you can learn about the city’s history. And which tourist attractions are a must go.
It is in fact a game. But works as a tour guide as well. Since these have the theme of tourist spots of Gunsan. And you can read the location, information number and schedules in every of them. So you can travel around the city just using these cards.
As we mentioned before, you can learn about history as well. Since some important characters of the past are drawn on these. And also, you can get to know more about animals of the region.
They have some traditional snacks for sale. Which fit the retro atmosphere for sure!
Since these are low-cost, we recommend you to buy some. As Gunsan is the perfect place to find snacks from the old times.
This place is indeed fast to find from distance. And this is because of its Japanese architecture. Which makes it stand among the rest of the houses in this neighborhood.
Plus it is located in ‘Gunsan Modern History Experience Hall’. Where all the places surrounding this spot, follow the same design scheme. And of course, lets you experience modern Gunsan through a cafe, which is Goudang.
You can see how traditional it is due to its interior design. Which makes it seem to be classic. Like if you stopped time and stayed in the past.
At the counter, the first that you will see are the souvenirs and snacks that are for sale.
And when you turn to your left, you will see that they have plenty of tables. Which of course, tend to be taken by customers. As this place is really popular and it is rare to find it empty.
They have seats outside as well. So you can drink your coffee while having a great view before your eyes.
I like the fact that they have heaters during winter. Since that way, you can satisfy your cravings of cold drinks. Without freezing yourself due to the weather.
They have many decorations that make you feel in the past. Like old radios, clocks, books, etc.
Because of this, it is interesting to walk around to see them in detail. As long as the cafe is empty, of course.
I only ordered a strawberry yogurt smoothie. Which was delicious for sure! As it was not as sweet as some other places do. It was on point. Plus the size of the drink was ok. Perfect to drink it with a dessert. Or even with strawberries! Since they sell them too.
Thanks to the heather, I was able to drink this cold drink in winter.
This place is located in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province. In the Gunsan Modern History Experience Hall.
13 Guyeong 6-gil, Wolmyeong-dong, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do
How to get there:
From Gunsan Station, there are plenty of buses that you can take. You can take bus no. 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16. And get off at the bus stop called ‘월명주민센터’. Where at the first corner, you will have to turn to your right and walk straight until you find it.
You can take bus no. 17, 18 and 19 as well. And get off at the bus stop named ‘군산여고’. Where you wil have to cross the street and walk through the first alley until you find it.
09:00 ~ 21:00
You can indeed experience modern Gunsan through Goudang cafe. Due to its Japanese architecture that has been used since the old times. And now was renovated to make it look contemporary.
Another reason to why it is a must go, is that there are some other tourist spots nearby. Take as an example Yeomilang. Which is a lodging facility that is located in the same complex.
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