[Well-curated weekend] Want to exercise indoors? How about observing the plants and tasting the coffee?

[Well-curated weekend] Want to exercise indoors?  How about observing the plants and tasting the coffee?

Sikmulsung Dosan, an exhibition hall and cafe located in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, in southern Seoul (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Looking to grow your own greens this spring, but not sure how?

Sikmulsung Dosan, a cafe and showroom that showcases indoor farming methods, is the place to visit.

Located near Dosan Park, in a fashionable Gangnam-gu district teeming with luxury fashion houses, Sikmulsung Dosan serves salad bowls, coffee, and other beverages made from vegetables grown in the store’s indoor farm.

Customers can take a peek at the vegetable grow room, where plants are grown in a controlled environment regardless of the weather outside.

The vegetables are grown in the vertical farm of Sikmulsung Dosan.  (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

The vegetables are grown in the vertical farm of Sikmulsung Dosan. (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Your orders are brought to you via a conveyor belt installed above the bar counter.

A collection of Sikmulsung Dosan products are displayed by the window. They include basic do-it-yourself planting kits with step-by-step instructions. Various herbal nutritional supplements as well as fresh meal kits can also be purchased.

“Smart farming has certainly become a buzzword, but not many people know the concept yet. We opened this downtown showroom last year, hoping to inspire younger generations to embrace the concept of vertical farming,” said a promotion staff member from Sikmulsung Dosan. in the showroom.

Green vegetables grown and served at Sikmulsung Dosan (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

Green vegetables grown and served at Sikmulsung Dosan (Kim Hae-yeon/ The Korea Herald)

If you are a fan of modern interiors and design, the cafe is a good place to look around. Under the concept of another planet, most of the installations are made of stainless steel, providing visual contrast and highlighting the natural green colors of the plants.

Sikmulsung Dosan operates daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Plant kits can also be ordered online from its official website.

Climbing Activity at Monster Sports Adventure Zone (Monster Sports)

Climbing Activity at Monster Sports Adventure Zone (Monster Sports)

Challenge yourself with indoor sports

For those looking for an indoor gaming and sports experience, a visit to Sports Monster at Starfield Hanam in Hanam, Gyeonggi Province could be a perfect solution.

Located on the fourth and top floor of South Korea’s largest shopping mall complex, Sports Monster offers various activities divided into four zones: Basic, Exciting, Adventure and Digital.

The center is located about a 10-minute walk from Exit No. 1 of Hanam Geomdansan Station on Metro Line 5.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the space invites visitors of all ages taller than 120 centimeters.

Tickets cost 25,000 won and 20,000 won respectively for adults and teenagers.

Upon admission, visitors receive wristbands and can enjoy the various facilities for up to two hours.

The Sports Monster indoor basketball court (Sports Monster)

The Sports Monster indoor basketball court (Sports Monster)

The band can be used to play games at Sports Monster and informs you of the remaining time. An additional fee of 1,000 won is charged every 10 minutes after the maximum two hours has elapsed.

From ball sports and shooting games to rock climbing and slides, Sports Monster offers a chance to enjoy indoor sports and challenge yourself in extreme activities.

Although no special gear or equipment is required, visitors may wish to don a comfortable t-shirt and pants.

Be sure to bring cash to use the cloakroom and vending machines.

Culture Station Seoul 284 April event poster titled

Poster of Culture Station Seoul 284’s April event titled “Barista and Gangneung” (Culture Station Seoul 284)

Taste Ganeung’s Coffee in the Heart of Seoul

Coffee lovers don’t need to travel to Gangneung, a famous coffee town in Gangwon Province, to try a delicious cup of espresso this weekend.

Renowned baristas from Gangneung come to Culture Station Seoul 284, a former Seoul station turned multi-purpose arts and culture complex.

The event titled “Barista and Gangneung” aims to shed light on Ganeung, who had a unique tea culture during the Silla Kingdom (57 BC – 935 AD) due to its high quality water. It is known today as the coffee city in Korea.

From Friday to May 8, the RTO space at Culture Station Seoul 284 will host a special coffee shop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During the event, Gangneung baristas will showcase their popular coffees and also brew coffee for free tastings. Bohemian Parkyichu Coffee, Roastery: Circle, Coffee Bus Stop and 364 Coffee Story are just a few of the participating Gangneung cafes.

There will also be seminars and experience events that will take place at the cultural space.

On Friday, El Cafe coffee roaster CEO and barista Yang Jin-ho, who is also co-chair of the Gangneung Coffee Festival, will give a talk on what distinguishes different coffee tastes. This seminar is also free.

Visitors can also try their hand at blending coffee and learn how to reuse old coffee grounds when planting trees. Those who bring their old coffee grounds from home can swap them out for coffee clay, which children can play with.

More details about the event can be found on Culture Station Seoul 284’s website and social media.

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By Korea Herald (khnews@heraldcorp.com)

James C. Tibbs