Exploring Korea: Down on the farm in Dangjin

Exploring Korea: Down on the farm in Dangjin

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Visions of cows and sheep happily grazing on rolling hills and vast green pastures on a clear, sunny day are what comes to mind as days of working from home have quickly become months. Not far from Pyeongtaek, at Agroland Taeshin Farm, this vision is reality as visitors get a first-hand experience on a real working farm.

I took a 40-minute drive from Camp Humphreys to check out Agroland Taeshin Farm’s over 2,000 animals, including Holstein and Hanwoo Korean native cattle, horses, goats, chickens, sheep, pigs, ducks, ostriches, and more.

Once called Pyeongtaek Farm, this general farm opened in 1968 and moved its location to the Dangjin area with its current name in 1978. In 2004, this farm was transformed into a kid-friendly farm that offers great hands-on experiences, complete with barns, gardens and many different animals.

Hop on a tractor

From the road, the farm’s impressive red-roofed silos greeted me and were a signal that I had arrived for my taste of the simple life. I parked the car and headed to the ticket booth where I grabbed a ticket and a map of the sprawling property.

Hang onto your ticket so you can hop onto a tractor for an easy 15-minute-ride around the farm. Depending on the season, Agroland Taeshin Farm’s themes change, but for me, autumn is the best time to visit as the flowers are in full bloom in the vast fields. It’s amazing, as is the décor around the grounds.

A moo moo here

After, the tour of the grounds via farming equipment, I headed to the barns where visitors can milk cows and feed calves and goats. To try these experiences, visitors must pay additional fees. For a bottle of milk and some dry grass to feed the calves, it will set you back 7,000 won per person (about $6.10). Other activities to try here for an additional fee include horse rides, ice cream-making, feeding parrots in their sanctuary, and more.

PRICE: 3 to 4-minute horse ride – 10,000 won.
Ice-cream making activity – 13,000 won for a group of 4. 
Bird feed for parrots – 1,000 won.

Do it for the ‘Gram

Though Agroland may sound like it’s only a place for kids and families, there were many young couples enjoying themselves and taking photos with the seasonal cosmos flowers. The grounds also feature unique sculptures and other photo op spots great for a photo shoot to liven up your Instagram and other social media accounts.

I spent a good four hours on my visit to Agroland Taeshin Farm and had a nice time meeting the farm animals. Though my time on the farm had come to an end, this breath of fresh air and connecting to the land was a nice way to reset from sitting at a desk at home all day.

Being at home and doing our grocery shopping at stores, it’s easy to forget where our food comes from. This trip was a reminder of the work behind fresh foods we often take for granted. So, if you and your family are looking for a nice way to spend an afternoon, head to the farm!

Agroland Taeshin Farm

ADDRESS: 231, Sangmong 2-gil, Godeok-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, 충남 예산군 고덕면 상몽2길 231
HOURS: Winter season 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Summer season 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ENTRANCE FEE: Adults 11000 won (or $9.62), child 8000 won (under 19 years of age). PHONE: 041-356-3154

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