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Every time I watch a Korean variety show that showcases a place, I've always like to put it in my to-go list for when I visit Korea. The recent variety show, Unexpected Business (어쩌다 사장) showcases Cha Tae Hyun and Zo In Sung taking over a countryside sundries shop or what we call in Singapore, “mama shop”.
In a village where everyone knows everyone, the store is a local hangout for the young and old. They would stop by for a quick cup of ramen or drink soju and makgeolli late into the night or get a bus ticket to their part-time job in the city.
Watching the place makes me want to experience such a simple and unassuming environment, which begs the question, where is this place?
This charming store is located in Woncheon Sanghoe in Hwacheon, Gangwon-do. The address is 5500 Yeongseo-ro, Hanam-myeon, Hwacheon-gun (화천군 하남면 영서로 5500). The Google Maps link can be found here.