The Stream Pension is easily one of my favourite place to stay in, Korea and anywhere else.
We planned to visit the Yeongdeok Blue Road and picked the Light & Wind Promenade, a 17.5 km walk that starts from the fishing port of Ganggu to the Changpomal Lighthouse in the Sunrise Park (read here).
Since I reserved with them quite ahead in time (9 months ahead of staying there?), I found myself going back to their website to look at the pretty pictures of the pension, and looking forward to it.
We arrived at Yeongdeok from Juwangsan National Park; in any case Yeongdeok is a 4.5 hours comfortable bus right from Seoul (we slept so well on these bus rides, sometimes better than in some hotels haha), which stops for a brief 10 minutes toilet/ food break. On this trip, I found all the washrooms at these stops really clean and modern too ^^
Then we had the yummiest crab meal for lunch, bought more food for our breakfasts and hikes from the Really Discount Mart (All in all, we had army stew instant mee, rice with mushroom seafood soup, rice with fishcake soup, and packed perilla leaves sandwiches for our 4.5 hours bus ride back to Seoul). And then JY’s husband came to pick us up from the mart, which we really appreciated that!
The drive along the coast and restaurants made me look forward to what I will be arriving at. We arrived at The Stream Pension that looks like the photos on their website. So welcoming, relaxing, bright and chirpy, modern and new.
We were supposed to spend a night with them and sleep at the Sunrise Park Camping Ground for the second night, and get back to Seoul the following day. In the end, because we simply love this place, we stayed with them an additional night, after the second night in the caravan at the Sunrise Park Camping Ground.
Anyway, we quickly dropped our bags upon arrival and couldn’t wait to go out for a walk along the coast/ seashore! So, it’s really just a long walk along the breeze and waves… so calming and charming. We found a bench in front of the coast and sat there, jus… enjoying the view.
Our room is on Level 2 (#205). I purposely picked it as it is the corner room and have side windows as well as a huge balcony door – for the maximum sea view. From the balcony, you have an unblocked view of the sea! The few days that we were there didn’t see super sunlight like what you expected in the summer (as you can see from the photos), but it means the walks we took were so enjoyable and cooling, rather than too warm and humid. It’s amazing to be so close to the sea, to be listening to the waves. And waking up to the waves and the seaview again..
The room is bright and chirpy, so welcoming the moment you step foot in it. It has a double sized bed, air conditioning, small refrigerator, Tv, hairdryer, mirror, kettle and an electronic insect repellent in the room. There is an attached toilet/ bathroom to our room where towels, shampoo, conditional, shower and even facial foam are provided. The room is also of a good size and very reasonably priced.
The pension is well designed and you can see the hard work and efforts that Jy and her husband put in over 1 year to remodel the place. It has a marina theme throughout the pension, very suiting for a pension by the sea.
They have rooms suitable for different number of people / family size. There are the rooms for 2, rooms for families, independent houses (besides the main building) good for big groups and even 2 caravans. All are well designed – marina theme, modern, new, well maintained and clean. A great place to relax and spend a few days by the sea. There is a shared kitchen on level 2 – whereby it has all the amenities you are looking for in whipping up a meal (pots and pans, microwave, toaster, rice cooker, cups and wine glass, wine opener) and condiments (oil, wasabi, sesame). We cooked a few meals there (before our hikes and sometimes dinner) and never need anything that we cannot find from the kitchen. On one day there was no booking for the caravan so we went in to take a look. It’s amazingly done up, very modern design and new!
On the second day we went for our hike, since we saw the signals from our first day walk.. we just kept walking all the way ahead, for 3, 4 hours and came to the Sunrise Park. At the Sunrise Park, Jy’s husband’s mother came to pick us up (she also came with our bag of food and new set of clothing for change) and fetch us to the Sunrise Park Camping Ground. How nice of her, we are really appreciative, as it would be tough carrying all our bags with us. Moreover, we tried to walk from the Sunrise Park to the Sunrise Park Camping Ground, but that’s pretty hard without a car!
After our night stay at the Sunrise Park Camping Ground, we got a taxi to the supermarket, had lunch and Jy’s husband again came to fetch us back to the pension.
We spent the remaining time hanging around/ sitting around enjoying the seaview with our beer and nuts/ soju.
Jy speaks English so that’s helpful to foreigners. She’s caring and helped make sure we get on a cab to catch the 7am bus ride back to Seoul. When we were there, there were other locals who stayed at the caravans, went for a swim/ dive, bbq and… Jy’s husband was setting up a mobile small swimming pool, possibly for the weekend crowd.
Definitely hope to go back to Yeongdeok again, and definitely going to stay with them ^^ absolutely love this place, and really like this decor stick outside their common toilet!