더 스트림,펜션 The Stream Pension

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).
Hence we needed accommodation nearby. We found The Stream Pension by chance, on Google map (we found a few others and nothing as nice!), though later learnt that they are also on Airbnb. We contacted Jy, the host and made the booking via Instagram.
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!

영덕 블루로드 YEONGDEOK BLUE ROAD 2017 – the image

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See that yellow spot on the very nice photo (I didn’t take the photo, but it has been my wallpaper for quite some months)? That’s the Changpomal Lighthouse in the Sunrise Park. So apparently I was asking JY, our host at http://www.thestreampension.com to realise that we took the path that started outside of this photo (left of this photo!) all the way to the yellow spot/ lighthouse.

I don’t think this warrants a separate post on its own, but I am so happy to realise that the path I took was just this one in my wallpaper, and the very image I had of Yeongdeok right from the start ^^

[Photo taken from http://www.thestreampension.com%5D

영덕 블루로드 Yeongdeok Blue Road 2017


In 2014, I read with interest an article about the Haeparang Trail, a 770 km walking route that stretches northward along the East Sea from Oryukdo Park in Busan to the Unification Observatory in Goseong, Gangwon-do. I became interested in the Blue Road footpath walk along the shoreline of Yeongdeok Country, Gyeongsangbuk-do, part of the 770 km Haeparang Trail.

Back then, I probably didn’t imagine that one day I would be walking down the trail myself.. 

영덕군 Yeongdeok is a small fishing town famous for snow crabs, but less accessible by public transport so far. I supposed that is why even though Yeongdeok’s Blue Road came in twelfth in KTO 2013 poll on top 100 tourist sites in South Korea, it might not be known to many.


영덕 블루로드 Yeongdeok’s Blue Road. Like the famous Jeju Olle Trails, Yeongdeok Blue road, a 64 km hiking trail that runs from Daege Park (Snow Crab Park) in the south nearly to the country border with Uljin in the north, is about “healing”. It’s all about the hills and wind, rustic fishing villages, vast blue sea and beautiful seashore.

There are 4 different trails. We studied it carefully because we didn’t have enough days to do all the trails so we have to pick my most favourite one (actually, I don’t think I can complete the entire 4 trails in one go keke). In the end, we picked the Light & Wind Promenade, a 17.5km trail that takes about 6 hours to complete.

Mountain path dreaming of the sea; walking is to live at the nature speed 

About the Light & Wind Promenade Course. The Light & Wind Promenade starts from the fishing port of Ganggu to the Changpomal Lighthouse in the Sunrise Park, a Yeongdeok landmark: Ganggu Terminal – Ganggu Port – Geumjin Overbridge – Gobul Peak – Sunrise Campsite – Renewable Energy Exhibition Hall – Wind Farm – Sunrise Park

Blue Road - Light & Wind Promenade

I did think of following the entire trail strictly, but I didn’t have confidence to complete 17.5 km in a day, nor even complete 17.5 km of walking since my entire holiday was of 20 days (need to spread the walking to other days hah).

In the end, we probably did only half the trail due to various logistics arrangement (e.g. how are we going to complete the trail with food for a few meals). Hence instead of from Ganggu Port, our trail started at our accommodation, The Stream Pension to the Sunrise Park). Even so, the Yeongdeok Blue Road remains my most favourite part of the 20-days in Korea, and I am so happy and satisfied to have walk down the blue road.

Transport to Yeongdeok. Before Yeongdeok, we were in Juwangsan National Park, which was lovely (though nothing can beat Yeongdeok in my heart). Logistically, it was probably insane. Thanks to KTO for their patience and assistance, as well as the helpful locals/ bus terminal auntie and bus driver uncles who made sure we got on the right buses (I don’t think anyone else would ever need to travel from Juwangsan National Park to Yeongdeok, but still):

We left Juwangsan National Park (815am; thank you Auntie at Bus Terminal, who triple-confirmed with us that we were heading towards Yeongdeok and not Andong), changed a bus, arrived at Jinbo (920am till 1015am – and we “shopped” at another supermarket just opposite of the entrance of Jinbo Bus Terminal (I counted, we probably supermarket shopped 11 times in 20 days hah), and arrived at Yeongdeok Bus Terminal. Took a bus from Yeongdeok Bus Terminal to Ganggu Port (the bus stops near a convenience store, and the Ganggu Market. The Ganggu Market is opposite of the Ganggu Port).

Famous crab for lunch. After much deliberation, we shared a crab for lunch! Eventually we thought it was a right decision because having a crab each would probably be too much a portion for us (though we decided to share one because of price). Must be our most expensive, yet most delicious meal for 20 days. Extremely fresh and tasty crab, side dishes and lunch view. (I didn’t eat in the below restaurant, but it is one of the most fancy one we came upon)



Our lovely host, JY’s husband, then picked us up at the Ganggu Port, or rather opposite of the Ganggu Pork at the Ganggu Market (entrance of Really Discount Mart), which we picked up more food.


Accommodation in Yeongdeok – The Stream Pension. I found The Stream Pension (http://www.thestreampension.com & https://www.instagram.com/yd_airstreamer/), a lovely designed pension with seaview and equally lovely hosts JY (who speaks English!) and her husband. I will write about the pension and our stay in another post, but some photos below first. Aside from the lovely design, another reasons I picked The Stream Pension is due to its location, which marks somehow the halfway of the 17.5 km trail between Ganggu Port and Sunrise Park.


Upon arriving at The Stream Pension, we took a stroll and chanced upon the road sign Sunrise Park is 3.9 km away, and so that’s the trail we followed the next day.


Our trail started from The Stream Pension, past the National Youth Marine Environment Center of Korea 해양한경체험센터 (which, in my opinion, has one of the loveliest spot for sea-viewing. It has a mobile washroom next to it too, which is important for hikers!), and arrived at the Sunrise Park. We covered some of the Wind Farm, and stayed overnight at the Sunrise Campsite too (will cover that in another post as well).


Aside from the most lovely coastal scenic view, light sunlight and breeze, another highlight of our hike (ok, more of leisure walk since we probably took 4 hours to complete that small stretch) was being invited to a picnic. We left the Stream Pension pretty late (past 1130am probably), after having a light lunch that we cooked up in the common kitchen in the Stream Pension. Not too long, we decided to take a break at one of the shelters with a great seaview. A group of koreans were having their picnic there, so we didn’t want to disturb. We sat by the edge, catching our breath, and drinking water. One of the ahjumma then offered us a huge tomato (to quest our thirst!) but we were shy to finish it off. So we cut it up to share with them (haha) but they then decided to share with us their lunch of Hoedeopbab/ raw fish with rice and vegetables (really yummy that I wished I wasnt shy and took up their offer for another bowl of it). We chit-chat with whatever-Korean-we-managed, shared the lovely view, took photos and..


I always love the mountains more than the sea. Germany’s Garmisch Partenkirchen is the image of my favourite mountain town, so much so that I was afraid to revisit the place, for fear that the perfect vision of GAP is no longer in existence.

But now, I have to say that the Blue Road is the image in my heart, in my memory, and I hope to be back some day. One day.

I still cannot imagine, that I’ve walked down the Yeongdeok Blue Road..

“Yeongdeok Blueroad, a road that embraces everything about Yeongdeok. I walked the road of my soul. A mountain path to dream of the ocean, a path of light and wind. Blueroad number 1.”


[Various information courtesy of KTO, Korea.net and Blueroad website; photos are mine]