The Dong-won coal mine in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, closed in 2004. It was the last coal mine in the province. But for me, its lasting importance can be found in 1980 when over 6,000 workers and their families went on strike for better working conditions. The strike became violent injuring 160 and killing one policeman.
During Lunar New Year and Chuseok, Seoul is amazing beautiful for a few hours. In the mornings you can go out to the busiest of places and find no one. This year I went to Gangnam and got to experience a kind of aloneness I have never felt in Korea.
Haneul Park is wonderful. Despite being crowded, it is so huge you will often find yourself secluded.
To me, the best part was enjoying delicious food with my friends and seeing the quiet and mostly nondescript places where Hahaha was filmed. Also, while blowfish soup is delicious, it is even more so while eating it in the same chairs and tables that shared the asses of Kim Sang-gyeong, Moon So-ri, Kim Kang-woo, Ye Ji-won, and Yoo Joon-sang.
Damyang was great, but slow city Samjicheon was amazing.