The name "Hwagang" literally means "river of flowers." The Hwagang River is a local branch of the Hantangang River where the Wasucheon Stream passing through the Wasu-ri is merged with other streams. The Hwagang used to be called "Namdaecheon Stream" as the name was distorted during the Japanese Colonial Era, and the distorted name was used for a long time even after the independence of Korea. The old name "Hwagang" was recovered with the efforts that the villagers made. The "Hwagang" River, located near to the DMZ, has the intact and clean natural sceneries. Many migratory birds visit the river, and many native freshwater fish and snails live in the river water. Amenities for tourists, including pools, foot bridges, and camping sites are available in the nearby villages. The view from the riverside walkway is very beautiful. The melanian snail festival held in August every year welcomes the summer vacationers from cities.
<Way to Wasu Market>
National highway No. 43
<Hwawon Guest House>
The letter "Hwa" means "flower," which may be from the name of the river "Hwagang." The Hwawon Guest House is like a secret garden hidden at a small corner of the Market. The soldiers from the nearby military camps, such as Beakgol Troop and Beakma Troop, or their visiting families have used the guest house. The flower-patterned tiles on the floor at the entrance of the backstreet show the many years when the guest house has been used.
Precious natural products that are hardly found in urban areas are available in the Wasu Market because Cheolwon has both wide farms and high mountains. The grandpas and grandmas in the Wasu Market will tell you the interesting stories about the mushrooms, wild greens, and herbs based on their life-long experiences and rich knowledge.
<Rooftop: A proposal for the unused space at the Wasu Market>
The second floor of the market arcade with the public restrooms have a wide waterproof rooftop. What about using the space as a rest area for the visitors and merchants of the Wasu Market. Imagine how the space may be changed into a useful space where people can enjoy the street food from the market, talking with each other and refreshing themselves. We propose a public facility design that well shows the Wasu Market's unique sense of beauty represented by the colorful flower patterns.
The uses of the sacks sold in the Wasu Market are differentiated by the color. The white sacks are for the Cheolwon rice, the local specialty cultured in the clean area near to the Civilian Control Line. The khaki sacks are the must-have item for the snow-removing works in the military camps located in Cheolwon, a region of heavy snows.
The stalls in the Wasu Market are well-arranged and even beautiful, because the local merchants unfold the stalls at daybreak with care and sincerity as well as their own senses of beauty acquired from their long-time experiences. It's easy to learn that the goods are carefully arranged according to the shapes and colors, including the crops they themselves harvested and the household items that they purchased at cities.
A variety of shapes and sizes of rubber washbowls are sold due to the demand from the nearby military camps and farms. The feedboxes for army dogs and chickens look fun. Black and brick-red rubber washbowls are available.
<Melanian Snail Trap>
The Hwagang River flowing around the Wasu-ri is a branch of the Cheolwon Hantangang River with crystal clear water. The shallow area of the Hwagang River is full of melanian snails. The melanian snail trap is an optimized device for catching and storing the snails.
The water-shoes are often found in the mountainous regions of Gangwon and used when entering into a river to catch fish or snails. The hole in the front end quickly dries the water inside the shoes. The durable shoes are produced by injection molding to connect the main body and the heel as one. The water-shoes are the very best thing to protect the feet from gravels and others in water.
Flower collection supplied from the Dongdaemun Market, Seoul, with new items at each market opening for the ladies of Wasu-ri who love the colorful flower patterns.
<Flower-Patterned Underwear for Women>
Steady-sellers of the market stalls with socks and underwear. The understated splendor of the secret underwire.
<Stainless Steel Bowls>
The stainless steel bowls are produced in three different sizes. The bowls may be stacked if the topper is turned upside down. The bowls may be used to store Kimchi and other side dishes.
<Black Underwear for Men>
Series of underwear for men with various patterns on black background. The "It"-items for black-mania men including the soldiers.
Fresh mushrooms are abundant in the markets in Cheolwon where various natural products are produced from farms and mountains. The clavaria mushroom, looking like a broom of dried bush clover, grows on the land of coniferous trees and broad-leaved tress in autumn and has a mild taste and flavor with the function of lowering the blood cholesterol level.
<The Wasu Market - Colorful but Neat>
The Wasu Market is one of the representative five-day markets in Cheolwon with the Shincheolwon Market (open on every 3rd and 8th day) and the Dongsong Market (open on every 5th and 10th day).
In old days, there were many tile-roofed houses in Wasu-ri because there was a kiln house. The Korean word, Wasu, is the combination of the Chinese letters meaning "tile-roof" and "water," and Wasu-ri was named as it is because the roofs of the houses viewed from the hills at sunset were as beautiful as waves of water.
The first feature of the Wasu Market may be the colors. The many flower-patterned clothes and the rainbow-like colorful rice cakes are the uniqueness found in the Wasu Market. In contrast to the splendor, the neatness and dignity may be viewed at every corner of the market because the goods are well arranged and kept clean all the time.
Cheolwon is known as a town that is nearest to the Northern Limit Line (NLL), representing the history of the division of the country with military camps and DMZ. While Cheolwon is currently separated from the history before the Korean War, it was the capital city of the Taebong Kingdom established by Gungye of Hugoguryeo because he thought that Cheolwon was at the center of the Korean Peninsula with wide and fertile land. You may be able to feel the dignity of the former capital city from the colorful but neat Wasu Market.
Open on 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, and 26th days each month
Open from 8:30 to 19:00
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Near tourist's points: Sanghae Valley, Sundam Valley, Jiktang Waterfalls, Sambuyeon Waterfalls, Dopian Temple, and Goseokjeong Pavilion
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