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Hwacheon: Trout Coffee Museum

Hwacheon in Gangwon Province is well-known for its Trout Festival. Thanks to this festival, the name “trout” is inseparable from various places in Hwacheon. The Coffee Museum is no exception. Even at the Coffee Museum, they promote the Trout Festival by using the name “Trout Coffee Museum”.

“Hwacheon: Trout Coffee Museum”

The Trout Coffee Museum is located in downtown Hwacheon, where the Hwacheon County Office is located. To the west of the Coffee Museum is the Trout Cinema, and to the southeast is the Sunlamp Street, making it a museum located in the heart of Hwacheon.

“Curated by Director James Lee, Showcasing a Collection of Artefacts from Around the World”

The Trout Coffee Museum is a place where Director James Lee donated over 1,000 artifacts collected from around the world over 30 years. It is a museum where you can learn about the history and culture of coffee.

Permanent exhibitions on coffee-related subjects, including Ethiopian coffee, are held, providing insight into the unique histories and cultures of coffee from various countries around the world. Additionally, you can taste coffee at the café located next door.

“A Place Displaying a Variety of Tools Related to Coffee”

At the Trout Coffee Museum, you can experience the entire history of coffee by viewing a wide range of coffee-related tools and equipment, from past devices like coffee grinders and extractors to modern ones still in use today.

Upon entering the museum, Director James Lee himself often provides explanations, allowing visitors to learn about the extensive history of coffee. From the early coffee extraction methods to region-specific coffee extraction techniques and the unique and special cultures of each region, this place offers a special space where you can learn about it all.

“The First Coffee Extraction Method: Turkish Coffee”

You can also hear about Turkish coffee, known as the first coffee extraction method. It’s not just about the extraction method itself, but also about the culture it embodies. You can hear special stories that only Director James Lee can share, including his experiences and efforts in bringing artifacts from Turkey.

“Admission Fee”

Please note that there is an admission fee for the museum. General admission costs 3,000 KRW, while youth and military personnel pay 2,500 KRW. Children can enter for free.

  • General Admission: 3,000 KRW
  • Youth, Military Personnel: 2,500 KRW
  • Children: Free

With its pristine water and fresh air, Hwacheon is an excellent place to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning about its history. It’s a place that should not be missed when exploring Hwacheon.

“Hwacheon, Gangwon Province: Trout Coffee Museum”

  • Address: 21 Sangseung-ro 2-gil, Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon Province
  • Phone: 033-442-2544
  • Operating Hours: (Tue-Sun) 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Closed on Mondays