Abai Village – The village of Cheongho-dong is now the hometown to many people of North Korean ancestry and is commonly referred to as ‘Abai village.’


Abai Village

Abai Village

The village of Cheongho-dong is now the hometown to many people of North Korean ancestry and is commonly referred to as ‘Abai Village’. The word ‘Abai’ comes from the Hamgyeong-do Province dialect meaning ‘an aged person’.

Many elderly people fled to Cheongho-dong from North Korea during the Korean War: the large number of older residents resulted in the town’s current nickname.

Abai Village

Abai Village

The streets of Cheongho-dong are lined with small Korean houses reminding many of Seoul in the 1970’s. The simple nature of the town and quietness of the sea make for a unique atmosphere in Choengho-dong.

This area became extremely popular after the Korean drama ‘Gaeul Donghwa’ was filmed here. In the drama, the lead actress’s mother had a supermarket in Cheongho-dong. Nearby the supermarket the lead actress often took a boat, which has now become a popular attraction for tourists.

Holding up to 35 poeple, this ‘Gaetbae’ boat operates on manpower (people pulling on ropes moving the boat across a waterway) and can be taken from downtown Sokcho to Cheongho-dong.

When looking for a bite to eat, Abai sundae and Hamheung naengmyeon are two of the most popular dishes.