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The Dongducheon climbing center Submitted on July 12th, 2012 by RABxBIT Print
Type: Gyms Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Dongducheon
Phone: 070-4414-6235 URL: Visit Gym's Homepage Address: Kyunggi-do Dongducheon-city sangyoundong 628
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This gym was a GREAT find, and I say find because it took some looking to get to the front door. Once you get inside you get a feeling of cleanliness and organization. There are cubby holes and sandals provided as you are walking in. I don't speak Hongul unfortunately, but upon realizing this I was immediately directed to a staff member with a very accurate translation app, who obviously understood more English then he could speak. He effectively explained that the gym charges 20,000KOW per month and collects 3 months in advance. He happily agreed to allow us to climb for the week and pay on Friday. He even agreed to let my partner only pay for 1 month because of his limited time left in Korea. The gym itself is larger than several basement gyms I have climbed at in Korea but that did not take away from the comfortable atmosphere of the gym. There are no formal instructors but the gym instead embraces the common "Every man teaches" philosophy of the Korean climbing community. The other climbers took no time to warm up to the two of us and we were soon laughing and climbing together despite the language barrier. There was not a charge for "rental" shoes but the staff was very accommodating in trying to find a pair for my partner to use. I am not sure the smallest size but the largest they have is an 11 so if you have large feet you will have to find other shoes. I have been twice this week and there were never more than five climbers on the wall, and all the climbers were very courteous and quickly flow into a turn based system to respect each other’s routes. The routes are well labeled and easy to follow with several alternate routes available. There are a couple cardio machines and a stretching/exercise area. The gym offers a locker room which I have not been in as well as cups for water, a water cooler, table and chairs. The mats are thick and soft well placed so I didn't have to worry about ankle injury. There are also several finger boards and strength training designed holds around the climbing area. In my opinion nothing beats your home gym, but this gym sure does try.

Take the subway to line 1 heading to "Dongducheonjungdong" station and exit either side, head north on foot staying under the tracks. walk about 1 1/2 city blocks till you see what looks like 2 warehouses under the tracks with a road in between them cross the street to the second building. on the south east corner facing south is the entrance and there is a wooden sign next to the door with pictures of the gym.

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