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Gangwon (강원, 江原, [1]) is the northeasternmost province of South Korea.

Geographically elongated north and south, Gangwon-do is in the Korean peninsula's central eastern region. About 82% of the land is mountainous. The eastern region runs along the coast, the western region lies face-to-face with Seoul, and the southern part is connected to another inland region. The Demilitarized Zone divides northern Gangwon-do, and Gangwon-do is the departure point to the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains and Mt. Baekdusan in North Korea. An overland course to the North is also under development. The variegated beauty of Gangwondo's four seasons radiates even more against the rich natural environment here. An excellent assortment of leisure activities is very well developed for each season. In the winter when plenty of snow falls, the Gangwon-do mountains transform into a skiing paradise that is sure to excite the most rabid aficionado.

  • Population: 1.56 million people
  • Area: 16,898㎢
  • Size: 150 km East to West, 243 km North to South (coastline length is 212 km)
  • Latitude: 37 degrees 2 minutes to 38 degrees 37 minutes’ north latitude
  • Longitude: 127 degrees 5 minutes to 129 degrees 22 minutes’ east longitude
  • Capital of provincial government: Chuncheon
  • Local administration: 7 cities (si) and 11 counties (gun)

Cities[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Mt.Seorak-san

One of the tourist attractions overseas visitors consider the most memorable is Seoraksan - the mountains that Koreans love most. Outer Seoraksan has fantastic cliffs and big fountains, while the beautiful inner Seoraksan exhibits the highest level of splendor and sensation by displaying various forms and colors that nature can offer during the four seasons. The Seoraksan Mountains have multiple hiking courses, valleys, and cultural artifacts hidden in each valley, and are internationally renowned as a habitat for rare plants and animals. UNESCO designated the region in 1992 as a Biosphere Reserve.

Centering around Birobong, standing at 1,563 meters above sea level, five peaks line up like a folding screen, while Sogeumgang Valley, which means little Mt. Geumgangsan, is situated below. Mt. Odaesan is originally a by-name for China's Shanxisheng Mt. Qingliangshan, but Jajangyulsa who studied in these mountains during the Silla dynasty decided to call the mountain in Korea Mt. Odaesan since the features of the two mountains were very similar. As the physical aspects of Mt. Odaesan are smoother than Mt. Seoraksan, anyone can easily take up the challenge of hiking here. Also, people of all ages love Mt. Odaesan as the perfect place for a forest bath.

Centering around Birobong that stands at 1,288 meters above sea level are other peaks up to 1,000 meters. Mt. Chiaksan with its steep cliffs and solemn physical aspects is a sharp contrast to the smooth, feminine Mt. Odaesan. You can find precious elements of the regional cultural heritage such as beautiful valleys, Sinseondae, Guryongso, Seryeom Falls and Sangwonsa Temple. The park changes color as the seasons pass: azalea and royal azalea in spring, thick forest in summer, red maples in autumn and snow in winter.

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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The new, shiny, US$400 million Yangyang International Airport [2] was built to serve the province; there are currently two flights daily to and from Busan's Gimhae airport. If coming from outside of Korea, fly into Seoul-Incheon and take the direct bus from the airport instead.

By train[edit]

Gangwon-do province is serviced by 3 Non-KTX train lines.The Gyeongchun metro line connects Sangbong station in Seoul to Chuncheon city, the Youngdong-seon line terminates at Gangneung city, and the Joongang-seon line connects Taebaek and Wonju city. Both Saemuel and Mugunghwa trains operate on these lines.

  • Information:1544-7788

By bus[edit]

Almost all cities and counties in South Korea have an express bus to Gangwon province.

  • Information:Seoul Express Bus 02)535-4151,Dong-Seoul Suburban Bus Terminal 02)446-8000, Sangbong Suburban Bus Terminal 02)435-2129


By car[edit]

Gyeongchoon Highway:connecting Chuncheon Youngdong Highway: connecting to Gangneung via Wonju and Pyeongchang Joongang Highway: connecting to Wonju via Hongcheon and Hoengseong

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Cities and counties of Gangwon province also have an extensive bus service. Each of city and county have citybus line and intercity bus lines. So you can look around Gangwon comfortably and connect to other regions of South Korea easily.

By taxi[edit]

There are plenty of taxis prowling the street of cities and counties. Regular taxi flag drop is W1800 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at W100 for each 169m.

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Mt.Seoraksan Region[edit]

  • Sokcho, Yangyang
  • Enjoy the mountains and ocean of iridescent Gangwon-do. Enjoy hot springs and fresh sushi.
Kwongeumseong Cable Car from Gangwon province hall site by seon-ok Hong

-Gwongeumseong Fortress: Located 860m above sea level, Gwongeumseong Fortress is found near the south entrance of Sinheungsa Temple, located at the peak that reaches the heavens. The fortress is named after two generals - Kwon and Kim - who were said to have erected the wall in a day to block the Mongolian invasion (1253) during the Goryeo Dynasty. Seoraksan scenery seen from this Gwongeumseong Fortress is regarded to be the very best.

-Sinheungsa Temple: Jajangyulsa, a high Buddhist monk, under the king’s command during the Silla Kingdom, constructed Sinheungsa Temple in 652. Within the temple is a nine-level stone pagoda that contains some of Buddha's ashes. It took 11 years to build the bronze sitting-Buddha in front of the Iljumun Gate, which is 14.6 meters high. At Jwadae there are 16 stone sculptures delicately carved in hopes of the reunification of Korea. At Bokjang are three unique Buddhist scriptures, another famous Buddhist scripture Daranigeoyong, and Cheolbo, donated by the Myanmar government.

-Heundeulbawi Rock: One of the most famous attractions in Mt. Seoraksan. A small, round stone sitting on a bigger one, regardless of the number of people pushing it, rocks back and forth only 1530 cm.

-Ulsan Rock: Ulsan is a set of six steep, rocky peaks rising 873m above sea level, some 4km in total girth, and very difficult to climb. Their imposing stature has made Ulsan the symbol of Seoraksan and Gangwon-do. Ulsan is sometimes compared with the similar Ayers Rock in Australia.

-Jujeongol Valley: Situated in the southern Seoraksan Osaek region, Jujeongol Valley is where the old yeopjeon coins were made during the Joseon Dynasty. As one might expect of a valley in which the national currency is produced, Jujeongol lies deep between high mountain ridges where the glorious tints of the autumn foliage are said by many to be the most beautiful in all the Seoraksan Mountains. The path leading to Osaek Mineral Springs is the most popular hiking course in all the park.

-Gwongeumseong Cable Car: Gwongeumseong cable car offers the tingling pleasure of viewing the magnificent and grand beauty of Mt. Seoraksan National Park from a height of 670m. The round trip lasts for 14 minutes and, you will never forget the sensational panorama. (Departure from Mt. Seoraksan National Park)

-Osaek Mineral Water and Osaek Hot Spring: Osaek means five different flavors that may be tasted in this special water. The water has strong iron content and is highly carbonated, which makes it difficult to drink it the first time. The water is so famous, though, that people from all over the country comes to Mt. Seoraksan just for access to it. Osaek Hot Spring is called the beauty hot spring and does wonders for the skin.

-Naksan Provincial Park: It takes 15 minutes to Naksan Provincial Park from Yangyang International Airport, where visitors can enjoy a fine selection of facilities. There are many famous national monuments such as the Naksansa Temple, Hongryeonam, Uisangdae, and Hajodae; beaches with clean sand such as Naksan Beach and Hajodae Beach; theme parks, drive-in movie theaters, and sushi centers.

-Haesugwaneumsang: You can grasp the true essence of Korean Buddhist culture through this 16m Buddhist statue. The grand scale of the statue along with the benevolent smile on its delicate expression is so beautiful that it moves anyone who sees it.

-Naksansa Temple: This temple is in Naksan where the Buddhist Goddess is said to reside. Ui-sang Daesa built the temple in 676 during the unified Silla era. After studying in Tang Dynasty China, Ui-sang encountered the Buddhist Goddess in prayer, and she pointed out where Mt. Naksan should be built.

-Hongryeonam Shrine: Hongryeonam is a shrine within Naksansa Temple, too small to accommodate many people at once. However, this room is famous because Ui-sang Daesa is said to have met Gwaneumbosal where it stands. Many tourists come to see this little shrine, with a hole in the ground through which one can see the cliffs and the ocean.

-Uisangdae Pavilion: A six-sided pavilion built in honor of Ui-sang Daesa, the founder of Naksansa Temple, where he used to sit in meditation. The sunrise at Uisangdae is regarded as one of the most spectacular sights on the East Sea.

Vacation cities[edit]

  • Hongcheon, Wonju, Pyeongchang, Hoengseong
  • A vacation resort and a forest bath that will refresh you - the best tourist site for the best vacation ever.

-Mt. Odaesan National Park: Centering around Birobong, standing at 1,563 meters above sea level, five peaks line up like a folding screen, while Sogeumgang Valley, which means little Mt. Geumgangsan, is situated below. Mt. Odaesan is originally a by-name for China's Shanxisheng Mt. Qingliangshan, but Jajangyulsa who studied in these mountains during the Silla dynasty decided to call the mountain in Korea Mt. Odaesan since the features of the two mountains were very similar. As the physical aspects of Mt. Odaesan are smoother than Mt. Seoraksan, anyone can easily take up the challenge of hiking here. Also, people of all ages love Mt. Odaesan as the perfect place for a forest bath.

Woljeongsa Temple in Korea

-Woljeongsa Temple: Famous for its Citadel Museum, which has on display numerous cultural relics and treasures, and an octagonal nine-stage stone pagoda. The huge fir tree forest road is so beautiful that it has been the setting of many dramas and movies.

-Sangwonsa Temple: Sangwonsa Temple preserves Korea's oldest grand temple bell (National Treasure No. 36). Ash remains of the Buddha brought from the Tang Dynasty are embedded at Jeongmyeolbogung in Sangwonsa Temple, singled out as the Buddhist number-one sacred ground in Korea.

-Korea Botanic Garden: Widely varying flowers and plants can be seen in the Korea Botanic Garden. Flowers bloom from spring to autumn in the wild flower community, a perfect place to take a photograph.

-Herb Nara Tourist Farm: This is a famous dating course. More than 100 types of herbs thrive in the garden and herb restaurants here serve tasty and healthy food.

-Mt. Chiaksan National Park: Centering around Birobong that stands at 1,288 meters above sea level are other peaks up to 1,000 meters. Mt. Chiaksan with its steep cliffs and solemn physical aspects is a sharp contrast to the smooth, feminine Mt. Odaesan. You can find precious elements of the regional cultural heritage such as beautiful valleys, Sinseondae, Guryongso, Seryeom Falls and Sangwonsa Temple. The park changes color as the seasons pass: azalea and royal azalea in spring, thick forest in summer, red maples in autumn and snow in winter.

-Guryongsa Temple: Guryongsa Temple is intertwined with an interesting legend that in the Silla dynasty, the year 666, nine dragons filled up a pond and built the temple atop. The splendid golden single-story building inside Daeungjeon and Daeungjeon itself were built in the representative architecture of the Joseon dynasty. Korea's largest straw mat is another attraction at Guryongsa Temple.


-Jangsongmo Ceramic Research Center: The Jangsongmo Ceramic Research Center (about 14 thousand square meters) has a museum displaying pottery from the Silla Kingdom two thousand years ago, Goryeo-era celadon, and white porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty. There is a hands-on D.I.Y center for visitors to make ceramics the traditional way with a potter's wheel.

-Chongga Kimchi: A visit to Chongga Kimchi factory will expose the secrets of the taste of Korean kimchi, which is being exported around the world. Visitors can see the entire process of making kimchi from selecting ingredients to fermentation to packaging, as well as taste the different types of kimchi that are made on the spot.

City of Tradition and history[edit]

  • Gangneung
  • A city full of cultural relics and traditions takes pride in its 600-year history

-Ojukheon: Ojukheon is one of the private houses that are equipped with Korea's traditional separate houses. It is also the birthplace of Korea's most famous scholar and politician, Yulgok Yi, and his mother Sinsaimdang. Yulgok Yi and Ojukheon are prominent enough to be drawn in the 5,000 won Korean bill.

-Seongyojang Residence: A traditional house of the high Joseon Dynasty society. It is famous for the beautiful curved lines of its roof, which resemble the shape of traditional Korean socks and hanbok clothing. Garments and products from the Joseon period are displayed in the exhibit and folk information exhibit within Seongyojang.

-Gyeongpodae Beach: One the most beautiful sites in Gangwon-do. From a bird's-eye view of Gyeongpodae Beach, when ocean and lake are calm like mirrors you can see the five moons of Gyeongpoho Lake of which many poets have sung: the moon in the sky, moon on the ocean, moon on the lake, moon in the glass of wine and the moon reflected in the eyes of the person across from you.

-Jeongdongjin: Jeongdongjin is the world's closest train station to the ocean, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. It is one of the favorite traveling sites for young couples in Korea for its romantic scenery and white sand. On top of the cliff where you can look down on Jeongdongjin Station, there is a sculpture park surrounded by palm trees.

-Chamsori Gramophone & Edison Museum: As the world's largest museum of gramophones, the Gramophone Museum displays unique gramophones collected from all over the world. The museum has items from a tin foil that was invented by Edison in 1877, all the way up to modern audio systems.

-North Korean Submarine Infiltration Site: Twenty-six armed North Korean commandos invaded this location when their submarine beached here on September 18, 1996.The submarine is located at the very site where it was stranded and visitors can tour inside the hull. A South Korean military vessel that took part in the Gulf War is stationed next to the submarine.

-Haslla Art World : This is a massive 26.9 ac. natural art park established by a husband-and-wife team of sculptors. The couple’s desire to preserve the smallest pieces of grass, flowers, trees, and rocks harmonized nature and artistic creations to bring into being a massive art world. Named after Haslla, an old name of Gangneung, it is also known as one of the most beautiful scenic points for the sunrise and moonrise along the east coast.

Romantic and Culture[edit]

  • Chuncheon
  • Chuncheon is famous for lakes and for festivals - Come and enjoys a romantic trip to Chuncheon, the city that Koreans rank as the nicest city to live in.

-Chuncheon Myeongdong Street: A small street, splendid for shopping. Stores are located on both sides of the lane. It is dubbed the "street of the young people" since you can always find clothes and culture currently in fashion.

-Chuncheon Barbecue Spicy Chicken Street: Chuncheon barbecue spicy chicken is almost better known than Chuncheon itself. Many chicken restaurants each boasting to be the original. The savory smell of the cuisine attracts passers-by.

-University Street: A 900-meter street at the back of Gangwon University in the "city of education," Chuncheon. Many interesting stores and cafes.

-Chuncheon Underground Shopping Complex: A huge underground shopping complex under City Hall. This is a one-stop shopping mall where you can compare prices and get a nice bargain.

-Jade Mine: This is the only mine in the word producing light jade. It has various facilities where visitors can excavate the stone by themselves, and directly experience the beneficial energy of this magical semi-precious stone.

-Soyang Dam: Built in 1973, Soyang Dam is Asia's largest gravel dam. Soyang Lake was formed while the dam was being constructed and lies across Chuncheon, Yanggu and Inje. It is called the "ocean within the land," and forms an ideal driving course for its open panorama and beautiful scenery. There is a ferryboat trip to Yanggu, a popular dating course.

-Gangchon: A popular membership-training site for college students. Gangchon is called the heaven for bike trekking. It is very close from Seoul, 40 minutes by train, a favorite weekend vacation spot because of the amusement parks, hostels and the new Gangchon resort.

-Gongjicheon: A favorite resort spot for citizens of Chuncheon; it is said that spring has come to Chuncheon when the ice of Gongjicheon melts and boat lovers come out. You can enjoy biking and boating on the weekends. Covered wagons in the vicinity are full of people until late at night.

City of caves[edit]

  • Samcheok, Jeongseon, Donghae, Taebaek
  • Travel to the beautiful and mysterious world of caves created by water over eons of time

-Hwanseon Cave: This is the largest limestone cave in Asia. It is not only famous for its gigantic and majestic chambers and fascinating formations, but is a mysterious living habitat of rare species. On the way up the climb to the cave entrance a huge waterfall can be seen falling from high on Mt. Deokhangsan. Special dwelling sites of people living in the mountains here are unique to Gangwon-do.

-Yongyeon Cave: Yongyeondonggul Cave, located 920 meters above sea level, is 843 meters long. The interior of the cave has four plazas and two water pathways. In the center plaza a rhythm water fountain dancing to a musical beat can be found, and a volcano water fountain. In particularly, a tram operates 1.1 km from the parking lot up to the entrance of the cave, another feature that adds to the fun.

-Cheongok Natural Cave: This cave is unique as it is located under the city streets of Donghae. The cave is 400 million to 500 million years old, and visitors can sight rare stones that are rich in academic value.

-Hwaam Cave: A natural cave that was used to mind gold, Hwaamdonggul has been developed as a theme cave: The Meeting of Gold and Mother Nature. The total area is 1,803 m and it has five special exhibition rooms. Asia's largest golden stalactite wall stands here, 30 m high and 20 m wide, and stalactites in differing types and various sizes. There is also a waterfall basin of unfathomable depth; maybe it goes to the center of the earth!

DMZ Tours[edit]

The DMZ (Demilitarized zone) is the dividing line set up according to the Korean War cease-fire agreement on June 27, 1953. It is a buffer zone to stave off hostilities between North and South. Military activity or equipment is prohibited in strip of land four kilometers wide that runs the width of the entire peninsula and constitutes approximately 0.5 percent of Korean territory North and South. The United Nations Committee of Military Administration manages the Southern half of the DMZ. The DMZ is the world's only remaining symbol of a divided nation, and Gangwon-do is Korea's only divided province. DMZ tours offer visitors a chance see how time has been at a standstill for the past half century. In Gangwon-do, DMZ tours are available in Cheorwon at the far West of the province, in Yanggu county in the center, and on the East coast at Goseong, about 50km North of Sokcho.


  • Cheorwon (철원)

Saemtong Migratory Bird's Sanctuary: Saemtong is a 5,000-square-meter natural pond that never freezes. The surrounding area in a 2-kilometer radius is a haven for migratory birds from November through March. Of the 1,300 white-napped cranes around the world, some 800 of them can be spotted in Cheorwon during this period. A commemorative picture of the cranes in this area was presented to Queen Elizabeth.

Goseokjeong Pavilion: This two-story tower was established under King Jinpyeong of the Silla Kingdom. Goseokjeong Pavilion was built above a valley, surrounded by cliffs and clear, blue waters. The battlefield conservation office here is the starting point for DMZ tours.

Woljeong-ri Station: This was a through-station before the division of the two Koreas, but now is the northernmost terminal station near the southern boundary of the DMZ. A large sign says The train wants to run, symbolizing the tragedy of national division.

The Second Underground Tunnel: Discovered on March 19, 1975, the Second Underground Tunnel is wide enough to pass 30,000 soldiers an hour and even large armored vehicles. The tunnel has been developed into a tourist site so that visitors can tour the tunnel.

Cheorui Samgakji (The Iron Triangle Zone): This observatory has the capacity for 300 people at once. Through eight sets of high-quality binoculars visitors can view the DMZ, the Pyeonggang highlands and propaganda village (a village built only to brag that North Korea is enjoying high living standards), a Kim Il Sung native home, and "Bloody Ridge" in North Korea.

Labor Party Building: Built in 1946 under fund-raising and labor forced by the North Korean government, the shelled-out carcass of a building is in Soviet-type architecture with concrete building. For security reasons, only devoted communist partisans were allowed to work within the building.

Seungilgyo Bridge: A bridge that North and South Korea built together - the North completed the basic construction and two piers while the remaining parts were completely by the South. The name of the bridge is Seungilgyo after 'Seung' of the late President Rhee Seung Man, and 'Il' of President Kim Il Sung so as to commemorate the ironic construction process.


  • Yanggu (양구)

Punch Bowl: A valley by 400-to-500-meter-above-sea-level highlands near the coast of Yanggu-gun. American reporters dubbed the basin the punch bowl. From Dolsanryeong that is between the east side and coasts in Yanggu-gun, visitors can view the beautiful panorama of the sea of fog that often hangs around the punch bowl.

The Fourth Underground Tunnel: This is the only of the North-Korean-built tunnels discovered with motorized transport inside. The water flowing out from the tunnel have filtered through mountain rock and is considered healthy to drink.

Eulji Observatory Tower: Eulji Observatory Tower is located 1,049 meters above sea level and one of the bitterest battlegrounds of the Korean War. From the tower, visitors can see the checkpoint and farms in North Korea and four peaks including Birobong, the highest in the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains.


  • Goseong (고성)

Unification Observatory: As the observatory closest to North Korea and the Northernmost point of the ROK, more than one million people visit this area on an annual basis. Visitors can see the Geumgangsan (Diamond Mountains) and the Haegeumgang in North Korea, with the naked eye, and unlike many other observatories, photographs are allowed everywhere. In the observatory North Korean food products are for sale, and the North Korean beer is actually quite good. Several Clunky North Korean-made Viewmasters give three-dimensional slide shows of idyllic scenes from the DPRK, with commentary in Korean, for a 500 Won coin. The windy road to the observatory brings forth a sense of tension due to the barbed-wire entanglements along the coast and soldiers stationed on alert at a checkpoint along the approach. Tickets and passage papers have to be obtained 4km before the first checkpoint or you will be made to turn around. The building to obtain these papers is not hard to find, it is on the left as you drive North just after the "World Mineral Museum," but the sign 100m before it is only in Korean.

Hwajinpo Beach: Surrounded by pine forests, Hwajinpo Beach with its white sand was a foreigner-exclusive summerhouse during the time of Japanese imperialism. The surrounding scenery is so beautiful that it was the summerhouse of Kim Il Sung and Rhee Seung Man after liberation from Japan. In the winter, cranes of various species visit Hwajinpo Beach to create a beautiful panorama. This area also became famous for filming the popular drama Autumn in my heart and now many fans come to Hwanjinpo to collect a sample of the beach sand.

Summerhouse of Kim Il Sung: The house is embedded in a cliff where you can have a bird's eye view of the beautiful Hwajinpo beach. There is an exhibition of Kim Il Sung's personal belongings including furniture. On the stairs up to the summerhouse, photos are displayed of Kim Jeong-il during his early days.

Maritime Museum: Located at the entrance of Hwajinpo Beach, the Maritime Museum exhibits 40,000 articles of 1,500 types of shellfish, corals and fossils some very rare.

Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains Land Tour: This is a one-day tour starting at 5AM in Goseong with return by nightfall. This tour is not only an important project of North-South Korea exchange with global significance but also a historical trip symbolizing the start of a new Silk Road, which has been closed to the public for decades.

Special see[edit]

Fantastic Festival[edit]

  • Spring when flowers bloom and birds cry
Chuncheon International Mime Festival

-Chuncheon International Mime Festival(Starts every Wednesday of the fourth week in May for five days): A globally renowned art performance festival in Korea. The main event consists of performances of international and domestic mime groups, and there are special events such as street performances, mime lessons, body painting shows, and mime concerts throughout the festival period.

-Yeongwol Danjong Festival(Early April, for three days): The Ministry of Culture and Tourism gave special designation to the Yeongwol Danjong Festival. It is held to console the spirits of King Danjong, whose life ended in a tragedy after exile by King Sejo, the sixth king of the Joseon dynasty, and his followers who sacrificed their lives. The festival starts with a commemorative funeral followed by a parade honoring King Danjong's life, and a traditional marriage.

-Gangneung Danoje(May 3 ~ May 7 of the lunar calendar every year, mid June): Gangwon-do's largest folk festival was registered in 2000 with UNESCO Intangible Cultural Assets. The city becomes a festive ambience with over 50 official events. The greatest attractions are the Gwanno Mask Play, open-air market with a thousand shops and splendid fireworks.


  • Summer that is bright as the blue sky

-Chuncheon International Animation Festival(Late July~Early August, for eight days) : In the city of animation, Chuncheon, visitors can enjoy the animation festival with its display of domestic and international animations. There are many events related to animation and the character world, as well as animation drawing contests.

-Chuncheon International Puppet Festival(Early August, for seven days): Visitors can enjoy various unique puppets from all over the world. The main event: puppet shows from the world over.

-Donghae Cuttlefish Festival(Late September, for three days) : People can make special memories by partaking in a wide array of events in the summer ocean. Tourists can participate in contests of catching cuttlefish with bare hands, while local fishermen take part in the cuttlefish cleaning and cooking contests.

-Pyeongchang Hyoseok Culture Festival(Late August - early September): Lee Hyoseok, one of the greatest authors of modern Korean literature, holds the festival at Pyeongchang, the actual stage of the story, When the Buckwheat Flowers Bloom. During the festival visitors can also enjoy the special ambiance created by the prolific buckwheat flowers.


  • Autumn immersed in red sky

-Yangyang Song-i Mushroom (Pine Mushroom) Festival(Early October, for five days): Song-i mushrooms are known as the golden mushrooms, diamonds of the forest and mysterious spiritual beings. The Song-i Mushroom Festival is an opportunity to observe the habitat of song-i mushrooms that are strictly monitored. Anyone can enjoy the mysteriousness of these delicious pine mushrooms, but reservations should be made in advance.

-Jeongseon Arirang Festival(Early October, for three days): This festival is held annually to promote Korea's primal folk song -- actually, set of folk songs -- the Jeongseon Arirang. The festival starts with disguise parades and folk events followed by various sports and cultural events such as performances of Arirang.

-Yangyang Salmon Festival(Early November, for two days): This festival is held in the fresh waters of Namdaecheon, the biggest Korean river up which salmon swim. Apart from a good look at the natural ecosystem, there are various events such as catching salmon with bare hands, regular salmon fishing, and running with salmon.

-Chuncheon International Marathon(Late October): This marathon circles Uiamho Lake, famous for its beautiful scenery. This is considered the optimal marathon in terms of scenery, difficulty and weather. There is a full course of 42.195 km and short courses of 5 and 10 km. Here is an international marathon that anyone can enjoy, running with world-famous marathoners.


  • Winter that shines with snow

-Snow Flake Festival (Daegwallyeong /Mt. Taebaeksan/Mt. Seoraksan) (Mid January, for nine days): Winter in Gangwon-do is full of white snow everywhere. Across the mountains in Gangwon-do, visitors can enjoy a wide array of events such as ice sculpture contests, climbing ice covered cliffs, and snow sleds like the old days.

-Inje Icefish Festival and Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival (Every mid January~mid February) : The Inje Icefish Festival and the Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival, the most popular winter festivals of Gangwon-do, are both held on the white ice fields created by frozen lakes. Catching the smelt and mountain trout that live only in Class-1 pure water on the hard and endless ice fields is a fun experience for many Koreans. A variety of snow and ice events, such as snow-sledding, an igloo exhibition, and snow sculptures, are also held, but the most exciting experience is walking and running on the thick ice of the frozen lakes!

-Fun Ski Festival(Early December to early March, around seven times): A ski festival for foreign visitors in Yongpyeong Resort, the Mecca of Korean skiing. For three nights and four days, participants enjoy ski lessons, dinners and various events. On the last day, all participants take part in a ski competition. Many foreigners participate in this romantic winter festival every year to enjoy the snow and skiing as well as the fun parties.

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Outdoor Recreation Sports[edit]

  • Inje, Cherwon, Yeongwol
  • Top quality outdoor recreation sports in the beautiful mountains and valleys of Gangwon-do

-Inje adventure complex 90 percent of Inje, where two-thirds of the Seoraksan Mountains are located, is mountainous. This natural environment blessed by heaven was developed with a three-adventure complex, each ideally befitting the natural topography. Visitors can experience the true enjoyment of outdoor sports, as it is equipped with facilities for beginners and the advanced.

Naerincheon Rafting from Gangwon province hall site by seonok hong 20/01/06

Naerincheon Region - Naerincheon Rafting: The perfect rafting course, 70 km of safe but thrilling bends and rapids. - Naerincheon Riverside Trekking: A promenade and trekking course lined with wild flowers along the Naerincheon River.

Habgangjeong Region - Paragliding: Special Mt. Giryongsan site that is favored by Para gliders for its ample take-off space and stable air currents. - Bungee jumping: Jumping facilities are by Leaning Tower, a globally renowned Australian bungee company.

Wondaegyo Bridge Region - MTB Course: A MTB course with six international standards that can be enjoyed by beginners and advanced alike. - Hiking Course: A smooth, circular hiking course for all with beautiful scenery.

-Cheorwon Hantangang River Rafting: Hantangang River, the Grand Canyon of Korea, takes pride in the mysterious cliffs and huge valleys and one-after-the-other scenic stretches that appear to be blessed by the heavens. The rafting course is 15 km long, divided according to the level of difficulty from beginner to advance.

-Yeongwol Donggang River Rafting: Donggang River, which flows around Gangwon-do's Yeongwol-gun, Jeongseon-gun and Pyeongchang-gun, is 72 km long and curls around high mountains and cliffs like a snake. Rafting lovers around the nation visit Donggang River for its abundant water and thrilling rapids.

Casino[edit]

The KangwonLand Casino : [3] located above the town of Sabuk in southern Jeongseon county, this is the only casino where both Koreans and non-Koreans are allowed, and features blackjack, baccarat, roulette, tai-sai and big wheel, plus 480 slot machines. The casino is extremely popular, and many Koreans wait all day to get a seat at the tables. If you have a party of five or more foreigners you can, however, reserve a private table in advance. There is also a 2.4 ac. subterranean virtual-reality theme park that provides special experiences in its “Galaxy Park”, various performances by a Russian performance troupe and Chinese acrobats, and many more attractions for the family visitors. The same resort complex includes the High1 ski resort and High1 Country Club, which are connected to the Casino by frequent shuttle buses and to each other by gondola.

Hot Spring[edit]

  • Nature's gift providing a complete vacation by warming the fatigue in your heart.

-Seorak Hanwha Waterpia Korea's largest hot springs theme park with huge hot springs facilities such as modern facilities using natural spring water that comes out of the ground at 49°C, outdoor leisure spa facilities, pulp wood baths and warm water baths at 8 degrees. Visitors can enjoy various types of spas against the background of the ulsan stones that stand out like folding screens - the landmark of Gangwon-do.

-Daemyung Resort Seorak Aqua Aqua World Daemyung Resort Sorak’s most recognizable facility is the 1.6 ac. Hot Spring Theme Park. It has various hot spring baths, including a high-tech bath that provides different massages with different flows of hot spring water, an outdoor bath, a Jasmine bath, a pine tree bath (Hinoki bath), and others. Sorak Aqua World also provides special attractions, such as an outdoor recreational pool surrounded by the beauty of Mt. Seoraksan, special barbeque parties in summer season, and world-famous Thai massages.

-Seorak Pine Resort ‘Garden Spa,’ an outdoor bath of Seorak Pine Resort, is equipped with various hot spring baths, high-tech sauna and massage rooms, and a world-class indoor pool. It is well-known for hot spring baths that use various herbs, such as green tea, angelica, mint, and many more, a “lover’s bath” scented with lemon, and a waterfall bath that provides massages under natural waterfalls.

-Osaek Hot Spring Located within Mt. Seoraksan National Park. This is a natural hot spring at about 600 m above sea level. There is a legend that the angels went to heaven after bathing in this very water. Osaek Hot Spring is famous for efficacy in treating neuralgia, muscle pains, arthritis, skin irritations, diabetes, blood circulation problem and digestive maladies. In particular, it is dubbed the 'Beauty Hot Springs' for doing wonders for the skin.

-Cheorwon Hot Spring Cheorwon Hot Spring is located at Goseokjeong Pavilion. The hot spring is a germanium-content volcanic spa with natural waters springing from 850 m deep. Known to be exceptionally effective for skin care for women, Cheorwon Hot Spring has sauna facilities and swimming pools. Visitors can enjoy the first-class pure natural waters while gazing at the beautiful vista of Hantangang River.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sundubu (순두부): Made from the clean water of the Seoraksan Mountains and salt from the East Sea, Sundubu, Korean-style silken tofu, has a mild, sleek and delicious flavor. A truly gourmet dish. Try Sokcho's Haksapyeong Sundubu Village and the Sinheung's Sundubu Stew Village.
  • Chobap (초밥): The best chobab, Korean-style sushi, is from fish caught at dawn and eaten right away. Gangwon's East coast offers many fresh fish markets. Once you try fresh raw fish, you will become an ardent fan. Excellent sushi can be found Sokcho's Daepo Port, just past the international ferry terminal, and around Dongmyeong Port.
  • Roasted Hwangtae (황태): Hwangtae is salt-removed Pollack dried in a cool, dry place. Gangwon-do takes pride in the best hwangtae in Korea, properly dried by adequate wind and cold. It is cooked in a hot cauldron with special spices and condiments. It is also called "yellow pollack" for its color after washing and drying the pollack that was salt-dried during winter.
  • Bibimbap (비빔밥) and Sanchaejeongsik (산채정식): Bibimbap is a mouth-watering dish of boiled rice and various greens and vegetables, sometimes meat, and peppered to your taste with spicy sauce which you mix yourself in a large bowl. Sanchaejeongsik (Rice with mixed wild vegetables) is a particular kind of Bibimbap that uses vegetables picked out in the mountains, small restaurants in rural areas of Gangwon-do often have the best Sanchaejeongsik in all of Korean.
  • Hongcheon hwarosutbulgui (홍천 화로숫불고기): This is pork flavored with 20 different types of spices and charcoal broiled. People of all ages love this cuisine for its abundant spices and non-greasy flavor.
  • Chodang Sundubu (초당 순두부): Sundubu stew is made of soft bean curd, famous for its delicate taste and flavored with salt from the East Sea. The sundubu is cooked from early in the morning, so soft it melts in your mouth. Try restaurants in Gangneung's Chodang-dong district.
  • Chuncheon Dalk-galbi (춘천닭갈비): A spicy barbecue chicken dish where the cook grills richly flavored chicken with fresh vegetables on a steel plate in front of the customers. Each restaurant has its secret formula of spices. While the best Chuncheon chicken can be found only in Chuncheon, many restaurants throughout Gangwon-do offer both Chuncheon-style, and their own regional variations of this dish.
  • Chuncheon Makguksu (춘천막국수): Chuncheon Makguksu is made of buckwheat instead of flour and flavored with spicy condiments. It stimulates your appetite and enhances the beauty of your skin. à Usually sold at barbecue spicy chicken restaurants

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's plenty of accommodation in all price brackets in Gangwon-do

Local Accommodations Information[edit]

  • Goseong

·KumKangsan Condominium (225 rooms) 82-33-680-7800 ·Daemyung Condo (683 rooms) 82-33-635-8311

  • Sokcho

· Hotel Seorak Park (Deluxe, 121 rooms) 82-33-636-7711 · The Kensington Star Hotel (Deluxe 108 rooms) 82-33-636-7131 · Donghae Condo (140 rooms) 82-635-9631∼5 · Sajo Resort (219 rooms) 82-33-631-9631 · Kumho Resort (247 rooms) 82-33-636-6000 · Sorak Pine Resort (141 rooms) 82-33-635-5800 · Welcome Condo (129 rooms) 82-33-631-8711 · Koresco (153 rooms) 82-33-635-8040 · Hanwha Resort (1,534rooms) 82-33-635-7711 · Yunho Condominium (119 rooms) 82-33-631-5000 · Youngrangho Resort (261 rooms) 82-33-633-0001

  • Yangyang

· Naksan Beach Hotel (Deluxe, 136 rooms) 82-33-672-4000 · Osaek Green Yard Hotel (155 rooms) 82-33-672-8500 · Freya Naksan Resortel (228 rooms) 82-33-672-5000

  • Gangneung

· Hotel Hyundai (Deluxe 93 rooms) 82-33-644-2181 · Hotel Kyongpo Beach (First Class, 60 rooms) 82-33-644-2277 · Gangneung Tourist Hotel (First Class, 74 rooms) 82-33-641-7701 · Sun cruise (207 rooms) 82-33-610-7000

  • Pyeongchang
Yongpyeong Resort

· Yong Pyong Resort (662 rooms) 82-33-335-5757 · Phoenix Park (756 rooms) 82-33-333-6000 · Hotel Odaesan (306 rooms) 82-33-330-5000

  • Hoengseong

· Hyundai Sungwoo Resort (767 rooms) 82-33-523-7111

  • Wonju

· Oak Valley Resort (711 rooms) 82-33-3501

  • Hongcheon

· Daemyung Vivaldi Park (190 rooms) 82-33-434-8311

  • Chuncheon

· Chuncheon Sejong Hotel (First Class, 65 rooms) 82-33-252-1191 · Chuncheon Bears Tourist Hotel (First Class, 78 rooms) 82-33-256-2525 · Doosan Resort (125 rooms) 82-33-240-8000

  • Cheorwon

· Chulwon Spa Tourist Hotel (First Class, 84 rooms) 82-33-455-1234

  • Jeongseon

· The KangwonLand Hotel [4] (Deluxe, 676 rooms) 82-1588-7789 · The High1 Hotel (Deluxe, 197 rooms) 82-1588-7789

  • Samcheok

· Palace Hotel (105 rooms) 82-33-575-7000


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