Gapyeong is a small town, famous all over Korea for pine nuts(찻) and Nami island(남이섬). In October, Gapyeong hosts the annual International Jazz Festival on Jara island(자라섬). Gapyeong is popular with people taking a weekend away from Seoul. It can become busy on the weekends with people coming to stay in the many pensions in the surrounding area. The area is very mountainous so hiking and MTB are popular things do do here.
Gapyeong Station is located on the Gyeongchun line(경춘선) of the Seoul Metro system. This line starts at Sangbong(상봉역) on the northeast of Seoul, and runs all the way to Chuncheon(춘천역). The train leaves Sangbong approximately 3 times per hour takes 55 minutes to get to Gapyeong. From Chuncheon it takes about 20 minutes. A journey on the Seoul Metro costs from 1,050 won to 2,050 won depending on the length of the journey. A typical journey to the center of Seoul from Gapyeong on the on the Seoul Metro involves 2 to 4 line changes and takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours.
The ITX departs Yongsan(용산) Station on the hour every hour and stops at Cheongnyangni(청량리), Pyeongnaehopyeong(평내호평), and Gapyeong stations on the way to Chuncheon(춘천). From Yongsan it takes 55 minutes and costs 4,800won to reach Gapyeong. In the opposite direction, the train leaves Chuncheon every ten minutes past the hour, takes 17 minutes and costs 3,000 won to reach Gapyeong Station.
Many intercity buses going to Chuncheon departing from destinations in Gyeongi Province will stop at Gapyeong bus terminal(가평버스터미널). Also the red 1330-3 bus runs between Cheongnyangni(청량리) in Seoul and Gapyeong costing 2,200 won with a T-money pre-pay card.
The train station is located a little way away from the town center. You can take a taxi (~3,000 won) or walk (15-20 minutes). When you come out of exit 1 of the station (there is only one exit) turn left and follow the road until you come to a T-junction. Right at the T-junction will take you to Nami island, left will take you towards town and Jara island.
The Peace Institute, the Birthplace of Peace
The HWPL Peace Institute is a special peace museum and conference location, built as an education and training institute in 2014. The institute is operated by an NGO, HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light, Chairman Man Hee Lee) is an NGO with special consultative status at the UN ECOSOC and registered as a UN DGC-associated NGO. The venue has been home to 10-20 peace events each year, and has served as a gathering place for peace advocates, politicians, and activists from around the world.
The public museum part of the the institute holds a vast collection of peace awards from a number of countries and rare gifts presented by high-profile figures. A showcase inside the main hall displays gifts and tokens of hope for peace from advocates around the world. These gifts are items of high historical and cultural value in their own right, and are supplemented by photograph galleries that capture the history of peace work across 170 different countries since 2014. The vast collection is displayed throughout the entire building's three stories. The Peace Institute in Gapyeong is known as the birthplace of the work for Peace and Cessation of War, where Chairman Man Hee Lee set out to work for international peace following orders from heaven.
Water Sports The river that runs past Gapyeong to Cheongpyeong has many opportunities for wake boarding, water skiing and tubing.