Korea’s Gangwon State, a hidden gem nestled in nature's embrace, has recently been gaining attention as a must-visit destination. From picturesque landscapes to immersive experiences, Gangwon offers a myriad of attractions that make it an ideal spot for travellers seeking both tranquillity and adventure. Wondering why this province deserves a spot on your bucket list? Check out these 9 reasons why you should visit Gangwon now!
1. Samyang Farm
At the top of our list is the enchanting Samyang Farm, a slice of heaven that seamlessly blends the charm of farm life with breathtaking natural vistas. Spread across 19.835 square kilometres and perched 1470 meters above sea level, this expansive haven offers 360º panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Picture-perfect meadows play host to adorable sheep freely grazing, adding a touch of serenity to the landscape. It's not just the sheep; the farm is also home to iconic windmills, showcasing South Korea's commitment to sustainable energy. As if that's not enough, Samyang Farm has served as the backdrop for numerous K-dramas, drawing visitors with its undeniable scenic and romantic allure.
Admission fees: Adult (KRW12,000), kids aged 3 years old to 18 years old (KRW10,000). Free entrance for children aged 0-3 years old.
Address: 708-9, Kkotbadyangji-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (November - April), 8.30am - 5.30pm (May - October)
2. LEGOLAND @ Korea Resort
For families seeking a whimsical adventure, Gangwon boasts the largest LEGOLAND in Asia! This recently opened wonderland invites visitors to step into a world of creativity and imagination. With different sectors dedicated to various LEGO stories, kids and adults alike can revel in the magic of LEGO craftsmanship. To complete the Legoland experience, stay in the themed LEGOLAND Hotel, where each room offers a unique and immersive theme. It's the perfect destination for families with children, promising endless fun and unforgettable memories!
Address: 128 Hajungdo-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (Daily)
3. Samaksan Cable Car
Embark on a 15-minute journey aboard the Samaksan Cable Car, an experience that elevates your adventure to new heights—literally. As you ascend, marvel at the scenic views of Uiamho Lake and the surrounding hills in Chuncheon. This cable car holds the title of the country's longest, connecting Samak Mountain from Samchenodong to Lake Uiam. The journey itself is a spectacle, offering a bird's-eye view of the stunning landscapes below.
Address: 245, Sports town-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
December - April: Sunday-Friday 9am - 6pm / Saturday 9am - 8pm
May - November: Sunday-Friday 9am - 8pm / Saturday 9am - 10pm
4. King Canoe Experience
Gangwon's allure extends to its waterways, and the King Canoe experience on Lake Uiam is a testament to this. Particularly stunning during autumn, when foliage paints the surroundings in a myriad of warm hues, the lake offers a serene escape. Rowing on its crystal-clear waters provides a unique perspective, with the Samaksan hills forming a majestic backdrop—a view you'll recognize if you've recently taken the Samaksan Cable Car. While here, don't miss the Uiamho Lake Skywalk for an added touch of adventure.
Address: 468-1, Chiljeon-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Opening hours: 9am - 6pm
5. BTS Bus Stop, Hyangho Beach
For K-pop enthusiasts, Gangwon holds a special treat—the iconic BTS Bus Stop at Hyangho Beach. This is the very spot where the legendary group shot their 'Spring Day' album cover. A pilgrimage for ARMY, the bus stop is more than a photo opportunity; it's a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of Hyangho Beach, adding a touch of music magic to your Gangwon experience.
6. Cafe Najeon Station
Step back in time at Cafe Najeon Station, South Korea's first and only railway cafe. Located in a peaceful town, this quaint and cosy spot offers a relaxing respite. Dress up as the ticket man and explore the cafe's adorable props for a playful touch. With its charming atmosphere and numerous photo opportunities, Cafe Najeon Station is a delightful stop that adds a touch of whimsy to your Gangwon adventure.
Halal status: No pork no lard, there is no halal cert or meat at the cafe. They only served desserts and coffee/tea
Address: South Korea, Gangwon-do, Jeongseon-gun, Bukpyeong-myeon, Bukpyeong 8-gil, 38 KR
Opening hours: 10:30 am - 7 pm (Monday - Friday), 8.30am - 7pm (Saturday), 11am - 7pm (Sunday)
7. Woljeongsa Temple
Gangwon's cultural richness unfolds at Woljeongsa Temple, located in the Odaesan region. As one of the province's famous temples, Woljeongsa provides a serene escape, surrounded by fir trees that have witnessed over 500 years of history. Stroll through the temple grounds, feeling a sense of calm and peace. Learn about Korean Buddhism, delve into its history, and appreciate the beauty of the temples that have withstood the test of time, despite fires in 1377 and 1833.
Address: 374-8 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
8. Deep Dive Museum
The futuristic Deep Dive Museum is an interactive marvel that engages all five senses. Step into a world where light, sound, and scent create a truly immersive experience, transporting you to the future and fantasy realms. This innovative museum promises to stimulate your senses, offering a unique and memorable encounter that adds a modern twist to Gangwon's traditional charm!
Address: Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Olympic-ro, 787 뮤지엄 딥다이브
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (Daily)
9. Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games
Gangwon is gearing up to host Asia's first Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024, building on the legacy of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This exciting event will see 1,900 youth athletes from 70 countries competing in four cities around Gangwon-do. Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Jeongseon, and Hoengseong will be alive with the spirit of competition and camaraderie. With seven games featuring 15 events and 81 sub-events, there's something for everyone to enjoy!
P/S: Another event that you can look out for is the annual Seogwipo Winter Sea International Penguin Swimming Festival where you'll witness brave souls taking a refreshing plunge into the winter sea, breaking away from old habits and ushering in new energy and courage. If you’re one of the brave souls, you can take part in the event too! Check out the K-Culture Travel Events 100 page for more info!
Venue: area around Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Jeongseon, Hoengseong
Gangwon is a treasure trove of experiences that cater to all tastes. Whether you're seeking the tranquillity of nature, the magic of LEGOLAND, the cultural richness of temples, or the sensory delights of the Deep Dive Museum, Gangwon has it all. With its diverse offerings, Gangwon deserves a prime spot on your bucket list—a destination waiting to be explored, cherished, and remembered for a lifetime!
This article is brought to you by Korea Tourism Organization