Destinations Gangwon-do

Located in the mid-eastern part of the Korean peninsula and flanked by the sea and the mountains, Gangwon-do is full of natural attractions. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of Mt. Seoraksan and Mt. Chiaksan as the scenery alters by season. On the east coast are other tourist attractions such as fine beaches and clean coastlines. There are countless ski resorts in the province due to the heavy snowfall in the winter on the mountains.



Recommended Sites

  • Mt. Seoraksan National Park
    Address : Buk-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
    Description :
    Also called as Mt. Seolsan and Mt. Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Mt. Seorak because the snow would not melt for a long time and its rocks stay white like snow. In November 1965, the Mt. Seoraksan Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. The park is spread about in 4 cities and counties, in Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. Featuring the highest peak Daecheongbong, the east side is called OeSeorak and the west is called NaeSeorak, which is divided again into North NaeSeorak and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon stream, which flows to Ingyecheon stream and Baekdamcheon stream. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon Valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple, which is known for its beautiful scenery. Follow upstream and there is Gayadong Valley and Suryeomdong Valley, and past Yeongsiam and Mangyeongdae there is Madeungryeong ridge(1,327m) that leads to Seorakdong. Follow Suryeomdong Valley and you will reach Waryong Waterfall and Ssangpok. Go up the mountain a bit more from here and you will reach Bongjeongam(1,224m above sea level). Once you mount Daecheong Peak you can view the mountain peaks, and the sunrise viewed from here will make your heart pious. South NaeSeorak directs the valley from the Oknyeotang area to Hangyeryeong. Daeseung Waterfall north of Jangsudae is the most beautiful site of NaeSeorak, which is 88m high. On the south valley of Yongdaeri there is the Twelve Fairy Bathing Spring, Oktang Waterfall, and Yongtang Waterfall.
    Directions :
    At Wontong, take the Yongdaeri bound(Baekdamsa entrance) bus via Namgi-ri
    Information :

    - Mt. Seoraksan Adminstration Office Tel 033-636-7700 (Kor/Eng)
    - Homepage : www.npa.or.kr/sorak (Kor/Eng)
    - Open all year
    - Admission Fee
    * Adults(Age 20 and over) : 1,300 won *Teenagers(Age 14-19) : 600 won
    * Children(Age 13 and under) : 300 won
     

  • Phoenix Park
    Address :
    1095 Myeonon-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
    Description :
    Phoenix Park presently has 13 skiing courses with unique slopes for the enjoyment of dynamic and exciting experiences. It operates a Snowboard Park with quality snow facilities for snow boarders. It is equipped with the first gondola lift in the nation, as well as the Key lift system, which enables the skier to make the choice among the beginner, intermediate, and the expert course. Many soap operas have been shot at Phoenix Park due to its beautiful scenery. Ever since Korea’s most popular drama, “Autumn Story,” was shot here, Phoenix Park has been booming with customers. Take a bus that heads to Jangpyeong at the Dong-Seoul Express Bus Terminal when coming to Phoenix Park from Seoul. Get off at the Jangpyeong Express Bus Terminal and take the free shuttle bus that goes to Phoenix Resort. The shuttle runs every two hours from 9:00-21:00.
    Directions :
    Take the free shuttle bus from the Jangpyeong Bus Terminal at Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do to Phoenix (approximately 15 min.)
    Departures: 09:00 / 11:00/ 13:00 /15:00/ 17:00/ 20:00
    Phoenix Park to Jangpyeong Bus Terminal, take the free shuttle bus (approximately 15 min.)
    Departs at 08:30 /10:30 /12:30 /14:30 /16:30/ 18:30 /20:30 in front of the Central Plaza Ski House at Phoenix Park.
    Jangpyeong Terminal Telephone Information: (033)-332-4209
    Information :

    1. 1095 Myeonon-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
    2. Tel : 033-333-6000 (Kor/Eng)
    3. Homepage :
    http://www.phoenixpark.co.kr (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chi)
    4. From the middle of November to the beginning of March the following year (Small changes may occur every year)
    5. Fee: Adults 14 and over / Children 13 and under


    Lift fee

    Classification

    Normal Ticket (won)

    Normal ticket

    Morning/Afternoon/Evening

    Adults

    36,000

    Children

    25,000

    Midnight(Fri,Sat)

    Adults

    26,000

    Children

    18,000

    Day ticket

    Adults

    47,000

    Children

    33,000

    Single ride ticket

    Adults

    8,000

    Children

    6,000

    Combo ticket

    Afternoon+Evening
    Evening+morning

    Adults

    60,000

    Classification

    42,000

    Evening+Midnight

    Adults

    43,000

    Children

    30,000

    * Morning : 08:30-12:30 / Afternoon : 12:30 - 22:30 / Evening : 18:30 - 22:30 Midnight : 22:00 - 23:30

    Ski rental fee

    Classification

    Fee (won)

    Normal

    Daily fee
    Afternoon+ Evening ticket

    Adults

    20,000

    Children

    16,000

    Morning ticket
    Afternoon /Midnight ticket

    Adults

    18,000

    Children

    14,000

    Midnight ticket (Fri, Sat)

    Adults

    16,000

    Children

    13,000

    Evening+Midnight ticket

    Adults

    19,000

    Children

    15,000

    2-day ticket

    Adults

    36,000

    Children

    27,000

    3-day ticket

    Adults

    55,000

    Children

    40,000

    6. . Facilities: Swimming pool, sauna, play room, arcades, karaoke, bowling alley, billiards, convenience store, photo shop, souvenir shop, sports equipment shop, training range, hotel, restaurant, disco, fast food court, snack bar, coffee shop.
     

  • Naksansa Temple
    Address :
    Jeonjin 1-ri, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
    Description :
    Naksansa Temple is located 4 km north of Naksan Beach, and has a history of 1,300 years. It is a temple built by Ui-Sang, the ambassador of the 30th King of Silla Period (BC 57-AD 935), and inside there is the Seven Floor Stone Tower, Dongjong, Hongyaemun, and other cultural assets. It was named Naksansa Temple by Ui-Sang, at the spot where he learned the prayer “Gwansae-eumbosal” from Bosal, after he’d returned from studying abroad in the Chinese Dang Kingdom. It was rebuilt several times afterwards, and the current building was raised in 1953.
    You can get to Naksansa Temple by passing through Iljumun and Hongyaemun. When you enter the temple from Hongyaemun, you can see black bamboo trees and tiled earthen walls on either side of the sanctuary. North of Naksan Beach, beside the copper bell is a back door, with a path that leads to Uisangdae Pavilliaon and Hongryeonam. Uisangdae is a pavilion built on top of a cliff by the sea, and was built where Ui-Sang used to sit and meditate. Hongryeonam is known as a small Buddhist temple, built above a stone cave by Ui-Sang. Under the sanctuary floor there is a 10 cm hole, through which you can see the sea. Past Uisangdae Pavillion, up the path on the hill at Sinseonbong, there is a stone statue of Buddha called Haesugwaneumsang. It is the largest of its kind in the Orient, and can be seen from as far as Mulchi Harbor.
    Directions :
    At Sokcho Bus Terminal, there is a bus to Mt. Naksansa every 10 minutes. (25 minute ride)
    Information :

    Mt. Naksan Park Administration Office Tel: 033)670-2518-9 (Kor) -Naksansa Temple Information Tel: 033)672-2448 (Kor) -Hours: Sunrise to Sunset -Admission Fee: ages 20+ : 2,000 won 14-19 : 1,570 won under 13 : 1,000 won
     

  • Mt.Chiaksan National Park
    Address :
    Gangrim-myeon, Hoengseong, Socho-myeon, Wonju, Gangwon-do
    Description :
    Mt.Chiaksan National Park was designated as a national park in December 1984. From a long time ago, Mt. Chiaksan has been known as a high and steep mountain in the east, but it has a magnificent view with deep valleys. Its old name was Mt. Jeokak, but the name was changed after a myth. Once a man saved a pheasant from being eaten by a snake. When the man was trapped in danger, that pheasant also saved him from danger and saved his life. Because of this story the name of this mountain became Mt. Chiaksan. The temple connected to that story is Sangwonsa Temple. South of Sangwonsa Temple in Sangwon-gol is the Natural Monument Seonghwang Forest. To the west are Sejondae, Mangyeongdae and Mun Stone and Adeul (Son) stone. You can also see fortress walls from the myth of Jeonransa Temple such as Yeongwon Fortress, Haemi Fortress and Geumdu Fortress. Near the main peak Birobong is Seokgyeongsa Temple, where the soul of Ungok Won Cheon-Seok is said to be resting, and Ipseokdae, Sinseondae, Tejongdae and Nogoso. Behind them you can enjoy the magnificent landscape of Seryeom Waterfall, Sadari Byeongchang, Changde Rock and Tugubong Peak. Also on the top of Birobong are the famous three stone pagodas (10m high). Guryongsa Temple was established by Monk Uisang (625-702) of the Silla Dynasty (BC 57-AD 935), during the reign of King Munmu. Other attractions include Daewungjeon (Local Tangible Cultural Property No.24), Guryong Waterfall, the Turtle Stone, Tiger Stone and Dragon stone nearby. There have been many temples on Mt.Chiaksan from a long time ago, but including Guryongsa Temple there are only 8 temples left today. At Guryong Valley there is a forest of pine trees that are hundreds of years old. You can see the Hwangjanggeumpyo left in Hak-gol to prohibit cutting trees in the woods. The main ridges of Mt.Chiaksan are steep on the west but the eastern ridge is rather gentle.
    Directions :
    From Wonju, take a bus bound for Guryongsa Temple, Sangwonsa Temple (Seongnam-ri), Yeongwonsa Temple (Geumde-ri), or Gukhyangsa Temple (Henggu-dong).
    Information :

    Mt.Chiaksan National Park Administration Office, Tel: 033-745-5231 (Kor)
    - Admission Fee
      Adults (Age 20 and over) : 1,300won
      Teenagers (Age 14-19) : 600won
      Children (Age13 and under) : 300won
     

  • Cheorui Samgakji (The Iron Triangle Zone)
    Address :
    Dongsong-eup, Cheolwon-gun, Gangwon-do
    Description :
    The Cheorui Samgakji is the area that connects Gimhwa, Pyeonggang and Cheolwon. This area had the heaviest casualties during the Korean War with the Baekmagoji Battle and Oseongsan Battle . The Cheorui Samgakji was prohibited to the public after 1953 when the war concluded in an ceasefire, but the reality of the war was slowly revealed starting from November 1989. The Cheorui Samgakji was the headquarters and frontline of the North Korean Army. This area had the unique natural advantage of being a difficult spot for Allied forces to attack, but an easy spot for North Koreans to defend. At the old battlefields are the labor headquarters, the 2nd tunnel and the remains of a train with a sign that reads 'The iron horse wants to run'. The Labor Headquarters, a Russian-style 3-story building, was built by compulsory fund raising and labor mobilization. Many people who were in the anticommunist movement were brought here and tortured and killed. Behind the building remains of people, bullets and iron chains are still being found today. This is also the spot where the 2nd tunnel, 108km north from Seoul, made by North Koreans to invade South Korea. It is also known as the gathering area of seasonal birds and is a popular bird watching spot.
    Directions :
    At Dongsong-eup, Sincheol-won, take the Sincheon-ri bound bus. Get off in front of Baekmagoji bus stop.
    Information :

    - Battlefield Control Offices (Jeonjeok-gwan), Tel: 033-450-3129, 3577 (Kor)
    - Hours :
      All vehicles must drive under the lead of the guide. Circumstances may change according to military conditions.
    * At 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
    - Security Field Trip
      Goseok-jeong (Jeonejok-gwan) → The 6th Control Office → The 2nd Tunnel → Cheorui Samgakji Observatory (Woljeongri-station) → 5th Control Office
    Total required time: 2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
    - Inquiries:
      Apply for a tour 10 minutes prior at at Goseok-jeong (2nd floor information office, Jeonjeok-gwan). Foreigners must prepare passports and ID cards.
    - Admission Fee :
      Adults(Age 20 and over) : 1,500 won
      Teenagers(Age 14-19) : 1,200 won
      Children(Age 3 and under) : 800 won
     

  • Odaesan Sogeumgang
    Address :
    Toegok-ri, Yeongok-myeon, Gangreung-si,Gangwon-do
    Description :
    Odaesan Sogeumgang located on the east side of Mt. Odaesan, and because the mountain scenery looks as if a crane ('Cheonghak') was spreading its wings, it was also called Cheonghak Dongsogeum. But after it became part of Mt. Odaesan National Park, it has been going by its present name, Odaesan Sogeumgang. It became designated as Famous Site No. 1 in 1970, and it occupies almost a quarter of the Mt.Odaesan National Park. Sogeumgang is the name used by scholar Yul-Gok of Joseon Period (1392-1910) when he wrote a book called Cheonghaksangi, and that name became its name. They say these mountains resemble Mt. Geumgangsan’s scenery, only miniaturized, hence the name Sogeumgang, meaning “small Geumgang”. Near Sogeumgang is Geumgangsa Temple, and there are the words “Sogeumgang” written by Yeol-Gok himself. Sogeumgang, starting with Mureung Valley as center, is divided lower half and upper half. The lower half is called Oesogeumgang and the upper half is called Naesogeumgang. Oesogeumgang includes the Geumgangmun, Chwiseonam, and Bibong Waterfall areas, and Naesogeum includes Samseonam, Sesim Waterfall, and Cheongsim Waterfall areas. Besides these, there are also Mureung Valley, Yeonjuam, Manmulsang and other well-known places, as well as Sipjaso pond that is shaped like a cross, Baekmabong, Okryudong, Sikdangam, and others. At the top of the mountain is Amisanseong (or Geumgangsanseong fortress), said to have been built by Mauitaeja (Silla 56th King, reign 927-935) a thousand years ago, to relieve himself of the grief of losing his kingdom. To the right of Mt Hwangbyeongsan is Noinbong Peak, and to the left is Maebong Peak. The current down from Noinbong Peak goes on for about 13 km and becomes Sogeumgang, which has many rocks, swamps, and waterfalls as well. Also, Sogeumgang has pine trees, various kinds of plants, bandal bear, woodpeckers, mountain sheep and other animals, making the area very valuable for ecology or biosphere studies. Sogeumgang is also famous for its winter snow flowers.
    Directions :
    From Gangreung Bus station, take a Bus( No. 7, or No. 7-7) and get off at Sogeumgang bus stop on Mt. Odaesan.
    Information :

    - Inquiries : Mt. Odaesan National Park Administration Office Tel : 033-332-6417 (Kor)

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