This Winter Olympics happening from 9th to 25th February 2018 will be held at PyeongChang. NOT PYEONGYANG.
As much as I want to avoid spoiling it for you, Gangwon is an amazing and scenic destination! Here, I am going to share some activities for a fun-filled experience in Gangwon!
The Alpensia Coaster
Alpensia Ski Jump is the symbol of 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic. Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium (알펜시아 스키점프 경기장) is a multi-purpose stadium located at Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
It is actually crazy adrenaline pumping enough just by looking at the image above, right in front of my computer monitor. You can enjoy the excitement of a ski jumping player by trying out the Alpensia Coaster that will take you through 2.2km along the beautiful autumn leaves in red and yellow. It goes up to 40km/h which is guaranteed to be a thrilling ride!
The Alpine coaster is located at the Alpensia Ski Resort. You can find yourself getting a good deal if you purchase the package on their website! Also, they do offer ski packages at good prices if you are visiting in winter to ski.
For more information: http://www.alpensiaresort.co.kr/EnSptsSkiAlphaCoaster.gdc
📍Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
The mountain that every single visitor to Gangwon has to set foot on. Seoraksan is the tallest mountain in the Tabaek mountain region, standing at 1,708m. Titled the 5th national park in Korea, the Seoraksan National Park is a popular attraction for many to view the autumn red, orange and yellow vibrant leaves.
There are many hiking routes as the mountain is gigantic, it covers 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang.
Goseong Unification Observatory
Gangwon is a big place, let’s go to the Goseong county. Located at the Tongil Security Park, lies the Goseong Unification Observatory where you can get to view the closest mountain in North Korea. (Mt. Geumgang) While you are there, do also check out the DMZ Museum which is just nearby. Stock up souvenirs from North Korea while you are at it!
During the Korean War, many of people were being separated from their families. Hence, when they miss their family, they would visit this place as it is the closest they can get to their loved ones. As melancholic as it may sound, I love how this place holds meaning to certain people.
Daegwanryeong Samyang Ranch (대관령양떼목장)
📍708-9, Kkotbatyangji-gil, Hoenggye-ri, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Over at the Daegwanryeong Ranch, you can play with beautiful and adorable sheeps over the vast green pastures. Spend an intimate time with them by feeding them, for 5,000 won which includes the entrance fee already!
You can also find dairy products made by the farm such as milk and cheese. Fun fact, this farm is actually owned by Samyang, so expect a variety Samyang noodles to be sold at the stores too.
Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi Skywalk) (아리힐스 (병방치 스카이워크))
Adrenaline junkie but too afraid to do sky diving? Try the skywalk in Jeongseon, Gangwon. You get to walk on see-through glass and lose yourself to the beautiful mountains around you. The magnificent horseshoe-shaped meander resembles the Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, yet with a entirely different vibe.
📍225 Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
“Byeongbangchi Observatory is located in the between Gyuram-ri and Buksil-ri in Jeongseon-eup and features breathtaking views surrounding Bamseom Island whose shape is like the Korean peninsula with streams of Donggang River. Byeongbangchi Skywalk experience offers a thrilling experience as it gives a feeling of walking in the sky thanks to the tempered glass on the ‘U’ shaped structure (11m) projected from the cliff at altitude of 583m. From this observatory, tourists can see the beauty of Bamseom Island and Donggang River, making it an attractive point to visit.” – VisitKorea.net
Jumunjin Breakwaters (주문진 방사제)
📍1609, Haean-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Did you miss the drama “Goblin” like I did? Hope to reenact the iconic scene with your Gong Yoo? The Jumunjin breakwaters was meant to prevent the erosion of coastline and longshore drift, but became a popular visitor attraction ever since the drama Goblin aired in 2016. We all recall that memorable scene where she holds the buckwheat flowers. (*Playing the OST as I am typing this*)
For more information: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2475092
📍Jungang-ro, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-doStarting from Samcheok the sea train takes you 53km to Gangneung, perfect combination if you are heading to the Jumunjin Breakwaters. The train takes you along the western costal line, which is a magical experience, at least you’ll get to be like Harry Potter for a day. Enjoy unlimited rides with Korail Pass!
Samcheok Ocean Railbike (삼척 해양레일바이크)
📍Gongyangwang-gil 2 & Yongwha Haebyun-gil 23, Geundeok-myeon, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
Forget those normal train rides, ride a rail bike along the coastal line, get 3 other friends to join you on a ride through the ocean tunnel, on the 5.4km long rail. Pedal along the Wonpyeong and Yonghwa Beach and the ocean tunnel that is decorated with rainbow-coloured LED lights.
Check out Radio DJ Sonia Chew’s visit to Gangwon for absolute fun footage by SSBD!
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Post brought to you in partnership with Korean Tourism Board.
Thanks for reading! Melvin