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Enjoy Autumn in Chuncheon

  • Tag Food Tour
  • Date09/19/2019
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Namiseom Island Metasequoia Road

Chuncheon, well-known as a lakeside city, is a romantic travel spot. The city is just a short one-hour ride on the ITX-Cheongchun Train from Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul. Chuncheon holds the lovely meaning of "a stream that flows when spring comes," but it is also beautiful when visited in fall. At this time of the year, the colorful fall foliage creates a picturesque sight. In order to get the most out of a trip to Chuncheon, a relaxing two-day schedule is recommended over a rushed one-day trip.

Begin your journey at Namiseom Island

Namiseom Island in Chuncheon is the famous filming location for the drama, "Winter Sonata (2000).” The place was not originally an island, but formed as a result of being surrounded by water when the Cheongpyeong Dam was built. Although the island is small enough to be explored in half a day, it remains one of Chuncheon’s top attraction among international visitors. The many walking paths allow one to enjoy the seasonal beauty, and the island’s many other attractions keep visitors of all ages entertained.

Songpa Ginkgo Tree Lane

The Metasequoia Road and Songpa Ginkgo Tree Lane are two of Namiseom Island’s most popular attractions and are frequently featured in dramas, movies and commercials. In particular, the beauty of Songpa Ginkgo Tree Lane reaches its peak in late October and early November. The entire area becomes colored in shades of yellow, delivering a scenic autumn landscape.

Things to see and do on Namiseom Island

Not only is Namiseom Island famous for its nature, there are a variety of things to see and experience here. There are spots that cannot be left unvisited like the UNICEF Hall and the Song Museum, and visitors can even catch sight of various animals including ostriches, rabbits and squirrels. Visitors looking for a more active trip can rent a bicycle from the bike center. The crisp autumn air is great for taking a spin around the island on a bike.

Namiseom Island

  • ☞ Address: 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 남산면 남이섬길 1)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 4 min from Gapyeong Station to Namiseom Dock and take a ferry to Namiseom Island
  • ☞ Operating hours (Ferry): 07:30-21:40
    * 07:30-09:00 (30 minute intervals) / 09:00-18:00 (10-20 minute intervals) / 18:00-21:40 (30 minute intervals)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 13,000 won / Teenagers 10,000 won / Children 7,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19-69) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12)
    * Free admission for preschoolers (ages 3 and younger)
    * Admission includes ferry ride
  • ☞ Website: namisum.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Chuncheon’s main attractions

Jade Garden Natural Arboretum

European-style garden (top, left) & Maple tree path (right)

Jade Garden Natural Arboretum is well-known as the filming location for the movie "You Are My Pet (2011)” and dramas "That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013)” and “Angels Last Mission: Love (2019).” Created with the theme of "Small Europe in the Forest," a beautiful building stands right at the entrance. Designed in Tuscan style, this architecture gives a classical touch to its surroundings. The garden has a Tree Scent Trail, Maple Tree Trail, Forest Breeze Trail, and a recommended walking course that shows around the arboretum’s 24 beautiful themed gardens.

Jade Garden Natural Arboretum

  • ☞ Address: 80, Haetgol-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 남산면 햇골길 80)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a free shuttle bus (first-come, first-served basis) from Gulbongsan Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1
    * Shuttle bus service runs 11 times daily (10:45, 11:55, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45); additional operations added when necessary.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-19:30 / extended operations 09:00-22:00
    * Extended operations: Friday-Sunday, public holidays, summer & winter vacation period; refer to the website for details
    * Closing time subject to change depending on weather
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 & older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12)
    * Free admission for preschoolers (ages 3 & younger)
  • ☞ Website: www.hanwharesort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Gyeonggang Rail Bike

Gyeonggang Rail Bike (Credit: Gangchon Rail Park)

Gyeonggang Station, the filming location for the movie, "The Letter (1997),” is an abandoned train station on the border of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. This small way station has transformed into a location for riding rail bikes. Gangchon Rail Park offers a 50-minute, round-trip course from Gyeonggang Station to Gapyeong Railroad Bridge and back. Visitors can pedal along the old railroad tracks and enjoy being in a tranquil, rural environment. Gyeonggang Rail Bike is one of the three rail bike courses at Gangchon Rail Park; the other courses depart from Gimyujeong Station and Gapyeong Station.

Gyeonggang Rail Bike

  • ☞ Address: 57, Seobaek-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 남산면 서백길 57)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 2 min from Gulbongsan Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1
  • ☞ Operating hours: March-October 09:00-17:00 / November-February 09:00-15:30
    * Gyeonggang Rail Bike operates in 1 hour 30 minute intervals, with six departures daily spring-fall (09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00) and five departures daily in winter (09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30)
  • ☞ Fees: 4-seater bike 35,000 won
  • ☞ Website: www.railpark.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Chuncheon Myeongdong Street

Dakgalbi Street (top, right) / Chuncheon Myeongdong Street (left)

Chuncheon Myeongdong Street, the busiest street in the city, is lined with shops selling clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as a movie theater. The bustling street resembles a miniature version of Myeong-dong in Seoul, which is where it got its name. Dakgalbi Street, another one of Chuncheon’s famous attractions, is also found here, along with statues and handprints of the main actors from the popular drama "Winter Sonata."

Chuncheon Myeongdong Street

  • ☞ Address: 55, Jungang-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 중앙로 55)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 11, 12, 31, 83, or 150 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop to Soyang-ro Post Office Bus Stop and walk for approx. 4 min

Chuncheon Romantic Market

Chuncheon Romantic Market (Credit: Chuncheon Romantic Market (top, right), Chuncheon City Hall (left)

Charming murals at Chuncheon Romantic Market

Chuncheon Romantic Market is the city's best-known market that holds within it the lives of ordinary people and a warm ambience. It changed its name from Chuncheon Jungang (Central) Market to Chuncheon Romantic Market in 2010, and revamped the market space to match its name. Inside the market are buildings that have been standing for 30 to 50 years, and each store is decorated with drawings that deliver the distinct atmosphere of the shop. In different corners of the alleys, there are various sculptures and wall paintings, adding to the fun of looking around the marketplace.

Chuncheon Romantic Market

  • ☞ Address: 34, Myeongdong-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 명동길 34)
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 11, 18-1, 31, 83, or 150 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop to Jungang Market/Jungang Elementary School Bus Stop and walk for approx. 2 min

Gubongsan Mountain Observatory Café Street

 Café with a skywalk (top, right) / Wish bell tower at Café Santorini (left)

Gubongsan Mountain Observatory is one of the most scenic driving courses in Chuncheon, stunning with its breathtaking views overlooking the downtown area. Interestingly, it does not feature the usual observation deck. Instead, Gubongsan Mountain Observatory Café Street was formed, lining the area with cafés that are great for taking in the sights. In other words, the cafés here are the observatories. Each café is decorated with different themes and styles, but they all offer a spot to gaze out on the beauty of Chuncheon.

Gubongsan Mountain Observatory Café Street

  • ☞ Address: 1154-113, Sunhwan-daero, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 동면 순환대로 1154-113)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Namchuncheon Station

KT&G Sangsangmadang Chuncheon Art Center

Design Square shop (Credit: KT&G Sangsangmadang Chuncheon Art Center)

The cultural complex KT&G Sangsangmadang opened its third art space in Chuncheon, following Hongdae and Nonsan. Amenities include a gallery with various works of art, outdoor performance hall, and café, keeping visitors entertained. Items made by local designers can be purchased at the Design Square.

KT&G Sangsangmadang Chuncheon Art Center

  • ☞ Address: 25, Sports town-gil 399beon-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 스포츠타운길 399번길 25)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 5 min from Namchuncheon Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1
  • ☞ Operating hours
    Gallery: 10:00-19:00
    Design Square: Weekdays 11:00-20:00 / Weekends 11:00-21:00
    Dancing Caffeine Café: 09:00-22:00
    * Operating schedule may vary for Gallery and Design Square
  • ☞ Website: www.sangsangmadang.com (Korean only)

Uiamho Lake Skywalk

Chuncheon Uiamho Lake Skywalk (top, right) / Path to the skywalk (left)

Chuncheon's Uiamho Lake Skywalk is relatively a new attraction. This observation deck with a scenic view is located halfway along the bike path and it is a great spot to take pictures. The skywalk is built with a transparent glass floor about 12 meters above the water. Visitors walking around the deck get to experience both the feeling of walking on clouds and the unsettling anxiety that they might plunge into the water at any moment.

Uiamho Lake Skywalk

  • ☞ Address: 253-41, Yetgyeongchun-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 옛경춘로 253-41)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Namchuncheon Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
    * Skywalk may be unavailable during adverse weather conditions
  • ☞ Admission: Free

Chuncheon Mulle-gil

Chuncheon Mulle-gil is perfect for a romantic trip in nature

For a unique experience, tour Uiamho Lake by canoe on the Mulle-gil. Many tourists come here seeking a canoe experience after the place was introduced on popular Korean TV shows like "Two Days, One Night" and "Running Man." Several courses are offered at Mulle-gil, such as the Skywalk Course, Bungeoseom Island Course, and Jungdoseom Island Course. The Bungeosoeom Island Course, the most popular course, offers beautiful scenery of Uiamho Lake and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

Chuncheon Mulle-gil

  • ☞ Address: 113-1, Sports town-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 춘천시 스포츠타운길 113-1)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Namchuncheon Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1
    * Tell the taxi driver to go to "Chuncheon Songam Leports Town Mulle-gil (춘천송암레포츠타운 내 춘천 물레길)"
  • ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
    * October-November 09:00-17:00
    * Hours are subject to change depending on the season; service is unavailable during winter (December-February).
  • ☞ Fees: 15,000 won per person
    * Canoe fits two people; extra surcharge of 10,000 won for each additional adult (5,000 won for child)
  • ☞ Website: mullegil.com (Korean, English)
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* This column was last updated in September 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.