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Outdoor Activities for Winter in Gangchon

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  • Date01/02/2018
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View from Gangchon Railbike

Year-round leisure sport, Gangchon Railbike

Ganchong Rail Park’s Gimyujeong Station

Pedal along the tracks of Gangchon Rail Park to enjoy the region’s beautiful scenery throughout the year. In particular, the railbike provides a way to enjoy fantastic winter scenes without having to trek through the cold, wet snow. Gangchon Rail Park originally operated as a train station, but has been transformed into a leisure sport park along the track between the closed Gangchon Station and Gimyujeong Station.

Romantic winter railbike

Scenes along Gangchon Railbike Scenes along Gangchon Railbike

Riding on a railbike is one of the most romantic outdoor activities to enjoy in winter. You’ll barely feel the cold as you pedal along while holding hands with someone you love. In December and January, the mountains, fields, and river become glazed in sparkling white snow and ice. About halfway along the track, you’ll come across a photo point. Staff are on site to take your picture, which can be printed and placed in a frame for 10,000 won when you arrive at the rest area.

Romantic Train (top) & rest area snapshots (bottom) Romantic Train (top) & rest area snapshots (bottom)

Gangchon’s railbike covers approximately 8.5km of track, all on level ground making it easy for all to move at a steady pace while taking in the fantastic surroundings. The first 6km of track until the rest area is traversed via railbike; the remaining 2.5km-long section to Gangchon Station is completed via the Romantic Train. From here, you can head off to your next destination, or take the free shuttle bus back to Gimyujeong Station. While at the rest area, be sure to buy some warm treats to enjoy and some small crafts or gift items!

  • ☞ Address: 1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Gimyujeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. Gangchon Rail Park is located to the right.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Summer 09:00-17:30 / Winter 09:00-17:00 * December-January close at 16:00 / Winter hours subject to change based on weather conditions
  • ☞ Fares: 2-seater 30,000 won / 4-seater 40,000 won (Price per bike)
  • ☞ Romantic Train: Departs every hour on the hour from the rest area to Gangchon Station (First train at 10:00)
  • ☞ Shuttle Bus: Departs at 20 minutes after the hour from Gangchon Village Parking Lot to Gimyujeong Station (First bus at 08:20~30) / Follow directions of staff to get from Gangchon Station to the parking lot
  • ☞ Website: (Korean only)

Perfect Winter Scene at the Old Gimyujeong Train Station

Landscape of Gimyujeong Train Station

Gimyujeong Station is an old train station located next to the current Gimyujeong Station on the Gyeongchun Metro Line. Rather than letting the station fall into disrepair like many other closed stations, it has been kept up and decorated with cute murals and sculptures, perfect for photo backgrounds. It is especially popular in winter when snow piles up on the rooftop and grounds, making the colorful artwork pop out even more.

Winter at Gimyujeong Station Winter at Gimyujeong Station

Old train cars still remain on the train tracks by Gimyujeong Station. In addition to the train cars, the tracks are also decorated with various statues and sculptures that will tug at one’s heartstrings. After enjoying the winter landscape, head inside the station or one of the train cars to warm up. The cars have been transformed into spaces for visitors to relax, such as a book café and Chuncheon Tourist Information Center.

  • ☞ Address: Jeung-ri, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Gimyujeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. Closed Gimyujeong Station is located to the left.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Gimyujeong Station Interior∙Book Café∙Chuncheon Tourist Information Center 09:00-18:00 / Closed Mondays

From Subway to Skiing! Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Elysian Gangchon Resort (Credit: Elysian Gangchon)

Elysian Gangchon is located next to a metro station, making it easily accessible from Seoul. The ski resort has six lifts servicing ten slopes of varying difficulty for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced skiers. Most of the slopes are aimed for people at a lower skill set, allowing everyone to have a good time. Visitors can enjoy the resort’s many leisure activities and facilities while taking in the beautiful natural setting.

Perfect fit for beginners! Foreigner-exclusive Ski School

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort (All credit: Elysian Gangchon) Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort (All credit: Elysian Gangchon)

Elysian Gangchon operates a special ski school exclusively for international visitors to systematically learn how to ski and snowboard. All the instructors have passed level 1 of the Korea Ski Instructors Association’s certifications and can speak English and Chinese. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the lesson, along with a ski shirt, duty free discount coupon, and hand warmer as gifts.

Bread to write home about, Boutique EL

Bakery Boutique EL (All credit: Elysian Gangchon) Bakery Boutique EL (All credit: Elysian Gangchon)

Boutique EL is a bakery serving outstanding baked goods, located on the first floor of the condo at Elysian Gangchon Resort. All items are freshly baked each day, using only organic yeast for a healthy snack. The bakery opens early in the morning, meaning visitors can stop by for a quick breakfast of warm bread and coffee before hitting the slopes. In addition to simple buns and croissants, Boutique EL also sells buns with sweet red bean or cream fillings and cake by the slice.

  • ☞ Address: 688, Bukhangangbyeon-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Baegyang-ri Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. Take the free shuttle bus (20min intervals from 05:40)
  • ☞ Operating periods
  • - Ski resort: Until early March, 2018 (Planned; subject to change based on weather conditions)
  • - Ski school: November 24, 2017 – March 10, 2018
  • ☞ Ski School
  • - Fees
  • • Professional Instructor: Single (1:1) 2hrs 280,000 won, 4hrs 380,000 won / Couple (2:1) 2hrs 320,000 won, 4hrs 420,000 won / Family (3~4:1) 2hrs 340,000 won, 4hrs 440,000 won
  • • General Instructor: Single (1:1) 2hrs 240,000 won, 4hrs 340,000 won / Couple (2:1) 2hrs 280,000 won, 4hrs 380,000 won / Family (3~4:1) 2hrs 300,000 won, 4hrs 400,000 won / Basic (10:1) 2hrs 50,000 won / Basic (5:1) 2hrs 80,000 won
  • - Ski School inquiries: +82-33-260-2547 (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • * Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
  • ☞ Boutique EL
  • - Operating hours: 08:00-20:00
  • - Signature menus: Cinnamon bread 6,500 won / Croissant 2,800 won / White bun 2,700 won / Sweet red bean bread 2,200 won
  • ☞ Elysian Gangchon Ski School: (English, Chinese)
  • ☞ Elysian Gangchon website: (Korean, English, Chinese)

Gangchon Vacation, Free of Worry, Full of Flavor!

A match made in heaven, Gangchon & dakgalbi! Hangajok Sutbul Dakgalbi

Exterior of Hangajok Sutbul Dakgalbi

When visiting Gangchon, you have to include dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) on the menu! Hangajok Sutbul Dakgalbi is located within walking distance from Gimyujeong Station, making it the perfect place to stop after working up an appetite on the railbike. The front garden is also decorated with many small, cute items, making it appear more like an outdoor art gallery than the entrance to a restaurant. Be sure to take some pictures before entering!

Smoky flavored sutbul dakgalbi

Sutbul dakgalbi (top), bokkeumbap & makguksu (bottom) Sutbul dakgalbi (top), bokkeumbap & makguksu (bottom)

Dakgalbi, a grilled dish made of chicken marinated in a spicy gochujang (Korean chili paste) seasoning, is famous in the Gangchon and Chuncheon region. The meal can largely classified into one of two ways, based on the grilling process. Sutbul dakgalbi is made with just chicken meat grilled over a charcoal fire, while many places will serve stir-fried dakgalbi, fried in a large pan with cabbage, sweet potato, and other ingredients. At Hangajok Sutbul Dakgalbi, diners can enjoy the rich, smoky flavoring of meat grilled directly over the fire. The restaurant’s gochujang seasoning is also on the lower side of the spicy scale, so everyone can enjoy dakgalbi, bokkeumbap (fried rice) or makguksu (spicy buckwheat noodles) here.

Natural beauty of Gangchon from Café Allmetree

Looking out from Allmetree

Allmetree is a rather new café in the area of Gangchon Station and Gugok Falls that has been generating a lot of buzz. With grand floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides, every seat provides an opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery outside. In winter, you can enjoy the feeling of a snowy wonderland while keeping warm and cozy indoors. If you’re looking to get even closer to nature, take a seat on the wide terrace in the back of the café.

Sweet treats to get warm and toasty

Allmetree’s sweet desserts Allmetree’s sweet desserts

The best way to sweeten the winter cold is by digging into warm desserts. Allmetree serves various coffee drinks, but they are most famous for their sweet hot chocolate, topped with rich whipped cream. Your temperature will rise with each sip of this rich chocolaty treat. If you’re looking for something to eat, the café also serves cakes, including raspberry tart and chocolate roll cake. However, for something a bit more unique, order the penguin bread. These cute breads are shaped like adorable little penguins and come in a choice of chocolate or butter flavor. Whichever flavor you choose, you are sure to be pleased; just don’t forget to take a picture beforehand!

  • <Hangajok Sutbul Dakgalbi>
  • ☞ Address: 10, Sille-gil, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Gimyujeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. Walk approx. 5min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 / Open all year round (Subject to change)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Sutbul dakgalbi 12,000 won / Bokkeumbap 2,000 won / Makguksu 6,000 won (Prices for single serving)
  • <Allmetree>
  • ☞ Address: 171, Gangchongugok-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions
  • - Gangchon Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. → Cross the street and take Bus No. 50 from Gangchon Station Bus Stop. → Get off at Gangchon-ri Bus Stop. → Cross the street and walk approx. 1min.
  • - Approx. 3min by taxi from Gangchon Station (Gyeongchun Line)
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-22:00 / Open all year round (Subject to change)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Hot chocolate 8,000 won / Raspberry tart 6,000 won / Chocolate roll cake 6,000 won / Penguin bread 1,500 won a piece
More Info

* This column was last updated in December 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.