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One-day Trip to Pyeongchang on the Gyeonggang Line!

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  • Date02/07/2018
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The Gyeonggang Line, a high-speed railway operating between Incheon and Gangneung, passing through Seoul and Pyeongchang, opened in December of last year. With this new line in place, visitors to the capital city can also easily enjoy day-trips to Gangwon-do! Hop aboard the Gyeonggang Line KTX to enjoy a day full of the beautiful scenery and setting of PyeongChang 2018!

A quiet, calming aura within the mountains, Sangwonsa Temple

Snowy scene at Sangwonsa Temple

Sangwonsa Temple is a mountain temple located deep within the forests of Odaesan Mountain. The temple is connected to the more famous Woljeongsa Temple along an approximately 8km-long valley trail. Due to the extra distance, Sangwonsa Temple retains a quiet ambiance throughout the year, felt most strongly during winter when the silence of snow covers everything.

Making small wishes at Sangwonsa Temple

Sangwonsa Temple was built in 704, during the fourth year of Silla King Seongdeok, and is home to the oldest Buddhist temple bell in Korea, the Bronze Bell of Sangwonsa Temple. The ceiling above the temple entrance is painted with a beautiful image of the Manjusri Bodhisattva. The painting is said to bear hopes for all who view it to encounter good relationships.

  • ☞ Address: 1211-14, Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (more info)

Authentic winter experience, Pyeongchang Trout Festival

Pyeongchang Trout Festival is held every year in Pyeongchang during the depths of winter. This year’s festival is running from December 22, 2017 to February 25, 2018. The festival offers up exciting activities such as trout fishing and sledding, for an enjoyable winter experience.

Ice fishing for trout

Scenes at Pyeongchang Trout Festival (Credit: Pyeongchang Trout Festival Organizing Committee) Scenes at Pyeongchang Trout Festival (Credit: Pyeongchang Trout Festival Organizing Committee)

Embrace the cold at Pyeongchang Trout Festival through such activities as ice fishing, barehanded fishing, family fishing, sledding, ice sleds, bobsleighs, an ice train and more. The trout at the festival are mostly around 30 to 40cm long, and visitors are limited to two catches, increasing the chances of catching a fish for all. After you’ve caught your limit, take the fish to be grilled or served up as hoe (sliced raw fish).

Surprisingly, the most popular activity is barehanded fishing. Participants dive into the freezing cold water in an attempt to catch a fish with just their hands. As you can imagine, the cold is shocking, but a successful catch of one of the slippery trout more than makes up for it!

  • ☞ Address: Area of Odaecheon Stream, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (more info)

Thaw your frozen body at the romantic Café Elim

After enjoying the icy splendor of Pyeongchang Trout Festival, head to the hidden Café Elim to warm up. Located near the festival grounds, at the end of Odaecheon Stream, Café Elim has become quite popular by word-of-mouth, especially for its tranquil view of the stream outside the windows. On weekends during the festival period, the café fills up with travelers looking for a light meal and some coffee.

Organic bread, coffee and a meal

Organic yeast bread, coffee & brunch Organic yeast bread, coffee & brunch

Your body will freeze while enjoying fishing in the knife-like winter winds around Odaecheon Stream, and a morning of fishing will make anyone hungry. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, head to Café Elim for treatment! The strong taste of the pour-over coffee will quickly melt your frozen body. Try it with an order of freshly baked organic yeast bread and cream for an extra boost of energy. If you’re looking for something a little heavier, order the hamburger or brunch. They may seem quite simple, but they’ll do the trick.

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  • ☞ Address: 2-57, Ttanggol-gil, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions
  • - [Bus] Take a general bus from Jinbu Station (Gyeonggang Line) Bus Stop to Jinbu Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop → Cross Hajinbugyo Bridge and walk approx. 20min
  • - [Taxi] Approx. 8min from Jinbu Station (Gyeonggang Line)
  • ☞ Operating hours: 11:00-22:00 (winter) / 11:00-23:00 (summer) / Open all year round (Subject to change due to café circumstances)
  • ☞ Signature menus: Pour-over coffee 5,000 won / Organic yeast bread 8,000~10,000 won / Brunch 10,900 won / Hawaiian steak burger 10,000 won
More Info
  • ☞ Transportation (Seoul → Jinbu (Odaesan) Station)
  • (Seoul Station → Jinbu Station): First train 09:01, last train 21:41 / Travel time approx. 1hr 30min
  • (Cheongnyangni Station → Jinbu Station): First train 06:22, last train 22:22 / Travel time approx. 1hr 20min
  • (Sangbong Station → Jinbu Station): First train 07:28, last train 15:28 / Travel time approx. 1hr 15min
  • ☞ Recommended Gangwon-do Itineraries
  • - Two Days in the Pure Scenery of Pyeongchang & Jeongseon
  • - Travel Through Gangwon-do’s Scenic Beauty
  • ☞ Pyeongchang Tourism website: tour.pc.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

* This column was last updated in January 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.