Chuncheon is a well-known location among Asian tourists because of its role as a filming location in the hugely popular Korean TV drama Winter Sonata. Getting to Chuncheon is an easy journey via subway (Gyeongchun Line) or the ITX-Cheongchun train from Yongsan Station or
Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul. It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to reach Chuncheon Station. Some of the train cars are bilevel for both passenger comfort and to provide a fuller view of the passing scenery.
The Chuncheon City Tour course varies slightly depending on the day of the week, so be sure to check the schedules listed below. The city offers two major routes: Chuncheon Circular Tour and Chuncheon Selective Tour. Reservations for both can be made at the Tourist Information Center near Chuncheon Station on the day of departure. Since the courses often fill up during peak season, it is recommended that travelers call Chuncheon Station’s TIC to make reservations in advance.
☞ Selective Course
☞ Circular Course
The Statue of Soyanggang Maid is a 7-meter-high statue that stands along the banks of the Soyanggang River, the setting of the popular Korean song "Soyanggang Cheonyeo" (Maid of Soyanggang). In front of the statue is a big monument inscribed with the song's lyrics. Press the button next to the monument to hear the song play.
Gangwon Provincial Flower Garden is home to the native flowering trees of Gangwon-do and is divided into several sections by category. Nearby tourist sites include Gangchon Resort and Chuncheon Puppet Theater.
The Chuncheon Makguksu Museum showcases makguksu (buckwheat noodles), a local specialty of Chuncheon and Gangwon-do. Makguksu is eaten in a cold broth or mixed with a red chili dressing. Visitors can go upstairs to the museum's experience hall to try their hand at making the famous buckwheat noodles and put together a tasty makguksu dish.
The Animation Museum displays materials and posters showing the origins and development of many types of animation from around the world. Facilities include an animation theater, a 3D cinema, and more.
Namiseom (Nami Island) is a small island that dots the river separating Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. Beloved for its lush green fields, towering trees, galleries, and quaint accommodations, Namiseom became particularly famous among local and international tourists especially from Japan, China, and Taiwan after appearing in the popular Korean drama Winter Sonata.
Photo credit: NEOMUSE
Gugok Falls ("gu" meaning "nine" in Korean and "gok" meaning "winding") was named after the nine twists and turns the water takes before making its final descent down a huge stone wall. The waterfall is a 20-minute walk from the ticket office. In winter, the waterfall becomes a popular stop for ice climbers who come to climb the frozen cascade.
Kim You-jeong (1908-1937) is a leading Korean novelist known for his short stories. His birthplace in Chuncheon was renovated into the Kim You-jeong House of Literature and now displays the biography and works of the celebrated author.
Gangchon Rail Park offers a unique opportunity to view the beautiful scenery of Chuncheon on an 8km long track along mountains and river, taking visitors on a bike tour that will last for about 1.5 hours. The best seasons for rail biking are spring and autumn.
* This column was last updated in September 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on September 1, 2015>