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 tour course varies slightly depending on the day of the week, so be sure to check the schedules listed below. Tour programs routing the city are available and divided into two major routes: the Chuncheon Circular Tour and the Chuncheon Selective Tour. Reservations for both can be made at the tourist information center near Chuncheon Station on the departure day. Since reservations sometimes fill up, it is recommended that travelers call Chuncheon Station’s TIC to make reservations in advance.
Chuncheon City Tour Bus Guide
1. City Tour - Selective Course
The Statue of the Soyanggang Maid is a 7-meter-tall 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 greater 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 3-D 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 from Japan, China, and Taiwan after appearing in the popular Korean TV drama Winter Sonata.
Photo credit: NEOMUSE Gugok Falls (gu meaning "nine" in Korean and gok meaning "bending") 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 Yu-jeong (1908-1937) is a leading Korean novelist known for his short stories. His birthplace in Chuncheon was renovated into the Kim Yu-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's mountains and river while riding on rail bikes. The best seasons for rail biking are spring and autumn, and it takes around one and a half hours to complete the eight kilometers from Kim You-jeong Station to Gangchon Station.
*This column was last updated on May 6, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.