Chuncheon is one of the most popular travel destinations for students attending university in Seoul. It is also known as the filming location for the popular Korean drama Winter Sonata. As popularity of the drama spread overseas, the small city of Chuncheon was also pushed into the limelight. Today, Chuncheon is one of Korea's most popular travel destinations for international tourists from Asia.
In recent years, travel between Seoul and Chuncheon became even more convenient with the construction of the Gyeongchun Subway Line running from Seoul's Sanbong Station (Subway Line 7) all the way to Chuncheon (approx. 1hr to 1hr, 20min). Visitors staying in Seoul can also opt to take the train from Yongsan Station to Chuncheon (also approx. 1hr to 1hr, 20min).
One of the best ways to get an overview of Chuncheon is through the Chuncheon City Tour, which departs daily from Chuncheon Station. The tour course varies slightly depending on the day of the week, so be sure to check the schedules listed below. During lunch, passengers are let off the bus for free time at a street lined with restaurants. Visitors are highly encouraged to try dakgalbi (stir-fried chicken) or makguksu (buckwheat noodle dish), both of which are local specialty dishes of Chuncheon.
|☞ Operation: Daily (1 tour a day)
☞ Departure Point: Chuncheon Station (10:00 departure)
☞ Fare: Adults 5,000 won
* Lunch and tour site admission fees are not included in price.
☞ Online Reservations: http://www.haniltour.co.kr/ (Korean)
Reservations can be made 24 hours a day via the Chuncheon City Tour homepage. Cancellations and inquiries can be made by phone from 10am and 5pm on weekdays. Tickets are available onsite on the day of departure pending seat availability. Seating is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hanil Travel agency (한일여행사): +82-33-257-5533 (Korean)
Chuncheon City Hall: +82-33-250-3089 (Korean)
Chuncheon Tourist Information Center: +82-33-250-4312
(Korean / Chinese or Japanese; available services may vary)
☞ Chuncheon Tourism Homepage:http://tour.chuncheon.go.kr/
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Chuncheon Station (10:00) - Statue of Soyanggang Maid - Gangwon-do Provincial Flower Garden - Lunch - Soyanggang Dam - Jade Cave Experience Center - Kim You-jeong House of Literature (Sille Village) - Chuncheon Station (17:30)
Chuncheon Station (10:00) - Statue of Soyanggang Maid – Baksa-ro (Famous lake side drive course) - Animation Museum - Lunch - Namiseom Island - Kim You-jeong House of Literature (Sille Village) - Chuncheon Station (17:20)
Chuncheon Station (10:00) - Chuncheon Makguksu Museum - Statue of Soyanggang Maid - Lunch - Chuncheon National Museum - Gugok Waterfall - Kim You-jeong House of Literature (Sille Village) - Chuncheon Station (17:20)
※ Schedules are subject to change.
The Statue of the 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 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 Province. The arboretum and its exhibition hall serve as both a place of rest for citizens and a cultural space for local students to learn about nature. Nearby, there is an amusement park, youth training center, and a puppet theater. Admission to the garden is 1,000 won.
The Chuncheon Makguksu Museum showcases makguksu (buckwheat noodles), a local specialty of Chuncheon and the greater Gangwon-do Province. Makguksu is eaten in a cold broth or mixed with a red chili dressing. At the museum, 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. Admission to the museum is 1,000 won; experience fees are 3,000 won per person.
The Animation Museum has on display 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. Admission to the museum is 4,000 won; admission to the 3-D cinema costs an additional 2,000 won.
Namiseom (Nami Island) is a small island that dots the river separating Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do provinces. Beloved for its lush green fields, towering trees, galleries, and quaint accommodations, Namiseom became particularly famous among tourists from Japan, China, and Taiwan after appearing in the popular Korean drama Winter Sonata (2002). Admission to the island is 10,000 won (includes roundtrip ferry ride).
Gugok Waterfall ("gu" meaning "9" 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 (waterfall admission fee: 1,600 won). In winter, the waterfall becomes a popular stop for 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 Sille Village in Chuncheon was renovated into the Kim Yu-jeong House of Literature and now displays the biography and works of the celebrated author.
☞ Go to Kim You-jeong House of Literature (Sille Village)
☞ Homepage: www.kimyoujeong.org (Korean)
(Photo courtesy of Jade Garden Natural Arboretum)
Located in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province, the Jade Garden (est. April 2011) was designed to resemble "a small Europe hidden in the forest." Of the 24 themed gardens, main highlights include the British Garden, Italian Garden, Wildflower Hill, and Sky Garden. Admission is 8,000 won from April to November and 6,000 won from December to March.