Adjacent to the province of Gangwon-do, the city of Gapyeong in Gyeonggi-do is surrounded by mountains and a river. Its beautiful landscape makes it a popular tourist destination in Korea. From Seoul, Gapyeong can be accessed by the Gyeongchunseon Subway Line (which connects Seoul and Chuncheon in Gangwon-do) from Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7, Gyeongchunseon Line, and Jungangseon Line). From Cheongnyangni Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 and Jungangseon Line), visitors can board the ITX Cheongchun Train and reach Gapyeong in just 40 minutes. If you want to spend a day getting the most out of your trip to Gapyeong, be sure to take a trip on the Gapyeong City Tour bus. With just one ticket, you can freely discover and enjoy your desired attractions in Gapyeong!
Major Tourist Sites
Jaraseom Island is nestled on the Bukhangang River and is accessible by bridge. This natural tourist site features a riverside driving course around the island, Ewhawon Garden, and Jarasum Island Auto-Camping Site. Every year when the fall comes into full swing, the island hosts the Jarasum International Jazz Festival. During the winter season, the island gets even more crowded with the opening of Jaraseom Singing Winter Festival, making it full of exciting experiences to see and enjoy.
A pivotal filming location of Korean drama Winter Sonata, which became hugely popular abroad and a key driver of hallyu (the Korean cultural “wave” throughout large parts of Asia), Namiseom Island can be accessed by boat. Visitors must pay for the boat fare separately from the City Tour Bus fare. On the island, visitors will discover Metasequoia Road, Ginkgo Road, and Birch Road, all popular promenades with rejuvenating atmospheres. There are also various activities to enjoy, including bicycle riding, trains, and the Namiseom Zip Wire (zip line). Because it is part of Chuncheon, Namiseom Island can also be visited via the Chuncheon City Tour bus.
Petite France is a theme park featuring small European-style buildings surrounded by mountains and a lake. The village has a model house built like a traditional French house, as well as a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel Le Petit Prince. There are also various things to enjoy, including a traditional French hand puppet show, a Czech traditional puppet show, concerts, and magic shows. Petite France was also the filming location of Korean dramas such as Secret Garden and Beethoven Virus, as well as TV variety program Running Man. The village has become a must-see tourist destination for those visiting Gapyeong.
The Garden of Morning Calm, which features various rare species of flowers and trees native to Korea, is beautiful anytime of the year. With thousands of types of flora on the grounds, the place hosts seasonal and special festivals throughout the year. In March and April, the Korean Peninsula Wild Flower Exhibition; in April and May, the Spring Festival; in June, the Iris Festival, which features the beautiful fragrances of over 1000 species of iris; in July and August, the beautiful Rose of Sharon Festival; in September, the Wild Chrysanthemum Exhibition, which spread across the entire garden; in October and November, the Chrysanthemum Festival; and finally, from December to February of the following year, the Lighting Festival, which welcomes visitors with dazzling lights after sunset.
* 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 16, 2015>