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 of your trip to Gapyeong, be sure to take a trip on the Gapyeong City Tour bus.
Visitor Information on Gapyeong City Tour Shuttle Bus
Departure point: In front of Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal
Jaraseom Island floats 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. In the fall, the island will host the 2014 Jarasum International Jazz Festival. In the winter, it will host the 2014 Jaraseom Singing Winter Festival, making it full of exciting experiences to see and enjoy.
A pivotal filming location of Korean drama Winter Sonata, which went on to become hugely popular abroad and a key driver of the Korean Wave cultural phenomenon, 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, which are popular promenades with a striking ambiance. There are also various activities to enjoy, including bicycle riding, trains, and Namiseom zip wire. Because it is part of Chuncheon, Namiseom Island can also be visited on a Chuncheon City Tour bus.
Meaning “small France,” Petite France is a theme park featuring small Western-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, concert, and magic show. Petite France was also the filming location of Korean dramas Secret Garden and Beethoven Virus, as well as TV variety program Running Man. The village has become a must-see tourism destination for those visiting Gapyeong.
Featuring about 5,000 species of flowers and trees, the Garden of Morning Calm hosts a special festival every month. In March and April, it hosts the Korean Peninsula Wild Flower Exhibition 2014; in April and May, the Spring Festival 2014; in June, the Iris Festival 2014; in July and August, the Rose of Sharon Festival 2014; in September, the Wild Chrysanthemum Exhibition 2014; in October and November, the Chrysanthemum Festival 2014, in December, January and February, the Lighting Festival 2014. Thus, it offers visitors something different every month.