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Inspirational Beauty of Gyeonggi-do

  • RegionGyeonggi-do
  • Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
Inspirational Beauty of Gyeonggi-do 【 Photo: The Garden of Morning Calm 】

OVERVIEW

Gyeonggi-do is a convenient getaway for Seoulites as well as travelers who are in Korea for a limited time. Although Gyeonggi-do is largely populated as Seoul, the region displays a much wider variety in ecological aspects as well as Korea’s beauty compared to its counterpart.

Of the many cities in Gyeonggi-do, visitors are especially recommended to visit Paju, Goyang and Gapyeong – the three most popular destinations among international and local travelers. These places will unveil so much more than just tourist sites, including famous drama film locations, romantic places for a stroll, and opportunities to experience cultural exchanges. In addition, amazing photo ops are guaranteed from the list of attractions included in this article.

Day 1

  • 110:00 AMHeyri Art Valley

    212:30 PMPaju Premium Outlets

    32:30 PMPaju Book City

    44:30 PMHanhwa Aqua Planet Ilsan or Onemount

  • 57:00 PMIlsan Lake Park

    68:00 PMLafesta or Western Dom



10:00 AM, Start off your day at Heyri Art Valley

 【 Photo: Heyri Art Valley 】

Heyri Art Valley is just a one-hour bus ride away from Hapjeong Station in Seoul. The largest art community in the nation, the neighborhood’s name originates from the expression “heyri sounds,” used to describe songs sung by farmers at the field. Founded by painters, musicians, architects and other artists, this place is a haven for art of all styles. The streets are lined with uniquely designed buildings that are fun to look at and serve as perfect backdrop for photos.

【 Photo: Museum of Modern History of Korea 】

Explore the neighborhood closely and you will discover some interesting and meaningful museums, including the Bohemian Sculpture Museum, Museum of Musical Instruments of the World, Money Museum, and Museum of Modern History of Korea. Afterwards, stop by one of the cafés dotted throughout the village for a cup of coffee or a light brunch.

  • Address: 82-105, Heyrimaeul-gil, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 파주시 탄현면 헤이리마을길 82-105)
  • Operating hours: 10:00-18:00
    * Operating hours vary by stores and attractions; many are closed on Mondays.
  • Website: heyri.net (Korean, English)

12:30 PM, Shopping at Paju Premium Outlet

 【 Photo: Paju Premium Outlet 】

Next, head to Paju Premium Outlet, where you can find over 220 fashion brands all in one place. Paju Premium Outlet is a three-story building with two wings opening in a circle around a garden. The charming features and designs make the building seem like more than just an outlet, but an amusement park. Visitors who are not interested in shopping can easily spend an hour here just walking around and enjoying the ambience.

  • Address: 200, Pilseung-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 탄현면 필승로 200)
  • Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30-20:30 / Friday-Sunday & public holidays 10:30-21:00
     * Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Website: www.premiumoutlets.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2:30 PM, Visit Paju Book City

【 Paju Book City 】

Paju Book City is a cultural complex themed around books and the publishing process. Once a mere reed field, the area became populated with publishing companies in 1977. Visitors to Paju Book City can enjoy reading rooms, book cafés, and various cultural activities related to books and printing. Out of the many spaces, one spot you must not miss is the Forest of Wisdom.

【 Photo: Paju Book City Forest of Wisdom 】

Opened in 2014, the Forest of Wisdom is a public library with a collection of over 500,000 books. All of the library books were donated and words cannot describe the feeling upon looking up at the 8-meter high bookshelves packed with books; for a book-lover, it is heaven. Recently the number of tourists to this library has been unceasing after the library’s appearance in the drama, “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018).”

  • Forest of Wisdom
    Address: 145, Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 회동길 145)
    Operating hours: Hall 1 - 10:00-17:00 / Hall 2 - 10:00-20:00 / Hall 3 – 24/7
  • Websites
    Paju Book City: www.pajubookcity.org (Korean, English)
    Forest of Wisdom: www.forestofwisdom.or.kr (Korean only)

4:30 PM, Refresh your spirit at Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan or Onemount

While the trip to Paju focused on things to see, your time spent in Goyang will be filled with participating in various activities, including a visit to Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan or Onemount. If your time allows, visiting both attractions is best but if you are on a tight schedule, pick the place that draws your interest more. Usually, Aqua Planet is preferred by families, while Onemount is frequented among friends and couples.

【 Photo: Aquarium at Aqua Planet 】

Aqua Planet is the largest aquarium in the Seoul metropolitan region. In addition to the aquarium, the attraction also has a zoo. The second floor features exotic marine creatures while the fifth floor has a feeding zoo where children can experience feeding animals like rabbits and sheep.

  • 【 Photo: Inside view of Onemount Water Park
    (Credit: Onemount) 】
  • 【 Photo: Inside view of Onemount Snow Park
    (Credit: Onemount) 】

Onemount is an indoor theme park made up of the Snow Park and the Water Park. Divided into an indoor facility on the fourth floor and an outdoor facility on the seventh floor rooftop, Onemount’s Water Park is popular all summer long. On the other hand, the Snow Park is a favorite destination among tourists from warm regions to enjoy winter activities.

  • Aqua Planet
    Address: 282, Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 282)
    Operating hours: 10:00-19:00
    Admission: Adults 29,000 won / Children & seniors 26,000 won
    * Adults (Ages 14 & over) / Children (36 months-13 years old)
    * Free admission for infants younger than 36 months old (ID required)
    Website: www.aquaplanet.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

  • Onemount:
    Address: 300 Hallyuworld-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 고양시 일산서구 한류월드로 300)
    Operating hours
    Indoor water park – Weekdays 10:00-18:00 / Weekends 10:00-19:00
    Indoor water slide – Weekdays 11:00-17:00 / Weekends 11:00-18:00
    Snow Park – 10:00-20:00 / Snow Hill – 10:15-19:00
    * Operating hours subject to change; refer to Onemount’s official website for updates.
    Admission
    Snow Park – General admission 35,000 won / Afternoon admission 20,000 won
    Water Park – General admission 50,000 won / Afternoon admission 35,000 won
    * Afternoon admission rate applied after 15:00
    * Free admission for infants younger than 36 months old (ID required)
    * Admission subject to change; refer to Onemount’s official website for updates
    Website: www.onemount.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

7:00 PM, Take a light stroll around Ilsan Lake Park

【 Photo: Ilsan Lake Park 】

A lush forest and calm lake meet to form the picturesque landscape of Ilsan Lake Park. The park is an oasis in the middle of the city. The walking path along the lakeshore is exceptionally well-suited for peaceful, leisurely strolls. Visitors in summer will be delighted by the Musical Fountain, an evening fountain show with music and lights.

  • Address:
    10, Goyangsicheong-ro, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 덕양구 고양시청로 10)
  • Ilsan Lake Park
    Operating hours: April-October 05:00-22:00 / November-March 06:00-20:00
    Website: www.goyang.go.kr (Korean only)
  • Musical Fountain Show:
    Operating hours
    April-May: Fridays, weekends, & public holidays – First session 20:00 / Second session 20:40
    June: Fridays, weekends & public holidays - First session 20:30 / Second session 21:10
    July-August: Tuesday-Friday – 20:30 / Weekends & public holidays – First Session 20:30 / Second session 21:10
    September: Friday, weekends, & public holidays – First session 19:30 / Second session 20:10
    October: Weekends, public holidays - First session 19:30 / Second session 20:10
    - Stairs & dry deck fountain: May, June, September, October (Weekends & public holidays) 11:00-18:00 / July & August (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Weekends, & public holidays) 11:00-19:00
    * No operation on Mondays due to system maintenance
    * No operation during cleaning and water maintenance time; refer to website for details
    Website: music.gys.or.kr (Korean only)

8:00 PM, Dinner at Lafesta or Western Dom

  • 【 Photo: Lafesta 】
  • 【 Photo: Western Dom 】

End the first day of your trip with dinner at Lafesta or Western Dom. Two of Ilsan’s representative landmarks, many young people enjoy visiting these two malls. Weekdays bustle with workers on break, while the weekends are packed with families and couples visiting for shopping and dining.

Made up of of six-story high buildings, Lafesta is divided into six wings with an avenue running in between. On the other hand, Western Dom is the first large dome-style shopping mall in Korea. The malls gained popularity by word of mouth for trendy fashion items and delicious restaurants.

  • Lafesta
    Address: 1305-56, Jungang-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 고양시 일산동구 중앙로 1305-56)
    Website: www.lafesta-ilsan.com (Korean only)
  • Western Dom
    Address: 24, Jeongbalsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 고양시 일산동구 정발산로 24)

DAY 2

  • 110:00 AMJaraseom Island

    21:00 PMGapyeong Rail Park

    33:00 PMPetite France

    46:00 PMThe Garden of Morning Calm

* TIP:

Travel around Gapyeong using the Gapyeong Circulating Tour Bus for ease! With just one ticket, you can get on and off the bus freely while spending your time in Gapyeong.

10:00 AM, Travel to Jaraseom Island and have lunch

【 Photo: Jaraseom Island auto camping 】

Despite being an island in the middle of the Bukhangang River, Jaraseom Island can be reached by car through a bridge. Enjoy the sights of the flowing river on the riverside road or spend a night at the Jaraseom auto campground. In addition to these leisure activities, many people visit Jaraseom Island to enjoy festivals taking place on the island each year. Every fall, the island fills with sound of music at the Jaraseom International Jazz Festival, while the winter brings fun activities for all at the Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival.

【 Photo: Ewhawon Nabi Story 】

During your time on Jaraseom Island, make sure to visit Gapyeong Ewhawon Nabi Story. The name Ewhawon means “A harmonious garden formed when two differences meet” and showcases a variety of flowers and plants even in the dead of winter. The garden has two greenhouses that display a wide variety of spring and summer flora as well as butterflies.

The arboretum is largely divided into a tropical botanical garden and a Korean botanical garden. The tropical garden features papaya trees along with other exotic plants that grow naturally in tropical and subtropical regions. As for the Korean botanical garden, the air permeates with scent of fresh citrons growing on the trees that boost energy into travelers who are exhausted from all the adventure.

  • Jarseom Island
    Address: 1-1, Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 가평군 가평읍 달전리 1-1)
    Website: www.jarasum.net (Korean only)
  • Ewhawon Nabi Story
    Address: 64, Jaraseom-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 가평군 가평읍 자라섬로 64)
    Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:0-17:00
    * Closed Mondays
    Admission: Adults 7,000 won / Children & Teenagers 5,000 won
    * Children & Teenagers (ages 2-19)
    Website: 9forest.kr (Korean only)

1:00 PM, Gapyeong Rail Park

【 Photo: Rail bike moving along the train tracks of the old Gyeongchun Line 】

Gapyeong Rail Park is a rail bike park along the old Gyeongchun tracks. After departing the platform, the rail bike takes its passengers across Gapyeongcheon Stream and Bukhangang River Bridges, passes through a tunnel of zelkova trees to arrive at Gyeonggang Station, the filming site of a classic Korean movie “The Letter (1997)” before returning to the departure point. The round-trip course is 8-kilometer long and the journey takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes. As you pedal along the old tracks, the sight of quiet rural villages tucked inside valleys and beautiful glistening river will unfold before your eyes.

  • Address: 14, Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 가평읍 장터길 14)
  • Operating hours: Summer season (February 25-October 31) 09:00-17:00 / Winter season (November 1-February 24) 09:00-15:00
    * Interval is 1 hour 30 min
    * Rail bike operates 6 times a day in summer (09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, 18:00) and 5 times a day in winter (10:30, 12:00, 14:00, 15:30).
  • Fare: 2-seater bike 25,000 won / 4-seater bike 35,000 won
  • Website: www.gprailpark.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

3:00 PM, Take a memorable photo at Petite France

【 Photo: Petite France 】

Petite France is a unique one of a kind cultural theme park that is inspired from the book “Le Petit Prince (1943).” Its exotic look also features buildings and landscapes that resemble countryside in France, where adorable and colorful houses create a charming ambience together with the nearby hilltops and lakes.

【 Photo: Traditional French House exhibition 】
  • Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
     * Hours extends until 19:00 on weekdays and 20:00 on weekends during Little Prince Lighting Festival period.
  • Admission: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (36 months-12 year old)
  • Website: www.pfcamp.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

6:00 PM, Find peace at The Garden of Morning Calm

【 Photo: Spring at The Garden of Morning Calm 】

The Garden of Morning Calm is the first destination people think of when visiting Gapyeong. The garden is divided into a number of smaller gardens, each with a different theme, including Hometown House Garden, Bonsai Garden, Moonlight Garden, Sky Path, Garden of Eden and more. Seasonal trees and flower beds adorn each garden, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of Korea’s four seasons throughout the year.

The promenades are lined with trees for comfortable walks in the shade. With lush forests and colorful flowers lining every walkway, a simple walk along the garden path will be enough to recharge your energy.

【 Photo: The Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm 】

The garden is busy with seasonal festivals all year round, but the most significant and memorable event would be the Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm that takes place in winter. During this festival, the garden lights up at night, transforming into an unrealistic, almost fairy tale-like scene.

  • Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    (경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432)
  • Operating hours: Sunday-Friday 11:30-21:00, Saturdays 11:00-23:00
    * Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm: Sunset-21:00 (Extended hours until 23:00 on Saturdays)
  • Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (36 months-12 years old)
  • Website: www.morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

More info

  • Websites
    Goyang Tourism www.visitgoyang.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Paju Tourism tour.paju.go.kr (Korean only)
    Gapyeong Tourism www.gptour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
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