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Pure Pyeongchang & Jeongseon

  • RegionPyeongchang-gun Gangwon-do
  • Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
Pure Pyeongchang & Jeongseon 【 Photo: Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch 】

OVERVIEW

Gangwon-do is known for having the cleanest environment in Korea, with fresh air and a thriving ecosystem. The cities of Pyeongchang and Jeongseon receive many tourists every year who come looking for a pollution-free environment during their trip. Pyeongchang, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, offers resorts galore where one can enjoy a variety of winter sports as well as natural sites such as Odaesan National Park and Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, which prove to be beautiful year round. These days, the nearby city of Jeongseon, known as the “City of Arirang,” has also popped up on the travel radar due to its refreshing environment. Provided below is a two-day itinerary to discover more about the excellent attractions these cities offer.

Tip) Transportation in Pyeongchang & Jeongseon

Public transportation in some regions of Pyeongchang and Jeongseon is not as well-developed as larger cities, so traveling via city bus can be quite inconvenient. Visitors who can drive are recommended to rent a car in Seoul before starting out on their journey. It takes around 2 hours to drive from Seoul to Pyeongchang.

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Day 1

  • 19:00 AMTravel to Pyeongchang

    211:00 AMLee Hyo-seok Culture Village & Memorial Hall

    31:00 PMAlpensia Resort

    43:00 PMDaegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

  • 55:00 PMWoljeongsa Temple

    67:00 PMTravel to Jeongseon



11:00 AM, Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village & Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall

【 Photo: Birthplace of Lee Hyo-seok 】
  • 【 Photo: Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village in bloom
    (Credit: Pyeongchang County Office) 】
  • 【 Photo: Cold buckwheat noodles 】

Bongpyeong in Pyeongchang is famous for buckwheat, which grows abundantly here. It is especially beautiful in early autumn, when the fields surrounding the area of Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village are blanketed with tiny, white buckwheat blossoms. The village was named after Korean author Lee Hyo-seok, who grew up here, and the setting of his famous novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom.” To celebrate the author and his literary work, Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held here every year in September. The festival offers a variety of fun events, including literature programs, walking program among the buckwheat fields, making foods with buckwheat, dyeing fingernails with flowers, playing traditional games and more. Visitors can also visit the birthplace of Lee Hyo-seok, Modern Literary Experience Hall and a barn at the Hyo-Seok Moonlight Hill located in the Lee Hyo-Seok Culture Village

When visiting Bongpyeong, you definitely have to try buckwheat foods! From memil guksu (cold buckwheat noodles) to buchimgae (fried pancake) and jeonbyeong (crepe), the number of delicious foods is astounding. In order to find the largest variety, head to Hyo-seok Culture Village Buckwheat Food Street, where dozens of buckwheat restaurants are lined up, waiting to serve you.

【 Photo: Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall (Credit: Pyeongchang County Office) 】
  • 【 Photo: Statue of Lee Hyo-seok 】
  • 【 Photo: Hyo-seok Literature 100-ri Road
    (Credit: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】

If you’re interested in Korean culture, then visiting the Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall is a must. The hall is designed to show the timeline of Lee Hyo-seok's literary life. The memorial hall is also popular for its beautiful walking paths. To enjoy the village to its fullest, we recommend taking a leisurely stroll through the town by starting from the memorial hall and continuing until you reach the Birthplace of Lee Hyo-seok. Another enjoyable nature-friendly walking trail is Hyo-seok Literature 100-ri Road, made inspired by the journey of the protagonist of his novel.

Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village
  • Address: 73-25, Hyoseokmunhak-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 봉평면 창동리 효석문학길 73-25)
  • Operating hours: May-September 09:00-18:30 / October-April 09:00-17:30
  • * Closed Mondays, New Year's Day & on the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
    * If Monday falls on a public holiday, the Culture Village will open on Monday and close on the following Tuesday
    * Last ticketing is 30 minutes before closing
    * Last ticketing for combination ticket (Memorial Hall & Moonlight Hill) 16:00
  • Admission
    Lee Hyo-Seok Memorial Hall: 2,000 won
    Hyo-Seok Moonlight Hill: 3,000 won
    Combination ticket (Memorial Hall & Moonlight Hill): 4,500 won
    * Free admission for preschoolers ages 6 and under
  • Website: www.hyoseok.net (Korean only)

1:00 PM, Alpensia Resort

【 Photo: Ski Jump Tower 】
  • 【 Photo: Alpine Coaster (Credit: Alpensia Resort) 】
  • 【 Photo: Panoramic view of Alpensia Resort
    (Credit: Alpensia Resort) 】

Set among the beautiful mountains of Daegwallyeong, Alpensia Resort served as a venue of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics games. At the core of winter sports in Korea, the resort has a ski jump ramp, called the Ski Jump Tower, in addition to standard ski slopes and other sports facilities, including a golf course, convention center and a four-season water park, Alpensia Ocean 700.

The top of the Ski Jump Tower serves as an observation deck that is accessible by all visitors via monorail. Apart from general admission, there is a special admission, where visitors can experience the thrill felt by ski jumpers by looking down from the dizzying height.

Yet another fun attraction of Alpensia Resort is the Alpine Coaster, a down-hill rollercoaster reaching speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour. Hop on to see the beautiful surroundings of Alpensia fly past as you race down the mountain!

Alpensia Resort
  • Address: 325, Solbong-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 대관령면 솔봉로 325)
  • Ski Jump Tower (Observation Deck) Monorail
    • Operating hours: 09:20 (First car up) - 16:55 (Last car down)
      * 20 minute intervals
      * No operation 12:00-13:00
    • Fare
      General admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
      Special admission: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers 4,000 won / Children 3,000 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 12 and under)
      * Closed Tuesdays, New Year's Day & on the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Alpine Coaster
    • Operating hours
      Mid-April to mid-July & mid-August to mid-October 10:00-17:30
      Mid-July to mid-August 10:00-20:00
      Closed from mid-October to mid-April
    • Fare: Adults & Teenagers 22,000 won / Children 19,000 won / 2-person tandem 36,000 won
      * Adults & Teenagers (ages 13 and older) / Children (ages 3-12)
      * Free for preschoolers ages 3 and under
      * Fare is for 1 ride on the Alpine Coaster
      * Alpine Coaster schedule and fare subject to change; check website or inquire in advance
  • Inquiries: 82-33-339-0000 ext. 2 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.alpensiaresort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

3:00 PM, Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

【 Photo: Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch 】

The scenery of Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch's vast field dotted with sheep slowly munching on grass is simply peaceful. The field is encircled by a 1.2-kilometer-long walking trail which takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. However, most people spend at least an hour here, feeding hay to the sheep and taking photos among the beautiful scenery. Before leaving, don't forget to walk up the hill of the sheep ranch; the view from the peak unfolds to reveal the coastal city of Gangneung and the East Sea beyond.

Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch
  • Address: 483-32, Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 대관령면 대관령마루길 483-32)
  • Operating hours: May-August 09:00-18:30 / April, September 09:00-18:00 / March, October 09:00-17:30 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    * Last admission is 1 hour before closing
    * Closed on the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
    * Entrance may be limited in case of heavy snow or rain
  • Admission: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers & Children 4,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers & Children (ages 4-18)
    * Free admission for preschoolers under age 4
  • Website: www.yangtte.co.kr (Korean only)

5:00 PM, Woljeongsa Temple

【 Photo: Woljeongsa Temple 】
  • 【 Photo: Octagonal nine-story stone pagoda
    & stone seated Bodhisattva】
  • 【 Photo: Stone seated Bodhisattva 】

Woljeongsa Temple is a representative cultural relic of Pyeongchang. It is known to have been built during the Silla dynasty (57 BC – AD 935), making it over one thousand years old. The current buildings were rebuilt after the originals were destroyed during the Korean War. Despite their more recent renewal, the fundamental spirit and dignity of Woljeongsa Temple are still present in harmony with the nature of Odaesan Mountain.

In the middle of the spacious courtyard stands a treasured cultural heritage of Woljeongsa Temple, an octagonal nine-story stone pagoda built during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Just beyond the pagoda is a stone seated Bodhisattva kneeling with hands held together. In addition, national treasures related to Buddhism are currently on display at the Woljeongsa Museum.

【 Photo: Fir tree forest trail at Woljeongsa Temple 】

To reach Woljeongsa Temple, visitors will have to walk for approximately 1 kilometer from Geumganggyo Bridge through a fir tree forest. The forest is populated with about 1,800 trees with an average age of over 80 years. The scent of pine needles and the soft earth beneath your feet will surely lift your spirits.

A 20-minute drive from Woljeongsa Temple leads to the venue of the annual Pyeongchang Trout Festival held in winter. Visitors of all ages can have fun by ice fishing for trout, riding on sleds and so on in their numerous exciting activities. If you’re visiting Pyeongchang in winter, be sure to stop by the festival grounds!

Woljeongsa Temple
  • Address: 374-8, Odaesan-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 평창군 진부면 오대산로 374-8)
  • Operating hours: 06:00-18:30
  • Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 500 won
    * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 7-12)
    * Free admission for preschoolers ages 7 and under
  • Website: www.woljeongsa.org (Korean, English)

Day 2

  • 19:00 AMByeongbangchi Skywalk

    210:00 AMArarichon Folk Village

    312:00 PMLunch

    41:00 PMHwaamdonggul Cave

  • 54:00 PMSamtan Art Mine

    66:00 PMHigh1 Resort



9:00 AM, Byeongbangchi Skywalk

【 Photo: Byeongbangchi Skywalk 】
  • 【 Photo: Byeongbangchi Zipwire
    (Credit: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】
  • 【 Photo: View from Byeongbangchi Skywalk
    (Credit: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】

Named after the shape of the Korean peninsula in miniature form, Byeongbangchi Skywalk offers a grand view of the stunning surroundings from 583 meters above ground. With the skywalk's glass walkway, you can see the hill falling away below your feet. Despite the thrill of being held up above nothing, there is no need to fear falling through as the glass is extremely thick and supported thoroughly. In order to protect the glass from scratches, you must first put on cloth overshoes before entering.

If simply standing over this height isn't enough of a thrill for you, challenge yourself to ride on a zipwire! Stretching approximately 330 meters long and reaching up to a speed of 100 kilometers per hour, zip lining offers the experience of flying. Even better, the zipwire near Byeongbangchi Skywalk can accommodate group runs of up to four people!

Byeongbangchi Skywalk
  • Address: 225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 정선읍 병방치길 225)
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    * Hours are subject to change
  • Fare: Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers & Children 1,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers & Children (ages 7-18)
  • Byeongangchi Zipwire
    • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 10:00-17:00
      * Hours subject to change
    • Fare: 40,000 won per person
      * Height limit (134cm-200cm) and weight limit (35 kg-125 kg)
  • Website: www.ariihills.co.kr (Korean only)

10:00 AM, Ararichon Folk Village

【 Photo: Ararichon Folk Village (Credit: Jeongseon County Office) 】
  • 【 Photo: Statue of life in the past 】
  • 【 Photo: Arari Brushwood Bridge
    (Credit: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】

Ararichon Folk Village offers a glimpse into the past, with tile-roofed houses, traditional slate-roofed houses from Jeongseon, and five other traditional house styles, as well as other hard-to-see items and sculptures depicting scenes of life in the Joseon dynasty. The loudspeakers placed inconspicuously throughout Ararichon Folk Village play the traditional folk song of the region, “Jeongseon Arirang.” The song may be unfamiliar, but you will soon find yourself humming along with the melody. Be sure to take advantage of the many experience programs available while you’re here, such as making pottery or cloisonné. Admission is free, however fees may apply to experience programs.

Nearby Ararichon Folk Village is Arari Park, connected to the village by a traditional brushwood bridge called Arari Seopdari Bridge. This bridge was made by covering a row of small pine trees with dirt and brushwood. The bridge was created as a tourist attraction as well as to connect the village and the park.

Ararichon Folk Village
  • Address: 37, Aesan-ro, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 정선읍 애산로 37)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
    * Last admission is 1 hour before closing

12:00 PM, Lunch!

【 Photo: Gondeure namul bap 】

There are many restaurants gathered by the entrance to Hwaamdonggul Cave, especially those that specialize in gondeure namul bap, a famous food of Jeongseon made of mixing wild thistle leaves and seasoning with rice. The wild thistles used in the meal grow plentiful on the mountains and provide a savory flavor when mixed in with white rice. To round out the meal, order a side of gamja jeon (potato pancake) or gamja tteok (potato rice cake), another popular food in Gangwon-do.

1:00 PM, Hwaamdonggul Cave

【 Photo: Steep descent into Hwaamdonggul Cave via stairs 】

Hwaamdonggul Cave is a natural stalactite cave that originally operated as a gold mine from 1922 to 1945. Using the discovered stalactites and the tunnels, the cave is now operated as an attraction with the slogan, “where gold and nature meet.” The entire course is 1,803 meters long and is divided into five sections with unique themes, taking around one and a half hours to complete. Since the entrance and the exit are located far away from each other, you’ll have to complete the course once you enter the cave. However, after walking down the steep stairs, the overall journey will be pleasurable as the easy walking path will guide you to new scenes around every corner.

【 Photo: Natural stalagmites inside Hwaamdonggul Cave 】
【 Photo: Uniquely decorated cave interior 】

Among the cave's five themed areas, the History Room shows the cave as it was when used as a gold mine. Visitors can experience the mysterious atmosphere of the cave as they transition from the straight-cut mine trail into the naturally winding path called the 365 Steps Along the Gold Vein. Fantasy Land uses cartoon characters to easily explain the development of gold mining and the value of gold. Gold World displays a 185-kilogram gold bar and videos that explain all you could ever wonder about gold. The last section of the cave is dedicated to the theme Mysterious Mother Nature and features fantastic cave formations from flowstone to stalactites, stalagmites and stone pillars formed by meeting of the two formations.

The cave entrance is about a 20-minute uphill walk from the parking lot. Visitors can ride the monorail up to get to the entrance more conveniently.

Hwaamdonggul Cave
  • Address: 12, Hwaamdonggul-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 화암면 화암동굴길 12)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-17:00
  • Admission
    Hwaamdonggul Cave: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 3,500 won / Children 2,000 won
    Monorail: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    * Monorail schedule - First departure 09:00 / Last departure 17:00 (15 min intervals)
    * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 7-12)
    * Free admission for preschoolers ages 6 and under
  • Website: www.jsimc.or.kr (Korean only)

4:00 PM, Samtan Art Mine

【 Photo: Samtan Art Mine (Credit bottom left: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】

Samtan Art Mine is a cultural art space created at the site of an abandoned mine. The entrance starts at the lounge on the fourth floor and the viewing path leads down one floor at a time. The third floor serves as a museum and brings history to life with a display of a variety of mining materials. Also located on the third floor is CAM, a high-level modern art museum. On the second floor, there is a collection of over 100,000 art pieces from around the world in a storage area and shower room used by the miners, which is preserved as it is, now used as a gallery space. The gallery has gained popularity after its appearance in the hit drama “Descendents of the Sun (2016).”

After exiting the art museum, head to the Rail by Museum building next door where the switchyard is located. The switchyard, with its conveyer, rails and other industrial materials, creates a unique atmosphere, making it popular as a filming site, a in the variety program“Running Man.”

Samtan Art Mine
  • Address: 1445-44, Hambaeksan-ro, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 고한읍 고한리 함백산로 1445-44)
  • Operating hours: March-May 09:00-18:00 / June-August 09:00-19:00 / September-February 09:30-17:30
    * Closed Mondays from September to May
    * Operating hours are subject to change
  • Admission: Adults 13,000 won / Teenagers 11,000 won / Children 10,000 won / Senior citizens 9,100 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 6-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & over)
    * Free admission for preschoolers ages 5 and under
  • Website: samtanartmine.com (Korean only)

6:00 PM, High1 Resort

【 Photo: High1 Resort landscape 】
  • 【 Photo: High1 Sky Road
    (Credit: Gangwon Provincial Office) 】
  • 【 Photo: Unamjeong 】

High1 Resort offers a casino, ski slopes, golf course and other entertainment facilities, drawing in tourists throughout all four seasons. Among the many attractions within the resort, Kangwon Land Casino, the largest casino in Korea, is open to both Koreans and international visitors. In addition, popular facilities include the gondola ride called Sky1340, which offers a view of the mountains covered in wildflowers from spring to fall; High1 Sky Road, a trekking course that explores the peak of Baegunsan Mountain; Casa Cinema that hosts live performances, and Unamjeong, a hanok café.

High1 Resort
  • Address: 265, High1-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 정선군 사북읍 하이원길 265)
  • Kangwon Land Casino
    • Operating hours: 12:00-06:00 (next day)
      Admission: 9,000 won (cash only)
      * Ticket booth closed 07:00-10:00
      * Must present valid ID
  • Sky1340 (Tourist Gondola)
    • Operating hours: Mountain Course 09:00-21:30 / Palace Course 09:00-16:00
      * Valley Course take passengers between Hill Condo and Mountain Condo (irregular operating hours)
    • Fare
      Mountain Course – Adults & Teenagers 15,000 won / Children 12,000 won
      Palace Course - 6,000 won per person
      Valley Course - Free
      * Adults & Teenagers (ages 13 & older) / Children (ages 4-12)
      * Preschoolers ages 3 & under can ride for free
  • Casa Cinema
    • Show times: Varies by performance
    • Admission: Varies by performance
      * 50% discount for kiosk users
      * Free admission for preschoolers ages 2 & under
  • Unamjeong
    • Operating hours: 11:30-19:00
      * Closed Tuesdays
  • Inquiries: +82-2-1588-7789 (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • Website: www.high1.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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