Located on South Korea’s east coast, Gangneung-si makes a great weekend getaway from Seoul and a fabulous family vacation spot. The city features a long coastline packed with beaches, and the downtown area is loaded with historical landmarks, museums and cool things to do. It’s easy to fill a 2-day Gangneung-si itinerary, and travelers can use the following tips and attractions to get started!
Getting Around Gangneung-si
Gangneung-si city center is compact and easy to navigate on foot, so most travelers just backpack their way around town. Venturing outside downtown is easy, too, though. Visitors should have no troubles getting around Gangneung-si by bus, which is the cheapest option, but taxis are readily available as well. Alternatively, some tourists choose to buy a second-hand bicycle and sell it back to the shop when they leave.
Day 1 Gangneung-si Itinerary | Explore the Gyeongpo Area
Gyeongpo essentially is the city core of Gangneung-si. Most of the town’s best attractions and things to do can be found in Gyeongpo, and the charming area entices guests to explore each street’s every nook and cranny.
- Ojukheon & Ojukheon Municipal Museum – Listed as South Korea’s National Treasure No. 165, Ojukheon showcases the life of Sin Saimdang, regarded as the country’s “ideal mother figure,” and her son, Yulgok Yi I, Confucian scholar. The residential complex, which merged in 1998 with Ojukheon Municipal Museum, features one of the oldest wooden buildings in Korea. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are 3,000 KRW (2.65 USD) for adults; 2,000 KRW (1.75 USD) for teenagers; and 1,000 KRW (.90 USD) for children.
- Seongyojang House – a tour of a traditional hanok house gives tourists a new perspective on the life of a noble family. Designated an Important Folklore Material No. 5 of Korea, Seongyojang House offers a glimpse of the past 300 years through exhibits, displays and classrooms. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March through October and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November through February. Entry fees are 5,000 KRW (4.40 USD) for adults; 3,000 KRW (2.65 USD) for teenagers and senior citizens; and 2,000 KRW (1.75 USD) for children.
- Gyeongpo Wetland, Gyeongpo Pavilion & Gyeongpo Lake – walking trails take guests to several scenic spots and landmarks around Gyeongpo Lake. Tourists won’t want to miss seeing Gyeongpo Pavilion, which contains poetry and writings from some of the most influential leaders in Korea. The area is open 24 hours a day, and entry is free.
- Chamsori Gramophone Museum and Edison Science Museum – recognized as the largest private museums in South Korea, Chamsori Gramophone Museum and Edison Science Museum take tourists on a thrilling journey through Thomas Edison’s inventions. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is 6,000 to 7,000 KRW (5.30 to 6.20 USD) for adults; 3,000 to 6,000 KRW (2.65 to 5.30 USD) for middle and high school students; and 2,500 to 5,000 KRW (2.20 to 4.45 USD) for children.
Day 2 Gangneung-si Itinerary: Daegwallyeong & Jumunjin Areas
Spending time in the great outdoors is one reason travelers visit Gangneung-si in the first place. Some of these activities can be extended for those who want to explore nature more, but spending at least an hour at each is highly recommended.
- Daegwallyeong Recreational Forest – Korea’s first natural recreational forest features walking trails, rolling streams, wild flower gardens and educational nature escapes amidst a dense pine forest. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and admission is 1,000 KRW (.90 USD).
- Anbandegi Village (Gangneung Anbandegi Tourist Farm) – known as “The Land on the Clouds,” this mountainous village provides a picture-perfect tour of South Korean rural farm life. The farm serves as the top vegetable producer in an alpine area in Korea, and visitors are invited to photograph lush rye meadows, highland vegetable plots and even a field of wind turbines. Some travelers choose to spend the night in the area to get an unscathed view of the stars. Anbandegi Village welcomes visitors any time of day. Tours of the community are free and open to the public.
- Jumunjin Fish Market – in operation since 1936, Jumunjin Fish Market is a thrilling way to “get a feel” for traditional Korean food in Gangneung-si. The market is the largest seafood market on the east coast and includes a sashimi center where foodies can enjoy some of the freshest seafood in the country. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Jumunjin Maritime Museum – just a short walk from Jumunjin Fish Market, this free museum contains interesting exhibits of sea creatures, fossils, meteorites and even dinosaur eggs. Guests are treated to a panoramic view of Jumunjin Port from the roof of the museum. Jumunjin Maritime Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
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