Other than pedalling the famous mountainous terrain and beautiful coastline, there are a lot of good places to visit in Gangwon Province.
From the magnificent mountains, pristine beaches, wholesome seafood, to cultural richness, this mountainous province has so much to offer. Other than cycling, we absolutely enjoyed ourselves at its laidback coastal towns, irresistibly delicious cuisines, and tourist attractions.
The only mountain road in Korea located at an elevation of over 1,100 meters, it boasts of its beauty as much as it has a nick name, “Unman-godo Trail”, which means the road in the highland with clouds spreading out like a carpet.
Byeongbangchi Skywalk & Zip Line
If you crave for the adrenaline rush, this place is sure for you!
Byeongbangchi Skywalk, located near Jeongseon-eup, has a glass observation deck which provides an incredible view of the Donggang River resembling the shape of the Korean Peninsula.
Located on the edge of the cliff, at 583 meters above sea level, the 11-meter-long U-shaped observation deck gives you a thrill as if you are walking on the clouds from the edge of the cliff.
For those who long for more adrenaline rush, there is a zip-wire in the upper side of Byeongbangchi Observatory, which moves between the valleys at 100 kilometres per hour and makes you feel as if you are flying.
Jeongseon 5 Days Market & Arirang Performance
Founded in 1966, Jeongseon Arirang Market is in a mixed form of a permanent market and a fifth-day market starting on the 2nd day of every month. The market specializes mainly in agricultural goods such as chilli peppers, balloon flower roots, potatoes, and garlics grown in the region.
Most of the products for sale was harvested directly by the seller, providing fresh ingredients at low prices. Jeongseon Arirang Market is famous for medicinal herbs, with many tourists coming a long way to purchase these products.
While many stalls are open throughout the week, the market becomes full and robust on official market days, taking place on all days ending in a 2 or 7. When the market is held on Saturday, you will also be able to enjoy exciting performances that includes Samul Nori and Jeongseon Arirang in their repertoires.
Jeongseon Arirang Performance is held annually to preserve, pass on and develop Jeongseon Arirang, Gangwon-do’s first intangible cultural heritage. It has been developed as an annual cultural festival since 1976 in order to preserve and pas on the Jeongseon Arirang to future generations.
Arirang is a Korean folk song that is often considered to be the anthem of Korea. Arirang is included twice on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. South Korea successfully submitted the song for inclusion on the UNESCO list in 2012. North Korea also successfully summited the song for inclusion in 2014
In 2015, the South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration added the song to its list of important intangible cultural assets. If you happen to visit Gangwon, take a trip to Jeongseon and experience the traditional cultures of the Korean people and the beautiful autumn sentiments of Jeongseon!
Jeongdongjin Rail Bike
Have you gotten rid of biking yet? No? Try the Jeongdongjin Rail Bike!
If you want to enjoy the vast East Sea up close, try the Jeongdongjin Rail Bike! Unlike the others, the rail bikes are motor-operated. All you have to do is control your pace conveniently using the lever handle after stepping on the pedals upon your departure.
The rail bike path begins at either Jeongdongjin Station or Hourglass Park Station and changes directions at the turning point. The light ocean breeze will accompany the riders throughout the entire journey.
If world history piques your interest, then the Ojukheon House should be on top of your list.
Built during the time of the 11th King of Joseon, King Jungjong (1506-1544) in Gangneung City, it remains as one of the oldest wooden residential buildings in Korea. The house was designated as Treasure No. 165 in 1963 and has been maintained by the descendants throughout the generations.
Ojukheon House gets its name from the many black bamboo trees that surround it. This is where Shin Saimdang and her son Yi Yi used to live. Two of the faces featured on Korea’s monetary notes, with Shin on the 50,000 won note while her son is featured on the 5,000 won.
Jumunjin Beach Breakwater
Jumunjin Beach Breakwater is situated at Jumunjin Beach at the east coast of South Korea in the town of Jumunjin, and more precisely in its village of Gyohang-ri, north of the city of Gangneung. It is around 3-4 hrs from Seoul by public transport.
There are five breakwaters south of the harbor of Gyohang. In Goblin, the scene takes place on the 4th breakwater (counting from the harbor), while in Hotel King the scene takes place on the largest and first breakwater.
In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) – selected Jumunjin Beach as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020.
BTS Bus Stop
Any K-pop fans?
Any BTS (South Korean boy band) fans?
Who remembers the photo of BTS Bus Stop in the album “You Never Walk Alone”? This iconic photo was taken in Jumunjin beach, whereby some scenes of Spring Day music video was filmed. Gangneung city set up the BTS Bus Stop on Jumunjin beach, which is a photo zone to let visitors take a picture and enjoy the music of BTS.
Goseong Unification Observatory
Built by an army unit in 1983, Goseong Unification Observatory is the nearest place for viewing Geunmgangsan Mountain in North Korea.
From the observatory, you can see Haegeumgang and the islands nearby as well as get a glimpse of various peaks of Geumgangsan Mountain such as Ilchulbong Peak (1,152 meter), Chaehabong Peak, and Oknyeobong Peak. Many monuments are built within the area in hopes of reunification.
Wondaeri Birch Forest
After riding, a short hike feels like the best recovery workout!
Wondaeri Birch Forest is a beautiful nature sanctuary with over 700,000 birch trees planted across 138 hectares landscape. There are several scenic hiking courses where visitors can immerse in the tranquil forest with the tall while bark birch trees raising towards the blue sky magnificently.
So, hike, climb and soar through the peaceful and tranquil mountainside landscapes of the Inje!
Inje Speedium – Circuit
Inje Speedium, created with the idea of developing the best ways to enjoy speed, offers the best circuit that both racers and spectators will be satisfied with.
With the 3,908km circuit that all speed-loving racers have dreamed of, not only Inje Speedium can host international competitors but also help ordinary citizens enjoy racing.
Other than just strictly cycling around Gangwon Province, why don’t you also pay a visit to those attractive places that the race country offers? When you visit this captivating province, be sure that you will not miss these places of interest.
Now, get a pen and paper and include these to your bucket lists!