The host city of Winter Olympic 2018 (February 9 ~ February 25, 2018), Pyeongchang, is famous for its beauty in autumn and winter. This place was also used as the setting for some scenes in the popular drama ‘Goblin’ in 2016. Its natural beauty is not the only thing that tourists are looking forward to. Pyeongchang is the city with traditional cultural relics and more unique attractions.
Woljeongsa, a calm and romantic forest path
Woljeongsa, located amid the pristine beauty of Odaesan mountain, has recently become very popular thanks to its appearance in the drama ‘Goblin’. Viewers will recognize the Hatalgyo Bridge and the pine forest path. The pine forest path is worth visiting, its is almost 1km away from the main gate of Woljeongsa temple.
Woljeongsa Temple has a long history and stores various national treasures. Currently, the temple stay program there has developed. Visitors can enjoy spiritual tranquility or learn more about Buddhism through the temple stay.
The Wonderful Snowy Mountain in Yongpyong Resort
Yongpyong Resort will host the Alpine ski competition at the upcoming Winter Olympic 2018. Beautiful resort hiking trails throughout this year will really come back to life in the winter. Climb to the top at the Yongpyong Resort’s cable car to enjoy the fresh air and snow, as well as the views of scenes in ‘Goblin’.
☞ Address: 715, Olympic-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
– Operating Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Open until 6:00 pm during peak season) / Closed Tuesday
– Price: Adult 15,000 won / Children 11,000 won
* Operations may change if the weather is bad
☞ Website: www.yongpyong.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
The traditional market filled with the smell of buckwheat
Bongpyeong 5 Market is a traditional market where shopkeepers come together on a date that ends in two or seven days. Because it is very limited, market days will be busy and crowded! The market is near Lee Hyoseok Cultural Village, which hosts the Hyoseok cultural festival every year in early September, when the buckwheat flowers are white. Visitors can enjoy a variety of healthy foods made with local buckwheat. Moreover, the food market is all around 3000 ~ 5000 won only. Other products that are also sold in the market include small pottery and handicraft that are good options for souvenirs.
Alps in Pyeongchang, Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is the first sheep farm in Korea and is often referred to as the Korean Alps. Visitors from May to early October can enjoy the scenery of sheep running around the green grass freely. In winter, the whole place will turn into a winter wonderland with snow covering fields and forests. All eyes will be on the rich hut that menonkol in the middle of beautiful scenery.
The uphill part might make us breathless, but the view from the top of the hill is well worth it. On a clear day, we can see as far as Donghae and Gangneung on the beach. Do not forget to photograph the sheep farm that runs under your feet before going back down.
☞ Address: 483-32, Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
☞ Operating Hours: November-February 09: 00-17: 00, March & October 09: 00-17: 30, April & September 09: 00-18: 00, May-August 09 09: 00-18: 30 one hour before closing) / Closed during Seollal & Chuseok holidays
☞ Price: Adult 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won
☞ Website: www.yangtte.co.kr (Korean only)
The harmony of traditional food and Hanok, Jeong Gang Won
This place studies and promotes the value and importance of traditional Korean food, especially fermented food and condiments. You can enjoy other Korean traditional cultures like trying on traditional Korean clothing (hanbok) and staying at a traditional Korean house (hanok) here.