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Gangneung

Beautiful eastern-facing beaches and spectacular inland mountains make this a popular tourist destination and a site for upcoming Olympic events.

Natural beauty is the largest draw to Gangneung. At Gyeongpo, Jeongdongjin, and 20 other beaches you can greet the sunrise over the East Sea (especially popular on January 1), watch naval and commercial traffic glide by all year long, and rest on the white sands or swim in the ocean during warm summers. Temperatures will rise to the high 70s degrees Fahrenheit (high 20s degrees Celcius)

Gangneung is also far enough north to see cold winters. Several venues are preparing to host hockey, curling, figure skating, and speed skating events during the 2018 Olympics. Nearby Seoraksan National Park offers yearlong hiking including challenging ice-climbing in its waterfalls. Alpensia Ski Resort, 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the city, offers winter ski and snowboard fun and turns into a wildflower garden in the summer.

In addition to its natural beauty, the city has also been influenced by modern technology and culture. Near Jeongdongjin Beach is Hourglass Park, sponsored in part by Samsung Electronics. The sand in its giant timepiece takes a full year to fall to the bottom; then it is tipped over to start the new year on January 1. Overlooking Jeongdongjin Beach is a large hotel in the shape of a cruise ship, looking as if it were lifted there by a typhoon. Gangneung is also home to over 200 coffee shops, relatively new, but very popular city locations. Many are developing in-house grinding to appeal to coffee aficionados and the city now hosts an annual coffee festival in October. There is a youth art festival each August which is followed by a rock festival on the beach.

In May each year, the city celebrates the Danoje Festival with colorful ethnic dress, traditional food, Korean wrestling demonstrations, local handicrafts, and theatrical performances. Some interpretation services are available and visitors may participate in several of the events. The festival is identified by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Gangneung is 30 minutes from Sokcho by bus or taxi and less than three hours by bus from Seoul. 


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Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht

950-39, Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung
3.8
of 5, from 66 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Gangneung resort offers direct access to the beach and is only a short distance from Jeongdongjin Sculpture Park, Jungdongjin Time Story, and Jeongdongjin Beach. Local attractions also include Haslla Art World.

Gyungpo Beach Hotel

Gyungpo Beach Hotel

17, Haean-ro 406beon-gil, Gangneung
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gangneung, this hotel is close to Gangmun Beach, Gyeongpo Beach, and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum. Also nearby are Gyeongpodae and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

Gangneung Tourist Hotel

Gangneung Tourist Hotel

62, Geumseong-ro, Gangneung
4.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Gangneung Dano Cultural Center, Gangneung Culture and Art Center, and Ojukheon Municipal Museum. Local attractions also include Gangneung Seongyojang House and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

MGM Hotel

MGM Hotel

19, Haean-ro 535beon-gil, Gangneung
3.8
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Gangneung, this hotel is close to Gyeongpo Beach, Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Gyeongpodae. Also nearby are Gangmun Beach and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

SEAMARQ Hotel

SEAMARQ Hotel

2, Haean-ro 406beon-gil, Gangneung
4.5
of 5, from 40 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Gangneung, this luxury hotel is close to Gangmun Beach, Gyeongpo Beach, and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum. Also nearby are Gyeongpodae and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

Dream Beach Pension

Dream Beach Pension

129, Jillihaebyeon-gil Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Gangneung, this condo is close to Sacheon Beach and Gyeongpo Beach. Area attractions also include Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Gyeongpodae.

GN Guesthouse Jungang - Hostel

GN Guesthouse Jungang - Hostel

17, Gyeonggang-ro 2103beon-gil, Gangneung
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gangneung, this hostel is close to Gangneung Dano Cultural Center, Gangneung Culture and Art Center, and Ojukheon Municipal Museum. Local attractions also include Gangneung Seongyojang House and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

Darock Pension & Guesthouse

Darock Pension & Guesthouse

349-2, Changhae-ro, Gangneung
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Gangneung, this guesthouse is close to Gangmun Beach, Gyeongpodae and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum. Also nearby are Gyeongpo Beach and Gyeongpo Provincial Park.

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