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Gangneung

Travel Guide
Gangneung Seongyojang House featuring heritage elements and wild flowers

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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Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
4 out of 5
476 Haean-ro, Gangneung
The price is £80 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated in Gangneung, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gyeongpoho Lake and Gyeongpodae. Gyeongpo Beach and Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science ...
4/5Very Good! (2,198 reviews)
"I enjoy the Balcony with view of ocean and sunrise. The beach is nice and several restaurants nearby. Toms Bistro across the street had tasty pizza and wine. I wish bar on 20th floor had outdoor seating."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
St. John's Hotel
St. John's Hotel
4 out of 5
307, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £82 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Gangneung hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gangmun Beach and Gyeongpo Beach. Anmok Beach and Gyeongpodae are also ...
3.9/5Good! (2,411 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2021

St. John's Hotel
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
4 out of 5
950-39, Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £87 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this Gangneung resort is within a 5-minute walk of Jeongdongjin Sculpture Park and Jeongdongjin Beach. Jeongdong-Simgok Dadabuchaegil and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,636 reviews)
"It's a great place to stay if you"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2021

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
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Dawoo Resortel
Dawoo Resortel
3 out of 5
43, Jeongdongdeungmyeong-gil, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £39 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Situated by the ocean, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Jeongdongjin Beach and Haslla Art World. Jeongdong-Simgok Dadabuchaegil and Jeongdongjin Sculpture ...
4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
Unpleasant Stay. Not happy.
"Bed is not comfortable. Tooooo hard."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Dawoo Resortel
Gangneung Seaview Pension
Gangneung Seaview Pension
3 out of 5
93, Jillihaebyeon-gil, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £65 per night from 17 Aug to 17 Aug
Located in the heart of Gangneung, this condo is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Sacheon Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Gyeongpo Beach. Gyeongpodae and Gangmun Beach are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (60 reviews)
"Wonderful view of the beach. Next to coffee shops and convenience stores. Restaurants are expensive in that area so having a kitchen is perfect."

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Gangneung Seaview Pension
Gangneung Way to Gyeongpodae Pension
Gangneung Way to Gyeongpodae Pension
3 out of 5
123-8, Jeodong-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £42 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Situated in Gangneung, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Gyeongpodae. Son Sung Mok Film Museum and Gyeongpo ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
"사모님 펜션 청결상태는 최고였으며, 체크아웃하고 드립커피까지 서비스로 마시고 왔습니다. 기대없이 가성비 좋아 예약했다가,, 넘 기분이 좋아던 여행 되어 감사합니다."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Gangneung Way to Gyeongpodae Pension
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