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Gyeongpodae featuring general coastal views and heritage architecture

Enjoy stunning views of the beach, lake and forest landscapes from the vantage point of this wonderfully ornate historic building.

When you visit beautiful Gyeongpo Lake and Gyeongpo Beach, be sure to stop at the Gyeongpodae pavilion. Spend some time here taking photos of the outstanding views on all sides, which are unusual as they cover a wide range of different terrains. Look carefully at the rich details of this impressively detailed pavilion, which is built in the traditional Korean style and has a long and fascinating history.

The pavilion is based on one built in the 14th century next to Inwolsa Temple. About 200 years later, the pavilion was moved to its current location. Come here today, however, and see a building that has been demolished, repaired and rebuilt from nothing multiple times. Work was most recently carried out on the pavilion in 1962. Look at its details carefully and you will see how closely it replicates the traditional design of the original.

After enjoying the tranquility of the pavilion, continue on to explore the wider area. Spot birds around Gyeongpo Lake and wander along the charming wooden bridges that offer paths across the wetlands. Rent a bike and cycle along the scenic trails that surround the lake.

Beyond the tall pine forests around the lake’s edges is Gyeongpo Beach, the largest beach on South Korea’s eastern coast. Join the locals and tourists who love to relax here during the summer months or walk the beach in winter to enjoy relative solitude. Rent Jet Skis or tubes for some thrills in the water or participate in a peaceful guided fishing trip instead. Stop at one of the seafood restaurants all along the beach for a fresh barbecued lunch prepared from live lobsters and shrimp.

Come to Gyeongpodae pavilion 15 days after the Lunar New Year to see the clear moon views for which this spot is famous. The pavilion is located in the laid-back coastal city of Gangneung, which is perfectly placed for a daytrip from Seoul. Reach it by bus in under 3 hours.

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476 Haean-ro, Gangneung
The price is £61 per night from 29 Sep to 29 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 ...
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"I enjoyed my stay at Skybay hotel. The hotel is new and fancy, but my room on the 4th floor didn't have the best view of the ocean. The room had a couple of dead bugs stuck in the blinds, which I wish they would have cleaned. The toilet also had some scratch marks and stains. So cleanliness could ..."

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4 out of 5
307, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is £61 per night from 28 Sep to 28 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 ...
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"I heard complaints of the place being very crowded and expensive during the peak-time. I went there late August and it's was absolutely fine. No crowds, everything is clean, the building is modern. And the ocean is exactly like on the picture, very close. So I definitely liked it."

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7, Jeodonggol-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon
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