Besides Busan’s beaches, Gangneung is one of the cities that famous for beautiful long beaches in South Korea. That is the reason why this place has been chosen as the filming location for many movies as well as music videos such as: K-drama ‘Goblin’ or MV ‘Spring’ of BTS. Gangneung is a good place to chill on weekends with family and friends and it only takes 3 hours driving from Seoul. So, where can we go to feel the sea vibe in Gangneung?
Here are some advises for you.
Where to go?
1. BTS Bus Terminal (향호 해변)
If you are a fan of BTS, it will know immediately that this bus stop appeared in the MV ‘Spring day / 봄날’ of BTS. This bus stop is not only famous for its appearance in BTS’s MV, but also for its beauty with blue sea scenery and its long beach sand.
This is probably the bus stop that most of people expect to check in in Gangneung and also in Korea.
There is a little pine forest here that is a good place for camping with families and friends. Camping here is totally free.
Address: Hyangho-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 주문진읍 향호리)
2. Sodolhang (소돌항)
There are two areas here: One is a Sodol fishing experience village where has the red lighthouse; another area is a stone park name Adeul Bawi.
Fishing area (Sodol fishing experience village):
Going along the seafood stalls from the main gate and then turning right, you can to go the red lighthouse.
Most of the people who come here are locals who love fishing. You will see dozens of people fishing.
And of course don’t forget to check in with the red lighthouse to highlight your trip in Gangneung.
This area is so close to the breakwater (or sand Protection Dam technically) where was filming location in Gangneung of K-drama Goblin. There are so many breakwaters here and almost each breakwater has a lot of people take picture.
Sodol Adeul park (아들 바위 공원)
At the opposite of fishing area is the stone park. Thanks to the surrounding rocks, the sea water here has a crystal blue color, very clear and so beautiful. It’s estimated that the rocks here have been formed in the Jurassic period millions years ago so that they have amazing formations. Surrounded by rocks and with a low water level, this area is quite safe. That is why this is a favorite destination of many families to take their children go to to have fun. Beside, you can also rent a kayak here. That is one of the most popular activities in this area.
To be able to get the whole scenery of the sea, you can go to the observation tower by walking along the wooden coastal bridge.
From there, the whole view of this beautiful sea and sky scenery will be fully captured in your sight.Note At the opposite of the main gate of Sodolhang, there is a very nice coffee shop named ‘Bournemouth’ in blue and white tones.
This coffee shop is colorful and has sea view. Drinks here are also good.
Address: 1961, Haean-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원 강릉시 주문진읍 해안로 1961)
3. Ojukheon House (강릉 오죽헌)
If you are in Korea, you will know 5,000 won and 50,000 won for sure. But do you know that the images printed on these two currencies is a mother and son and Ojukheon in Gangneung is their home.
This area is very large and is planted with a variety of flowers such as wisteria and azaleas. In spring, they all bloom at the same time and create a beautiful scene.
- Ticket price: 3,000won / person
- Address: 24, Yulgok-ro 3139beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
4. Anmok Coffee Area (강릉 안목 해변 커피 거리)
Anmok coastal coffee area is so famous in Gangneung. It’s where you can find a lot of unique and lovely cafes shops with extremely beautiful sea views. Besides, there are also a lot of nice pensions for tourists around here.
If you are coffee shop lover you can choose a place that attaches your eyes to taste its drinks and desserts and admiring the sea. Anyways, there is also another way to chill.
That is picnic on the beach.
Picnic ở biển Anmok, khu cà phê bên biển tuyệt đẹp ở Gangneung♬ son original – N.A.Crystal – N.A.Crystal
Don’t worry about picnic staffs, you can rent at place a picnic camp on the beach like us with an extremely cheap prices.
A picnic set that includes tents, umbrellas, tables, chairs, blankets and decorations is just 30,000 won. After renting a tent, we can order tea, coffee and dessert to chill on the beach.
Here is IG of the picnic renting place: IG @sokkum_nori (소꿉 놀이: 강원 강릉시 경강 로 2668 1 층)
5. What to eat?
The most famous food in Gangneung is tofu. So that we choosed a tofu restaurant that is at a tofu making village to have dinner.
We paid 15,000won for each person and we all were so full. It’s was really good.
- Restaurant: 차현희순두부청국장본점
- Address: 6-7 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원 강릉시 초당동 6-7)