Destinations

Things to Do and See in Gangwon Province

Gangwon-do is a province of South Korea, that is located in the north-eastern part of South Korea. The province is a charming region that is full of fantastic sights to see. There are totally about 346 national treasures and historic sites, 23 old houses and folk villages, 11 old palaces and Confucian temples, 46 museums and Memorial halls, and other interesting places throughout the province. I would like to recommend a list of some sights to visit in Gangwon province.

1. Naksansa

Naksansa is a Korean Buddhist temple complex that stands on the slopes of Naksan Mt. It is one of attractive places in Gangwon province both for locals and foreigners and only one of the few temples to look over the Sea of Japan.

Naksan temple was built in 671, by Uisang Daesa, an ambassador of the 30th King Munmu of the Silla Period. The temple was destroyed during the Mongolian invasion of the 13th century and then was reconstructed during the Joseon Dynasty. It was again destroyed during the Korean War and then was repeatedly reconstructed. Today visitors can explore many sacred treasurers and cultural heritages in Naksansa Buddhist temple complex. Click here for more info.

Address: 100, Naksansa-ro, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gwangwon Province
Contact number: +82 33-672-2798
Operating hours: 10:00~18:00
Admission Fees: Adult 3,500won

2. Osaek GreenYard Hotel

Located in Yangyang Gangwon Province Osaek GreenYard Hotel is one of Korean Wellness destinations. Its location is very good and preferable because it is just a quick walk from Seoraksan National Park. Hotel’s features include free Wi-Fi, restaurant, yoga room, fitness center. All rooms are provided with Internet, flat-screen TV, air conditioning, fridges and electric kettles. A business center and meeting rooms are also available. Also buffet breakfast served daily.

I experienced one of their recreational activities. It is a yoga class that allows people to de-stress and clear head from daily busy life. The class was held in a big yoga room, and a yoga instructor helped to feel comfortable, improve the mind, body, and spirit, as well as inspire all participants. During the class the instructor was watching all students, making sure no one is going to get injured and paid attention that everything is executed properly. I really liked it and it was one of my best yoga classes!

Address: 34, Daecheongbong-gil, Seo-myeon, Yangyang, Gangwon Province
Contact number: 033-670-1000

3. Herb Nara

Located in Pyeongchang Herb Nara is a beautiful location for relaxing and healing. It offers a harmony of beautiful nature and fragrant herbs. Herb Nara possesses ten themed gardens that display over a hundred kinds of herbs and flowers. I explored some of them and then took a one-day class at the Herbal Craft DIY Workshop building.

I chose to make a candle that lasts for 20-30 minutes. Visitors can design the candle with little pieces of accessories. I really enjoyed that time. In addition, Herb Nara offers some one-day healing classes such as making natural soap, perfume and other things that will be a great gift and souvenir to remember visiting the Herb Nara. Reservations are required for groups of 20 and more people.

If you are hungry, you can have a tasty meal at the restaurant “Birch House”. All the dishes are cooking with their home recipes using fresh vegetables and herbs from their farm. If you want to have a cup of coffee or tea, there is a Herb Tea & coffee house that serves great herbal teas, coffee, bakery goods and ice-cream.

Additionally, I do recommend visiting Herb museum and Herb & Aroma shop, where you can learn all about herbs and flowers. Click here for more info.

Address: 225 Heungjeonggegokgil, Bongpyeongmyeon, Gangwon Province
Contact number: +82-33-335-2902
Official Website: www.herbnara.com
Opening Hours: Summer (May-Oct) 09:00-18:30 / Winter (Nov-Apr) 09:00-17:30
Admission Fees: [May – October] Adults: 8,000 won / [November – April] Adults: 5,000 won

Don’t forget to comment if you have any more recommendations or tips related to this post about Gangwon Province. Thanks for reading! The Gangwon Province is waiting for you!

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🇰🇿 Urazbekova Ainur

23 years old, currently living in South Korea, enjoy writing about experiences of studying abroad, living in different cultures and traveling.