If you are a nature lover then Wondae-ri Birch Forest, Gangwon-do could be your dream destination. Enjoy scenic hiking trails, fresh air and the gentle scent of birch as you wonder through the trees. Furthermore, as snow begins to fall, the forest becomes a winter wonderland! Ready to get that Christmassy feeling?
Wondaeri Birch Forest
Wondae-ri Birch Forest is a natural oasis with over 700,000 birch trees grown over 138 hectares of land. There are many scenic hiking trails where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the beauty of the trees and nature. It is said to be particularly beautiful in winter, where snow covers the forest like a white blanket.
Visitors can tour Wondaeri Birch Forest by following the designated paths after registering at the entrance. But don’t worry, admission is completely free! The forest was created to promote both environmental and educational goals, especially to children. Additionally, it one of the crowning jewels of Korea’s natural beauty.
It takes approx. 1 hour to walk from the entrance into the heart of birch forest. Therefore, a return trip — allowing for photo stops — will take 2h 30m – 3 hours. When planning your journey, be sure to note the forest’s last entry and closing times. To avoid disappointment, I recommend going at or before midday. Additionally, dress appropriately for the weather and conditions, i.e. layers and waterproof boots in winter, sun cream and hats in summer. You may also want to bring a few snacks and definitely water along with you.
For a full guide to hiking trails and preparation, see the Korean Forest Service official website >> here <<
Location & Directions
Wondae-ri Birch Forest Address: 760 Wonnam-ro, Inje-eup, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm everyday Dec ~ Jan, - 6:00pm May ~ Oct* Directions: From Inje Intercity Bus Terminal, it is recommended to take a taxi to the forest entrance as their are few buses that run. Additionally, there is only 1 bus that runs from Wondaeri back to the bus terminal in the evenings. ** Closed during forest fires season: Feb ~ May, Nov ~ 15th Dec
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