The best things to do after dinner in Yangyang include drinking craft beers in traditional bars, admiring the sunset from rocky outcrops by the coast, and singing at karaoke venues until the early hours. However, this county has much more to offer than unbeatable coastal views and a vibrant night-time atmosphere.

    Whether you want to camp in a national park, take a dip in a hot spring, or check out a North Korean community, Yangyang has something for you. Check out our favorite evening activities to make the most of your trip to Yangyang.

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    Stonfish 스톤피쉬

    A European-style bar with an island atmosphere

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    Stonfish is a chic and comfortable venue with a European-inspired interior décor. One of the top-rated bars in Jukdo, its main draw is its vast selection of beers and alcohol. You can enjoy a wide range of music, from electronica to jazz.

    If you want to dine at Stonfish, we recommend getting there for lunch as the kitchen can close early. Visit in the evening to mingle with locals and enjoy a vibrant island party atmosphere.

    Location: 46-31 Ingujungang-gil, Hyeonnam-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)70-4193-9522

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    The Heist Sports Pub 더하이스트

    A top-rated pub for games and local craft beers

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    The Heist Sports Pub is one of the most popular bars in Sokcho City. It’s close to the beach, attracting those who want to enjoy a Korean craft beer or two after dinner. In addition to beverages aplenty, this pub boasts a diverse food menu, arcade games, and darts.

    Don’t hesitate to ask the English-speaking staff for beverages and food recommendations – this bar’s reputation for delicious local beers is only rivaled by its highly revered customer service. Visit on a Friday or Saturday if you fancy a night out, when the bar serves beverages until 2 am.

    Location: 14 B1, KR 1st Floor, Seonsa-ro 4-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Monday and Wednesday–Thursday from 6 pm to 1 am, Friday from 6 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 6.30 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 6.30 pm to 1 am (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +82 (0)50-71317-7553

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    Jukdo Beach

    One of Yangyang’s best spots to watch the sunset

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    Jukdo Beach is a local hotspot for watersports and sunbathing throughout the day. After sunset, this sandy stretch is illuminated by the bars and restaurants that overlook the beach. There’s an easily accessible panoramic viewpoint toward the east end of the bay.

    After admiring the view of the beach and ocean, you can grab a table at a local restaurant, such as Koseuteo or Dudungil. You’ll also find an array of cafes like Fika, Khan, and Please Wait. We recommend arriving just before sunset to see hues of red and orange reflecting off the Sea of Japan.

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    Singlefin Aleworks 싱글핀에일웍스

    A specialty beer shop with indoor and outdoor seating

    Singlefin Aleworks is a spacious beer store and bar near Hajodaehaesuyokjang in Gangwon-do. You can grab a table on the mezzanine that overlooks the bar. Its beverages menu is almost endless, and the food is delicious too.

    Singlefin Aleworks sells beverages by the can and bottle, though we recommend grabbing a craft beer on tap if you want to soak up the atmosphere. If you need to refuel, try one of Singlefin’s Chicago-style deep pan pizzas.

    Location: 48-42 Hajodae 2-gil, Hyeonbuk-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 3 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-672-1155

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    Osaekyunga

    A traditional Korean homestay next to the Seoraksan National Park

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    Osaekyunga is one of Yangyang’s cosiest homestays. Here, you can order barbecued delights or relax with a drink by the fireplace. If you want to get a taste of traditional Korean culture after a day of exploring the Seoraksan National Park, this is the place to be.

    The staff at Osaekyunga will make you feel right at home and answer any questions you may have regarding Korean culture and things to do in the Seoraksan National Park. You’ll find beaches, mountain trails, and a river for bathing within a 20-minute drive of the homestay.

    Location: 87-1 Osaek-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-673-3337

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    Osaek Carbonated Hot Spring

    A Korean spa facility that remains open until 10 pm

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    Head to the Osaek Carbonated Hot Spring if you fancy relaxing in a thermal spa after dinner. This venue is most popular during the day, but it’s an excellent place to have a dip after the sun goes down. In addition to hot spring pools, you can also find indoor and outdoor saunas and spa facilities.

    The Osaek Carbonated Hot Spring remains open until 10 pm daily, making it an excellent place to unwind and relax after hiking in the Seoraksan National Park. If you arrive before the nighttime, we recommend checking out the nearby '5-colour spring’.

    Location: 34 Daecheongbong-gil, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 10 pm

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    Abai Village

    A small village of North Korean refugees

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    Since the 1950s, Abai Village has been home to a community of North Korean refugees, which gives this district a distinctive atmosphere compared to the rest of Sokcho. While only a few hundred inhabitants remain, the village still contains homes that have largely been untouched since the Korean War.

    Many of the villagers still rely on fishing, meaning the area is home to many of Sokcho’s most delicious traditional seafood restaurants. We recommend grabbing a table at the top-rated Sindasin restaurant.

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    골든7080

    A karaoke bar that stays open until the early hours

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    골든7080 is a dimly lit but atmospheric karaoke bar in Sokcho City. It’s a must-visit for those who want to dive into the local culture during their stay in South Korea.

    While you’re in the area, we highly recommend visiting the nearby Younggeumjeong Pavilion, which overlooks the Sea of Japan from a rocky outcrop. The pavilion is accessible by a bridge that’s illuminated at night, making it one of Yangyang’s best viewpoints to watch the sunset.

    Location: 74 Dongmyeong-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6 pm to 3 am

    Phone: +82 (0)33-637-7082

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    Namae Port

    A scenic harbor with a lighthouse and see-through walkway

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    At the scenic Namae Port, you can watch the sunset above the Sea of Japan. It has an observation deck above the water, which you can reach by walking across a transparent walkway. You can admire the harbour’s historical lighthouse, which illuminates the ocean when the sun goes down.

    After watching the sunset from Namae Port, you can grab a drink from one of the bars overlooking the beach of Namaehaesuyokjang. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants, surf shops and cafes in the vicinity.

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    Hajodae

    One of Yangyang’s most scenic camping spots

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    Hajodae is one of the best spots in Yangyang to watch the sunset in comfort. It has a whitewashed lighthouse, amazing scenery and a wooden walkway that stretches around a rocky outcrop. You can grab a coffee or hot chocolate from a traditional coffee shop, and stroll along the shore of the nearby Hajodae Beach.

    If you can’t pull yourself away from this stunning viewpoint, you can stay at a nearby campground. There are many cabins, a common area, and portable homes complete with kitchens and Wi-Fi.

    Location: 3 Hagwangjeong-ri, Hyeonbuk-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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