Gangneung, located between the Taebaek Mountains and the East Sea, offers a remarkably laidback atmosphere. It offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to surf, hit the slopes at the Yongpyeong Ski Resort, tour Joseon-era buildings, and catch some shamanistic rituals and Korean wrestling matches at the 400-year-old Dano Festival.

    While it’s the largest city on the northeastern coast, Gangneung has a friendly and homey vibe. Think chilled-out days on the beach, happy-hour cruises, cherry-blossom-lined roads, and leisurely lunches of makguksu (a buckwheat noodle dish). The city's cultural events include Haslla Art World and the International Junior Art Festival at Gyeongpo Beach. History buffs won’t want to miss Ojukheon House & Ojukheon Municipal Museum, the legendary Heonhwa Road and Joseon exhibits at Seongyojang House.

    Where to shop & what to buy in Gangneung

    • Best Places to Shopping in Gangneung

      Shopping in Gangneung is mostly concentrated on its traditional marketplaces, where you can experience the local culture and shop for a wide range of goods. Some of the city's most sought-after places to shop are Gangneung Jungang (Central) Market and Jumunjin Fish Market. Both markets sell everyday items, but their seafood section is often the liveliest – expect a huge...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Gangneung

    • 3 Best Things to Do for Couples in Gangneung

      The best things to do for couples in Gangneung take full advantage of the city's remarkable scenery. Famous for its unique and colorful café, Solbaram Bridge illuminates Anmok Beach to create a beautiful nightscape. Gyeongpo Pavilion and Gyeongpo Lake come to life when the cherry blossom season is in full swing and the lights hit their bright white petals. Near...

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    • Gangneung Travel Essentials

      Our Gangneung Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in South Korea. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from Yangyang International Airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug...

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