Tourism Overview

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Tourism Overview of Gangwon-do

Field of history and culture

Gangwon-do possesses various historical / cultural resources from prehistoric to the modern age, and it is the best place for historic/cultural experience and education. Old data is preserved in museums and memorial halls, and historic regional culture such as national property and national treasures is succeeded according to the characteristics of the region. In particular, the DMZ, the only buffer area in the world, is connected with tourist attractions. Also, it is the field of active exchange between South and North Korea through the overland route to Mt. Geumgangsan and tourist ship to Mt. Baekdusan.

National treasure/treasure/historic site/picturesque place
- 346 places throughout the province
Old house/birthplace/folk village
- 23 places throughout the province
Old palace/Confucian temple
- 11 places throughout the province
Buddhist temple/statue/tower/bronze bell
- 41 places throughout the province
Catholic(Christian) sacred ground
- Hoengseong Pungsuwon Catholic Church
Museum/Memorial Hall
- 46 places throughout the province
Principle persons
- 23 memorable persons in each field
Security and military resource
- 16 places around DMZ
5-day market and traditional market
- 33 places throughout the province

Drama & Film open studio

The best drama and films, that are loved by all Asians, such as “Autumn in My Heart” and “Winter Sonata”, “Descendants of the sun”, etc. were filmed in several places in Gangwon-do, and the places are favorite destinations for foreigners and various tourist products are being developed at this time.

Famous Drama Locations
- 25 places throughout the province including the famous TV serial drama “Winter Sonata” and “Descendants of the sun”.
Popular Film Locations
- 16 places throughout the province including the open studio of “Welcome to Dongmakgol”.

World Festival

Festivals such as the Gangneung Dano Festival, Yangyang Mushroom Festival and International Mime Festival are held every season in conjunction with tradition, modernization, culture and play according to several themes around the Gangwon-do province. In particular, the Chuncheon Puppet Festival, Gangneung Dano Festival, Chuncheon International Theatre Festival, Chuncheon Mime Festival and Wonju Dynamic Festival etc. are popular with both foreign and domestic visitors

Festival
- 111 festivals in the whole province

Traffic access and resting place

With the opening of Yangyang International Airport and the expansion of the express highway, the domestic and foreign transportation network into Gangwon-do is more convenient. Also, a multi-resort project will upgrade existing resorts is being expanded and promoted. Gangwonland Casino, ‘the Las Vegas of Asia’, will present a special experience and the hot spring resort complex made by the natural environment of Gangwon-do provides heavenly pleasure.

Hot springs /mineral water
- 28 in the whole province
Tourist farm
- 42 in the whole province
Natural recreation forest
- 18 in the whole province
Other facilities
- 29 in the whole province

Natural treasure

In Gangwon-do, approximately 80% of the area consists of mountainous district and various kinds of animals and plants are spread out around the clean and clear rivers that flow around the mountains. Also, with 3 national parks of Mts. Seoraksan, Odaesan, and Chiaksan, and several picturesque places, it can be said this is truly a natural treasure. It is also designated and protected as a natural preserve.

National Park
- Mt. Seoraksan National Park
- Mt. Odaesan National Park
- Mt. Chiaksan National Park
Provincial Park
- Gyeongpo Provincial Park
- Naksan Provincial Park
- Mt. Taebaeksan Provincial Park
Swimming beach
- 74 places along the east coast
Sunrise/beautiful sea view/ unique-shaped rocks
- 17 places along the east coast
Principle climbing course
- 95 places besides the main route of Seoraksan Mountain
Tracking course
- 12 trekking courses in each famous mountain
Lake
- 20 places throughout the province
River/Valley
- 102 places throughout the province
Village resort
- 41 places throughout the province
Natural Cave
- 10 places throughout the province
Cascade
- 45 places throughout the province
Natural ecological tourist attractions
- 8 places throughout the province
Other tourist attractions
- 73 places in the whole province

Heaven of leisure sports

Gangwon-do has been the center of winter sports in Asia since the 99 Winter Asian Games were held here and we were appointed as an Olympic host city for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. In addition, it has the optimum natural environment and facility for leisure sports such as hiking, rafting, bungee jumping, MTB, and trekking etc.

Resort/Ski/Golf course
- 30 places throughout the province
Drive course/hiking
- 17 places throughout the province
Rafting/MTB/Paragliding/bungee jump
- 10 places throughout the province
Game preserve/fishing
- 78 places throughout the province
Tourist ship
- 3 places along the east coast
Skate/snow sledging
- 11 places throughout the province
Game preserve/Shooting gallery
- 2 places in the province
Auto camp place
- 8 places throughout the province
training facility
- 33 places throughout the province
Race course/riding
- 4 places throughout the province
Water/ground/air reports
- 12 places throughout the province