Gangwon (강원, 江原,) is a province in the northeastern corner of South Korea, bordering North Korea and having a long coast along the East Sea (Sea of Japan). Remote and off the traditional tourist trail, the region is relatively undeveloped being 82% mountainous and only sparsely populated. The northern border is sealed off by the Korean DMZ, with the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains and Mount Baekdusan in North Korea close by. The beauty of Gangwondo's four seasons radiates even more against the rich natural environment here, with many leisure activities available each season. During the winter snow falls, the Gangwon-do mountains become a skiing paradise. The town of Pyeongchang has been selected as the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Gangwon is sparsely populated, and many in the list below would be better described as large villages or towns.

Other destinations

Ulsanbawi (peak) in Seoraksan National Park


Many parts of the region are remote, and English isn't widely understood there. Traveling in this region is much easier if you can read and speak Korean.

Get in

By plane

Yangyang International Airport is the main airport. There are flights to Busan's Gimhae International Airport, the south west city of Gwangju and Shanghai in China. Wonju Airport has a daily flight to Jeju island, but nowhere else. Alternatively, fly into Seoul's Incheon International Airport and take a direct bus from there.

By train

Gangwon province is serviced by three train lines. Both Saemuel and Mugunghwa trains operate on these lines. There are no high speed KTX trains running in Gangwon.

Information: 1544-7788

By bus

Almost all cities and counties in South Korea have an express bus to the Gangwon province.

Bus companies

By car

Get around

By bus

Cities and counties of Gangwon province also have an extensive bus service. Each of city and county have citybus line and intercity bus lines. So you can look around Gangwon comfortably and connect to other regions of South Korea easily.

By taxi

There are plenty of taxis prowling the street of cities and counties. Regular taxi flag drop is ₩1,800 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at ₩100 for each 169m.


The tomb of King Sejong

DMZ Tours

The DMZ (Demilitarized zone) is the dividing line set up according to the Korean War cease-fire agreement on June 27, 1953. It is a buffer zone to stave off hostilities between North and South. Military activity or equipment is prohibited in strip of land four kilometers wide that runs the width of the entire peninsula and constitutes approximately 0.5 percent of Korean territory North and South. The United Nations Committee of Military Administration manages the Southern half of the DMZ. DMZ tours offer visitors a chance see how time has been at a standstill for the past half century. In Gangwon-do, DMZ tours are available in Cheorwon at the far West of the province, in Yanggu county in the center, and on the East coast at Goseong, about 50km North of Sokcho.


Outdoor recreation sports

You can go rafting in the Naerincheon region and in the Donggang river in Yeongwol. Good places for hiking, a popular Korean pastime, include the Naerincheon riverside and the region around Wondaegyo. The latter is also a destination for mountain bikers. For those who want to try out being a bird for a while, the Habgangjeong region offers paragliding at Mount Giryong and bungee jumping.

Hot springs

Gangwon-do offers a range of hot springs for you to enjoy:



Sundubu jjigae — Sundubu stew

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