Gangneung

Travel Guide
Gangneung Seongyojang House which includes heritage elements and wildflowers

Beautiful eastern-facing beaches and spectacular inland mountains make this a popular tourist destination and a site for upcoming Olympic events.

Natural beauty is the largest draw to Gangneung. At Gyeongpo, Jeongdongjin, and 20 other beaches you can greet the sunrise over the East Sea (especially popular on January 1), watch naval and commercial traffic glide by all year long, and rest on the white sands or swim in the ocean during warm summers. Temperatures will rise to the high 70s degrees Fahrenheit (high 20s degrees Celcius)

Gangneung is also far enough north to see cold winters. Several venues are preparing to host hockey, curling, figure skating, and speed skating events during the 2018 Olympics. Nearby Seoraksan National Park offers yearlong hiking including challenging ice-climbing in its waterfalls. Alpensia Ski Resort, 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the city, offers winter ski and snowboard fun and turns into a wildflower garden in the summer.

In addition to its natural beauty, the city has also been influenced by modern technology and culture. Near Jeongdongjin Beach is Hourglass Park, sponsored in part by Samsung Electronics. The sand in its giant timepiece takes a full year to fall to the bottom; then it is tipped over to start the new year on January 1. Overlooking Jeongdongjin Beach is a large hotel in the shape of a cruise ship, looking as if it were lifted there by a typhoon. Gangneung is also home to over 200 coffee shops, relatively new, but very popular city locations. Many are developing in-house grinding to appeal to coffee aficionados and the city now hosts an annual coffee festival in October. There is a youth art festival each August which is followed by a rock festival on the beach.

In May each year, the city celebrates the Danoje Festival with colorful ethnic dress, traditional food, Korean wrestling demonstrations, local handicrafts, and theatrical performances. Some interpretation services are available and visitors may participate in several of the events. The festival is identified by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Gangneung is 30 minutes from Sokcho by bus or taxi and less than three hours by bus from Seoul.

Where to stay in Gangneung

St. John's Hotel
St. John's Hotel
4 out of 5
307, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangneung, Gangwon, 25467
The price is ¥9,043 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,332 reviews)
"We stayed in the ocean view room that looks new. We like the bathroom and beds as they are clean and well managed. Beach, restaurants, and cafes are within walking distance."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

St. John's Hotel
Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
4 out of 5
476 Haean-ro, Gangneung, 25460
The price is ¥11,052 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,517 reviews)
"The location is great with the ocean on one side and a big lake on the other. Room is smaller than expected and the bathroom is not convenient to use at night."

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2022

Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
4 out of 5
950-39, Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon, 210-824
The price is ¥10,414 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the family amenities ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,493 reviews)
"Good!!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Chocolate Pension
Chocolate Pension
3 out of 5
223-18, Hanam-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon, 25459
The price is ¥6,394 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star condo in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Gyeongpodae and Gangmun Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (19 reviews)
Secluded Natural Spot
"Chocolate Pension is a nice pension that may be a little overpriced, however the place is beautiful and the location is secluded a bit so you won't hear traffic sounds at all. The staff is attentive and kind which airways helps to make a place more comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Chocolate Pension
Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
3 out of 5
30-5, Gyeongpo-ro 463beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon, 25460
The price is ¥9,134 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (67 reviews)
"새 건물이라서 너무 clean했다. 다만 새 건물이라서 새건물 냄세가 너무 심했다. 조식도 생각보다 잘 나와서 우리 식구 모두 깜놀 했당~^^"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
Hemoro Pension
Hemoro Pension
3 out of 5
223-10, Hanam-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon, 25459
The price is ¥7,216 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star condo in Gangneung. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Gyeongpodae and Gangmun Beach are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (26 reviews)
커플여행 추천
"사장님 매우 친절하셨고 시설 깨끗하고 모던해서 좋았어요 커플여행에 딱이었어요"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Hemoro Pension
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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