Gangneung

Travel Guide
Gangneung Seongyojang House showing wild flowers and heritage elements

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.

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St. John's Hotel
St. John's Hotel
4 out of 5
307, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is AU$115 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Gangneung hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gangmun Beach and Gyeongpo Beach. Anmok Beach and Gyeongpodae are also ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,385 reviews)
"I heard complaints of the place being very crowded and expensive during the peak-time. I went there late August and it's was absolutely fine. No crowds, everything is clean, the building is modern. And the ocean is exactly like on the picture, very close. So I definitely liked it."

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2021

St. John's Hotel
Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
Skybay Hotel Gyeongpo
4 out of 5
476 Haean-ro, Gangneung
The price is AU$128 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.
Situated in Gangneung, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gyeongpoho Lake, Gangmun Beach and Gyeongpodae. Gyeongpo Beach is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) away.
4/5 Very Good! (2,470 reviews)
Wonderful location and hotel
"Wonderful location right on the beach in one of the best places on Korea's East Coast. Friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms and an amazing view of the ocean makes this a great hotel to stay at. The only downside is that when it is full, the parking lot doesn't have space for all cars."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

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
The price is AU$136 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Gangneung resort is within a 5-minute walk of Jeongdongjin Sculpture Park and Jeongdongjin Beach. Jeongdong-Simgok Dadabuchaegil and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,520 reviews)
"Gorgeous grounds and sculpture garden. Rooms are nice size and everything was clean. The only complaint was that the door to my room would not close automatically so you had to pull it shut. When I first arrived at the room the door was ajar so I didn’t need to use my keycard. Happened again the ..."

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2021

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht
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Gangneung Seaview Pension
Gangneung Seaview Pension
3 out of 5
93, Jillihaebyeon-gil, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is AU$80 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Gangneung condo is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sacheon Beach and Gyeongpo Beach. Gyeongpodae and Gangmun ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (76 reviews)
"Wonderful view of the beach. Next to coffee shops and convenience stores. Restaurants are expensive in that area so having a kitchen is perfect."

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Gangneung Seaview Pension
Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
3 out of 5
30-5, Gyeongpo-ro 463beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is AU$116 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in Gangneung, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gyeongpoho Lake, Gyeongpodae, and Gangmun Beach. Gyeongpo Beach and Sacheon Port are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (65 reviews)
"새 건물이라서 너무 clean했다. 다만 새 건물이라서 새건물 냄세가 너무 심했다. 조식도 생각보다 잘 나와서 우리 식구 모두 깜놀 했당~^^"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Hi Ocean Hotel Gyeongpo
Gyeongpo Woosung Pension
Gyeongpo Woosung Pension
3 out of 5
9-3, Gyeongpo-ro 463beonan-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon
The price is AU$81 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum and Gyeongpodae. Gyeongpo Beach and Gangmun Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (18 reviews)
"Needed to clean... everything"

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2021

Gyeongpo Woosung Pension
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