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Walking Trails for Healthy Body and Mind at Gangwon-do
Gangwon-do, a province with 80% of mountainous region, is a must-see sight for those who appreciate nature. If you want to take a break from busy life, Odaesan’s walking trails Woljeongsa’s Fir Forest Trail and Seonjae-gil are the ideal spots. Free your mind by taking a walk on the trails and enjoy delicious and healthy rice meal with wild herbs and vegetables at Sanche Baekban Street. Also spend a special night in nature at a hotel located below the mountains. Enjoy romantic starlit festival at Subyeon Park in Chuncheon, also known as the “City of Lakeside,” and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the European style decorated arboretum.

*Travel routes
Day 1: Seoul - Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa) - Kensington Flora Hotel
Day 2: Jade Garden - Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival - Seoul
Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사) 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)?

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사) (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa). It is located at .

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사)은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)?

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사)(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa). It is located at .

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Fir Forest Trails leading to Woljeongsa 

View Sansa Strolling around Odaesan Trails 

 

Odaesan, located in Pyeongchang-gun county of Gangwon Province, has a beautiful forest trails and gradually sloped mountains that are ideal for walking and trekking. There are historical temples and cultural assets located throughout the area including Woljeongsa and Sangwonsa.

The Fir Forest Trail leading from the entrance of Woljeongsa and the 9km Seonjae-gil from Woljeongsa to Sangwonsa are fine courses to enjoy the scenery of the forest and the valley as well as exploring the temples in the mountain. 

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Iljumun of Woljeongsa entrance

The Fir Forest Trail that has defended the front of Woljeongsa boasts of greenery throughout the year. After passing through iljumun, the front entrance of Woljeongsa, the Fir Forest Trail extends over 1km looking as though it reaches up to the sky. Evergreen fir tree shows more lush green during spring and summer, unique combination of variegated greenery and autumn colors during fall, and contrast of white snow and green landscape in winter. The walking trail is made of soft ocher clay, letting all the good energy to be absorbed from Mother Nature when walking barefoot.

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Woljeongsa Jeokgwangjeon and the Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda

When crossing Geumgwang Bridge across Odaecheon, the Woljeongsa built in the year 643 stands. The neatly landscaped trees around the temple form a harmony with the building and the slopes of pine tree forest behind Samseonggak looks as though a spirit is protecting the temple. In the main hall, in front of Jeokgwangjeon, the National Treasure No. 48 from Goreyo dynasty ‘'Woljeongsa Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda’ stands. A bell is tiered in each corner of the stories and makes a wonderful sound as the wind blows. Inside the Seongbo Museum at the temple, the relics from the temples of southern Gangwon-do and Odaesan are exhibited. 

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Buddha shaped branches, a work of art, above Seonjae-gil / Walking on Seonjae-gil alongside the valley.

Seonjaegil extending from Woljeongsa to Sangwonsa is a great path to meditate and achieve enlightenment. The name of the trail derives from the young follower Seonjae who appears in the Buddhist scriptures

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Sangwonsa located at the end of Seonjae-gil / Enjoy coffee at Café ‘Maru,’ inside the temples of the mountains

Sangwonsa at the end of Seonjae-gil is located at a ground that is high enough to see the clouds above the peaks of the other side of the mountain. The view of Sangwonsa after finishing a 9km road is like a gift. The foothills surrounding the temple and the fresh air are beautiful and peaceful enough to let go of one’s worries. After sauntering the grounds, squirrels are spotted moving below one’s feet. ‘Sangwonsa Bronze Bell’ stored at Dongjeonggak was made during Unified Silla period in the year 725. It is the oldest and most beautiful bell in Korea, and it has been designated as a National Treasure No.36. At the second floor of the palace at the entrance there is a café to experience a special chance to drink coffee at a temple. 
 

Tip. Woljeongsa, Visitor Information of Sangwonsa

How to get there

At Jinbu Public Bus Terminal, board the bus heading to Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa

and mention the destination to the bus driver

From 6:30 to 19:40, 14 bus rides operate per day

Woljeongsa

Address: 374-8 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

Opening hours: 2 hours before sunrise ~before sunset

Admission Fee: 3,000 Won

Seongbo Museum (Inside Woljeongsa)

Opening hours: April ~ October 09:30 ~ 18:00 / November ~ March 9:30 ~ 17:00

* Admission allowed 30 minutes before closing time

* Closed on Tuesdays, January 1st, and holidays

* 11:30 ~ 12:30 closed during lunch hours (open on weekends)

Admission: Free

Sangwonsa

Address: 1211-14 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

Opening hours: 2 hours before sunrise ~ before sunset

Admission: 3,000 won

* All entrance fees are paid only once at the ticket office upon entry of Odaesan

 

Enjoy a Healthy Meal at Odaesan Sanche Baekban Street


Odaesan is famous for a wide variety of wild herbs and vegetables. At the entrance of Woljeongsa, there are several restaurants that serve foods of fresh wild herbs and vegetables. Ligularia fischeri, chwinamul, fern, gaedureup, chamnamul, and various other wild plants that are grown in high grounds are boiled and mixed with spices and perilla oil. When ordering a Sanche d’hôtel, 30 different vegetables and side dishes are served as a meal, and by just ordering Sanche bibimbap 9 to10 side dishes and soup is served with bibimbap with various types of wild vegetables. The doenjang soup served with seasoned wild vegetable dishes is rich in flavors and has good rustic tastes of the countryside. If tasting the wild vegetables filled with the energy of the Odaesan, it will boost one’s energy and vitality. 

 

Address: 178  Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwo-do (area nearby) 
Price range: Sanche Bibimbap 8,000 won / Sanche Table d’hôtel 15,000 won / Grilled Pollack  Table d’hôtel 20,000 won ( Table d’hôtel Menu is two or more orders only)
How to get there: Take a bus ride in the direction of Woljeongsa at the Jinbu Public Bus Terminal and take a 0.7km walk to destination after stopping at the 'monthly ticket office' or request the bus driver to stop at 'Sanche Baekban Street.' 

 

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Sanche Bibimbap and side dishes made of various wild plants and herbs. / Odaesan sanche baekban restaurant 

Kensington Flora Hotel

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kensington Flora Hotel?

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Kensington Flora Hotel. It is located at .

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kensington Flora Hotel?

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Kensington Flora Hotel. It is located at .

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Kensington Flora Hotel located under Odaesan

Enjoy the Nature at a Hotel under Odaesan


Kensington Flora Hotel located on the way to Odaesan is a hotel to enjoy the beautiful nature under the mountain. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a large garden in front yard of the hotel building. At the backside of the pond installed with a fountain, there lies a green fir tree forest. Enjoy a luxurious glamping at a tent in the woods, and spend a romantic evening in the woods till late night with pretty lights turning one after one.  

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Hotel lobby decorated with flowers and a chandelier / Standard room with the window view of Odaesan scenery

At the entrance of the hotel, a spacious lobby decorated with flowers and a chandelier welcomes the guests. Like the name of the hotel there is a garden outdoors, and flowers decorated throughout inside, presenting an elegant atmosphere. Inside the room a meticulous attention is given to the interior to please the guests including clean and comfortable facilities. All the views out the window from inside the room display the landscape of Odesan. For the rooms located at front of the building, the view of the garden is shown. There are three types of rooms available - Standard, Deluxe, Suite, with ondol as an option for standard room. 

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Spacious garden and lake, and swimming pool in Kensington Flora Hotel / Fir Tree Forest to enjoy glamping 

The Hotel is proud to present its outdoor garden such as Embroidery Garden, Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden, Oriental Garden, Ginkgo Tree Path, and others consisting of eight gardens and paths in total. The Embroidery Garden and Vegetable Garden are beautiful in such ways that it was constructed with the motif of the Villandry Castle from France. Korean box tree is placed as a border and colorful flowers and vegetables are planted inside of it, looking like a work of art from a distance. At the outdoor swimming pool there is a grill available to enjoy barbeque. For the use of the barbeque it is best to make a reservation in advance. 
 

Tip. Kensington Flora Hotel Service Information

Address: 231 Jungogae-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

How to get there: On way to Odaesan, board a bus to Jinbu direction and get off at the hotel

Fee: Standard 286,000 won / Deluxe 308,000 won / Suit 418,000-3,300,000 won

(* Discount available through various hotel booking site)

Web pagehttp://www.kensingtonflora.com/Common/popup/English.aspx

 

Enjoy Western and Korean Foods at Kensington Flora Hotel Restaurant

 

The hotel has a café via western restaurant ‘café Flory’ and Korean restaurants ‘Sogeumgang.' Enjoy the view of the garden out the window at cafe Flory with your meal. ‘French morning buffet’ is a popular menu here. The vegetable and seasonal fruits are grown in the Vegetable Garden and are used for ingredients at the restaurant. There are various desserts and drinks available as well. For dinner menus one can choose steak with two kinds of pasta. Sogeumgang restaurant uses fresh ingredients grown in parts of Gangwon-do and is well-known for elegant and delicious Korean meals. There are haejangguk, galbitang, seaweed soup, and others served from breakfast menus as well as daegwanryeong roast beef platter.

 

Cafe Flory

Opening hours: 07:00 to 22:00 (Saturday ~ 23:00) / Brunch 10:00 to 14:00

Price Range: 12,900-39,000 won / Morning Buffet 25,000 won

Sogeumgang

Opening hours: Lunch 12:00 to 14:30 / Dinner 18:00 to 21:00

Price Range: 12,900-59,000 won

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The view of the garden out the window of ' Café Flory' /  Enjoy elegant Korean meal at 'Sogeumgang'

Jade Garden

"제이드가든 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jade Garden?

"제이드가든 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Jade Garden. It is located at .

"제이드가든은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jade Garden?

"제이드가든(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Jade Garden. It is located at .

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The red brick visitor center building located at the entrance of Jade Garden.

Wander the European-Style Garden Stretched Out In the Woods
Jade Garden is an arboretum of a European model of landscaped gardens under the motto of "Meet little Europe in the woods." The garden is constructed in a way that follows the geographical terrain and valley of the area, offering an atmosphere fitting into nature. Also the garden made with 24 different themes reveals its own composition of charm and character. The red brick building built in the style of Italian Tuscan is the first building to see at the Jade Garden. When stepping on a walking trail, a finely crushed wood chips can be felt softly on foot with the release of woods scents. 

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Kitchen Garden providing a cool shade / Alpine plants grown in the alpine greenhouse   

Witch's house in the woods nearby Dry Garden

The gardens are constructed in European-style favoring the styles of England and Italy. There are various gardens such as the Dry Garden where plants are grown in arid conditions, Kitchen Garden where organic vegetables and fruits are grown, Moss Garden where it always maintains moist humidity, Rhododendrons Garden where rare rhododendrons found only in the alpine areas can be seen. There are other enjoyment and sceneries to be found including the fountains and ponds, wooden playground with shaking bridge, and witch's house hidden in the woods. At the top of the sky garden the ridge of Hwaaksan can be seen, and a café to relax under the shade of parasols.

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TV dramas and movie posters recorded at Jade Garden

The leaflet provided at the entrance has recommendations for courses of 40min, 50min, and 1 hour such as Wood Smell Road, Maple Tree Road, and Forest Wind Roads. One can also enjoy the course freely wherever the feet is drawn to including the beautiful landscape and scent of the nature. Search for the landscapes that appeared in TV dramas and movies. In the drama <That Winter, The Wind Blows> the visitor center building appears as a mansion where Song Hye-Gyo lived. In drama <Love Rain> the café in Sky Garden appears as the house where Yoona lived. In movie <You Are Pet> Italian Garden appears as a scene where Jan Geun Suk danced.  

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Café inside the visitors’ center to enjoy meal and tea

At the visitor center building, there are restaurant/cafe and souvenir shops. The restaurant serves food made of Gangwon-do’s various seasonal vegetables. At the café, organic blueberries juice and iced desserts are available with the ingredients used from the blueberry farm inside the arboretum. From mid-June to July cultivating blueberries events are available. At the souvenir shop blueberries, picture frames made of plant pots, aroma herbal products, and etc. are for sale. A free shuttle bus to and from the Jade Garden and Gyeongchun Line Gulbongsan Station is available. It is recommended to check the bus hours in advance before visiting.


Tip. Jade Garden Visitors Guide
Address: 80 Hatgol-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (Gyeongchun Line Gulbongsan Station)
Opening hours: 09:00 to 19:30 (Open year round)
* Admission one hour before closing hours. 
Touring Time: 2 hours
Admission: 8,500 won
Shuttle bus service hours to and from Jade Garden and Gulbongsan Station 
: 10:45 / 11:45 / 12:45 (weekends and holidays) / 13:45 / 14:45 / 15:45 / 16:45 (duration 10 minutes)
Web pagehttp://www.hanwharesort.co.kr/irsweb/resort3/eng/tpark/tp_intro.asp?tp_cd=0400

 

Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival

"춘천 호수별빛축제 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival?

"춘천 호수별빛축제 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival. It is located at .

"춘천 호수별빛축제은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival?

"춘천 호수별빛축제(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival. It is located at .

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Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival holding at Uiam Park

Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival Colors the Lake with Lights

 

Chuncheon, ‘The City of Lakeside,’ has a number of lakes including Uiamho formed by joining of North Han River and Soyang River. From May to end of the year, Uiam Parks including Uiamho, Gongjicheon Sculpture Park, and Chuncheon MBC building holds the ‘Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival.’ In the evening at Uiam Park when the sun starts to set, the light decoration comes on one after one. The fantastic Feast of Lights continues from the entrance of the park to the path extending alongside the lake to the MBC office building visible above the hills.

 

At Uiam Park the county names of Gangwon-do, characters of each region, the title of the festivals are displayed as light ornament showing an image of colorful light tunnel. Gangwon-do Hwacheon-gun’s trout, regional specialty, is decorated in light ornaments looking as though the fish is swimming in the lakes, The branches of the trees around shores has light ornament hanging like a fully bloomed white flowers which adds a wonderful imagery with Uiamho.  

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Uiam Park and colorful light decorations at Chuncheon MBC

Upon entering MBC, there is another landscape that unfolds. The entwined lights over the building and the blue lights over the pine tree on first floor are the most spectacular scenery of the festival. The wine bottles and wine glasses, flower garden, 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the illuminating decoration of various materials are displayed. After finishing looking around MBC Festival Hall, head over to Gongjicheon Sculpture Park by crossing the Gongjicheon Bridge and heading across from Uiam Park. The scenery from fairy tales such as ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘The Little Prince’ and famous architectural buildings such as Eiffel Tower and Opera House are reproduced as lightning ornaments. When crossing the bridge, the light ornaments in the shape of lollipops hanging at the pedestrian overpass are another sight to see.  
 

Looking over the festival during sunset at the lake is even more beautiful. The light decorations and sunset glow together and the landscape keep on changing as walking alongside the lake. As the sun sets, the colorful festival stands out like a bright star under the night sky. Every day performances are held at MBC open-air café. During weekends enjoy the performances of various groups at the open-air theater. The festivals are held every day for seven months except on rainy-days. If traveling Chuncheon spend the last day of the course to see the Starlit Festival. 
 

Tip. Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival Visitors Guide

Period: May to end of December every year

*Opening dates are subjected to change depending on the year

Location: Chuncheon MBC (54 Subyeon Park-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do), Uiam Park (12-1 Samcheondong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do)

Gongjicheon Sculpture Park (800 Old Gyeongchun-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do)

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 19:30 to 22:00 / Friday, Sunday 19:30 to 22:30 / Saturday 19:30 to 23:00

* Closed when rains

Touring Time: 2 hours

Admission Fee: Free
 

Chuncheon Local Food, Dakgalbi and Makguksu

 

Started in Chuncheon, “Chuncheon Dakgalbi” became a food brand after gaining popularity across the country. Unlike what Dakgalbi is called ‘galbi=ribs’, the recipe is chopped chicken pieces marinated in sauce, and grilled with cabbage, onions, and leer. According to your taste, other ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cheese, and etc. can be added. After finishing the meat, leftover sauce is used for fried rice with sprinkled dried seaweed powder. Spicy yet sweet, the sauce and seasoning bring out the flavor of the juicy chicken. Upon entering Myeong-dong, Chuncheon Dakgalbi Alley has more than 20 restaurants throughout the area.

The menu makguksu is irreplaceable dish at dakgalbi restaurant. After pulling out the buckwheat dough into thin noodles, it is eaten with cold soup dongchimi or mixed with spicy seasoning. Garnished with sliced ​​cucumber, dried seaweed, and boiled eggs, condiments such as mustard or vinegar is added as well depending on one’s taste. Although buckwheat noodles are easily broken when eaten compared to other kinds of noodles, the taste is unmatched.

 Every August 'Chuncheon Dakgalbi& Makguksu Festival’ is held at Chuncheon Station.

 

Myeong-dong, Chuncheon Dakgalbi Alley Address: 51-16 Joyangdong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (nearby areas)  

Price Range: Dakgalbi one serving 1,000-11,000 won/ makguksu 5,000-6,000 won

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Chuncheon chicken ribs  made by chicken and vegetable fried on a griddle / Chuncheon makguksu eaten with mix of spicy seasoning

Walking Trails for Healthy Body and Mind at Gangwon-do
Gangwon-do, a province with 80% of mountainous region, is a must-see sight for those who appreciate nature. If you want to take a break from busy life, Odaesan’s walking trails Woljeongsa’s Fir Forest Trail and Seonjae-gil are the ideal spots. Free your mind by taking a walk on the trails and enjoy delicious and healthy rice meal with wild herbs and vegetables at Sanche Baekban Street. Also spend a special night in nature at a hotel located below the mountains. Enjoy romantic starlit festival at Subyeon Park in Chuncheon, also known as the “City of Lakeside,” and stroll through the beautiful gardens of the European style decorated arboretum.

*Travel routes
Day 1: Seoul - Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa) - Kensington Flora Hotel
Day 2: Jade Garden - Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival - Seoul
Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사) 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)?

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사) (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa). It is located at .

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사)은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa)?

"오대산 (월정사, 상원사)(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Odaesan (Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa). It is located at .

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Fir Forest Trails leading to Woljeongsa 

View Sansa Strolling around Odaesan Trails 

 

Odaesan, located in Pyeongchang-gun county of Gangwon Province, has a beautiful forest trails and gradually sloped mountains that are ideal for walking and trekking. There are historical temples and cultural assets located throughout the area including Woljeongsa and Sangwonsa.

The Fir Forest Trail leading from the entrance of Woljeongsa and the 9km Seonjae-gil from Woljeongsa to Sangwonsa are fine courses to enjoy the scenery of the forest and the valley as well as exploring the temples in the mountain. 

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Iljumun of Woljeongsa entrance

The Fir Forest Trail that has defended the front of Woljeongsa boasts of greenery throughout the year. After passing through iljumun, the front entrance of Woljeongsa, the Fir Forest Trail extends over 1km looking as though it reaches up to the sky. Evergreen fir tree shows more lush green during spring and summer, unique combination of variegated greenery and autumn colors during fall, and contrast of white snow and green landscape in winter. The walking trail is made of soft ocher clay, letting all the good energy to be absorbed from Mother Nature when walking barefoot.

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Woljeongsa Jeokgwangjeon and the Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda

When crossing Geumgwang Bridge across Odaecheon, the Woljeongsa built in the year 643 stands. The neatly landscaped trees around the temple form a harmony with the building and the slopes of pine tree forest behind Samseonggak looks as though a spirit is protecting the temple. In the main hall, in front of Jeokgwangjeon, the National Treasure No. 48 from Goreyo dynasty ‘'Woljeongsa Octagon shaped 9-story pagoda’ stands. A bell is tiered in each corner of the stories and makes a wonderful sound as the wind blows. Inside the Seongbo Museum at the temple, the relics from the temples of southern Gangwon-do and Odaesan are exhibited. 

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Buddha shaped branches, a work of art, above Seonjae-gil / Walking on Seonjae-gil alongside the valley.

Seonjaegil extending from Woljeongsa to Sangwonsa is a great path to meditate and achieve enlightenment. The name of the trail derives from the young follower Seonjae who appears in the Buddhist scriptures

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Sangwonsa located at the end of Seonjae-gil / Enjoy coffee at Café ‘Maru,’ inside the temples of the mountains

Sangwonsa at the end of Seonjae-gil is located at a ground that is high enough to see the clouds above the peaks of the other side of the mountain. The view of Sangwonsa after finishing a 9km road is like a gift. The foothills surrounding the temple and the fresh air are beautiful and peaceful enough to let go of one’s worries. After sauntering the grounds, squirrels are spotted moving below one’s feet. ‘Sangwonsa Bronze Bell’ stored at Dongjeonggak was made during Unified Silla period in the year 725. It is the oldest and most beautiful bell in Korea, and it has been designated as a National Treasure No.36. At the second floor of the palace at the entrance there is a café to experience a special chance to drink coffee at a temple. 
 

Tip. Woljeongsa, Visitor Information of Sangwonsa

How to get there

At Jinbu Public Bus Terminal, board the bus heading to Woljeongsa, Sangwonsa

and mention the destination to the bus driver

From 6:30 to 19:40, 14 bus rides operate per day

Woljeongsa

Address: 374-8 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

Opening hours: 2 hours before sunrise ~before sunset

Admission Fee: 3,000 Won

Seongbo Museum (Inside Woljeongsa)

Opening hours: April ~ October 09:30 ~ 18:00 / November ~ March 9:30 ~ 17:00

* Admission allowed 30 minutes before closing time

* Closed on Tuesdays, January 1st, and holidays

* 11:30 ~ 12:30 closed during lunch hours (open on weekends)

Admission: Free

Sangwonsa

Address: 1211-14 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

Opening hours: 2 hours before sunrise ~ before sunset

Admission: 3,000 won

* All entrance fees are paid only once at the ticket office upon entry of Odaesan

 

Enjoy a Healthy Meal at Odaesan Sanche Baekban Street


Odaesan is famous for a wide variety of wild herbs and vegetables. At the entrance of Woljeongsa, there are several restaurants that serve foods of fresh wild herbs and vegetables. Ligularia fischeri, chwinamul, fern, gaedureup, chamnamul, and various other wild plants that are grown in high grounds are boiled and mixed with spices and perilla oil. When ordering a Sanche d’hôtel, 30 different vegetables and side dishes are served as a meal, and by just ordering Sanche bibimbap 9 to10 side dishes and soup is served with bibimbap with various types of wild vegetables. The doenjang soup served with seasoned wild vegetable dishes is rich in flavors and has good rustic tastes of the countryside. If tasting the wild vegetables filled with the energy of the Odaesan, it will boost one’s energy and vitality. 

 

Address: 178  Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwo-do (area nearby) 
Price range: Sanche Bibimbap 8,000 won / Sanche Table d’hôtel 15,000 won / Grilled Pollack  Table d’hôtel 20,000 won ( Table d’hôtel Menu is two or more orders only)
How to get there: Take a bus ride in the direction of Woljeongsa at the Jinbu Public Bus Terminal and take a 0.7km walk to destination after stopping at the 'monthly ticket office' or request the bus driver to stop at 'Sanche Baekban Street.' 

 

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Sanche Bibimbap and side dishes made of various wild plants and herbs. / Odaesan sanche baekban restaurant 

Kensington Flora Hotel

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kensington Flora Hotel?

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Kensington Flora Hotel. It is located at .

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kensington Flora Hotel?

"켄싱턴 플로라호텔(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Kensington Flora Hotel. It is located at .

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Kensington Flora Hotel located under Odaesan

Enjoy the Nature at a Hotel under Odaesan


Kensington Flora Hotel located on the way to Odaesan is a hotel to enjoy the beautiful nature under the mountain. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a large garden in front yard of the hotel building. At the backside of the pond installed with a fountain, there lies a green fir tree forest. Enjoy a luxurious glamping at a tent in the woods, and spend a romantic evening in the woods till late night with pretty lights turning one after one.  

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Hotel lobby decorated with flowers and a chandelier / Standard room with the window view of Odaesan scenery

At the entrance of the hotel, a spacious lobby decorated with flowers and a chandelier welcomes the guests. Like the name of the hotel there is a garden outdoors, and flowers decorated throughout inside, presenting an elegant atmosphere. Inside the room a meticulous attention is given to the interior to please the guests including clean and comfortable facilities. All the views out the window from inside the room display the landscape of Odesan. For the rooms located at front of the building, the view of the garden is shown. There are three types of rooms available - Standard, Deluxe, Suite, with ondol as an option for standard room. 

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Spacious garden and lake, and swimming pool in Kensington Flora Hotel / Fir Tree Forest to enjoy glamping 

The Hotel is proud to present its outdoor garden such as Embroidery Garden, Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden, Oriental Garden, Ginkgo Tree Path, and others consisting of eight gardens and paths in total. The Embroidery Garden and Vegetable Garden are beautiful in such ways that it was constructed with the motif of the Villandry Castle from France. Korean box tree is placed as a border and colorful flowers and vegetables are planted inside of it, looking like a work of art from a distance. At the outdoor swimming pool there is a grill available to enjoy barbeque. For the use of the barbeque it is best to make a reservation in advance. 
 

Tip. Kensington Flora Hotel Service Information

Address: 231 Jungogae-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchan-gun, Gangwon-do

How to get there: On way to Odaesan, board a bus to Jinbu direction and get off at the hotel

Fee: Standard 286,000 won / Deluxe 308,000 won / Suit 418,000-3,300,000 won

(* Discount available through various hotel booking site)

Web pagehttp://www.kensingtonflora.com/Common/popup/English.aspx

 

Enjoy Western and Korean Foods at Kensington Flora Hotel Restaurant

 

The hotel has a café via western restaurant ‘café Flory’ and Korean restaurants ‘Sogeumgang.' Enjoy the view of the garden out the window at cafe Flory with your meal. ‘French morning buffet’ is a popular menu here. The vegetable and seasonal fruits are grown in the Vegetable Garden and are used for ingredients at the restaurant. There are various desserts and drinks available as well. For dinner menus one can choose steak with two kinds of pasta. Sogeumgang restaurant uses fresh ingredients grown in parts of Gangwon-do and is well-known for elegant and delicious Korean meals. There are haejangguk, galbitang, seaweed soup, and others served from breakfast menus as well as daegwanryeong roast beef platter.

 

Cafe Flory

Opening hours: 07:00 to 22:00 (Saturday ~ 23:00) / Brunch 10:00 to 14:00

Price Range: 12,900-39,000 won / Morning Buffet 25,000 won

Sogeumgang

Opening hours: Lunch 12:00 to 14:30 / Dinner 18:00 to 21:00

Price Range: 12,900-59,000 won

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The view of the garden out the window of ' Café Flory' /  Enjoy elegant Korean meal at 'Sogeumgang'

Jade Garden

"제이드가든 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jade Garden?

"제이드가든 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Jade Garden. It is located at .

"제이드가든은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Jade Garden?

"제이드가든(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Jade Garden. It is located at .

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The red brick visitor center building located at the entrance of Jade Garden.

Wander the European-Style Garden Stretched Out In the Woods
Jade Garden is an arboretum of a European model of landscaped gardens under the motto of "Meet little Europe in the woods." The garden is constructed in a way that follows the geographical terrain and valley of the area, offering an atmosphere fitting into nature. Also the garden made with 24 different themes reveals its own composition of charm and character. The red brick building built in the style of Italian Tuscan is the first building to see at the Jade Garden. When stepping on a walking trail, a finely crushed wood chips can be felt softly on foot with the release of woods scents. 

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Kitchen Garden providing a cool shade / Alpine plants grown in the alpine greenhouse   

Witch's house in the woods nearby Dry Garden

The gardens are constructed in European-style favoring the styles of England and Italy. There are various gardens such as the Dry Garden where plants are grown in arid conditions, Kitchen Garden where organic vegetables and fruits are grown, Moss Garden where it always maintains moist humidity, Rhododendrons Garden where rare rhododendrons found only in the alpine areas can be seen. There are other enjoyment and sceneries to be found including the fountains and ponds, wooden playground with shaking bridge, and witch's house hidden in the woods. At the top of the sky garden the ridge of Hwaaksan can be seen, and a café to relax under the shade of parasols.

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TV dramas and movie posters recorded at Jade Garden

The leaflet provided at the entrance has recommendations for courses of 40min, 50min, and 1 hour such as Wood Smell Road, Maple Tree Road, and Forest Wind Roads. One can also enjoy the course freely wherever the feet is drawn to including the beautiful landscape and scent of the nature. Search for the landscapes that appeared in TV dramas and movies. In the drama <That Winter, The Wind Blows> the visitor center building appears as a mansion where Song Hye-Gyo lived. In drama <Love Rain> the café in Sky Garden appears as the house where Yoona lived. In movie <You Are Pet> Italian Garden appears as a scene where Jan Geun Suk danced.  

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Café inside the visitors’ center to enjoy meal and tea

At the visitor center building, there are restaurant/cafe and souvenir shops. The restaurant serves food made of Gangwon-do’s various seasonal vegetables. At the café, organic blueberries juice and iced desserts are available with the ingredients used from the blueberry farm inside the arboretum. From mid-June to July cultivating blueberries events are available. At the souvenir shop blueberries, picture frames made of plant pots, aroma herbal products, and etc. are for sale. A free shuttle bus to and from the Jade Garden and Gyeongchun Line Gulbongsan Station is available. It is recommended to check the bus hours in advance before visiting.


Tip. Jade Garden Visitors Guide
Address: 80 Hatgol-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (Gyeongchun Line Gulbongsan Station)
Opening hours: 09:00 to 19:30 (Open year round)
* Admission one hour before closing hours. 
Touring Time: 2 hours
Admission: 8,500 won
Shuttle bus service hours to and from Jade Garden and Gulbongsan Station 
: 10:45 / 11:45 / 12:45 (weekends and holidays) / 13:45 / 14:45 / 15:45 / 16:45 (duration 10 minutes)
Web pagehttp://www.hanwharesort.co.kr/irsweb/resort3/eng/tpark/tp_intro.asp?tp_cd=0400

 

Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival

"춘천 호수별빛축제 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival?

"춘천 호수별빛축제 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival. It is located at .

"춘천 호수별빛축제은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival?

"춘천 호수별빛축제(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 입니다." Please go to Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival. It is located at .

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Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival holding at Uiam Park

Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival Colors the Lake with Lights

 

Chuncheon, ‘The City of Lakeside,’ has a number of lakes including Uiamho formed by joining of North Han River and Soyang River. From May to end of the year, Uiam Parks including Uiamho, Gongjicheon Sculpture Park, and Chuncheon MBC building holds the ‘Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival.’ In the evening at Uiam Park when the sun starts to set, the light decoration comes on one after one. The fantastic Feast of Lights continues from the entrance of the park to the path extending alongside the lake to the MBC office building visible above the hills.

 

At Uiam Park the county names of Gangwon-do, characters of each region, the title of the festivals are displayed as light ornament showing an image of colorful light tunnel. Gangwon-do Hwacheon-gun’s trout, regional specialty, is decorated in light ornaments looking as though the fish is swimming in the lakes, The branches of the trees around shores has light ornament hanging like a fully bloomed white flowers which adds a wonderful imagery with Uiamho.  

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Uiam Park and colorful light decorations at Chuncheon MBC

Upon entering MBC, there is another landscape that unfolds. The entwined lights over the building and the blue lights over the pine tree on first floor are the most spectacular scenery of the festival. The wine bottles and wine glasses, flower garden, 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the illuminating decoration of various materials are displayed. After finishing looking around MBC Festival Hall, head over to Gongjicheon Sculpture Park by crossing the Gongjicheon Bridge and heading across from Uiam Park. The scenery from fairy tales such as ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘The Little Prince’ and famous architectural buildings such as Eiffel Tower and Opera House are reproduced as lightning ornaments. When crossing the bridge, the light ornaments in the shape of lollipops hanging at the pedestrian overpass are another sight to see.  
 

Looking over the festival during sunset at the lake is even more beautiful. The light decorations and sunset glow together and the landscape keep on changing as walking alongside the lake. As the sun sets, the colorful festival stands out like a bright star under the night sky. Every day performances are held at MBC open-air café. During weekends enjoy the performances of various groups at the open-air theater. The festivals are held every day for seven months except on rainy-days. If traveling Chuncheon spend the last day of the course to see the Starlit Festival. 
 

Tip. Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival Visitors Guide

Period: May to end of December every year

*Opening dates are subjected to change depending on the year

Location: Chuncheon MBC (54 Subyeon Park-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do), Uiam Park (12-1 Samcheondong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do)

Gongjicheon Sculpture Park (800 Old Gyeongchun-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do)

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 19:30 to 22:00 / Friday, Sunday 19:30 to 22:30 / Saturday 19:30 to 23:00

* Closed when rains

Touring Time: 2 hours

Admission Fee: Free
 

Chuncheon Local Food, Dakgalbi and Makguksu

 

Started in Chuncheon, “Chuncheon Dakgalbi” became a food brand after gaining popularity across the country. Unlike what Dakgalbi is called ‘galbi=ribs’, the recipe is chopped chicken pieces marinated in sauce, and grilled with cabbage, onions, and leer. According to your taste, other ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cheese, and etc. can be added. After finishing the meat, leftover sauce is used for fried rice with sprinkled dried seaweed powder. Spicy yet sweet, the sauce and seasoning bring out the flavor of the juicy chicken. Upon entering Myeong-dong, Chuncheon Dakgalbi Alley has more than 20 restaurants throughout the area.

The menu makguksu is irreplaceable dish at dakgalbi restaurant. After pulling out the buckwheat dough into thin noodles, it is eaten with cold soup dongchimi or mixed with spicy seasoning. Garnished with sliced ​​cucumber, dried seaweed, and boiled eggs, condiments such as mustard or vinegar is added as well depending on one’s taste. Although buckwheat noodles are easily broken when eaten compared to other kinds of noodles, the taste is unmatched.

 Every August 'Chuncheon Dakgalbi& Makguksu Festival’ is held at Chuncheon Station.

 

Myeong-dong, Chuncheon Dakgalbi Alley Address: 51-16 Joyangdong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (nearby areas)  

Price Range: Dakgalbi one serving 1,000-11,000 won/ makguksu 5,000-6,000 won

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Chuncheon chicken ribs  made by chicken and vegetable fried on a griddle / Chuncheon makguksu eaten with mix of spicy seasoning

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