Five things to do in Gangneung

  • Outside of the Gangneung Curling Centre in the Republic of Korea © WCF / Richard Gray

World-class curling is back in Gangneung! Only eight months after the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games came to an end in the Gangneung Curling Centre, the city hosts the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018.

If you are planning to travel to South Korea to watch the games live, here’s what you can do between draws.

1. Ojukheon House and Municipal Museum

Lovers of history and culture, this is the place for you! The complex showcases the lifestyle of the last dynasty of Korea, the Joseons. In the facility, you can look into one of the oldest preserved Korean houses, that exhibits traditional paintings and other artworks, possessed by the Yulgok family. It’s worth visiting the Folk Tradition Hall, the History Culture Hall and the outdoor exhibition area as well.

Distance to venue: Five minutes by car.

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2. Korean bathhouses / jjimjilbang (Solhyang Spa)

Either you are a spa-going person or not, but visiting a traditional bathhouse while in the country is highly recommended. Regardless of age, locals love hanging out in these leisure facilities, which usually include saunas of different temperatures, ice rooms, sleeping rooms and gender-segregated bathing rooms with well-equipped showering stations and pools.

One of these spas is the Solhyang Spa, but many hotels have jjimjilbangs in their own wellness section.

Distance to venue: Ten minutes by car.

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3. Gangneung Gyeongpo Beach

Love the outdoors? It’s your call! One of the most beautiful beaches in Gangneung is the Gyeongpo Beach. Neighbouring a pine forest and accommodating numerous hotels, restaurant and cafés, the beach offers tons of activities even in the cold season. Grab a coffee and walk along the beach, enjoying the breeze of the East Sea.

Distance to venue: Ten minutes by car.

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4. Haslla Art World

This is a huge – over 26 acre – area where art and nature meet. It provides its visitors with a unique opportunity to experience arts with all senses: touching, watching, hearing and smelling.

If you are into DIY projects, you can even make your own marionette doll, candle or mug in the facility’s “edutainment” programme.

In the Sky Observatory you can see various shades of the sky and the sea, depending on the time of your visit.

And, if you are lucky, you will even catch some open-air performance at the Hangsang sea café.

Distance to venue: 10 minutes by car.

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5. Chamsori Gramophone and Edison Science Museum

For something a little different then head to the Chamsori Gramophone and Edison Science Museum. This place is a rare exception of permanent Western exhibitions in the country. It has a collection of thousands of phonographs and 150,000 phonograph records, making it the largest phonograph museum in the world. The Thomas Edison Hall pays tribute to the versatile American inventor, housing more than 850 inventions, including record players, light bulbs, radios, televisions and projectors. The “World of Sound”, “World of Image” and “World of Light” sections offer a unique experience for selected senses, one at a time.

Distance to venue: Eight minutes by car.

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+1: As you are wandering around the city, you might get hungry. And when in Korea, you would like to eat as the locals do, right?

Korean cuisine is mostly based on meat, vegetables and rice, not uncommon on the Asian continent. If you would like to try some local dishes, the best place is Tripadvisor's second ranked restaurant in Gangneung, called Donghwa Garden. This tiny, inexpensive restaurant offers local specialties, including bean paste soup, kimchi, all kinds of stews, and as a rarity, even some vegetarian options.

Distance to venue: 25 minutes by car

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Also, within a short walking distance of the venue there are plenty of traditional Korean barbeque restaurants... don’t be afraid to try.

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