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GANGWON Province

OVERVIEW

Gangwon Province with a Spectacular Environment

Located in the northeastern area of South Korea, Gangwon Province is regarded as one of the most popular vacation destinations in Korea among domestic tourists, due to its closeness to Seoul and its well-preserved natural environment. Indeed, Gangwon Province offers great conditions for travel all year around as it has bountiful tourism resources, such as refreshing forests and the sea in summer, snow-covered mountains and ski slopes in winter, and waves of flower blossoms and colorful leaves in spring and autumn. Taking advantage of its rich natural environment, many festivals are held in this province, including flower festivals in spring, specialty product festivals in autumn, and various festivals related to snow, ice, and sunrise on New Year’s Day in winter. After the announcement of Pyeongchang as the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Olympics’ main venue Alpensia Resort and neighboring Kangwon Land Casino are attracting an ever increasing number of tourists these days.

  • Hambaek mountain
  • Odae mountain
  • snowmen on the snowfield

SNAPSHOT

  • - Longitude 37.5° N
  • - Latitude 128.2° E
  • - Timezone GMT +9
  • - Venue capacity
    Up to 3,400 Participants
  • - Accommodation capacity
    14,385 rooms
  • - International Airport
    Incheon Int'l Airport

KEY FACTS

  • Population

    1.5 million

  • Area

    16,366,89 ㎢

  • Getting there

    Yang Yang International Airport : A Gateway to Ganqwon Province. Operating
    domestic line to Gimpo, Jeju, and Gimhae airport and international line to
    Shanghai, China. From Seoul : 1.5 hours by car. 2.5~3 hours by
    ITX (Intercity Train Express)

  • Local Food

    · Dak-galbi (Spicy Stir-fried chicken ribs)

    · Donghae and Sokcho, the Kangwon Coastal Area : Seafood
      (Sashimi, Cuttlefish, Pollack)

    · Hoengseong/ Gangwon mountain areas : Grilled Beef
      (Well-known as high-quality beef)

    · Dishes made of Buckwheat (Buckwheat noodles, buckwheat pancake)

  • Remarks

    · Host of Pyeong-Chang Olympic Winter Games in 2018.
      Winter Festivals from December to February
      (Snowflake, Ice Fishing, Sunrise Festival)
      Representative city for winter sports including skiing,
      snowboarding, sled riding as well as water sports.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

This table shows annual temperature of GANGWON PROVINCE as Centigrade and Fahrenheit
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Centigrade (℃) - 7.7 - 5.5 - 0.5 7.0 11.9 15.7 19.1 19.1 14.1 8.3 1.9 - 4.4
Fahrenheit (℉) 18.1 22.1 31.1 44.6 53.4 60.2 66.5 66.5 57.3 46.9 35.4 24.0

※ For weather information : http://web.kma.go.kr/eng/index.jsp

FEATURED ACTIVITIES

  • Wash away the Summer Heat

    Gangwon offers thrilling summer sports of kayaking, white water river rafting and other water sports. Safe, but exhilarating, there are a variety of programs available for everyone from the experienced to the absolute beginner.

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    Wash away the Summer Heat

  • Up and down the slopes

    Many of the ski resorts attract visitors from home and abroad to the pristine mountainsides in Korea which are scattered throughout Gangwon Province. Most are large leisure focused facilities offering both skiing and snowboarding and stay open all year round. The most popular time to visit these resorts is during the peak ski season from mid-December to the end of February.

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    Up and down the slopes

  • Autumn Romance

    Gangwon Province is well recognized as the best tourist destination in Korea with its numerous attractions that can be enjoyed during all four seasons. It boasts a beautiful landscape, a variety of things to see and enjoy, as well as green mountains and clean lakes. Whether alone or in a group, visitors can fully enjoy the autumn mood in Gangwon Province.

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    Autumn Romance

  • Hwacheon Sancheoneo, Gateway to Korea’s Winter Wonderland

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festivals are held when the Hwacheoncheon Stream Hwacheon, freezes in winter, where people flock to the stream, dig a hole in the ice, and begin ice fishing for sancheoneo (mountain trout), known to live in clean and cold fresh waters of the stream. In addition to ice fishing, the festival offers a plethora of fun activities on the frozen stream including ice skating, ice/snow sledding, snowmobile riding, and more.

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    Hwacheon Sancheoneo, Gateway to Korea’s Winter Wonderland

  • A Beautiful Lake, a Peaceful Adventure (Chuncheon)

    The City of Lakes, Chuncheon, has recentzly emerged as a hot spot for canoeing in the Mulle-gil. The Mulle-gill canoeing program allows visitors the opportunity to canoe around the still waters of Uiamho Lake while taking in expansive views of Chuncheon’s natural surroundings.

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    A Beautiful Lake, a Peaceful Adventure (Chuncheon)

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