gangneung donghae 2D1N travel

Korea East Coastal City, Gangneung & Donghae Travel

Gangwon-do is one of the most popular travel destinations among Koreans because of the wide-spreading East Sea and magnificent mountain ranges. Also, you can get to Gangneung by train in two hours, and enjoy a completely different natural scenery from Seoul. Korea has four seasons, so you can enjoy a variety of activities such as spring flower festivals including cherry blossoms, summer water sports, autumn mountain climbing and trekking, and winter skiing. On this Gangneung & Donghae 2D1N Tour sponsored by K Story Tour & Trazy, I visited east coastal cities and not only enjoyed the beautiful beaches, but also tried various activities such as rouge, sky cycling, slide, and coater! It was so much fun๐Ÿ˜† Let’s start the Gangwon-do trip!

Best Places to Visit in Gangneung & Donghae

Jumunjin Hyangho Beach – BTS music video filming location ํ–ฅํ˜ธํ•ด๋ณ€

There are numerous beaches on the east coast of Korea, but Hyangho Beach is probably the most popular among them. As a shooting place for the BTS album, You Never Walk Alone, it became the must-visit place in Korea for ARMYs from all around the world.

The sea and sky seen in the background of the bus stop will make for a perfect photo! In addition, It has a white sandy beach over 700m long and is famous for various festivals and summer vacation spots. Let’s take pictures at the photo zones located here and there!

  • Address: 8-55, Hyangho-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์‹œ ์ฃผ๋ฌธ์ง„์ ํ–ฅํ˜ธ๋ฆฌ 8-55
  • How to get there: It takes around 30 minutes by car from Gangneung KTX station where you can rent a car. Even you can find it with “BTS ๋ฒ„์Šค์ •๋ฅ˜์žฅ” on the navigation application. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jumunjin Yeongjin Beach – Featured in “The Guardian” ์˜์ง„ํ•ด๋ณ€

You can get to Jumunjin Yeongjin Beach in 10 minutes by car from Hyangho Beach. Many people visit here because it is featured in the Korean drama โ€œThe Guardianโ€. Especially, it’s famous as a popular dating course for couples.

Just like the main characters in the drama, take a shot at the end of the breakwater with the wide wonderful horizon in the background. It’s currently airing on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!

  • Address: 1609, Haean-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์‹œ ์ฃผ๋ฌธ์ง„์ ํ•ด์•ˆ๋กœ 1609
  • How to get there: It takes around 10 minutes from “BTS Bus Stop” and 20 minutes by car from Gangneung KTX station. You can type “๋„๊นจ๋น„ ์ดฌ์˜์ง€” on the navigation application. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Haslla Art World ํ•˜์Šฌ๋ผ์•„ํŠธ์›”๋“œ

Haslla Art World is one of the most memorable places on this Gangneung & Donghae travel. Facing the East Sea, they have a stunning ocean view from anywhere in the museum, also there are many interesting art pieces in the indoor modern art gallery. Installation artworks, the kinetic art exhibition hall, and Pinocchio Museum are spaces that can be loved by everyone like couples, friends, and family.

In addition, the Outdoor Park with the most beautiful view of the sea is built on the coastal cliff, where you can enjoy sculptures and land arts. If you need a break, why not have a cup of coffee while relishing the breathtaking ocean at the Sea Cafe :)?

I highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for somewhere to travel on weekends!

  • Address: 1441, Yulgok-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์‹œ ๊ฐ•๋™๋ฉด ์œจ๊ณก๋กœ 1441
  • Admission: Age 20+ Adult 15,000KRW | Age 14-19 Teens 13,000KRW | Age 2-13 Child 11,000KRW
  • Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
  • Tel.: 033-644-9411
  • Website:
  • Social media: @hassla_art

Sky Valley & Haerang Observatory ์Šค์นด์ด๋ฐธ๋ฆฌ&ํ•ด๋ž‘์ „๋ง๋Œ€

Sky Walk

Here in the Sky Valley and Haerang Observatory, you can enjoy both the sea and the sky. Plus, they offer a variety of activities such as the giant slide and sky cycle. The Skywalk is a trail at an altitude of 59m above sea level with the awesome view!

Sky Cycle

If you like roller coasters, I recommend the Giant Slide and Sky Cycle. The short but exhilarating slide is going down about 27m for 8 seconds, and the Sky Cycle, which runs along the cable wires in the sky, made me feel as if I’m flying in the sky.๐Ÿคฃ The view of the sea and the observatory from the sky cycle was fantastic!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Giant Slide
  • Address: 2-109, Mukhojin-dong, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๋™ํ•ด์‹œ ๋ฌตํ˜ธ์ง„๋™ 2-109
  • Admission: Age 20+ Adult 2,000KRW | Age 8-19 Teens 1,600KRW
  • Hours: Monday Closed | Apr. – Oct. 10:00 – 18:00 | Nov. – Mar. 10:00 – 17:00
  • Tel.: 033-534-6955

Mureung Byeolyujeonji ๋ฌด๋ฆ‰ ๋ณ„์œ ์ฒœ์ง€

I loved this place, Mureung Byeolyucheonji because they have many attractions and activities such as sky glider, off-road luge, alpine coaster, and roller coaster type zip line. As it is huge, you can take the free-shuttle and get on and off at the A, B, and C stops to enjoy each place from lake, rock wall, observatory, and lavender garden.

I rode the off-road luge and alpine coaster for the first time, and each takes an average of 15 minutes with a total distance of 1.5 km. It was so much fun, and what I liked the most is the natural scenery enjoyed while riding.๐Ÿ˜† Definitley worth to try!

The former limestone quarry has been recreated as a cultural space. There is a gallery and an observatory cafe on the top which has a special dessert called, cement ice cream. It was lovely and delicious with marshmallows and a shovel-shaped spoon.๐Ÿ˜‹

  • Address: 97, Igi-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๋™ํ•ด์‹œ ์ด๊ธฐ๋กœ 97 ๋ฌด๋ฆ‰๋ณ„์œ ์ฒœ์ง€ ์ œ2์ฃผ์ฐจ์žฅ
  • Admission: Age 20+ Adult 4,000KRW | Age 8-19 Teens 2,000KRW | Age 36months – 7 Child 1,000KRW
  • Parking fee: Small size 2,000KRW | Large size (16-seater Van+) 5,000KRW
  • Activity fee: Sky Glider 30,000KRW | Off-road Luge 15,000KRW | Alpine Coaster 20,000KRW | Rollercoaster Zip line 20,000KRW
  • Hours: 10:00 – 17:30
  • Tel.: 033-531-2233

Mangsang Beach ๋ง์ƒํ•ด๋ณ€

While I stay at Dongyang Hot Spring Convention Hotel, I went to Mangsang Beach that is right in front of this accomodation. Even you can see the beach from the hotel room! Since it was early in the morning, there were no people, so I was able to spend a peaceful time with a cup of coffee at a cafe located on the seaside.

If you are looking for a place to have dinner, try to visit one of the seafood restaurants or Korean fried chicken and beer located on the beach.

  • Address: 393-35, Mangsang-dong, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๋™ํ•ด์‹œ ๋ง์ƒ๋™ 393-35

Cheongok Golden Bat Cave ์ฒœ๊ณกํ™ฉ๊ธˆ๋ฐ•์ฅ๋™๊ตด

Interestingly, this natural cave is located in the middle of the city. Cheongok Golden Bats Cave was first discovered in 1991 and opened to the public in 1996. The cave’s longest length is 1510m and it was created 400-500 million years ago. Amazing! huh?๐Ÿคฉ

The road inside the cave is very narrow and some parts are very low, so you must wear a helmet for safety! It took about an hour in total. If you like to see mysterious natural scenery, this is a recommended place!

  • Address: 50, Donggul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๋™ํ•ด์‹œ ๋™๊ตด๋กœ 50
  • Admission: Age 20+ Adult 4,000KRW | Age 8-19 Teens 3,000KRW | Age 36months – 7 Child 2,000KRW
  • Parking fee: Small size 1,000KRW | Large size (16-seater Van+) 2,000KRW
  • Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
  • Tel.: 033-539-3630

Gangneung Jungang Market ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์ค‘์•™์‹œ์žฅ

This traditional Korean market is a paradise for foodies. You can taste a variety of menus, from street foods to fried chicken, and Squid Sundae, which is famous in Gangneung, is also worth trying.

As it is by the sea, the fried shrimp and squid here were very fresh and large enough to fill my stomach. What’s more, I found the local beer by Beodeunamu Brewery in Gangneung at the shops in the market. It was perfectly paired with fried seafoods! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Address: 21, Geumseong-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์‹œ ๊ธˆ์„ฑ๋กœ 21

Bohemian Roasters Cafe ๋ณดํ—ค๋ฏธ์•ˆ ๋กœ์Šคํ„ฐ์Šค ์นดํŽ˜

Gangneung is famous for its coffee as well. Even Bohemian Roasters is not located on Gangneung Cafe Street, but it is popular as a cafe opened by Korea’s first licensed barista. If you are a coffee lover, I recommend that you try drip coffee here!

  • Address: 1107, Haean-ro, Sacheon-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea | ๊ฐ•์› ๊ฐ•๋ฆ‰์‹œ ์‚ฌ์ฒœ๋ฉด ํ•ด์•ˆ๋กœ 1107

Gangneung & Donghae Tour from Seoul


[K Story Tour] Gangneung & Donghae Filming Location 1 Day/ 2D1N Tour (by KTX+Bus) - from Seoul

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If you are looking for a trip to a city with a different charm from Seoul, you can visit Trazy which is an English-friendly tour booking website, and find various travel destinations. This small group tour with an informative and respectful guide was perfect to enjoy both beautiful nature and fun activities. Gangneung only takes 2 hours from Seoul, so it can be done in 1 day, or with the 2D1N tour, you will be able to get more fun, including Korean hot springs.

1-Day Itinerary

Jumunjin Hyangho Beach (BTS Bus Stop) – Jumunjin Yeongjin Beach (Featured in Korean Drama “The Guardian”) – Gangneung Jungang Market (free lunchtime) – A Cafe Bohemian Roasters – Haslla Art World – Jeongdongjin Station

2-Days Itinerary

Day 1: Jumunjin Hyangho Beach (BTS Bus Stop) – Jumunjin Yeongjin Beach (Featured in Korean Drama “The Guardian”) – Gangneung Jungang Market (free lunchtime) – A Cafe Bohemian Roasters – Haslla Art World – Jeongdongjin Station – Stay at Donghae Boyang Hot Spring Convention Hotel

Day 2: Free time at the hot spring spa hotel – Haerang Observatory & Sky Valley – Traditional Seafood Market – Mureung Byeolyujeonji – Cheongok Golden Bat Cave

Donghae Boyang Hot Spring Convention Hotel

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