We recommend tourist destination near Sokcho Port International Cruise Terminal
Seoraksan National Park is the first Korean site designated as biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1982.
In 2005, IUCN designated Seoraksan National Park as CategoryⅡ(National Park).
The park is a repository of natural ecosystem where a host of animals and plants mingle together in a majestic nature.
At Seoraksan National Park, visitors can get on cable car and reach Gwongeum-sung that offers an amazing bird’s eye view.
In addition, at Shinheungsa Temple, visitors can enjoy Tongildae Buddha, the biggest bronze-made sitting Buddha stature, 14.6m high, 4.3m of sitting deck and 13m of sitting diameter.
Sokcho Tourist Fish Market brings a variety of foods to enjoy.
At dak gangjeong alley where over 10 dak gangjeong stores are flocked, a flood of local residents and tourists are crowding the area during the weekend and holiday.
Sokcho Tourist Fish Market’s dak gangjeong alley has two nationally famous stores and each and every store has its unique flavor, so comparing the taste is a lot of fun.
Seokbong Ceramic Museum is established in honoring the history of traditional Korean ceramics and reshaping ceramic culture that can go global.
The museum brings together ceramic works of local and international artists, run as the place of observation and experience. The museum holds 1,103 pieces of collection that went through national deliberation. You can make your own ceramic at experiential class room.
Abai Village Ferry(Gaet Bae) is the only transport between downtown Sokcho and waterway of Sokcho placed in btween Abai Village.
Abai Village Ferry hangs two strands of long strip and fixates one ship each per one wire where sailor hangs hook on the wire and pulls it forward.
Except for the senior and infirm, everyone on board should pull the hook and pass the waterway of Cheongcho lake.
Sokcho is a city where Seolaksan-based mountain village culture, Donghae-based fishing village culture and refugee culture established after a lot of Korea War refugees took shelters coexist, creating a unique indigenous culture.
Sokcho Museum and Refugee Cultural Village are the place where visitors can experience a unique folk culture as an area for feeling indigenous folk culture.
Ojukheon House is a monument that represents Gangneung famous as the place of Yulgok Yi I, a prominent Confucius scholar of Joseon Dynasty.
Ojukheon House is the architecture built early Joseon.
For high architectural value, Ojukheon House is the birthplace of Yulgok Yi, figure in 5,000 KRW bill and Sinsaimdang, figure in 50,000 KRW was designated as No.165 Treasure in 1963.
Sea Trail where the sea line of Gangneung, Donghae and Samcheok is connected consists of four carts including special room, regular room, train café and propose room.
Special room and regular room are movie theater-shaped where passengers can have a brilliant landscape of east sea over the wide window while people can enjoy a variety of foods, local specialty and special souvenir at café cart.
In addition, monitor installed at cabin and crew’s entertaining broadcasting deliver stories submitted by the passengers.
Special events are run, which brings all the more fun to people.
Gangneung Coffee Street at the port of Gangneung in Anmok is a place that brings nostalgia to those who grew up in Gangneung.
From 1980s to 1990s, there used to be a flurry of coffee vending machine along the sea where the youth enjoyed chat and coffee.
Now, coffee houses are established replacing the old vending machine, creating a renewed Gangneung coffee street.
Marketing associating coffee with Han Song Jeong, landmark of tea ceremony at Unified Silla made Gangneung a city of coffee.
The coffee street is famous not only among coffee enthusiasts but among couples and tourists.
Jeongdongjin Rail Bike is the major landmark of Gangwondo tour as this leisure sports bring a host of tourists.
Jeongdongjin Rail Bike starts from Jeongdongjin station, bringing a special memory of oceanic view and cool sea wind to couples and family tourists.
Standing at 70m high Goseong Unification Observatory where the Military Demarcation Line and Southern Limit Line meet, you can see Guseonbong of Mountain Geumgang and Haegeumgang up close. On sunny day, Oknyeobong, Chaehabong and Ilchulbong are visible.
Military outpost standing between the Military Demarcation Line brings tension between the two Koreas.
Annually, 1.5million tourists visit the Observatory where religious monument such as Saint Mary Statue that prays for refugees missing separated family in North Korea and those who wish unification, Mireuk Buddhist Statue and exhibitions for security education including Jeonjin Steel Tower, armored vehicles, tanks and planes are located.
Under the feet at the Observatory, you can see North-South Korea connecting road at Donghaeseon that opened in December 2004 made Geumgang mountain travel a reality on land.
DMZ Museum is located within the Civilian Control Line close to the Military Demarcation Line, northernmost east sea that honors the national aspiration toward inter-Korean peace and stability.
Through DMZ, symbol of the only remaining separated country on earth, the Museum delivers the before and after of 1950 Korea War, the meaning of the Military Demarcation Line created as a result of Armistice Agreement, the scar of separation, continued military clash and ecological environment which remained intact free of human touch in the form of exhibitions and video clip.
Wanggok Traditional Village located northern Songjiho is a must-visit place when you take a summer vacation in northern sea of Gangwondo.
It is only 1.5km away from the beach, but you can not hear the sound of wave as the mountain consisting of five peaks surrounds the village.
As such, during Korea War, most houses were able to manage to avoid being bombed. Up until now, traditional houses remained intact, well preserving the atmosphere of tradition.
Naksansa Temple located at northern beach of Yangyang-gun is at the background of Ohbongsan Mountain where Monk Uisang at Silla Kingdom got the order of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy and created the temple.
Uisang heard the words that Buddhist Goddess of Mercy is stationed at cave near the sea and visited the place to meet her.
Uisang prayed for several days on the sea cliff and got magic pearl from dragon and crystal Buddhist Rosary from the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy which was housed at Naksansa Temple.
Afterwards, pavilion was established on the cliff where Monk Uisang prayed, which was called Uisangdae.
A temple right next to where the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy rode a red lotus and rose up was called Hongryeonam.
SURFYY Beach where surfing, camping and music coexist has 1km long surfing-dedicated beach, swimming for beachgoers and body board zone, bringing exotic-looking beach to reality.