First Time Tourists Guide in Pyeongchang-gun

Image by Republic of Korea from Flickr - Pyeongchang City

Pyeongchang is a city in Gangwondo Province, South Korea

This city is located in the southeast Seoul, the capital city of South Korea

Pyeongchang is the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Best known as "The Alps of Korea" since the city is fully covered with thick snow every winter

Yongpyong Skiing Resort, Woljeongsa Temple, Odaesan National Park, and Byeongbangchi Skywalk are the Pyeongchang's most famous tourist attractions

Escape from the busy life and have a memorable trip in Pyeongchang!

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SIGHTSEEING

Have a sightseeing tour by walking around Odaesan National Park. This area has the largest natural forest in Korea. Odaesan National Park is also perfect for hiking spot. You will be welcomed by the crystal clear waters of the stream and the clear blue sky of this city. During winter, the area is covered with white snow.

Odaesan National Park

National park

Address : 2 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

DOWNTOWN

Explore the downtown area in Pyeongchang and find the famous food museum called Jeonggangwon. Also known as the Institute of Traditional Korean Cuisine, this food museum offers locals and tourists the experiences of learning Korean traditional food culture. They will teach you how to make Korean's most popular dishes.

Jeonggangwon

a food museum

Address : South Korea, Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Yongpyeong-myeon, Baekokpo-ri, 21 KR

SHOPPING

Shop and stroll around Jinbu Traditional Market. This traditional market is filled with various local products such as the food and crafts. Tourists can also find many street foods in the area. Explore the traditional market and get mingled with local people!

Jinbu Traditional Market

a traditional market

Address : South Korea, Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Jinbu-myeon, Jinbusijangdwit-gil

FOOD & DRINK

There are various kinds of Korean food you can try in Pyeongchang. Buckwheat Pancake is among the top recommended food to try. This food is usually found in mountainous region like Pyeongchang. There are two types of pancake you can try, the spicy kimchi or regular cabbage. And for the drink, you can try Makgeolli. It is Korean traditional alcohol, originally a rice wine. In Pyeongchang, they have the specialty of corn makgeolli.

CULTURE

The people in South Korea treasure cultures and traditions. This makes Korean people respectful towards the elderly. To show their respect, people bow to one another. For the official language, they speak in Korean and have their own alphabet called Hangul.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Pyeongchang is known for the winter trip and sport like skiing and snowboarding. So, it's best to visit the city around mid-January. Around the time, the city has is covered by snow that is good for skiing.

HOTEL

What kind of holiday are you expecting in Pyeongchang? If you come to Pyeongchang for the winter holiday, Hotel Atrium Pyeongchang is the best recommendation. This hotel is located near the skiing area. The hotel offers rooms with complete facilities like air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom. Some rooms even provide terraces to enjoy the surrounding's natural views. Another hotel recommendation for your holiday is AM Hotel. It's a modern hotel providing a comfortable stay with great accommodation. Every room is equipped with a washing machine, a flat-screen TV, and a balcony. This hotel is located near Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza, Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, and Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm.

AM Hotel

all-suite hotel

Address : 30 Songcheon-gil, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Hotel Atrium Pyeongchang

a hotel

Address : South Korea, Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Bongpyeong-myeon, Myeonon-ri, 228-95 KR

RESTAURANT

If you visit Pyeongchang in winter, a hot stew will suit the weather. Located in Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Korean Hot Pot Restaurant serves various kinds of Korean stew in a hot pot. The rich taste of the hot stew will warm your body. Another restaurant recommendation in Pyeongchang is Pyeongchang Korean Beef Village Restaurant. It's a Korean beef restaurant serving the authentic taste of Korean barbecue. Taste the best Korean beef barbecue accompanied by the authentic Korean alcohol called Soju.

Pyeongchang Korean Beef Village Restaurant

Korean beef restaurant

Address : 1158-3 Daehwa-ri, Daehwa-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Korean Hot Pot Restaurant

Korean restaurant

Address : 317-3 Suha-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

CAFE

Start your trip with a cup of coffee at Café 7Hundred. This onsite roasted beans coffee shop offers a good vibe atmosphere with a luxurious interior. Try their best coffee accompanied by a delicious croissant. Another cafe recommendation is Café Windhill. This coffee shop offers delicious coffee and a variety of sweet desserts. The cafe has a good atmosphere perfect to take a rest after your long trip.

Cafe Windhill

Cafe

Address : 14-309 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Cafe 7HUNDRED

Coffee shop

Address : 93 Gangbyeon-gil, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Visit Bichgo-Eul to experience the nightlife of Pyeongchang. This traditional drinking pub serves the authentic rice wines called Makgeolli. Order a bottle of makgeolli and drink like a local! But if you are looking for a modern bar, you can visit the Deep Lounge. Located in Bonpyeong, this bar offers a relaxing atmosphere and delicious cocktails. Dance the night away in Pyeongchang!

Deep Lounge(딥라운지)

Casual · Groups · Beer

Address : 705-7 Mui-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Bichgo-Eul

Casual · Groups · Beer

Address : 389-12 Changdong-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

INTERESTING PLACE

Pyeongchang is best known for its ski resort. You can't finish your journey in Pyeongchang without visiting one of the famous ski resorts, Yongpyong Resort. Located at the foot of Mount Balwangsan, this resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Korea. After having fun in the ski resort, you can visit the Woljeongsa Temple. Built-in ancient Dynasty of Silla, this temple is a cultural symbol of Pyeongchang. As the temple is located in a forested valley around Odaesan Mountain, you can walk along the path to the temple while adoring the natural scenery of the surrounding.

Woljeongsa Temple

Ancient Buddhist temple featuring an ornate pagoda & a museum for sacred art & artifacts

Address : Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea

Yongpyong Resort

a ski resort

Address : 715 Olympic-ro, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, 대관령면 Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Capture the beautiful views of Pyeongchang nature from Byeongbangchi Skywalk. Located near the Jeongseon-eup, Byeongbangchi Skywalk is a glass observation deck built over the edge of a cliff (583 meters above the sea). This spot is one instagramable spot you must visit in Pyeongchang. Another recommended spot is Daegwallyeong SheepRanch. It is a farm occupied by more than 300 sheep. In Spring, you can capture the background of a vast green field filled with sheep everywhere, perfect for your Instagram feed.

Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch

Dude ranch

Address : 483-32 Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, 대관령 Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Byeongbangchi

U-shaped observatory

Address : 225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do