Gugok waterfall, or Gugok Pokpo (구곡폭포) is a 50m waterfall whose name derives from the fact that it
curves 9 times around the mountain before falling at it’s end (‘gu’ being the Korean word for ‘nine’). It
is popular with hikers and also ice climbers in Winter, when it becomes an ice wall. The nearest station
to here is Gangchon (강촌), about 15 minutes on the train from Chuncheon. From the main road in Gangchon,
you can take bus 50 or 50-1 to the entrance. Ganchon itself is also home to Gangchon Ski Resort, and you
can take a shuttle bus here from Gangchon Train Station here in the Winter. The town also features many
restaurants, bars, and ‘noraebangs’, and is a big university hangout.
Cheongpyeongsa Temple (청평사)
A small temple which is located on the Southern ridge of Bongsan Mountain, was first built in the year
973. Some parts were destroyed during the Korean War, but the most famous part to survive was the
Cheongpyeongsa Revolving Door (a Korean National Treasure). There is a pleasant wooded path up to the
temple, which passes Guseong Waterfall (‘the waterfall of nine sounds’), and Yeongji pond.
Getting there: The temple is a 30-45 minute walk from Soyang Dam, or you can take a ferry from Soyang
Dam to Cheongpyeongsa Temple dock for 5,000 won. From Chuncheon Station, take city bus number 12-1 to
Soyang Dam (30 minutes). From Namchuncheon Station, take city bus number 12 (goes via intercity bus
terminal too) to Soyang Dam – again, 30 minutes. A taxi from Chuncheon station would take about 20 minutes
to Soyang Dam.
Temple Admission: 1,300 won for adults, 700 won for children.
Namiseom (Nami Island)
The beautiful Nami Island
Namiseom (or Nami island) is a popular tourist destination, due to it being the filming location for
famed Korean romantic drama ‘Winter Sonata’, which was successful throughout Asia. Best to visit on a nice
day, and preferably in the morning or evening when it’s not so busy. A pretty island spend a few hours on,
you can walk around the lake, picnic under the trees, dodge the ostriches which can be found wandering around,
and see some of the statues, museums and filming locations which mostly pay homage to ‘Winter Sonata’. There
is also bunjee jumping next to the ferry terminal.
Getting there: Take a bus from Chuncheon bus terminal to Gapyeong (line up at platform 3, marked ‘Seoul’).
From there you can either change to another bus, or simply take a 5 minute taxi to Namiseom. The island, being
an official ‘Republic’ of its own, has an ‘immigration’ section to pass through before you are admitted to
the ferry – where you are granted a ‘visa’. This is more of a novelty than anything and doesn’t cost any extra.
Opening Hours: 07.30 – 21.30
Admission: 8,000 won approx, including round trip ferry to the island.
Jungdo (중도) Island
In the centre of Chuncheon, is a lovely place for picnics and days out. Located on Uiamho Lake (의암호), it is
popular with families, couples and water sports enthusiasts (although the water activities are fairly expensive
by Korean standards). You can also hire a bike here for around 4,000 won for an hour, and there is an outdoor
swimming pool which is open in the Summer. It is possible to camp here, and you will only be charged around 3,000
won for the pleasure. The ferry here takes only a few minutes, and costs around 5,000 won for adults (expect to
pay about 1,000 won extra if you are taking your own bike). Opening hours for the ferry are 09.00 – 18.00.
Soyang Lake (소양호)
You can find cheaper watersports here, and also take a picturesque 15 minute ferry ride that drops you off
at the ferry pier from where you can walk to the above mentioned Cheongpyeongsa Temple (청평사). The ferry is
open between 09.30 and 17.30 and costs 5,000 won for an adult ticket.
Uiamho (의암호 - Uiam Lake)
You can hire rowing or ‘swan’ boats here and spend a relaxing afternoon paddling around. Expect to pay
between 5,000 and 10,000 won per hour for this. The lake itself is encircled by a pretty path which also
makes for a nice walk or cycle (bike hire is available).
Take a taxi from downtown Chuncheon and ask for ‘Gong Gee Jong’ (Jong being the Korean word for park) – you
will be taken to a nice park (Gongji Park). You can also walk here easily.
Chuncheon International Mime Festival
The Chuncheon International Mime Festival is probably it’s biggest and most famous event, and takes place
each May. Mime artists take to the streets and theatres all over the city to entertain the masses, and interactive
‘goblin plays’ are performed. This festival has been continually named “The Excellent Tourism Culture Festival” by
the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Korea.
Chuncheon Puppet Festival
The Chuncheon Puppet Festival takes place at the end of Summer/beginning of Autumn and features many different
types of puppet performances, with both professional and amateur drama troupes taking centre stage.
Other festivals and events include: The Korea Open Chuncheon Taekwondo International Championship; the annual
Chuncheon Marathon; Dakgalbi Festival; and the Chuncheon Internation Theatre Festival
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Chuncheon Train Station
When looking for a train to Chuncheon, what you actually need to look for is ‘Namchuncheon’ Station. Chuncheon
station is still in existence, but at the time of writing (September 2011), it was closed, as construction work is
still taking place, and Namchuncheon is still the main station.
The Gyeongchun train line connects Chuncheon (Namchuncheon Station) to Seoul (Cheongnyangni Station in North
East Seoul). Approximately 21 daily trains run here from the capital.
Chuncheon Bus Terminal
Buses run here from two bus terminals in Seoul – Dongseoul (East Seoul – buses every 15 minutes) and Sangbong
(around 40 buses every day).
Inside the intercity bus terminal, you can find a small tourist information store, with some maps and information
which may help you in finding places to visit in Chuncheon.
For information about bus routes around the city, the frequency of buses and names of bus stops, and schedules
for the first and last bus,
visit our contributor’s blog for a step by step guide of how to use the
Chuncheon Korean bus website
You can buy a transportation card (교통 카드 - gyotong cahd-oo) at any convenience store, and you will save
money that way if you use the bus often - tap in and tap out to measure the accurate distance fare. You can also use
it in stores and taxis within the city to avoid dealing with small change!
Taxis, as with most places in Korea, are not expensive, and can be used to get from downtown to the bus and
train terminals, as well as many of the tourist sights.
Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street
Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street
The most famous place to eat in Chuncheon is definitely Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street, home to heaps of restaurants
all selling the same popular spicy chicken dish. The street is a little side alley which comes off one of the main
streets in downtown, and is named after the Myeong Dong shopping district in Seoul. Dakgalbi (닭갈비) is stir fried
chicken with vegetables (cabbage, onion, sweet potato), rice cakes, and plenty of red pepper paste! Eat alone or
wrap in lettuce with garlic and chillies. Once the meal is almost gone, rice or noodles are stir fried in with the
remainder of the chicken and sauce.
There is a small signpost pointing to the street from the main road – it is pretty easy to find, and just around the
corner from the main street with the shops, bars and restaurants on it. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from
around 25!) – some are touted to be ‘the best’, and may have huge queues; others you can get a table in fairly easily.
The prices are pretty standard across the board. – around 10,000 won per portion.
A taxi from any of the bus or train stations takes 5 minutes (closer to 10 from Namchuncheon train station).
To take a bus here, take numbers 7, 9, 64 or 64-2 across from the Intercity Bus Terminal and ask for Myeongdong
(10 minutes). You can walk here too and it only takes about 25 minutes. In front of Chuncheon Train Station, take bus
63 (again, a 10 minute journey). From Namchuncheon Train Station, takes bus 1, 32, 32-1, 35 or 67 (takes around 15 minutes).
Chuncheon is also well known for Makguksu (cold noodles with vegetables, pork and a boiled egg on top). Not as popular
with Westerners as dakgalbi, but worth a try if you’re feeling like a change and don’t mind eating a cold dinner. Taste
is heightened by adding mustard or red pepper paste to the dish.
The main area to eat and drink is in Myeongdong. Plenty of Korean and Western establishments litter the streets –
you’ll find the usual Western chains like McDonalds, KFC and Dunkin Donuts, but there are also plenty of others to keep
your tastebuds (and your waistline!) happy.
Jacob's Station Cafe
Coffee shops are everywhere in Korea, and this sophisticated one right outside of the city is one of the best.
This is the place to go during the night-time because you can see great views of the entire city lit up. You can't get
there by city bus - you have to take a taxi. Tell them to go to Gubongsan and Jacob's Station Cafe. If they don't
know how to get there, tell them to go to Saratoni, which is an upscale super-expensive restaurant. Jacob's Station
is about a minute before Saratoni, so just tell the taxi driver to let you off early. Otherwise, if you get off at
the restaurant, you can go downhill a few minutes by foot.
Tom N Tom’s Coffee
Drip coffee is not as easy to come by in Korean restaurants because instant coffee is loved by many. Fortunately,
countless cafes are available in bigger cities. This one is worth recommending in Chuncheon. Tom N Tom's Coffee offers
free Wifi without any need for a premium membership to Qook, N Show or Nespot, which means you can take iPod Touches with
you, or any other smart tablet device.
This place has a nice selection of drinks as you would expect from somewhere like Starbucks. But perhaps the one thing
that makes this place better is their selection of pretzels: Original, Plain, Garlic, Cinnamon Sugar, Parmesan, and Almond.
It's a very roomy place, and nice to stay in for several hours to catch up on some reading or study. Tom N Tom’s is
located in a building that is under construction, in Myeong-dong.
Address: 200-050, Chuncheon-si, Chuklimdong 7-1, The Style Building, 1st Floor. 200-050 춘천샤 축림동 7-1 다 스탕일
(The Style) 빌딩 1층 Tel.: 033-252-8890 or 010-5174-2349.
We do not currently have any information on bars in Chuncheon.
Please get in touch if you can help us out!!
Like most places in Korea, there are many hotels in Chuncheon, and most of the time you should be able
to show up and find a room upon your arrival (with the exception of big Korean public holidays, when it’s best to book
ahead). There are some love motels on the main street in Myeongdong (where McDonalds is), or if you want somewhere nearer
the bus terminal then exit the terminal, cross the walking bridge to the other side of the road and turn left. Go down
the street, under the train overpass, and you should find a fair few hotels around that area too. Keep walking down that
road to reach the main downtown area.
Jasujung Bool Sauna
Jasujung Bool Sauna (자수정 불사우나) is 8,000 won per night. Almost every Korean town has a ‘jimjilbang’ (찜질방)
or sauna, and Chuncheon is no different. You can relax and even sleep here, and the lobby will give you some night
clothes - there are blankets to rent, but this must be done before 12:30am (otherwise, the shop will be closed). This
sauna also includes an indoor PC Bang (internet café), an exercise room, and a restaurant.
Taxi drivers should usually understand the name of the jimjilbang – if not, the address is 150-10 Yagsa-dong (약사동).
For Christians in Chuncheon, it is worth mentioning that there is one church service here which is conducted
completely in English (there is another that provides English translation too). Try out 석사감리교회 (Seoksa Methodist
Church), San27-21, Seosa-dong. Tel: (033) 261-6823 or 010-7151-9032. This church is Methodist, but it's more of an
inter-denominational service (including many different Protestant denominations in addition to Roman Catholics and
Eastern Orthodox) intended for foreigners and Koreans who want to speak English. The pastor's name is Rick de Graat,
or just Pastor Rick. There is a worship service and sermons based on Scripture, but as far as we know, no liturgy is
Worship Service Times: Saturday at 6 pm (located in a separate building from the main sanctuary on the 2nd Floor);
Sunday at 9am (located in the basement underneath the main sanctuary. Bible Study is at 11am). There is also
occasionally a bible study at Starbucks in Myeongdong which is geared towards foreigners. This takes place at 11am on
Chuncheon, being a Provincial Capital, is full of all the amenities you could possibly need, as well as some good
clothes shops. There is a large Emart next to the bus terminal where you can stock up on supermarket supplies.
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We do not currently know of any gyms/running tracks etc in Chuncheon.
Please get in touch if you do!!