Check out some of the amazing and unique places to visit in Gangneung and Donghae in the Gangwon-do region of South Korea, other than beautiful landscapes.
Whenever we think about Gangwon-do, we think about its beautiful natural landscapes. But the tourist destinations go beyond that. Efforts have been made to establish several man-made spots to boost tourism.
The gorgeous seaside cities of Gangneung and Donghae are prime examples. Several newly constructed tourist sites have dramatically improved the appeal of these locations.
So, if you are considering taking a trip away from Seoul, we suggest seeing the places listed below in Gangneung and Donghae to appreciate the aesthetic surroundings better.
ARTE Museum Valley Gangneung
After Jeju and Yeosu, the third branch of ARTE Museum Valley was inaugurated in December 2021 in the Gangneung city of Gangwon-do. It is an exhibition venue intended to make you experience media art through the senses by using mirrors, visuals, sounds, and aroma.
The interior is dark, illuminated only by some lights and sounds, which you need to follow to proceed. The entire gallery has 12 sections, each with a distinctive theme like florals, waves, seashore, etc.
However, we suggest you move cautiously to avoid running into any mirrors. Using the leaflet as a map to help you navigate through the maze-like pathways is highly recommended.
ARTE shop is situated right after the final display. There is a vast selection of goods here, including diffusers, handcrafted soaps, fragrant candles, and more, so you may buy as many mementos as you like.
The best thing about this location is that everything is indoor, so you can schedule a visit on rainy or snowy days.
Haslla Art World
Haslla Art World is a museum situated atop a hill by the side of the sea. The name “Haslla” is a reference to the former name of Gangneung. The museum features a variety of unique masterpieces both inside and outside.
Some of the latest works of art that are used as photo backdrops include a chair surrounded by exotic blossoms and an exterior exhibit with the vibrant ocean at the back. These pieces are so exquisite that you will almost get lost in them.
Haslla Art World also contains a restaurant, a cafeteria, and accommodations that are decorated with an artistic flair.
Ojukheon House got its name from the black bamboo (ojuk) that are grown in the area. Ojukheon House has become a must-visit destination from the stunning surrounding scenery due to its historical significance.
Yulgok Yi-i, a well-known intellectual from the Joseon period, was born in Ojukheon House. His image features on the Korean banknote for 5,000 KRW and that of Shin Saimdang, his mother, on the note worth 50,000 KRW.
Saimdang, Memoir of Colors (2017) was filmed at Ojukheon House, and as you stroll past the entryway, you’ll see a stone tablet with the fingerprints of the major characters.
The other highlights inside the property include:
- Sarangchae (principal guestroom)
- Yulgok Yi-i Memorial Hall
- Gangneung City Museum
Nongoldam-gil Street is a narrow street in a neighborhood on the top of a hill. There is Mukho Lighthouse on the mountaintop, where you can see some breathtaking views of the East sea. However, some may find reaching it slightly difficult as you need to climb the staircases.
The structures have graphic artworks, more specifically murals, that highlight the glorious past of the settlement and Mukhohang Port, giving the entire venue a rustic charm.
Nongoldam-gil Street gained more recognition after it became the filming site of several dramas.
The mansion of Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) was filmed here for “The Heirs” (2013), whilst the Mukho Lighthouse appeared in “Brilliant Legacy” (2009).
Dojjaebigol Sky Valley
Dojjaebigol Sky Valley, which was unveiled in June 2021, is a popular site featuring top things like the Skywalk overlook, Sky Cycle, and Giant Slide.
The aerial walkway has a transparent glass floor that allows the tourists to enjoy amazing views of the ground 59 meters beneath them.
Upon taking the downhill road from Dojjaebigol Sky Valley, you will arrive at the Haerang Observatory just outside the water. The deck has an oval structure that is visible from a distance and was intentionally created to mimic a dokkaebi club. It also has a glass floor that enables guests to see the azure waters underneath.
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