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Noodles in Chuncheon

Byoldang Makguksu

Housed in a 40-year-old building, this atmospheric restaurant serves up delicious makguksu, a Gangwon-do speciality. The buckwheat noodles are served cold, garnished with vegies, pork slices and half a hard-boiled e…
Mountain in Chuncheon

Samak-san

The highest mountain near Chuncheon, Samak-san offers incredible views of the town and surrounding lakes. The hike up to the peak (645m) can be strenuous and takes at least two hours, passing pretty waterfalls near …
Cafe in Chuncheon

Gallery Cafe

Part of the Art n Company gallery, this stylish hillside cafe has a great tea selection and commands lovely views of Uiam-ho, accompanied by smooth, jazzy sounds. It’s in the MBC broadcasting building; from downtown…
Korean in Chuncheon

Jangwon Myeongga

This small place where you can either sit on the floor or take a table to eat platters of dakgalbi with big, chicken flavour. The owner will stir it all up for you at your table. You can find it half way down Dakgal…
Island in Chuncheon

Namiseom Island

Part of popular TV drama Winter Sonata was set on this island in an artificial lake southwest of Chuncheon. It’s home to rows of majestic redwoods, ginkgos and pines, making it ideal for strolling. The island is als…
Bar in Chuncheon

Jackson Bill

This old-school watering hole between Myeong-dong and the bend of Dakgalbi Geori is overseen by amiable veteran Mr Oh, who sits in front of 8000 vinyl records and takes requests, digging out oldies from the '70s and…
Memorial in Chuncheon

Korean War Memorial

The evocative statues at this memorial to the Battle of Chuncheon are shown midaction, holding North Koreans at bay at the opening of the Korean War on 25 June 1950. It's a moving memorial, despite the nationalist d…
Italian in Chuncheon

Bistro Tasty

Oodles of space and mismatched-furniture chic make this concrete-floor and breeze-block wall restaurant a stylishly contemporary date spot for locals, yet it's equally comfortable for solo diners. If ordering a burg…
Park in Chuncheon

Gongjicheon Sculpture Park

Families and teens picnic and sit in the shade of trees in this park dotted with sculptures, some of them hard to fathom. It's a very pleasant diversion if you are tired from walking Chuncheon's large distances, and…
Bar in Chuncheon

Sheriff Bar

The name and wagon wheels on the way up stairs are all the clues you need that this is a Wild West Saloon-styled sports bar, up on the second floor across the road from Kangwon National University. It's a fun spot f…