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The charms of Gangwon-do’s capital, Chuncheon (춘천, meaning 'Spring River'), dwell in its shimmering lake views, gorgeous surrounding mountains, and doses of the fiery chicken dish dakgalbi. It’s also a good base for outdoor activities, and its superb transport links with Seoul makes it a popular weekend getaway for denizens of the capital.

With several universities Gangwon-do also has a youngish vibe, with a burgeoning shopping and nightlife scene.

On Jungdo, construction on the city's drawcard-to-be Legoland has ground to a halt, and the theme park may never be built, even though the bridge to the city has been completed. The discovery of prehistoric ruins and tombs on the island during foundation construction silenced the jackhammers and concrete mixers, maybe for good.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Chuncheon.