Welcome to Gangneung
Gangneung's appeal lies towards the sea, particularly near Gyeongpo, while its cultural hotspots – well-preserved Joseon-era buildings in the unmissable Ojukheon and the 400-year-old shamanist Dano Festival – are matched by quirky modern attractions, such as a museum lovingly dedicated to Thomas Edison and a North Korean submarine.
With a decent bar scene, the town is a good place to linger for a few days if you’re looking for an experience that’s off the beaten track without being too small-town. Try to arrive in spring, when azaleas cover the town in gorgeous splashes of colour. The city tree is the pine, found in abundance by Gyeongpo Beach.