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Top Choice Historic Building in Gangneung

Ojukheon

Revered as the birthplace of the paragon of Korean womanhood, Sin Saimdang (1504–51), and her son, the philosopher and government official Yi Yulgok (1536–84), this fascinating complex contains one of the oldest sur…
Top Choice Bar in Gangneung

Budnamu Brewery

This splendid craft beer house is a superb place to immerse yourself in a world of beery flavour: try a Zeumeu Blanc – delightful and slightly zingy, with a touch of banana flavour – or a Baegilhong Red Ale, with da…
Top Choice Burgers in Gangneung

Bikini Burger

Hop off the bus to Anmok Beach and you're at this small place by the sea that serves up some seriously scrumptious burgers. The menu is skimpy, but each burger is so packed with flavour it doesn't matter, so don't m…
Historic Building in Gangneung

Gyeongpo-ho & Gyeongpodae Pavilion

Immediately behind Gyeongpo Beach is Gyeongpo-ho, which attracts local residents looking for a little peace and quiet. There’s a 4km bicycle path along the lakeshore, passing traditional pavilions. The most prominen…
Historic Building in Gangneung

Gangneung Seongyojang

Dating to the late Joseon dynasty, this national cultural property was for 300 years the home of a yangban (aristocratic) family. It was built for a descendant of the brother of King Sejong (the monarch who invented…
Museum in Gangneung

Chamsori Gramophone & Edison Museum

This whimsical museum is a sheer delight. It combines the two loves of private collector Son Sung-Mok: gramophones and Thomas Edison. There are hundreds of antique gramophones (or phonographs, as Edison termed them)…
Beach in Gangneung

Gyeongpo Beach

The largest beach on the east coast, and the third-busiest in South Korea, has 1.8km of flat, white sand bordered by pine trees and pleasant waters. It’s besieged by visitors during the official season (13 July to 2…
Bar in Gangneung

Bumpin’ Bar

This gem, down an alley opposite Terarosa, lives in a ramshackle wooden house with a low ceiling. Park yourself at the beautiful, dark bar, constructed of old pine planks from a Buddhist temple that was destroyed in…
Noodles in Gangneung

Geumhak Kalguksu

This small, ramshackle place with a little garden and simple blue plastic furniture serves delicious and generous helpings of jang kalguksu – buckwheat noodles in a piquant broth poured into a large metal bowl and s…
Vegetarian in Gangneung

Todam Sundubu

In Chodang, this rustic eatery serves up simmering sundubu inside a quaint wooden house with traditional floor seating. Look for the white vertical sign with red lettering beside Heogyun-Heonanseolheon Park (허균·허난설헌…