[Pyeongchang Winter Olympics] Top 5 Places to Visit in Jeongseon

Are you a frequent traveller to Korea? Bored of always going around to the same places in Seoul? Why don’t you make a trip to Jeongseon? There’s lots of fun activities and interesting places to visit. Where do you ask? Well, look no further ‘cos we’re going to share with you the Top 5 places to visit in Jeongseon!

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Jeongseon is located in Gangwon Province, famous for the place where the traditional Korean folksong Jeongseon Arirang was originated. Actor Won Bin and footballer Seol KiHyun was also from Jeongseon.

  1. Jeongseon 5 Days Market

One of the major local market in Korea, started operation in 1966. This market which opens every 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th of the month, is a place where you can enjoy varieties of agricultural foods, fruits and traditional foods. The most famous produce you can get here is the Goraengji, which is a type of vegetable which grows in mountain areas or on plateus 500-700m above sea level.

Visitors to the market will also be able to enjoy the musical Pan Arirang in Arirang centre. The show is divided into 3 parts and tells the story of Arirang, fused with rythm and enjoyable music.

Location 58-1, Bibong-ro, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

2. Aari Hills: Byeongbangchi Sky Walk and Zip Wire

A little something for all the daredevils out there – this sky walk experience will thrill you and if that doesn’t work, try the zip wire which is known to be the longest and steepest in Asia. Located in between Gyuram-ri and Buksil-ri in Jeongseon-eup, the sky walk features breathtaking views of surrounding Bamseom Island (shaped liked the Korean peninsula) with streams of Donggang River. The ‘U’ shaped 11m observatory is set up high on th cliff at an altitude of 583m.

Not one for high altitude places? No fret ‘cos you can also go along the trails on ATV with a guide!

Location 225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Admission Fees Adults (ages 19-64) 2,000 won / Teenagers & Children (ages 7-18) 1,000 won / Zip wire Fees 40,000 won

3. Auraji River

Jeongseon Arirang originated its name from the Auraji Lake. The area, famous for its beautiful, clean mountain and rivers derived its name from the word ‘어우러지다 eoureojida‘ which means ‘to meet’. The waters of Pyeongchang and Samcheok unites in the area.

Auraji is part of the upper stream Namhangang River, which also served as a starting point for the log rafts transporting timber to Hanyang (Seoul’s original name). If you listen carefully to the lyrics of Jeongseon Arirang, it tells the sad story of a woman waiting for her dear husband to come back from a far-away place after transporting timber.

Location 69, Auraji-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

4. Jeongseon Rail Bike

A new type of leisure sport, the rail bike combines the biking along a railway and scenic views along the way. Using an abandoned railtrack that run from Jeongseon Auraji to Gujeol-ri, the track is 7.2 kilometres long and with a continuos descend, it is easy to ride. Enjoy the view as you ride, with views of the clean valley waters and crimson red foliage.

The rail bike starts at Gujeol-ri station and ends at Auraji station. Enjoy a free train ride back to Gujeol-ri and have a cup of coffee at the cafe located in Gujeol-ri station – A Grasshopper’s Dream. Just like the name, the cafe is shaped as a grasshopper.

Location 745, Nochusan-ro, Yeoryang-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Admission Fees [2-seaters bike] Individual 25,000 won / Group 22,500 won [4-seaters bike] Individual 35,000 won / Group 31,500 won
Operating Hours * March to October 09:00 – 18:00, 5 times a day * November to February 09:00 – 15:00, 4 times a day

5. Samtan Art Mine

A fan of Song Joongki’s record breaking drama Descendants of the Sun? Then you will surely not want to miss this. Transformed from an abandoned mine at the foot of Hambaeksan, this place is now a cultural art complex. The name Samtan, refers to Samcheok Tanjwa, which is one of the major coal mines in Korea. The place was firstly operated in 1964 as an industrial establishment, and closed in 2001.

In the drama, Dr Kang was kidnapped by Agus to his hideout, and blackmailed to leave Captain Yoo. This scene was shot in the Venus from Bubble area, which was originally the shower room for miners when the place was still in operation.

Location 1445-44, Hambaeksan-ro, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Located in Jeongseon, the Alpine Centre is an alpine skiing area, located in Gariwang Mountain. The place will host the speed events of Downhill, Super-G and Combined.

The men’s downhill starts at an elevation of 1,370 m (4,495 ft), with a course length of 2.857 km (1.775 mi), to a finish area at 545 m (1,788 ft). The vertical drop of 825 m (2,707 ft) surpasses the minimum drop of 800 m (2,625 ft) required by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The venue is located in one of the most remote areas in South Korea.

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