There are plenty of family things to do in Gangneung, at least partially because the South Korean city is a popular beach destination. Gyeongpo Beach is the most well-known beach in Gangneung and popular with people of all ages. The lively Jumunjin Fish Market and Gyeongpo Aquarium are also recommended if you enjoy being near the beach, while the Edison Science Museum houses a collection of inventions related to famous inventor Thomas Edison. The Money Museum at the Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch offers a different type of experience. You can learn about money, which may be interesting for adults.


    Jeongdongjin Time Story

    An unusual time-themed museum inside a charming old train

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    Jeongdongjin Time Story, also known as the Jeongdongjin Time Museum, is one of the region’s quirkiest attractions, situated inside a 180 metre-long steam train. Each of its 8 carriages houses an intriguing collection of time-related artefacts, from rare watches to antique clocks and eccentric time-keeping gizmos. Some 200,000 people now visit the museum annually, which first opened its doors in 2013.

    Outside the exhibit, lush parklands house the Millennium Hourglass, the largest of its kind, according to Guinness World Records. Nearby, you’ll also find an enormous and exceptionally accurate 7-metre bronze sundial. Getting there is easy – the tiny beach town of Jeongdongjin is a 20-minute train trip from Gangneung.

    Location: 990-1 Heonhwa-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-645-4540


    Aranabi Zipline

    A scenic zipline that glides over the harbour in Gangneung-si

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    Aranabi Zipline offers an exhilarating ‘flying fox’ experience in Gangneung-si, a small seaside city on South Korea’s east coast. The adrenaline-pumping line soars over the sparkling East Sea, affording breathtaking views of the harbour city midflight. You needn’t fear when plunging off the 18-metre tower – the zipline complies with stringent government safety standards.

    The return 600-metre trip is available to anyone between 30 kg and 110 kg and operates year-round (weather permitting). Across the road, you’ll find Gangneung Coffee Street, perfect for calming your nerves with a frothy, post-zipline cappuccino.

    Location: 35-7 Gonghang-gil 127beon-gil, Namhangjin-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33 641 9002


    The Museum of Oriental Embroidery

    An intriguing embroidery exhibit in Gangneung-si

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    The Museum of Oriental Embroidery exhibits a vibrant array of colourful Korean textiles, plus traditional works from China, Japan, and the Western world. Its local Gangneung embroideries are especially impressive, ranging from Royal Court textiles to everyday textiles like pillowcases and socks. Don’t miss the Anju Folding Screen and Mirror Cover, 2 extravagant works that date back to the Chosun Dynasty.

    Although you’ll find some basic English translations here and there, information is limited for non-Korean speakers. Nonetheless, the small private museum is well worth a look for fans of exotic art and Asian textiles.

    Location: 149 Jukheon-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-644-0600


    Daegwallyeong Natural Recreation Forest

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    Daegwallyeong Natural Recreation Forest is the first recreational forest in Korea and features a beautiful pine forest with trees that are hundreds of years old. A leisurely walk along the main path leads to an observatory where you can see the entire city of Gangneung at a glance. A variety of experiences and sights are on hand, like charcoal crafting and works of forestry culture. There are also camping grounds, so be sure to check it out if you are on a family trip.

    Location: 133 Sampoam-gil, Seongsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays in low season)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-641-9990


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    Gyeongpo Beach

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    Gyeongpo Beach is the most prominent beach in Gangneung and closest to the city centre. The beautiful sandy waterfront and pine forests are beloved by people relaxing and sunbathing. It’s calm and quiet in the mornings, showing you another side to an otherwise crowded beach. The beach has an unmistakably welcoming atmosphere for all visitors, with small sculpture installations and decks throughout.

    Location: San 1-1, Gangmun-dong Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


    Heo Gyun & Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park

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    Close to Chodang Village, the Heo Gyun & Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park prominently features a statue of poet Heo Nanseolheon in the middle of the park. There are memorial stones inscribed with Heo Nanseolheon’s works, and there's no better way to appreciate her works than in nature.

    The pine forest trail is quite pleasant, as are the wildflowers and well-maintained lawns. The view of Gyeongpo Lake along the memorial park path is an added bonus.

    Location: 477-8 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-640-5581


    Edison Science Museum

    The Edison Science Museum and adjacent Chamsori Gramophone Museum are full of Thomas Edison’s inventions, including large and small gramophones. There are so many different inventions like the light bulb, the electric car, telephones, and refrigerators, that it's hard to believe they were invented by a single person. The museums are said to house more inventions than anywhere in America, Thomas Edison’s home country. Stopping by at the Son Sung Mok Film Museum next door is highly recommended.

    Location: 393 Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-655-1130


    Money Museum at Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch

    The Money Museum at Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch is where you can learn more about the money we use, from the history of money to curious facts. There are fun and exciting experiences for both children and adults, like having commemorative bills printed with your likeness and trying to lift large amounts such as ₩500 million (about $400,000 USD) in banknotes.

    Location: The Bank of Korea Gangneung, 2063 Gyeonggang-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 9.30 am to 4 pm


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