Pyeongchang, which is famous for its beautiful natural scenery, is becoming popular with tourists as a vacation spot for all seasons. In summer, you can enjoy the cool climate and see the fantastic scenery, and in winter, you can ski at a high elevation. If you visit Phoenix Pyeongchang Snow Park when the ski slopes are open, you can enjoy a romantic winter with a fantastic snowy scene.

    Try visiting Samyang Ranch to see the beautiful scenery of the vast meadow and windmills on the Mountains of Daegwallyeong. It is also recommended to visit Odaesan National Park with its impressive colourfully tinted autumn leaves and snowy scene, Dutasan National Recreational Forest where you can have a healing time quietly in a thick pine forest, and Baekdeoksan Mountain where you can see the majestic mountains covered with cloud and mist. In particular, at Farm Herbnara in Heungjeong Valley, you can refresh your mind with the fresh scent of various herbs that bloom and fall between May and September. Have time to refresh in Pyeongchang, which is always beautiful all year round.

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    Phoenix Pyeongchang Snow Park

    Resort with a fantastic view of a snowy field

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    Phoenix Pyeongchang Snow Park is a resort that provides comfort to those who want to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, which are the best leisure sports in winter. Pyeongchang is famous for its beautiful winter scenery, but the snowy landscape of Phoenix Pyeongchang is particularly remarkable. If you reach the top of the Mont Blanc Slope at Phoenix Pyeongchang, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the snow-covered Baekdudaegan Mountain Range. You will even feel as if you are in a fantastic winter wonderland when you see snow mist made by snow-removing work.

    Snow Park is also the stage where snow sport competitions were held during 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. You get a panoramic view of the snowy ski slopes from one of the many hotel rooms. In the morning, enjoy the buffet at the restaurant overlooking the ski slopes. In the afternoon, how about feeling the romance of winter in an open-air spa?

    Location: 174, Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-330-6356

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    Odaesan National Park

    Buddhist sacred place with beautiful autumn leaves

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    Odaesan National Park has one of the most famous mountains in the centre of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range in Korea, and has been known as a sacred place for Buddhist faith since olden times. Seonjae-gil Trail on Odaesan Mountain, which stretches along the valley from Woljeongsa Temple to Sangwonsa Temple, is covered with varicoloured leaves in autumn. Most roads are covered with soft dirt and a flat deck, so you can walk at a leisurely pace.

    At the end of Seonjae-gil, the Birobong course that leads to the top of Odaesan Mountain begins. If you walk along this road, you can reach Jeongmyeolbogung, which is a hermitage in the mountain of Sangwonsa Temple and designated as a treasure. If you go up the steep hill, you can see Jungdaesajaam, which guards Jeongmyeolbogung, looking down on the world. This place is deep and calm and you will feel like being embraced by gentle sunlight. Refresh yourself with nature after walking around Odaesan Mountain.

    Location: 2, Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +82 (0)33-332-6417

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    Samyang Ranch

    Ranch with vast meadows and windmills

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    Samyang Ranch, which boasts a grand scale, is a place where vast meadows and huge windmills are in harmony. Beautiful wild flowers blooming in spring, the green pasture stretching out in summer, colourful autumn leaves turning in autumn, and a snow festival in winter attract tourists all year round.

    When you arrive at the ranch by shuttle bus, you will be welcomed by the endless low hills behind the expansive meadows. Huge white windmills placed in rows on the meadows make the scenery even more exotic. When you go up to the Donghae Observatory, you can see the East Sea and downtown Gangneung under the blue sky. In addition, you will feel like your mind is filled with warmth when seeing the peaceful scenery with sheep grazing freely. Enjoy the beautiful nature, taking as many breaths of fresh air as you please.

    Location: 708-9, Kkotbatyangji-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: May–October: daily from 9 am to 5 pm. November–April: daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-335-5044

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    Heungjeong Valley

    Valley where you can flee the summer heat and enjoy coolness

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    Heungjeong Valley is a popular spot for summer vacations because of the abundant, clear and clean waters among the valleys of Gangwon-do. Clean water flows in the clean valley with a lively current in a dense forest. It is a good place to laze around in the nearby pension complex for a day.

    There are many marsh snails in the valley so that even young children can easily catch them. You can quickly forget about the heat once you look at the waterfall. It is actually cool enough to feel the cold early in the morning because of the high elevation. If you spend a night at a campsite, you can fall asleep under the starry night sky in the deep valley. If you want to get away from the sweltering heat in midsummer and enjoy a cool summer vacation, going to Heungjeong Valley is recommended.

    Location: Heungjeong Valley, Heungjeong-ri, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-330-2771

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    Baengnyong Cave Ecology Centre

    Place preserving the primeval appearance of mysterious nature

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    Baengnyong Cave Ecology Centre is a limestone cave in Pyeongchang, where you can experience primeval nature. You can see the mystical views of the dark cave while wearing exploration gear and using a search light. It is said that no lighting was installed so that people can appreciate its primitive state.

    You can see many kinds of cave formations including stalactite, stalagmite and stone pillars. You will be able to experience something different from the usual because of the many bizarre-shaped cave formations. You can explore all around the cave by passing through narrow spaces and discovering things crawling. At the grand square where the cave ends, you can experience a state of darkness by turning off all the head lanterns. You will be able to spend some special time that is difficult to have anywhere else, feeling only your presence in the dark.

    Location: 63, Munhui-gil, Mitan-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-330-2256

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    Odaesan Mountain

    Forest of literature with lyricism and romance

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    Hyoseok Forest is a literary park and also a trail where you can feel the charm and literary elegance of Lee Hyo-seok’s novels in nature. As you enter the entrance, a large stone engraved with the first verse of “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom” welcomes you.

    If you stroll along the trails while reading passages from the novel, you will soon find the site that became the background of the novel. Regardless of whether you have read the book or not, you will fall into the world of the novel when you see the marketplace in the novel, the Chungjujip where the characters used to drink unrefined rice wine (makgeolli) and the waterwheel. When you take a walk through the forest in the fresh air, you will feel that your heart, which is tired of living in the city, becomes filled with lyrical and warm emotions. Take time to meditate in a pleasant forest.

    Location: Dongsan-ri, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Farm Herbnara

    Farm with a feast of all kinds of herb flowers

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    Farm Herbnara is the nation’s first herb-themed farm. Opened in 1993, it’s a famous spot amid wonderful nature with clear water. For more than 20 years, the farm went through some difficult times due to natural disasters, but it has constantly developed to this day, always showing a new side.

    When crossing the Cheonghyanggyo Bridge across the Heungjeong Valley and entering the forest, you can smell the refreshing scent of herbs. From the moment you step foot inside, a cute herb farm awaits you. There is a garden in the shape of a palette used for painting, and then on the right, a romantic garden is arranged with a beautiful exotic building in the centre. In the herb flower field spreading out along the valley, all kinds of various herb flowers repeatedly bloom and fall from May to September, providing beautiful scenery. Fill your heart with the scent of fresh herbs at Farm Herbnara.

    Location: 225, Heungjeonggyegok-gil, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: May–October: daily from 9 am to 6 pm. November–April: daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-335-2902

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    Dutasan Recreational Forest

    Recreational forest where you can heal with nature

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    The Dutasan Recreational Forest is characterised by a well-developed valley and dense pine forest. As soon as you enter the entrance with the stone pagoda, you will feel the quiet and calm atmosphere as if you are entering a different world. You will forget all your cares from the world and enjoy a rest for a while.

    There are hiking and walking trails to the top of Dutasan Mountain in the recreational forest, and there is also a swimming pool under the dam. Stroll along the promenade here while looking at the cute birdhouses and unique trees. It is also fun to see the soft moss on the ground and the ferns boasting splendid leaves. Even if you don’t do anything special, you can heal just by sitting on a bench, listening to the sounds of the forest and breathing in the fresh air.

    Location: 132, Achagol-gil, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-334-8815

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    Baekdeoksan Mountain

    Famous mountain with splendid snowflakes covered by clouds and mist

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    Baekdeoksan Mountain is a famous peak that presents spectacular sceneries of tinged autumnal foliage and winter snow. It boasts beautiful scenery as unique rock formations and pine forests are in harmony, and the pristine forest has been preserved from time immemorial. You can find large and small waterfalls along the valley road.

    Baekdeoksan Mountain has two peaks rising high and you can see the valley from the peaks. When you stand at the top, you can see a group of mountains that stretch out to the Sobaek Mountain Range. When there are clouds and mist, a fantastic scene is created. In particular, if you climb the mountain in winter, gorgeous snowflakes along the main ridge provide a spectacular view. You will feel like all the sweat from hiking is worth it once you view the majestic and beautiful scenery. How about taking the spirit of the famous mountain and giving your mind a break?

    Location: Wondang-ri, Pyeongchang-eup, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Geumdang Valley

    Valley with clear water where you can even see otters

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    Geumdang Valley is famous for its hidden scenery in upstream of the Pyeongchanggang River that runs along the foot of Geumdangsan Mountain. The valley runs 28 kilometres starting from Taegisan Mountain and Heungjeongsan Mountain. There are attractions such as Seonbawi Rock, which resembles a human face, and Guryongso, which legend has it that nine dragons ascended into heaven, and it is also a place where various freshwater fish species inhabit. It is known that otters, which are natural monuments, sometimes appear and catfish are abundantly caught.

    Especially in summer, as the water is abundant and always clear, crowds of people come to this valley to enjoy rafting. You can also experience unique activities such as gathering wild ginseng and learning about Gudeul, which is the traditional floor heating system, at villages around the Geumdang Valley. Stay at a nearby pension and have a happy day in a charming valley with a green forest and clear water.

    Location: Gaesu-ri, Daehwa-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-330-2771

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