Things to do in Gangneung


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Things to do in Gangneung 
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adapted from (clockwise from top-right): @@mk_ilsang, @one__dayz, @flangebolt and tvN/Netflix

Gangneung is a coastal city found in the east coast of South Korea and it’s only 2 hours from Seoul via the KTX, making it a perfect day-trip destination if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Apart from pristine beaches lined with cafes and restaurants, it’s well-known for housing many traditional markets and being the filming site of BTSYou Never Walk Alone album and the 2016 hit drama Goblin. We’ve curated a list of 20 places to visit and things to do in Gangneung, so you can plan your day trip itinerary and maximise your day in this city. 

But before we dive into all that Gangneung has to offer, here’s a recommended fuss-free way to get from Seoul to Gangneung. The quickest way is to hop on a KTX from Seoul station that’ll bring you all the way to Gangneung station. A one-way trip will take approximately 2 hours and cost KRW20,000-KRW30,000 (~USD16.20-USD24.30). You can check out the timings and make reservations here.


Jumunjin Beach (주문진해변)


Jumunjin Beach
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While there are many beaches in Gangneung to chill at to get a perfect tan and have a go at various water sports, Jumunjin Beach is probably one of the most popular, for it has many sights, cafes, and restaurants.

Address: 210, Jumunbuk-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


1. Jumunjin Breakwater


GoblinImage credit: tvN/Netflix 

Goblin’s cinematography and filming locations left many viewers in awe, and Jumunjin Breakwater is one of the most iconic sites that fans still can’t forget till today.  

Jumunjin Breakwater
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Avid fans will remember that this is where Eun-tak and Kim Shin first officially met as she accidentally summoned him, along with a bouquet of buckwheat flowers in his hand, after blowing out the candles from her birthday cake. 

Jumunjin Breakwater
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Address: 81-32 Gyohyang-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


2. BTS bus stop


BTS bus stop
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Ever wondered where to find the bus stop from BTSYou Never Walk Alone album cover? It’s right here at Jumunjin Beach. Although it’s a replica bus stop specifically set up by the city to serve as a photo spot, it’s still a must-visit location for ardent fans. On top of that, parts of Jimin’s cuts in the Spring Day music video was also filmed on this beach.


Address:
210, Jumunbuk-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea 


3. Chodang Gelato 초당젤라또


Chodang Gelato
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You might get rather peckish after taking a stroll on the beach and visiting the various filming sights mentioned. While there are many food options along the beach, Chodang Gelato is the place to head to for a quick ice cream fix.  

Chodang Gelato
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Not only is it conveniently located right in front of Jumunjin Breakwater, its full-length glass windows make it a good location for those who might want to enjoy the view of the sea, minus inclement weather. 

Ice cream
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For KRW4,500 (~USD3.70) a scoop, you can choose from a decent spread of flavours such as soondubu (tofu), mugwort, pine nut, black sesame, vanilla, pistachio, yoghurt, and bamboo. To balance out the sweetness, order an americano that’s priced only at KRW3,000 (~USD2.40).

Address: 1605, Haean-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10AM-7PM, Closed on Tue
Telephone: 033-661-1108
Website


4. Coffee Bada 커피바다


Coffee Bada
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If a coffee fix is all you need for a midday pick-me-up, check out Coffee Bada. It’s a cafe with a balcony on the edge of the sea, providing a good spot for you to rest and relax with a good brew in one hand. 

Coffee Bada drinks
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The brews here are affordable, with an iced Americano and iced latte going for KRW5,000 (~USD4.10) and KRW5,500 (KRW4.50) respectively. For a popular non-caffeinated drink, try their sea soda (바다소다) – a glass of blue fizzy soda topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.  

Address: 2F, 1822 Haean-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 10AM-11PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-662-8277
Website


5.  Daeyoung Yoo Tong 대영유통


Daeyoung Yoo Tong
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Being a coastal city means that you can expect really fresh seafood in Gangneung, one of the must-try seafood restaurants around the beach is Daeyoung Yoo Tong. With a huge crab hung right at its storefront, there’s no prize for guessing what the restaurant is best known for.

Snow crab
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The restaurant offers a variety of live crabs in their tanks here – from domestic red crab (KRW70,000/kg, ~USD56.90) to highly priced king (KRW80,000/kg, ~USD65) and snow crab (KRW100,000/kg, ~USD81.30). Of course, you can expect to get the freshest catch served to you. 

Snow crab
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The best way to enjoy the sweetness of the crabs is to have them steamed, and doing otherwise will earn you looks of disapproval. 

Side dishes
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While most seafood restaurants aren’t cheap to begin with, you can be sure to get your money’s worth here. Besides the usual banchan (side dishes) like kimchi and spinach, there’s complimentary ramen, pancake, and even sashimi that come with every crab order. 

Tip: Use Naver to make a reservation and you’ll be entitled to a 5% discount

Address: 312-341 Jumun-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung, Kangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 9AM-3AM | Sun 9AM-12AM
Telephone: 033-661-1108


Other beaches


6. Gyeongpo Beach


Gyeongpo Beach
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Unlike Jumunjin Beach, Gyeongpo Beach is known for its lush pine trees that line the entire length of the beach.

Gyeongpo Beach
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During the summer, the beach comes to life with lots of water activities such as banana boat rides and jet skiing. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, rent a tube like the locals and head out to the sea.

Gyeongpo Lake
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And if you’re not a beach bum, Gyeongpo Lake is just around the corner. Here, you can rent a bike or take a relaxing stroll to enjoy the scenery. 

Address: 514, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea 


7. Anmok Beach


Anmok Beach
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Anmok Beach, on the other hand, is situated right in front of the famous Anmok Coffee Street, where you can find a lot of cafes with an amazing view of the sea. This is practically heaven for those who are looking for a quiet place to chill with a good brew.

Coffee by the beach
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Address: Changhae-ro 14beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


Sights/museums/galleries


8. Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum 참소리축음기 & 에디슨과학박물관


Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum
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Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum was founded in 1982 and caters to visitors of all ages. The museum houses an impressive collection of vintage gramophones and other famous inventions by Thomas Edison, such as light bulbs and projectors. 

Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum
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But besides those, there’s also a huge collection of old-school items like movie posters, figurines, coffee bean grinders, and pachinko machines on display. Whether you’re an oldie reminiscing about the good ol’ days or a zoomer mesmerised by all these antiques, the museum is sure to keep you occupied. 

Charmsori Gramophone & Edison Science Museum
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A trip to the museum is also inexpensive as the entrance fee for adults only costs KRW12,000 (~USD9.80). Tickets for middle and high school students are priced at KRW10,000 (~USD8.10), while children younger than that only have to pay KRW8,000 (~USD6.50).

Address: 393 Gyeongpo-ro, Gyeongpo-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-655-1130
Website


9. Ojukheon House 오죽헌


Ojukheon House
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As one of Korea’s oldest traditional houses, the well-preserved Ojukheon House sure has a long history that’s worth checking out. 

Ojukheon House
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Historical figures Shin Saim-dang and Yi Yul-gok used to reside here during the Joseon Dynasty. They’re figures that you’ll come across daily in Korea as Shin Saim-dang’s likeness can be found on the KRW50,000 bill, and Yi Yul-gok on the KRW5,000 bill.

It also doesn’t cost much to explore the grounds as an adult, student, or child ticket will only set you back KRW3,000 (~USD2.50), KRW2,000 (~USD1.60), and KRW1,000 (~USD0.80) respectively. 

Note: The ticketing counter closes at 5PM

Address: 24 Yulgok-ro 3139 beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily


10. Seongyojang House 선교장


Seongyojang House
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Another traditional compound worth a visit is Seongyojang House, which used to be the residence of Lee Nae-beon (1703-1781), who hailed from a noble family in Gangneung. Unlike other traditional houses that have been taken over in the name of national conservation, Lee’s descendants still reside here. 

Lotus pond
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The lush greenery scattered across the place is well-maintained and you can expect a different scenery with each change of season. You’ll also come across the place’s main feature – a pond filled with lotus flowers.

For a unique overnight experience, Seongyojang House offers a hanok stay in one of the many housing options available on their website here. A night’s stay will cost you KRW70,000 to KRW700,000 depending on the type of accommodation you choose. 

Address: 63, Unjeong-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 9AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-648-5303
Website


11. Gangneung Coffee Museum


Coffee Museum
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Gangneung Coffee Museum may be located outside of the city, but it’s definitely a trip worth making for all coffee lovers out there. 

Coffee MuseumImage adapted from: @teaarena_studio

At KRW8,000 (~USD6.50) for an adult and KRW7,000 (~USD5.70) for both seniors and children, you get to learn more about the coffee-making process as well as its history. 

Roasting coffee beans
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At this museum, you can even try your hand at various experiences with an additional fee of KRW10,000 each (~USD8.10). A few of the more popular experiences include having a go at roasting your own coffee beans, as well as making your own hand-drip coffee.

Note: Last admission into the museum is at 6PM. 

Address: 2171-19, Wangsan-ro, Wangsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily
Telephone: 070-8888-0077


Cafes


12. Kaffe KIWA 카페기와


Kaffe KIWA
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Kaffe KIWA is an old rustic hanok cafe with a charming interior design, tastefully decorated with mismatched furniture and hanging potted plants. 

Kaffe KIWAImage adapted from: @sssssu_ng

Don’t be fooled by its run-down exterior because this glasshouse-like cafe opens up to a large space that’s brightly lit with lots of natural light. 

Kaffe KIWA
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The cafe serves classics like cafe latte (KRW4,500, ~USD3.70) and vanilla latte (KRW5,000, ~USD4.10). But for something to cool yourself down with after a long day of sightseeing, we recommend a full-bodied homemade smoothie (KRW6,000, ~USD4.90). They offer various flavours such as strawberry banana, strawberry yogurt, blueberry yogurt, and mango yogurt.

Bingsu and coffee
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It’ll be a sin to leave Korea without having a bingsu fix. While there’s only two flavours offered here – injeolmi (KRW11,000, ~USD9.00) and black sesame (KRW13,000, ~USD10.60) – you’ll definitely be satisfied with the serving size as well as the generous amount of toppings that come with every bowl.

Injeolmi toast
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If you’ve always been a fan of waffle ice cream, try the injeolmi toast with ice cream (KRW6,000, ~USD4.90). It comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and two slices of thick toasted bread covered in injeolmi powder and almond flakes.

Address: 15 Chodangwon-gil 54beon-gil, Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-652-9898
Website


13. Owol Coffee 오월커피


Owol Coffee
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Found in the old city center of Gangneung, Owol Coffee operates in a well-preserved old jeoksan gaok (old Japanese house).  

Owol CoffeeImage adapted from: @k_j_soo

This standalone 2-storey wooden house takes on a uniform theme from its exterior to its interior. With simple white walls, contrasting wooden window panes, and stylish furniture, it’s a perfect spot to chill and just soak in the ambience. 

Carrot cake and latte
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The menu at Owol Coffee is simple, but a must-try combination is none other than its famous carrot cake (KRW5,000, ~USD4.10) and vanilla einspänner coffee (KRW5,500, ~USD4.50). The latter features an espresso topped off with a layer of whipped cream, which is sure to give you an instant energy boost. 

Address: 11-2 Gyeonggang-ro 2046beon-gil, Nammun-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-645-8889


14. Bon Bon Roastery 봉봉방앗간


Bon Bon Roastery
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What used to be an old mill has been transformed into a cafe known as Bon Bon Roastery. Little has been done to revamp this old and worn-down exterior, but it’s exactly this shabby-chic charm that draws customers in. 

Bon Bon Roastery
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The interior of the cafe makes you feel right at home, with exposed concrete walls and no-frills furnishing. 

Bon Bon Roastery barista
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Hand-drip coffees are known to bring out the best flavours of the coffee beans, and over here, a hot hand-drip coffee costs only KRW5,000 (~USD4.10). To have it cold, you’ll just have to add on KRW500 (~USD0.40)

Cafe drinks
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There are also options for people who don’t want coffee. Besides a comforting cup of hot choco (KRW5,000, ~USD4.10) and a refreshing lemonade (KRW5,000, ~USD4.10), the cafe also offers nourishing drinks such as herbal tea (KRW4,500, ~USD3.70).

Address: 17-1 Gyeonggang-ro 2024beon-gil, Myeongju-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Tue – Sat 11AM-9PM | Sun 11AM-6PM, Closed on Mon
Telephone: 033-647-1711
Website


15. Cafe Toenmaru 카페 툇마루


Cafe Toenmaru
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If there’s a cafe you can’t miss out on your trip to Gangneung, it’s got to be Cafe Toenmaru. This brick building is almost never empty as coffee lovers flock to this cafe for its top-notch brew. 

Cafe ToenmaruImage adapted from (left to right): @brow_sharp and @dragon76_sj

The cafe’s interior screams old-school but the area is expansive and you won’t have to worry about not getting a seat.  

Tofu cheesecake
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The coffee menu here includes unconventional drinks like coconut latte (KRW5,000, ~USD4.10). But a highly-raved-about drink that keeps customers returning has to be Maru coffee (KRW5,500, ~USD4.50). Unlike your usual caffeinated drinks, this one comes with an interesting mix of cold milk, steamed espresso, and black sesame cream. 

For a dessert to accompany your drinks, try the tofu cake (KRW3,000, ~USD2.40). It’s a lighter version of a classic cheesecake – smooth in texture with a fragrant and crumbly biscuit base. 

Address: 266-3 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Wed – Fri 11AM-10PM | Sat 11AM-9PM | Sun & Mon11AM-10PM, Closed on Tue
Telephone: 033-922-7175
Website


16. Terarosa Coffee 테라로사 커피


Terarosa Coffee
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Terarosa Coffee is a coffee chain, and the outlet at Gangneung is one of the largest. Apart from the cafe, the space also accommodates a museum, an art shop, as well as a restaurant.  

Terarosa CoffeeImage adapted from (left to right): @su_minii and @goyomi19

The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. 

Americano
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The drink menu here is relatively extensive. If you’re looking for a good brew, choose from their hand-drip options that include Ethiopia Guji Hambeta (KRW6,000, ~USD4.90) and Colombia Juan (KRW5,500, ~USD4.50)

On days when you need something refreshing to perk yourself up, we recommend having the iced hibiscus or apple-beet juice (KRW6,000 each, ~USD4.90)

Dessert and breadsImage adapted from (left to right): @jyun__ju and @___iseo___ 

The cafe also has a bakery that serves good bakes and desserts. Those with a sweet tooth can order a tiramisu (KRW5,500, ~USD4.50) and a panna cotta (KRW7,000, ~USD5.70). However, if you’re hankering for a savoury treat, check out the bread selection which includes options like baguette, sour dough, and croissant

Terarosa CoffeeImage adapted from: @hogisimlife

If you’re still hungry, head to the restaurant within the space. 

MainsImage adapted from: @hogisimlife

The restaurant offers affordable mains that are not only tasty but also pleasing to the eyes. Crowd favourites include shakshuka (KRW15,000, ~USD12.20) and gnocchi (KRW21,000, ~USD17.10). But if you’re willing to splurge a little, give their wet aged hanwoo sirloin steak (KRW45,000, ~USD36.60) a try. 

Terarosa Coffee shop
Image credit: @jyun__ju

The museum opens from 10AM to 5PM and you can either make an online reservation here or purchase tickets from the ticketing counter. The admission fee is only KRW12,000 (~USD9.80), and you’ll be able to see the process of coffee-making and admire the antique roasters that are on display. 

The museum shop also sells unique souvenirs, such as tote bags and coffee mugs, that you can bring home for yourself and your loved ones. 

Address: 7, Hyeoncheon-gil, Gujeong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea.
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-648-2760
Website


Food streets/markets


 17. Jumunjin Fish Market (주문진수산시장)


Jumunjin Fish Market
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Jumunjin Fish Market is one of the largest fish markets in Gangneung. Situated right next to Jumunjin Port, you can expect to get the freshest catches over here. 

Sashimi and steam crabImage adapted from: @yeoni.___

Similar to the ever-famous Noryangjin Market, you can purchase whatever seafood you want from the stalls and head to a restaurant inside the market to have them prepared and cooked. 

Jumunjin Fish Market is famous for its squids and you should have it raw to taste its natural sweetness. If you’re adventurous enough, try the blowfish sashimi.

For a fancier meal, you definitely need to try their domestic red crab. 

Address: 4-1, Sijang 1-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 7AM-10PM, Sat & Sun 7AM-9PM
Telephone: 033-661-7302


18. Gangneung Jungang Market 강릉 강릉중앙시장


Gangneung Jungang Market
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Gangneung Jungang Market is a convenient place to get your hands on popular local snacks as it’s located near Gangneung KTX station. A few snacks worth your calories are croquettes, dakgangjeong (fried chicken doused in sweet and spicy sauce), and hotteok (sweet pancake). 

Suje Eomuk Croquette
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Suje Eomuk Croquette (수제 어묵고로케) is a famous stall in the market that specialises in fried croquettes. At only KRW2,000 (~USD1.60), you can expect each croquette to be stuffed to the brim with cheese, kimchi, sweet potato, or red bean.

Fried croquette
Image credit: @suyong6

Suje Eomuk Croquette
Address: 8 Geumseong-ro 13beon-gil, Jungang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Telephone: 010-9630-9799

Gangneung Jungang Market
Address: 21 Geumsong-ro, Gangneung-so, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: 8.30AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 033-648-2285


19. Anmok Coffee Street 안목커피거리


Anmok Coffee Street
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Located along Anmok Beach, Anmok Coffee Street is a must-visit for coffee lovers who want to sip on coffee while enjoying the sound of the waves. There are plenty of cafes in the area, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Mm Coffee RoasteryImage adapted from:  @gold__royal

Mm Coffee Roastery boasts an amazing view of the beach and sea, and also has an outdoor seating area decked out with bean bags as well as a canopy to shield you from the sun. 

BOSSA NOVA
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If you’re not so keen on being exposed to UV rays, BOSSA NOVA has indoor seating that comes with a great view as well. 

Address: 17, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


20. Chodang Dubu Village 초당두부마을


Tofu meal
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Gangneung is well-known for its tofu made from all-natural ingredients. And at Chodang Dubu Village, practically every restaurant sells handmade tofu soup. Packed with a ton of protein, tofu is nutritious and suitable for vegetarians.

Sundubu ice cream
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One of the more popular restaurants found in this village is Chosun Pine House & Soondubu Gelato (초당소나무집 & 순두부젤라또). The restaurant serves normal set meals, but also has a booming side business that specialises in sundubu gelato. It comes in 4 flavours – original sundubu, injeolmi, coffee, and aronia berry – and costs KRW3,000 (~USD2.40) per scoop.

Chosun Pine House & Soondubu Gelato
Address: 354-4 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 7.30AM-8PM, Closed on Tue
Telephone: 033-653-4488

Chodang Dubu Village 
Address: 99, Chodangsundubu-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea 


Places to visit in Gangneung


Gangneung is a perfect place for a day trip out of Seoul. From pristine beaches to aesthetic cafes and amazing food streets, this city sure has a lot to offer. If you’re ever making a trip to Seoul, be sure to allocate a day to check out Gangneung as well.

Here are other things you shouldn’t miss out on when in Seoul: