It’s not easy for me to select the best way to look around Wonju because it depends on your taste. I suppose this course is good for whom loves cultural, hates to be hot in the outside.
Located in a small valley at the foothills of Hyeonyesan Mt. and spreads out to approximately 24,7493 meter square. It was originally temple established in the latter part of the Sila Dynasty around 9th century but was later destroyed during the Japanese invasions in 1592. A three-story pagoda and the main temple ground sit in its place today.
If you come by car from Seoul, you will arrive in an hour. It is a better place if you can see it early in the morning. With the ruins of a thousand years, the backward view of the mountains is magnificent.
+ 18 Jeongsan-ri Buron-myeon, Wonju
+ Parking free along the road
Designed by Ando Tadao, consist of flower garden, water garden, stone garden. The museum in pursuit of the harmony of nature and space. You can see the beautiful mountains to the west. There is an outdoor terrace cafe where famous actor, Gong-yu, has taken an advertisement for coffee. There is a Korean paper exhibition as permanent exhibition. If time permits, see James Turrell. There are the most many works from him around the world.
+ 260 Oak valley 2-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju | Photos
+ 10:00-18:00 (close every Mon)
+ 28000W (adult w James Turrell) + 15000W (adult w/o James Turrel)
+ Parking free
Joongang traditional market
Traditional market located in central. First floor is the main market area and 2nd floor has small shops, so we called, Miro art market. You can enjoy snacks and crafts here.
+6 Jungangsijang-gil Wonju
+Parking | 46 Jayusijang-gil, Jungang-dong
Korean port BBQ at 미프
My favorite Korean pork BBQ restaurant in Wonju, period.
Pork from the local area is having aging in the restaurant. It is also a specialty porkhouse with local charcoal. Dessert is good and interior is fine, too. Unlike other Korean pork houses, the staff cooks meat at the table. You can experience the most delicious way of baking.
+ 1924-6 Bangok-dong Wonju | Photos
+ 17:00-24:00 (closes 2, 4th Sun)
+ Parking free in the private parking lot
Best coffee, Dr Huh coffee
Quite good coffee shops are near pork BBQ restaurants but i would like to recommend you especially this one because the master of this shop is the first president of Korean Coffee Association. They serve a drip coffee named ‘치악산의 아침, The morning of Chiak Mt.’ -Mt Chiak is National forest of Wonju- Also, it serves variety of black teas.
+ 1854-9 Bangok-dong Wonju | Google map not working, find out in Naver map
+ parking free along the cafe road
Snow flakes, 빙수, 담장옆국화꽃
If you are not a coffee person, why don’t you try snow flakes in a Korean way?
Please try domestic red beans, dried jujube, and chestnuts topped with milk blended ice.
+ 3F, Yangjiro 20, Bangok-dong, Wonju | Google map not working, find out in Naver map
+ 11:00-23:00 | instagram
+ Parking free in the basement of the building
How to come to Wonju?
Take the KTX train from Seoul stn, or cheongnyangni station. Unfortunately, train ticket app is not easy to use if you don’t have domestic ID number. They have Korail pass service for foreigners like 1 day pass however, it’s more expensive than usual price. So, I recommend you buy them in advance in the ticket office. Takes about 40 minutes to come.
The best way you travel in Gangwondo. The roads are not crowded, easy to drive and park.
Takes about 80 minutes to come. They have every 15 minutes from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (강남고속터미널). You can but tickets here.
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Jamesgraphy is living in Wonju. He’s a winner of Nikon, Canan, Sony user review year 2015-2017. Working for tourist agencies in Japan, US, UK, now. Also, He’s working for Wonju city. He speaks English, Chinese and Korean. Visit he’s instagram and email him.