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Available Only Now, Pyeongchang City TourExplore Pyeongchang—from historical sites to food markets—without a guide or a car

Pyeongchang in Gangwon Province is a popular travel destination in Korea. This winter, it welcomes people from all over the world to the Winter Olympic Games which start on February 9.

On this special occasion, Pyeongchang City operates tour buses for domestic and international tourists to look around the Pyeongchang area in a convenient way. Among various bus itineraries, we have chosen three thematically organized ones to introduce you to.

Course 1: Want to enjoy a winter picnic just like in a movie?
This course takes you to Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, which was a filming location of the movie Welcome to Dongmakgol, and Woljeongsa temple fir forest, a filming location of the drama Goblin. You will also visit Bongpyeong, the birthplace of famous Korean novelist Lee Hyo-seok, where you can enjoy buckwheat cuisine.

Departure from Jinbu (Odaesan) station: 9:30 am
Hoenggye Transfer Park

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch: Located at the highest peak of the Daegwallyeong mountain pass, this ranch offers a spectacular on the farm and the East Sea. Here you can enjoy playing with horses, goats, and sheep in the natural highland environment which has remained unchanged. Do not forget to take pictures with a wind generator and expansive farmland in the background!

Buckwheat Food Street: There are about thirty restaurants specializing in buckwheat cuisine on the Buckwheat Food Street of Bongpyeong, the birthplace of Lee Hyo-seok. The most popular dishes include soft buckwheat noodles, a beef soup with buckwheat noodles, buckwheat pancakes, and buckwheat crepes.

Lee Hyo-Seok Literary Hall: Get to know the world of Lee Hyo-seok’s literature. One of his most famous works is the novel When the Buckwheat Flowers Blossom.

Woljeongsa Temple: This is where the scene in the drama Goblin was shot where Gongyou and Kim Go-eun look at each other against the background of a snow forest road. The temple is in one of the top three fir tree forests in Korea. It also houses several important relics including the seated Bodhisattva statue (Treasure No. 139).

Jinbu (Odesan) Station
Hoenggye Transfer Park
Duration: 9 hours
Costs: The bus is free but there are admission fees at the travel sites (KRW 6,500 for adults and KRW 5,000 for children). There can be additional costs for experience activities and other expenses such as food.

Course 2: Want to explore only nearby sites in Pyeongchang?
In this course, you can make cheese with milk from cows raised in the highlands 700m above sea level and explore the only natural monument cave in Korea. This is a great way to spend a day for families with children!

Departure from Jinbu (Odaesan) station: 9:30 am
Pyeongchang Station

Bobae Farm: A popular destination for experiential activities. You can make a variety of dairy products such as curd, string cheese, pizza, ice cream and yogurt.

Pyeongchang Traditional Market: Here, you can sample food specialties of Gangwon province, such as highland vegetables from Taebaek Mountain, buckwheat and millet pancakes, buckwheat and other types of noodles, and corn rice wine.

Baengyong Cave: Explore a cave preserved in its natural condition. Accompanied by a guide, you will enjoy looking for horseshoe bats, a fried-egg-shaped stalagmite, a cave shield, and other objects, while relying on helmet headlights.

Pyeongchang Station
Hoenggye Transfer Park
Duration: 9 hours
Costs: Free transportation, admission fees of KRW 25,000 for adults and KRW 20,000 for children, additional costs of experiential activities, food and other personal expenses. Not available on Mondays nor for preschool children or seniors over the age of 65.

Course 3: Looking for a winter kingdom with fantastic combination of light and snow?
Enjoy a romantic feeling of breathing in the refreshing night air while walking through a fir forest under the soft light and take pictures with snow sculptures.

Departure from Jinbu (Odaesan) station: 6:00 pm
Hoenggye Transfer Park

Temple Woljeongsa fir tree forest: A walk through a quiet fir tree forest at night under the soft lights will help to clear up your heart and mind.

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival: This is the most famous snow festival in Korea, on par with Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan and Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. This year, Daegwallyeong celebrates the Olympics by having five giant ice rings in the shape of the Olympic flag. Inside of each of the rings are sculptures made of snow.

Hoenggye Transfer Park
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: Free transportation, admissions fees of KRW 7,500 per adult and KRW 6,000 for children (KRW 9,500 and 8,000 respectively on the weekend), additional expenses on experiential activities, food and other personal expenses.
You can find out more tour programs at www.happy700bus.kr.

Kim Hyo Jin  hjkim@agrinet.co.kr

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