©Gangneung City


A Central Growing Base City

Gangneung is the largest city among coastal cities located in Gangwon province and also the third largest city among all cities in the province. It nestles on the east side of South Korea’s longest mountain range, Taebaek. The Taebaek Mountains stretch along the eastern edge of the Korean Peninsula and run along the East Sea. Gangneung is able to preserve its unique culture due to geological factors such as mountain ranges.

Gangneung is one of the host cities of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, where all on-the-ice games and matches are hosted. In preparation for the event, Gangneung is slated to be linked to Seoul by a high-speed train which can cut down nearly an hour of travel time. Therefore, it will take slightly over one hour to travel from Seoul to Gangneung by train. The city stands as a central growing city of industry, culture, transportation, tourism, and education.

Touristic Resources 

The city is the center of culture and education in the eastern part of Korea. Clean water and beaches on the east coast are well-known tourist sites for Koreans.

Gangneung is not only a city of art that keeps the charm

and tradition of old cities, but also a cultural city with an abundance of natural attributes and numerous outstanding features. Natural touristic resources in Gangneung are divided into coastal and mountain regions. The coastal and mountainous regions which are central to Gangneung provide the best tourist attractions.

With having superb scenic views of untapped regions, Gangneung is working on future development and will figure as a core venue for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Gangneung’s Beautiful Pine Trees

Gangneung is known as the Pine City because the region is famous for its pine trees.

The pine forests stand beautifully with the fresh pine scent everywhere. The trees frame the view of the sea, which give us a glimpse of its deep blue colour peeking through the dark intertwined trunks of trees. The city’s prized heritage attractions, the old houses at Seongyojang and Ojukeon, have huge and majestic ancient pines growing around them, some of which are more than five hundred years old. It is magnificent to see these pine trees covered in snow in midwinter.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Population: 216,330 inhab. (as of 2015.12)
  • MayorKim Han-Geun
  • Area: 1,040 km2
  • Official language: Korean
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  • Olympic events: Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games