Gangwon-do is a province located in the northeast of South Korea. It’s renowned as one of the most popular holiday destinations for both Koreans and foreigners because of its breathtaking natural landscapes. The most visited spots include Seoraksan National Park, Nami Island, Gangneung, and so forth.

Gangwon-do is also famous for having several natural healing spots to relax and meditate in a tranquil and serene atmosphere. Check out the 5 best nature-healing spots in Gangwon-do and plan your trip in advance!

*Please note that opening hours are subject to change. 

  1. Wonju: Museum SAN
  2. Donghae: Mureung Health Forest
  3. Honghceon: Healience Zen Village
  4. Pyeongchang: Yongpyong Resort
  5. Jeongseon: Park Roche Resort

1. Wonju: Museum SAN

  • Address: 260, Oak Valley 2-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-su, Gangwon-do
  • Opening Hours: Museum (10:00~18:00) / James Turrell (10:30~17:30) / Meditation (10:25~17:05) / Closed on Mondays

Museum SAN (Space Art Nature) is located in a beautiful natural environment in Wonju and it was designed by Tadao Ando, the famous minimalist architect. The museum consists of the Flower Garden, the Water  Garden, the Main Building, the Stone Garden, and James Turrell’s work. Not only you can enjoy the art exhibitions but you also experience meditation for your mental health.

At Museum SAN, you can appreciate the changing of the four seasons since art and architecture are harmonized with natural surroundings. It also offers diverse cultural programs, such as printmaking and paper craftwork. There are also art shops and cafes, which are the perfect spots to enjoy the natural scenery as well as delicious drinks and desserts!

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2. Donghae: Mureung Health Forest

  • Address: Samhwa-dong, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do

Donghae Mureung Health Forest is one of the perfect places for a wellness trip in Gangwon-do. It offers a variety of both single-day programs and overnight programs. Single-day programs include craft experiences with natural ingredients, such as a pillow-making class, natural soaps & shampoos-making class, affordable eco bags & t-shirts-making class, and so forth. There is also the heat therapy room, which is equipped with professional medical equipment. Moreover, you can receive customized health advice from reliable in-house nurses.

For overnight wellness trips, there is a wide range of programs, such as “Family Atopic Dermatitis Healing Camp”, “Healthy Forest Camp”, and “Detox Program for Improving Daily Habits”. Also, not so far from the accommodation, you can find a walking trail and a beautiful lake garden where you can breathe in the freshest air!

3. Hongcheon: Healience Zen Village

  • Address: 122, Jongjasan-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do

Healience Zen Village is Korea’s first wellness retreat resort located in the mountain of Gangwon-do. It’s the best place to relax your mind and body from hectic everyday life. The most special part of this place is that you can experience digital detox, which is taking a break from all electronic devices and machines.

You can book an overnight all-inclusive package, which includes accommodation, meals, and quality wellness programs & facilities. There are 5 trekking courses, a spa & red clay sauna, libraries, group exercise facilities, and yoga & meditation programs. You’ll be able to de-stress and replenish yourself in this remote village surrounded by mountains.

4. Pyeongchang: Yongpyong Resort

  • Address: 715, Olympic-ro, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

Yongpyong Resort is at Balwangsan Mountain in Pyeongchang and it’s usually well-known as one of the best ski resorts in Korea. It was also one of the venues for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Even in spring, summer, and autumn, there are so many things to do at Yongpyong Resort. Above all, there are many fun and exciting facilities for families and friends, such as Peak Island Water Park, DEEPDIVE Museum, a luge ride, and Mountain Coaster, where you can rapidly slide down the hill amid the lush green forests.

Furthermore, there are many nature-healing spots where you can enjoy the natural wonders of Gangwon-do. For example, you can visit Balwangsan Skywalk by taking a cable car to admire the breathtaking view of Balwangsan Mountain. Also, Ani-Fore is a great healing space with adorable farm animals such as sheep, alpacas, goats, and rabbits.

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5. Jeongseon: Park Roche Resort

  • Address: 9-12, Jungbong-gil, Bukpyeong-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

Park Roche Resort is a premium wellness resort in Jeongseon, providing high-quality rooms with comfort and high-class relaxation. It’s located in an isolated place, which is perfect for you to contemplate, meditate, and recharge yourself. Various leisure activities will awaken your energy, such as morning stretching, yoga, and meditation. For those who love water, there is the Aqua Club where you can enjoy an indoor spa, sauna, and outdoor floating yoga.

There are also several wellness facilities and programs, such as a Resort Garden, Rooftop Garden, handcraft classes, farm experience, and wellness cooking classes. If you want to explore nearby tourist destinations in Gangwon-do, you can experience Jeongseon Rail Bike, rafting at Donggang River, and shopping at the 5-day market of Jeognseon.

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