You can now travel around Gangneung easily with Gangneung Foreigner Tourist Taxi. 

An easy & reliable tourist taxi service is now available to all foreigners in Korea. Gangneung, located in the northeast of Korea, is a stunning coastal city with picturesque landscapes and ocean views that you just can’t pass by. 

Also, delicious and unique local cuisines including sundubu (soft tofu) soup & gelato, potato pancake & soup, and fresh seafood are must-try.  

Hit a trip high in the beauty of this amazing city with a convenient taxi service exclusively for foreigners!


How to Use Gangneung Foreigner Tourist Taxi Service

  1. Visit Gangneung Tourist Information Center located in the Gangneung train (KTX) station.
  2. Consult with the guide about the destinations and course. 
  3. Fill in the application form. (Make sure you bring your passport for verification.)
  4. Hop on the taxi and meet the driver. 
  5. Enjoy the ride and trip. Bon voyage!
Price:20,000KRW for 3 hours (15,000KRW for every hour after 3 hours)

*Parking fee, admissions, toll fee are excluded from the price. You need to pay separately.

What to bring:Please bring your passport. If you’re a group of people, the person who’s booking needs to bring his/her passport. 

Gangneung Tourist Information 033-640-4534

To find out more about using Gangneung foreigner tourist taxi service, visit Gangneung’s official website here.


Recommended Courses

Course 1. Northern Gangneung ‘BTS & K-Drama’ Course

1. BTS Bus Stop

A small bus stop, which is also a photo spot, located on Hangho beach, next to Jumunjin beach. It’s widely known as the filming location of the K-pop group BTS’s album cover ‘You never walk alone’.

  • Address: 8-35 Hangho-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

2. Yeongjin Beach (K-Drama ‘Goblin’ Filming Spot)

Even if you haven’t watched the drama, it’s still worth visiting because of the scenery – the breakwater against the emerald waves of the sea. And you simply won’t be able to resist taking photos with this background just like the scene from the drama.    

  • Address: Yeongok-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

3. Sagunjin Beach

A small beach next to Gyeongpo beach, widely known for auto camping and its underwater park for scuba diving. Also is a famous picnic spot on the beach with rocks, where you can enjoy the ocean view and the sunset. 

  • Address: 16 Haean-ro 604beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

4. Imdangdong Catholic Church (K-Drama ‘Mr. Sunshine’ Filming Spots)

Built in around the 1950s, Imdangdong cathedral preserves its modern facade and interior, alluring tourists to visit and have a quiet moment of their own. The charming colors and alluring structure of the church welcomes anyone with a warm heart. 

  • Address: 148 Imyeong-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

5. Heo Gyun & Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park

A park built to commemorate the Heo brother & sister and their pioneering literary works: Heo Gyun, the author of the first Hangul (Korean alphabet) novel ‘Hong Gil-dong Jeon (a story about a fictional superhero who resists the hierarchical society)’ that came to a shock at that time and Heo Nanseolheon, a female poet, which was rare during the Joseon dynasty.

The park comprises Heo Nanseolheon’s house (birthplace), the memorial hall, and the traditional tea experience hall where you can try Korean traditional tea ceremony. The pine forest that spreads out behind the birthplace is perfect for a relaxing stroll.  

  • Tea experience: 1,000KRW (10:00am~5:00pm/ lunch break 12:00pm~1:00pm/ closed every monday)
  • Address: 1-29 Nanseolheon-ro 193beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • Phone number: 033-640-4798

Course 2. Mid Gangneung ‘Cultural Heritage & History’ Course

1. Daedohobu Gwana

A government site where central officials stayed when they came down to Gangneung from Goryeo to Joseon dynasty. It’s one of the few buildings from the Goryeo dynasty that survived to this day. You can see for yourself the neatly structured traditional buildings and learn how each of them were used in the old days. Designated as Historic Site No. 388.

  • Address: 6 Imyeong-ro 131beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • Phone number: 033-640-4468

2. Ojukheon House

The birthplace of Yulgok Yi I, a prominent scholar of the Joseon dynasty and his mother Shin Saimdang. It’s also one of the oldest wooden residential buildings in Korea. Yulgok Yi I is printed on the Korean 5,000won bill and Shin Saimdang is printed on the Korean 50,000won bill. It’s a complex of a well preserved house, a memorial hall and a park where you can learn the history of Yulgok and his mother Shin Saimdang. Designated as National Treasure No. 165. 

Just like its name, black bamboo trees surround the house and you can also take a walk through the pine forest behind the house. 

  • Address: 24 Yulgok-ro 3139beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • Phone number: 033-660-3301
  • Opening hours: 9:00am~6:00pm (last admission: 5:00pm/ closed on Jan 1 and national holidays)
  • Admission: Adult 3,000KRW/ Youth 2,000KRW/ Children 1,000KRW 
  • Website: https://www.gn.go.kr/museum/index.do

3. Ojuk Hanok Village

A finely crafted and simple hanok village nearby Ojukheon house where you can try Korean traditional experiences and also stay overnight. Just looking at the scenery of bamboo trees planted throughout the village will help you find peace of mind.

  • Address: Jukheon-gil 114, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • Phone number: 033-655-1117
  • Website: http://ojuk.gtdc.or.kr/

4. Seongyojang House

Seongyojang House is a private upper-class house owned by Lee Nae-beon, who was a noble from Gangneung, and his family. Well-preserved for over 300 years, the elegant house represents the culture and residential life of the late Joseon dynasty (18th century), surrounded by pine forest and gardens. Also are Hanok stay (Korean traditional house accommodation), museum, cafe, restaurant and experience centers. Designated as Important Folklore Material No.5. 

  • Address: 63 Unjeong-gil, Gyeongpo-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • Phone number: 033-648-5303
  • Opening hours: 9:00am~6:00pm (5:00pm during winter season)
  • Admission: Adult 5,000KRW/ Teenagers & Seniors 3,000KRW/ Children 2,000KRW 
  • Website: https://knsgj.net/

5. Gyeongpodae Pavilion

Located on a small hill of Gyeongpo lake and built in 1326, the pavilion boasts sublime scenery to look at from the lake. It also offers a magnificent view of the lake from the pavilion along with its structural beauty of pillars and columns from the Goryeo dynasty.  

  • Address: 365 Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

6. Gyeongpo Beach

The most representative and vibrant beach of Gangneung, which is very close to Gangneung downtown. The charm of this beach changes each season, but the clear blue ocean and the pine tree forest along the beach remain the same, offering a compelling reason to visit any time of the year. Water activities such as a banana boat, fly fish, bandwagon, jet ski available. 

  • Address: Anhyeon-dong San1-9, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

7. Chodang Sundubu Village

A village aligned with Chodang sundubu (soft tofu) restaurants, where you can taste a variety of local sundubu cuisines. Jjamppong sundubu, which is a spicy soup with soft tofu, seafood and vegetables is especially a must eat. 

*Please refer to the food section of this article to find out more about Chodang sundubu.

  • Address: 20-1 Chodang-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

Course 3. Southern Gangneung ‘Jeondongjin’ Course

1. Haslla Art World

A unique art museum & park built on a cliff overlooking the vast east sea. Haslla was what Gangneung was called back in the Goguryeo dynasty. You can find a variety of modern artworks and sculptures both indoor and outdoor under various themes that change every year. Also enjoyable are the cafe and restaurant that present a magnificent ocean view.   

  • Address: 1441 Yulgokro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do 
  • Phone number: 033-644-9411
  • Opening hours: 9:00am~6:00pm
  • Admission: Adult & Youth 12,000 KRW/ Children 11,000KRW
  • Website: https://museumhaslla.com/

2. Deungmyeong Beach

Deungmyeong Beach is a small, pristine beach that offers breathtaking ocean scenery along with the pine forest next to the railroad tracks, which is recently known as a popular photo spot. It’s also the filming location of the K-drama ‘Encounter’ starring Park Bo-gum and Song Hye-kyo (2018). Have a moment of your own to relax while listening to the sound of the crashing waves and the scent of the briny ocean air. 

  • Address: Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

3. Jeongdongjin Station / Railbike

One of the best sunrise spots, originally famous as the filming spot of the K-drama ‘Hourglass’. It’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the station closest to a beach. Take a stroll along the coast and enjoy a peaceful moment to soak up the vast view of the peaceful coast.  

You can also ride the Jeongdongjin railbike that starts from Jeongdongjin station and goes around the hourglass park. 

  • Address: Jeongdongjin Station, 17 Jeongdongyeok-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

4. Jeongdong Simgok Bada Buchae-gil (Seaside Trail)

Opened in 2016 to the public, once used as a border route for military purposes only, is now the largest coastal trail in Korea, offering a close view of the jaw-dropping ocean waves and the natural wonders of the East Sea. 

*Please make sure you check the weather forecast as it may close in case of strong wind and unfavorable weather.

  • Address: 144-3 Simgok-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do 
  • Phone number: 033-641-9445
  • Opening hours: Apr~Oct 9:00am~5:30pm (Last admission 4:30pm) / Nov~Mar 9:00am~4:30pm (Last admission 3:30pm) 
  • Admission: Adult 3,000KRW/ Youth 2,500KRW/ Children 2,000KRW
  • Website: http://searoad.gtdc.or.kr/

5. Jungang Market

Gangneung’s most famous & popular traditional market, which offers genuinely local delicacies including Gamja-ongsimi (potato ball soup), Gamja-jeon (potato pancake), and Dakgangjeong (glazed & fried chicken bites), and a variety of daily necessities such as cosmetics and agricultural products. 

  • Address: 21 Geumseong-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do 
  • Phone number: 033-648-2285

6. Wlhwa Street

A street & park that covers the area from Gangneung station to Buheung village. On the street are various markets including the Jungang market and walkways to stalls and shops. You can try the famous ice cream & hotteok (sweet pancake filled with sugar syrup). 

  • Address: 2111 Gyeonggang-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do 
  • Phone number: 033-640-4565

Course 4. Gangneung Scenery Course

1. Gyeongpoho Lake

Gyeongpoho Lake is a big lake that represents the Gyeongpo area of Gangneung, along with the Gyeongpodae pavilion. It’s especially popular during the spring season when the cherry blossoms bloom and fill the trail around the lake. You can also ride a bike along the lake.   

  • Address: 365 Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

2. Gyeongpo Eco Marsh Park

Adjacent to Gyeongpo lake, this eco-park (wetland) presents lotus and waterlily flowers during their blooming season (usually the summer season from late July to mid-August) as you walk along the trail. 

3. Gangneung Coffee Street

This coffee street emerged as a nationwide popular destination as famous baristas began to settle in front of the Anmok beach, alluring all coffee enthusiasts. Taking a sip of originally roasted coffee while watching the peaceful sea waves is a one-of-a-kind experience. 

  • Address: 17 Changhae-ro, Gyeonso-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

4. Solhyang Arboretum

The scent of flowers and pine trees awakens your senses as you enter the arboretum. Heal your mind as you walk along the paths where you can meet different species of trees, plants, and flowers in various forms of gardens. 

  • Address: 156 Sumokwon-gil, Gujeong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do 
  • Phone number: 033-660-2322
  • Opening hours: Mar~Oct 9:00am~6:00pm (Last admission 5:00pm) / Nov~Feb 9:00am~5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm) 
  • Website: https://www.gn.go.kr/solhyang/index.do

5. Myeongjudong Coffee Street

A recently emerged alley filled with hip cafes in Gangneung. Walk around the street and discover unique local coffee shops and boutique cultural spaces. 

  • Address: 11-2 Gyeonggang-ro 2046beon-gil, Gangneung, Gangwon-do

Gangneung’s Exquisite Delicacies

1. Main Food

Chodang Sundubu (soft tofu):

A special Gangneung local tofu made of seawater since the Joseon dynasty. Soft tofu dishes come in various cuisines and one of the most famous is the Jjamppong Sundubu, which is a spicy soup with seafood and vegetables.  

Gamja-ongsimi (potato ball soup):

Gangwon-do is known for its potatoes and one of the most known dishes is the hot anchovy soup filled with potato balls made with starch.

Gamja-jeon (potato pancake):

Another potato-based delicacy often served as food for Korean rice wine – makgeolli.

Dakgangjeong (glazed & fried chicken bites):

A local’s favorite fried chicken dipped in a sticky, sweet, and spicy sauce. Dakgangjeong special restaurants are lined in Gangneung’s traditional markets.

Gangneung Makgeolli (rice wine):

Locally branded rice wine.

Mulhoe (raw fish in cold broth):

Originated from a simple meal made by fishermen, this cuisine consists of a cold broth and sliced raw fish, mixed with fresh vegetables in a sweet & sour sauce made of Korean chili paste and vinegar.

Haemuljjim (braised assorted seafood):

A stir-fry of various Korean seafood such as octopus, squid, shrimp, crab, shellfish, etc in a spicy pasty sauce.

2. Dessert

Sundubu Gelato:

A recently popular local gelato made of natural ingredients. The most representative flavor is sundubu. You can find the branches in the downtown of Gangneung.

Ice cream & Hotteok (sweet pancake filled with sugar syrup):

Gangneung’s ultimate street food. It’s as simple as it sounds. Ice cream with a Korean sweet pancake is a perfect combination as a dessert.

Gangneung Galgol Myeongin Hangwa (Korean traditional confection):

Korean traditional hand-made cookies (confection) made by Korea’s Food Master No.23 and Gangwon-do’s Intangible Cultural Property No.23 in Gangneung with 150 years of history. It’s organically made with no sugar and chemicals, but it still adds the tasty flavor. 


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*Photos partial credits to Gangneung Official Naver Blog & dedicated websites.

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