Review of Gangwondo Fam Tour

🚗 KoreaTravelEasy went to the Gangwondo Fam Tour last week 🚙

We are planning to make a Refreshing Healing Tour in Gangwondo for our customers, so we’ve been to Gangwondo and experienced the itinerary firsthand. Let us tell you about our experiences!



FAM stands for “familiarization” tour. It is bringing people (in this case, travel media, tour operators and Travel agents) to experience what the state has to offer first-hand.



A familiarization trip is a trip designed for travel advisors to learn about a destination, a partner travel company, and sometimes, all of the above.




ITINERARY: Seoul – (Donghae) Nongoldam-gil Street – Lunch – (Gangneung) Radiant flower Village – Ojuk Hanok Village –  Jungang Market – Dinner – Hotel


We departed from Myeongdong station, especially, we keep the social distancing rule very well during the whole tour. Keep distance on the bus and board and did it with a fever check and hand sanitizer at every place. Also, we always were the mask. 


We took the bus around 2 hours to get to Nongoldam-gil which is located in Donghae city. 


(Donghae) Nongoldam-gil Street

Nongoldam-gil Street, formed in 1941, refers to the road going uphill from Mukho Port to Mukho Lighthouse. The history of the village can be seen and felt throughout the street with the “Nongoldam-gil Street” project of 2010 that brought art to the village.

(Photo credit: KTO)


There has some unique and beautiful Cafe with oceanview:


You also can visit “Mukho Lighthouse”, “Mukho Port”, “Mangsang Beach” as well, near this street.  

(Photo credit: KTO)



After Donghae Nongoldam-gil Street Tour, we went to have a lunch at one of the popular abalone restaurants, it was AWESOME!!!



(Gangneung) Radiant flower Village

This is an activity village that you can enjoy the various experiences. At this village, I did the mug making experience and Plum picking experience. 

In My personal opinion, I really like this schedule, making mug experience was so fun and plums are so delicious!

(Photo credit: KTO)



Next, we went to Ojuk Hanok Village [Korea Quality]

Gangneung Ojuk Hanok Village, Gangneung’s representative cultural space, exhibits the excellence and simple beauty of the Korean traditional house known as the ‘hanok’. Based on Ojukheon, the birthplace of Yi I (one of the two most eminent Korean Confucian scholars of the Joseon Dynasty), it was built to spread the ideas of Yi I and promote the excellent features of the Korean hanok to the world through a variety of traditional cultural experience programs.

The village is situated next to Ojukheon House, where Yi I and his mother Shin Saimdang were born. It is also near Gyeongpo Lake, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Gangneung, and is only 1.8km away from Gangneung Olympic Park, which served as the ice sports venue of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Gangneung Ojuk Hanok Village has a total of 51 guestrooms, including a separate house, a detached house, a duplex-type with an upper floor (numaru), and other types of rooms. In particular, “Aeilje” is the only house with a bed and amenities designed for the physically disabled, including an entrance ramp and a spacious toilet and bathroom for wheelchair users. “Samuljae” (a lecture hall with a capacity of 40 persons) is also available to guests for up to two hours free of charge. Moreover, “Geoga” house, which is a hanok-type passive house, is an energy-saving structure equipped with a solar-paneled roof.


At here, you can stay in Hanok, you can wear Hanbok, you can enjoy the traditional show, you can do the various fun activity!

(Photo credit: KTO)



Gangneung Jungang Market

Gangwon-do’s representative traditional market, Jungang Market opened in 1980 as a permanent market. The market is divided into two main parts; one is a traditional market and the other is an underground fishery market. The second floor has a restaurant and coffee shops. Vendors display their products along the street, providing a typical scene of a traditional market and an opportunity to learn about the life of people in Gangneung.

(Photo credit: KTO)


You MUST HAVE TO TRY below food at Gangneung Jungang Market, here is TOP 3 (based on my personal opinion 😋)

TOP1: Jjamppong bun TOP2: Sweet and Sour Chicken  TOP3: Fish Cake Croquette

(Photo credit: KTO)


After finished our whole tour, we went to have dinner for the red crab. I highly recommend Mr. Honggea (미스터 홍게) restaurant in Gangneung! It’s all-you-can-eat with the freshest red crab!


Our accommodation: Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

🏨 Nice Lobby 🛌 Clean Room 🍳 Wonderful breakfast


ITINERARY: Hotel – Gangneung Curling Center – Gyeongpo Aquarium – Thererosa Coffee Factory – (Lunch) – Woljeongsa Temple&Fir Tree Forest – Seoul

*Original schedule: Hotel – Mt.Balwangsan – Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm – (Lunch) – Woljeongsa Temple (Due to the weather, we changed our itinerary)


Gangneung Curling Center

Gangneung Curling Center is an ice skating link that served as the venue for curling games during 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Located on the basement of the curling center, visitors to the ice rink can enjoy skating and Curling at an affordable price.


Gyeongpo Aquarium

I had a great time at the Gyeongpo Aquarium. I recommend you to listen to there interpretation, it will be so much fun!


Thererosa Coffee Factory

This place turned out better than I expected. When you arrived there you can smell coffee and also can learn about coffee. 

Gangneung in Gangwon-do is the first local district in Korea to host a coffee festival and support coffee artisans as well as promote the development of coffee-related facilities and contents such as a coffee museum, coffee street, coffee factory, barista academy, etc.


On second day, we had lunch for Bulgogi!


Woljeongsa Temple & Fir Tree Forest

Woljeongsa Temple is located in a forested valley on the eastern side of Odaesan Mountain. The 1 kilometer path leading to the temple passes through a forest of tall fir trees, some over 500 years old. Woljeongsa Temple is in charge of over 60 temples and 8 monasteries in the area. The temple was established by Monk Ja Jang (590-658) of the Silla Kingdom. Woljeongsa Museum is also located within the temple grounds, displaying artifacts and treasures from Buddhist culture of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), including an octagonal nine-story stone pagoda and a stone seated bodhisattva.

(Photo credit: KTO)


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