Gangneung, located at the east side of South Korea, is the largest coastal city in Gangwon province. Gangneung has a lot of tour attractions and among them is Jeongdongjin, a popular area to see the sun rise. Since it is a beach, I recommend you to visit this place during summer (May~September). Although I heard during winter the view looks nice too because of the snow, but I don't think there are a lot of things to do because of the freezing coldness.
Last year in September, I went to Gangneung for a 2days 1night trip to enjoy my Chuseok holiday. No regret, the view there is amazing. So here is my recommended itinerary for a 2days 1night trip in Gangneung.
Day 1 : 10 am - Seoul to Gangneung
From Seoul Bus Express Terminal / Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal (Seoul subway line 3, 7, 9 exit 1 or 2) take the express bus that goes directly to Gangneung. The trip takes around 3 hours and costs around 30,000won (round trip). During peak season, I recommend you to book the bus first on this page : https://txbuse.t-money.co.kr/ (English)
*There are a lot of restaurants in the terminal, so you can grab your lunch first and eat it in the bus ^^
1 pm - Gangneung Express Bus Terminal
After arriving at Gangneung express bus terminal, take bus number 109 and gets down at Jeongdong Elementary School (정동초등학교) terminal. It takes around 1 hour.
2 pm - Jeongdongjin Beach (정동진해변)
From Jeongdong Elementary School bus terminal walks around 7 minutes and you can see the beach.
> Address : 17, Jeongdongyeok-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (click here for map)
강원도 강릉시 강동면 정동역길 17 (강동면)
> Direction :
Bus - From Gangneung Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 109. - Get off at Jeongdong and walk 300m.
Train - Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeongdongjin Station.
> Phone : +82-33-640-5130 , +82-33-640-4536
> Notice : Beach Swimming Period: July 8 - August 21, 2016
> Admission Fee : Free
Jeongdongjin Time Museum (정동진시간박물관)
This museum is located in the Jeongdongjin beach so while walking around the beach you can easily find the museum.
> Address : 990-1, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (click here for map)
강원도 강릉시 강동면 헌화로 990-1
> Phone : +82-33-645-4540
> Operation Hour : 09.00
Last admission : November-January 17:00 / February-April 17:20 / May-August 17:40 / September-October 17:20
> Admission Fee : Adults 6,000 won / Youths 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won
>Website : www.jdjmuseum.com (Korean)
7 pm - Dinner : Soft Tofu Stew
Gangneung is also known for its Soft Tofu Stew. The tofu stew tastes different with the usual stew that most of you can have in Seoul, and there are a lot of soft tofu stew restaurant in Jeongdongjin which you can easily find.
8 pm - Jeongdongjin Beach Night View
9 pm - Sun Guest House
This guest house is really recommended! It is located really closed to Jeongdongjin beach and it costs around 20,000won/person for one night included breakfast. You can check the details and book the room on the website : http://blog.naver.com/yyy6622
Day 2 : 9 am - Breakfast at Sun Guest House
10.15 am - Sea Train (바다열차) Jeongdong - Donghae - Samcheok
From 10.30 - Jeongdong Station to Samcheok Station at 11.53 (one-way - 16,000won)
By just sitting in the train you can enjoy the flawless sea side view from the window
> Address : 13, Jungang-ro, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 삼척시 중앙로 13 (사직동)
> Telephone : +82-33-573-5474 (Korean)
> Operating Hours : (click here for details)
Departure from Jeongdongjin Station 10:28, 14:11, 07:10
*Trains leaving at 07:10 operates on weekends only.Departure from Samcheok Station 12:17, 15:48, 08:45※ trains leaving at 08:45 operates on weekends only.
> Fees :
* Train No.1: 16,000 won / 14,000 won (Discounted) * Train No. 2: 16,000 won / 14,000 won (Discounted) * Train No. 3: 50,000 on (for 4 people) * Train No. 4: 13,000 won / 11,700 won (Discounted) * Proposal Room for couples: 50,000 won (for 2 people)
> Website : seatrain.co.kr (Korean)
12 pm - Samcheok to Jeongdong
2 pm - Lunch
3 pm - Hassla Art World (하슬라아트월드)
> Address : 1441, Yulgong-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (click here for map)
강원도 강릉시 강동면 율곡로 1441 (강동면)
> Phone : +82-33-644-9411
> Operating Hours : [Park / Gallery] 09:00-18:00 / Peak Season 08:00-19:00
> Admission Fees :
Adults: 8,000 won / Group: 7,000 wonYouths & Children: 6,000 won / Group: 5,000 won
※ Group: 30 or more people
> Website : www.haslla.kr
5 pm - Going back to Gangneung Express Bus Terminal
Take the same bus (bus No. 109) with the bus you take when you depart from Gangneung express bus terminal to jeongdongjin
6 pm - Going back to Seoul