Gangwon-do shuttles for foreign individual tourists

For foreign individual tourists visiting Gangwon-do, Gangwon-do provides shuttles that connect various festivals with ski resorts. For this,relevant department regularly operates an information desk at Donghwa Duty Free Shop in Gwanghwamun, Seoul and English-speaking travel guides escort all shuttle bused to serve you comfortably and safely till the arrival of each festival and resort.
* Please note that the details of shuttle bus will be updated 1month before the opening of festival.

Gangneung Danoje Festival (Jun. 2015)

The Gangneung Danoje Festival was designated a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2005 and ‘Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 13’ in Korea in 1967. The festival serves to preserve the folk culture of the Joseon Dynasty and has been a popular festival since 1975.

Danoje Festival includes rituals such as the Daegwallyeong Guksa Seonghwangje (a tribute to Monk Beomil, believed to protect Gangneung) and Yeongsinje (a deity greeting ritual). Folk performances, ssireum wrestling, swing riding, and tug-of-war competitions follow these rituals.

Sokcho Korea Music Festival (Aug. 2015)

Held in Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, the annual Korea Music Festival is one of Korea’s leading music festivals. Having first started in 2004, the festival continues to feature the latest in Korean music with plenty of performances in various genres.

Chuncheon International Mime Festival (Aug. 2015)

The Chuncheon International Mime Festival presents a wide array of performances by hundreds of performing arts teams from Korea and abroad. Chuncheon is easily accessible by public transportation, and also offers easy access to other popular tourist attractions like Namiseom Island and Soyangang Dam.

Pyeongchang Hyoseok Cultural Festival(Sep. 2015)

Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his popular novel ‘When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,’ which demonstrates the connection between human life and beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyeong. In fact, Bongpyeong is the author’s hometown, and appears frequently in his novels.
The Festival offers various participatory programs such as poem exhibition, literature night, Hyo-seok essay contest, nature experiences (e.g. fingernail coloring using balsam), buckwheat food cooking, and many more. Furthermore, visitors may tour Lee Hyo-seok’s birthplace and memorial hall.

Gangneung Coffee Festival (Oct. 2015)

The Gangneung Coffee Festival is an annual event normally held in early October. The festival celebrates the emerging coffee culture of Gangneung-si, a city that in recent years has welcomed in famous coffee chains and artisan coffee shops. Currently, the city is populated by a whopping 200 coffee shops (30 of which roast their own beans) and 7 coffee academies.
The festival celebrates the scenic city’s past and present culture with a variety of coffee-related events such as exhibitions, photo exhibitions, coffee-making and coffee bean-roasting experience programs, coffee art, and more. Coffee entrepreneurs can also sign up for onsite seminars about the coffee industry.

Hoengseong Hanu Festival (Oct. 2015)

Every year, Hanu (Korean native cattle) Festival takes places in Hoengseong County, where the climate and the environment are said to be perfect for raising cattle. The festival attracts a large number of people, who come to try the usually expensive Hoengseong hanu beef at affordable prices, along with another specialty of Hoengseong County, deodeok (mountain bellflower). In addition to food sampling, the festival holds diverse agriculture experience programs, while offering access to nearby attractions such as Hoengseong Hot Springs and Jucheongang River Natural Forest Lodge.

Yangyang Songi Festival (Oct. 2015)

Known to many as ‘golden mushrooms,’ ‘diamonds in the woods,’ and ‘mystic and magical mushrooms,’ songi mushrooms that naturally grow under old pine trees are strictly prohibited from public access. However, at Yangyang Songi Festivals, visitors may tour the natural habitat of these luxurious and precious mushrooms, pick them, and sample dishes made with them.

Jeongseon Arirang Festival (Oct. 2015)

This festival takes the theme of ‘Jeongseon Arirang’, a variation of the Korean folk song ‘Arirang’, which was developed in the Jeongseon region. The Jeongseon Arirang Festival was started to preserve the ‘Jeongseon Arirang’, an intangible cultural asset, and to pass along its culture to following generations.
One of the festival’s main events is a performance of the famous ‘Arirang’ folk song, and there are many other events and programs. In addition, there is a folk market called the ‘Jeongseon 5 Day Market’, which opens every five days, where visitors can experience the lively bustling atmosphere of a Korean folk market and purchase agricultural produce at low prices.

Pyeongchang Trout Festival (Jan. 2016)

The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.

Taebaek Mt. Snow Festival (Jan. 2016)

Frolic in the fantastic world of white snow at Taebaesan Mountain! Danggol Square of Taebaeksan Provincial Park, the festival’s main venue, will hold a snow sculpture exhibition for visitors to enjoy ice sculptures and a range of other winter-themed artwork from home and abroad.
There are also be a wide variety of amusement facilities such as a snow tunnel, slide and rafting area as well as snow and ice sculptures. Around Hwangji Pond, visitors may enjoy the light & ice festival along with the beautiful world of lights created by Luminaries and the shining stars in the sky.

Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival (Jan. 2016)

The Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon in Gangwon-do. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.
Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. As well as fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that took 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

Inje Icefish Festival (Jan. 2016)

Inje Icefish Festival will be held at Soyangho lake in Inje. At this spectacular winter festival visitors will be able to try out ice fishing and exciting games such as human bowling on ice, ice soccer, and even a tug-of-war on ice. For those icefish fanatics there will be an icefish eating competition, and visitors can sample the icefish for free.