Over 82% of Gangwon-do is covered by forests. Naturally, visitors are exposed to pristine nature year-round in the province that offers a huge array of leisure facilities including skiing, golfing, and rail-biking. It is an ideal destination for outdoor sports.
The resort near Daegwallyeong offers an outstanding natural landscape. To be used as a main venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the resort consists of top-notch winter leisure facilities (for ski jumping, biathlon, and cross-country skiing). It also offers a golf course, water-themed facilities, a concert hall, and Retail Village, letting visitors experience leisure, culture, and shopping, all in one place.
Pollack and buckwheat dishes are major local dishes in Pyeongchang. Known for containing abundant protein and fiber, buckwheat dishes include Memilmuk (buckwheat firm jelly), Memil-naengmyeon (chilled buckwheat noodle soup in cold broth), Memil-pajeon (buckwheat pancake with green onion), and Memil-jeonbyeong (pan-fried half-moon shaped buckwheat cakes with filling). Two of the better known restaurants offering buckwheat dishes are Bongpyeong Memilkkot Pilmuryeop near Yi Hyo-seok's Birthplace and Pulnaeum. Pollack dishes in Pyeongchang are also famous thanks to their soft and chewy textures and spicy taste. Hwangtaehoegwan is a top notch restaurant offering Pollack dishes.
Popular in Europe, rail-biking can be enjoyed in Jeongseon. A rail-biking road installed on closed rails stretches over 7.2km from Auraji to Gujeol-ri. While rail-biking, visitors can witness gorgeous cliffs, peaceful farms, and rivers. The rail-biking roads accommodate two-person or four-person bikers. The distance can be covered in 50 minutes at 10 to 30km per hour.
The cave used to be a gold mine, but it has become a theme cave connecting the gold mine and a natural limestone cave (2,800 m2). Over 1,803m wide, the cave consists of five sections. Some of the well-known attractions include a yellow limestone wall (30m in height and 20m in width), limestone resembling Maria, Buddha, and a general, and a deep waterfall.
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