Jeongamsa Pagoda - Adam Gregory
Arguably Korea’s most famous and popular ski and leisure resort, High One Resort is located in Gohan and enjoys large numbers
of visitors throughout the year. It is home to 18 ski slopes (including one ‘dry’ ski slope for Summer use), hotels
and condos, a beautiful golf course and country club, restaurants (including a revolving one on top of the mountain),
hiking trails, cinema, swimming pool, Mountain Spa outdoor hot spring, Asia’s biggest musical fountain and Kangwon Land
Casino – the only casino in Korea where both Koreans and foreigners are allowed to gamble. There is also a large
water park there (‘Waterpolis’), which is under construction, and due for completion in 2012.
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Jeongamsa Temple is around 25 minutes walk from the South East side of Gohan. Visitng there, you will find a small
collection of temples and Buddhist buildings, as well as a beautiful pagoda set into the mountain. The area is small,
and won’t amaze you in the same way as, say, one of Seoul’s grand palaces - but it’s well worth a visit on a nice day,
if you are in the area.
To find the temple, head up to the restaurants next to Kallae Elementary School, and follow the road which curves
around to the right walking past the shops on your right hand side). Keep walking along that same road for about 25
minutes. Be careful though – there is no pedestrian walkway for most of the journey, so you will be walking on the
High 1 Food Festival
High 1 Food Festival happens every Summer - Chinese circus, dance, magic, and music performances take place as you
sample the buffet of meat, poultry, vegetable, seafood, and pancake dishes on the Outdoor Terrace of the resort. (
High1 Mountain Lodge BBQ and Live Music Concert
High1 Mountain Lodge BBQ and Live Music Concert is held in the Outdoor Terrace of the Mountain Ski House between
July and late September, featuring 56 barbeque dishes of meat and seafood, a grill, and a basic buffet table - plus
unlimited draft beer and beverage refills.
Gohan Train Station
Gohan is a fairly small town, but thanks to High 1 Ski Resort’s facilities being situated there, it offers more
extensive and frequent transport options than many other smaller towns in the province. Gohan Train Station is located
right in the centre of the town (you will see staircases leading up to it from the main street, just opposite Tou Le
Jours). Trains run in two directions, one towards Gangneung (East Coast), and the other towards Cheongyangni (Seoul),
in the West.
Gohan Bus Terminal
Gohan Bus Terminal is shared by Gohan and Sabuk, but is actually a little closer to Sabuk than Gohan. To get there,
you can take a bus from Gohan town, or take a taxi. This is probably the easiest option and usually only costs around
3,000 won. The journey takes 5-10 minutes, and you can pick up taxis easily in Gohan as there are taxi stops (they look
almost like bus stops) on the main road, right by the entrance to Gohan market. Similarly, you can pick up return taxis
easily as there are always many drivers waiting outside the terminal, day and night. Buses run to many different places
from this terminal – you can catch direct services to Incheon and Gimpo airports, Seoul and Busan; as well as lots of
other towns around the area.
Gohan is full of restaurants, and they are usually very reasonably priced and welcoming to foreigners. Here are a few
of our favourites (see map for locations)
Chuncheon Dakgalbi Restaurant
To find this place, head down the little street next to the big Family Mart and PC Bang, and turn left. The restaurant
has an orange sign on the front and is next to a flower shop. One portion of galbi is usually around 11,000 won.
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Korean Barbeque Cuisine
This is the wooden building, located just behind Tou Le Jours off the main street. They offer a variety of foods, all
at reasonable prices, considering the great quality.
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Mandu / Kimbap Cafe
The best mandu in South Korea (apparently!) Ten pieces of mandu are 3,000 won and they really are awesome. The kimbap
is also excellent. Great little place if you are looking for a cheap takeaway. You can also sit inside, and sample a wide
variety of cheap Korean foods. To find it, head to the small Family Mart, and look straight ahead into the market. A few
shops up, you will see a café with big pots outside. This is it!
Dea Soup Maeul
Located next to Kallae Elementary School, at the top of the hill. A little out of town, but well worth a visit if you
are looking for somewhere with great quality food and a clean, classy atmosphere. It can be more pricey than the restaurants
in the centre of Gohan, but the food is great, and the owner is incredibly friendly. She doesn’t speak much English, but she
will have a very good try!!! They have amazing beef here, but at 30,000 won per person, you may only want to order this as a
Hidden away behind Kallae Elementary School on the outskirts of Gohan, is Taepyeongso
(태평소), a lovely little Korean restaurant with an outdoor beer garden. It is a bit of a hidden
treasure, and not many people know about it - so it's well worth a visit! In Summer, enjoy dining
outdoors, and in Winter, enjoy the rustic charm of eating inside its wooden lodge. Food is
reasonable, the owners are incredibly friendly, and there are even impromptu live music
performances on it's small stage now and again. Food is delicious (the sam gyup sal is incredibly
fresh and non-fatty), and prices are very reasonable indeed. To find it, walk from Gohan
towards the turn off for the High One Golf Course (in the direction of Taebaek, walking with the
train station on your right). When you reach the golf course turning, keep going straight along
the path to the right of the small restaurant (which will be facing you across the road). After
you reach a small parking area, you will see some stairs on your right hand side. Go up these
and the restaurant is at the top, on your left.
There are two or three main bars here which foreigners tend to go to. Don’t expect dance floors and music –
this is not that kind of place! The bars tend to consist of tables in private booths, with table service of
drinks and snacks. They are a good place to chill out, and you can have fun there with a large group of people
too – very good setup for playing drinking games!
One bar is called ‘Bingo’ and signposted 빙고 outside (see location on map). This seems to be the most popular
bar to head to, with many foreigners meeting up here during the ski season to drink the night away…
This is another nice bar and hof, located on the second floor as you enter Gohan market. Retro pictures line
the walls, and customers sit in cosy booths or small tables. The menu is all in Korean, but basically you can
order the usual beer and soju, as well as some more expensive bottles of whiskeys and wines.
Despite it’s fairly small size (you can walk from one end to the other in around 20 minutes), Gohan contains
the following amenities: 3 Family Marts; a GS25; a market; many local shops selling items such as food, household goods,
clothing and stationary; a great deal of Korean restaurants and take-aways; a Tous Le Jours and Paris Baguette (patisseries selling
bread, cakes, etc.); a large gym with swimming pool; 3 banks; a pharmacy; a post office; 2 internet cafes; and
a couple of bars. If you are looking for a large supermarket, check out Emart, on the way to Taebaek. You can
take buses here for less than 2,000 won, or take a taxi for between 8,000 and 13,000 won.
NH (NongHyup) Bank
Newly opened in 2010, this building is located right on the main road, just a little further along than the
train station. It is a large bank with 4 or 5 ATMs and many helpful staff inside, who have a good command of English.
Located about 20 metres into Gohan market, on the right hand side. Again, a large bank with both ATMs and a
number of staff. (There are also ATMs in each of the Family Marts, which have an English option and are
usually very easy to use with a foreign card).
This is located right next to the small Family Mart, by the entrance to Gohan Market. The staff speak English
fairly well, and the medication is cheap.
You can find this by heading to the main street, then going down to the street which is slightly lowered beside
this (Tous Le Jours is at one end). Walk away from Tous Le Jours and keep following the road around. You will see the
Post Office around the corner on your right hand side – it is clearly signposted. The staff’s English levels are
not high, so you may have to persevere a little in telling them where you need to send overseas mail. They have a
book with all the country codes in it – if they are struggling, just ask to see the book and point to your country
Internet Cafe’s (PC Bang’s)
The main one is on the 2nd floor above the Family Mart near the gym, and costs 1,000 won for 1 hour.
Ski Rental Shops
There are many shops in both Gohan and Sabuk where you can rent ski and snowboard equipment and clothing. However,
depending on where you are in town, there are two shops which have English speaking owners, and can give you the best
The first is High One 2 Ski – located above the Family Mart next to Tous Les Jours. The owner, Deokhwan, is very
sweet and helpful and has helped many westerners in the area - not only to rent and buy equipment; but also with
information about High One; help purchasing tickets and season passes; and even lifts in his car to the resort!
Very kind and helpful service, he is worth seeking out if you are in central Gohan.
The second is High 1 Skiplus, owned by Jimin Park, who also speaks English. This shop is located between Gohan and
Sabuk, and the website is www.high1skiplus.com. It’s in Korean, but gives
you an idea of what’s on offer. For more information, you can call Jimin on 010-6380-7608.
The newly constructed NH Bank
Shinhyeop Bank, near Gohan Market
The PC Bang above Family Mart
Turn off to the gym (opposite Family Mart)
If you are a ‘gym bunny’ living in or visiting Gohan, then you are in luck! Kangwon Land operates a large
gym and fitness centre here, which is free for foreigners to use! Facilities include: gym with treadmills,
bikes, stepper, free weights and all the usual machines you’d find back home; a swimming pool; large sports
hall with basketball facilities, table tennis tables and badminton courts; a squash court; indoor golf; as well
as great changing rooms, showers, etc. You can borrow equipment (balls, racquets etc.) for free, simply by
asking at the front desk.To find the building, head West along the main street until you come to last of the
three Family Marts. You will see a steep road opposite here, which goes up a hill, under the railway bridge.
Follow this road for a few minutes, and the gym building will be on your left. Outside the building is a rain
shelter, and a sign saying ‘Kangwon Land’ (see picture). When you enter the reception, simply sign in the
appropriate book depending on what you want to use (gym, swimming pool, etc.), and off you go! The gym is open
from 6am – 10pm every day.
If running outside is your thing, you may struggle to find many suitable tracks and paths around. Gohan is
linked to the surrounding towns by freeways – not very safe to be jogging along! And the area itself is pretty
mountainous. However, there is one short course (see map) which you can find by heading out of the gym and
turning right just before you go under the railway bridge to head to the main road. You can run right along
this road (be careful though – you are still sharing this route with car drivers!), and it will take you out
at the East end of Gohan, at the road which leads up to High One Golf Course.
Cycling is, again, not ideally catered for here. You could cycle around the town itself, but considering
it’s size, there is not a great deal of benefit to be had from that.