A little out of Jeongseon to the North (still easily accessible by bus) is the
Jeongseon Rail Bike. It is a popular tourist
destination in Jeongseon County, Gangwon-do, and you will probably see it’s image displayed on many
posters advertising the region. The activity involves pedalling a two person car down an old railway
track through the mountains, taking in rivers, tunnels, and (in true Korea tacky style!) some random
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Nearby Jeongseon are the Hwaam Caves (화암동글). They are an old Japanese occupation era gold mine and
include some interesting exhibits. There is also a mineral spring close to the caves.
Jeongseon Arari Village
In Jeongseon itself is the Arari Village. A village set up to give you an idea of what traditional
Korean life used to be like. A little of a learning experience (although there are minimal signs in
english), the Arari Village is a bit of fun if you go with a friend or three in the right frame of mind.
There are also plenty of hiking trails around town. Just walk towards the tree line and you’ll find
a trail. One warning though: the hiking trails are very steep and you’ll get lapped by 70 year old
women your first few times.
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For some, the biggest complaint about Jeongseon is how hard it can be to get places. It is not on a
quality train line (there is a train that comes through once in the morning and once in the evening,
but that’s not very useful). It’s easy enough to get to
Gangneung, and other towns in the county,
but beyond that you’d have to go somewhere else and transfer. Getting around
Gangwon-do is fairly easy,
but getting down to Busan for a quick weekend will prove difficult due to Jeongseon’s remoteness. A bus
trip to Seoul takes approximately 3 ½ hours.
Restaurant wise, Jeongseon is decent. There is a great Chinese restaurant that is probably the best
place to take visitors or go with a group. There are also a plethora of Korean restaurants. A low quality
Japanese restaurant is also available if you have a sushi craving, but like I said, don’t expect Kaiseki.
I hope you like beer. There are plenty of Hofs and chicken restaurants in town – but looking
for a cocktail bar would be a fool’s errand. Jeongseon is the kind of town where staying in town for
the weekend is enjoyable as long as you get out every once in awhile. Times change, but the current
‘go to’ spot for the foreigners is ‘Rich Rich Chicken’.
There is no lack of household wares and grocery stores in Jeongseon. While western brands and
off season perishables are hard to come by, if you are really hard up you can go to Emart in
Taebek or Gangeung.
There are plenty of hiking trails around Jeongseon. The mountains are steep, but the views are
rewarding. There is also a small river beach just down the road (within walking distance). In addition,
there are two gyms. One is fairly rudimentary and the other is on the newer side of town and has more
modern equipment. Obviously the older gym is cheaper; however, neither is outrageous.