Chiaksan National Park
Home to Chiaksan Mountain and a favourite destination among hikers, Chiaksan National Park is a
beautiful break from the often drab looking city. Forests, rocks, waterfalls and temples are in
abundance here, and it is well worth a day trip. To get here, you can take many local buses –
see the Wonju city website for more details.
Chiaksan Natural Forest Resort
Located on the way from Wonju to Jecheon. The resort is located in Chalbangmakgol valley, and
despite it’s name, is not actually on Chiaksan mountain, although the hiking trails here offer
great views of that area. The forest resort is filled with paths where you can discover rocks
such as the Chilseong rock, Turtle rock and Lightning rock. There are also some nice picnic areas.
Call the Forest Resort Management Office (033 7628288) for information on accommodation here –
they have log cabins and camping areas
Entrance Fees: Adults - 2,000 won; Teenagers - 1,500 won; Children - 1,000 won.
The Wonju Tattoo (Korea’s only military band festival) takes place every September in the Wonju Tattoo Stadium, downtown
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The Korea International Walking Festival
Takes place every October, and includes walking courses ranging from 5km to 50km! The purpose of the
festival is to promote this healthy activity to people from all countries and backgrounds, and to introduce
those people to the beautiful surroundings Korea has to offer here. Around 40,000 walkers take part annually.
See the website for more details
The Gangweon Gamyeong Festival
The Gangweon Gamyeong Festival (previously known as the Wonju Chiak Festival) is held yearly in early
September. A traditional Korean festival, there are many different stalls selling food and local products,
as well as events such as parades, a puppet show, martial arts demo, folk music etc. Other events named
include ‘chicken fighting’ (not sure if humans or actual chickens!!) and branch chopping. Sounds interesting…..
New Moon Festival
This takes place in January on the first full moon of the year. There are traditional music performances,
straw burning, a tug of war, kite flying, traditional sledding, and a local food market. It takes place in
Hoechon Village (we’re told you can get there by taking bus number 34 to the last stop – towards Yonse University’s
The Hanji Festival
Hanji is traditional Korean paper. Sounds like a boring festival, but the line-up sounds interesting and
includes a televised fashion show, pop concert and the chance to make your own hanji products. The festival
takes place every October in the Chiak Art Hall, National Fitness Park.
Wonju is home to 2 bus terminals, a railway station and even an airport!
Flights go to Jeju (Southern Korean island),
as well as many other locations throughout Korea. You can take local buses there from the Wonju bus terminals,
or if you’d rather, you could take a taxi, but it will probably cost you close to 20,000 won to go from downtown.
Bus Terminals and Train Station
The bus terminals are both located right next to each other, in the main downtown area. The train station
(357 Hakseong-dong) is too far to walk to from there, and the easiest way to get between the two locations is
to take a cheap taxi. It should only cost around 3,000 won.
Taxis are in abundance here, and are a cheap way to get around the city – especially if you are sharing with a few people.
Wonju, being a large city, is full of restaurants and bars. As with all Korean cities, there are good
Korean food places all over the place where you can pick up a hefty meal for a very reasonable price.
New York, New York
If you want a Western fix, head to ‘New York, New York’ (come out of the main bus terminal and turn right,
you’ll see it in a big complex across the road). This reasonably priced little restaurant does good pasta and
pizza – as well as (a rarity in Korea)… steaks! Ok, they’re still not like the steaks we are accustomed to
eating back home, but at least it’s something….
Right next to this place, there’s a great coffee shop which does amazing waffles with fruit, chocolate
and ice cream. If you’re still not full after all your pasta and steak, head in here to relax and indulge.
The 'young girl's bedroom' decor of the Italian Restaurant
If you come out of the aforementioned complex and turn left, you’ll see a nice little bar/restaurant
about two minutes walk away, on the left hand side, which has a large outdoor area. It’s lovely to sit
here on a Summer night and eat/drink the night away – and it’s great to find somewhere with outdoor seating,
as this is a trend that has yet to take off in Korea.
Right next to the entrance to Rodeo Street, there's a cute little Italian restaurant which is worth trying.
The decor looks like a young girl's bedroom - cute pink cushions and flowers everywhere, and the menu includes
some tempting salads, pastas and risottos. The pizzas are slightly strange 'sweet pizzas' with random toppings,
but if you're craving a semi-Western meal in a pretty location, give it a try!
There are a number of good bars and clubs in Wonju – some even Western style clubs with RnB music, amongst
other things. More information required as to where these exactly are and what they are called (the writer was
drunk when visiting here and so the details are hazy…..!) If you know where the top night spots are in Wonju,
let us know!! Most things seem to be within a short walking distance of the bus terminal though…
Wonju is littered with convenience stores and pharmacies, and it shouldn’t be hard to find anything
you need here. It is unknown whether there is a large supermarket here – please get in touch if you have any
further information for this section!
There are 2 cinemas here – one is in the same building as the bus terminal, and one is on the top floor of
the complex to the right of the main terminal (where the New York food place is). They show numerous movies –
including English ones. They don’t tend to dub the films into Korean, they simply put subtitles at the bottom,
so us Westerners can enjoy the films pretty much as we would back home.
In the same building as the restaurants and cinema, you can find an amusement arcade. They have different
facilities such as arcade games, a library, ping pong, etc. You pay a small amount to enter (the amount depends
upon the length of time you want to stay). There is a ‘free zone’ once you’re in there – which had Nintendo Wii
games set up last time we visited. If you want to play in the main area with all the arcade games, you’ll need
to pay with coins for each game. It’s still relatively cheap though compared to the West. A good place to kill
some time if you’re waiting on a bus!
As well as the area around the bus terminals, there is also another shopping 'downtown' district. If you take
a taxi and ask for 'Rodeo Street' you will be taken to this area. Wander around and you'll find plenty of shops,
restaurants and markets to explore.
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