Naksana Temple and Park
a collection of traditional temples set within maintained gardens on a hill overlooking the ocean,
this park and temple complex are well worth a visit. Be sure not to miss the clifftop shrine with
mirrored viewing tunnel, under the large statue at the top of the hill. There is a tea/giftshop set
within a traditional building with great sea views. There is also a small insectaruim located near
the car park at the foot of the hill on the number 7 road.
Entrance is free. Located 3km north of Yangyang on the number 7 road. Take bus 9 or 9-1 from Paris
Baguette (to the east of the bus station in Yangyang) and ask for Naksan. Get off at the next stop
after passing under a foot bridge. Alternatively, a taxi will be under 5,000 won.
A wide 2km stretch of sandy beach that is practically deserted for most of the year except July and
August when it officially opens for summer with lifeguards (very strict), banana boat rides, inflatable
rentals and a swimming area. Year round there are seafood restaurants lining the shore at the Northern
end of the beach and plenty of accommodation, though at peak times this may fill up so book ahead.
Around halfway down the beach, set back on the road is Rolly Coffee who roast their beans in-house and
do a great brew - covered outdoor seating is available year round so it’s a good spot if the weather turns nasty.
Located 3km north of Yangyang on the number 7 road. Take bus 9 or 9-1 from Paris Baguette (to the east
of the bus station in Yangyang) and ask for Naksan. Get off at the stop under the foot bridge. Alternatively,
a taxi will be under 5,000 won.
Around 10 km to the South lies the
, once the frontier between north and South, this
Easterly section is now a rest area with a handful of restaurants, a surf hire shop and some of the best
waves in Korea!
Yangyang has four festivals at different times of the year…
The Yang Yang Salmon Festival
New Year’s Sun Rise Festival
Held at Naksan beach, this is a short but popular festival lasting just a few hours. Visitors can
watch the sun rise over the East Sea and every year thousands of balloons are released by spectators
carrying messages of good luck. (4am to 10am, New Year’s Day on Naksan beach)
Hyeoansan Cultural Festival
Features a parade through the town, large market and stage for visiting celebrities. (Held in late June)
Try to catch a salmon in the river with your bare (ok, gloved) hands, have it filleted and BBQ it in the
special areas provided - obviously a bottle of Soju is mandatory. While this can be fun it is also somewhat
cruel as the salmon are kept in netted pens in the river while hundreds of people grab, kick and dive on them.
It really isn’t a fair hunt so bear this in mind before making the trip. (Held in early October)
New Moon Festival
Like scrabbling around in the dirt on mountain sides? Get your fill at Yangyang’s mushroom (songhi) festival
where visitors are guided around the best growing areas in search of the fabled treasure. 1kg of these mushrooms
fetches 300,000won, so expect stiff competition. (Held in late September).
For more info see
The Yang Yang County website page
Yang Yang Bus Terminal
The Express Bus Terminal is located 500m North of Yangyang on the number 7 road, and serves destinations
further afield, such as Seoul (3.5 hour journey).
The Intercity Bus Terminal is located on the Eastern end of the main street and serves relatively local places
such as Gangneung (50 minute journey).
Local bus numbers 9 and 9-1 run North to Sokcho (20-25 minutes) and beyond.
Turn left out of the bus station and immediately on your left are two excellent restaurants - that are
popular enough to serve the taxi drivers!
The first one (with a green sign) serves food similar to kimbap nara.
The second one (highly recommended) serves a wider range of food and gives you the chance to sample a lot
of side dishes with even the most basic meal - the only downside being that everyone has to order the same food.
Otherwise, continue walking up the main street and there are a lot of other restaurants to choose from,
the biggest selection being in the food town area
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Yang Yang has a wide range of shops and amenities, including a centrally located pharmacy.
The town is ideally placed for sports and outdoor enthusiasts with a large range of activities possible
in the local area. Within the town itself there is a gym (opposite the bus station), swimming pool (behind the
bus station) and the banks of the river play host to an archery range, roller skating rink, baseball pitch,
football pitches, tennis courts and basketball courts.
If you are more into outdoor activities, there is a large (and mostly empty) sandy beach located 2km away in Naksan
(great for kitesurfing); one of the best surfing spots in Korea 10km South at the 38th parallel; fabulous spring
fishing on the Namdaechon river; great hiking opportunities in the mountains flanking the Western side of the town
and plenty of beautiful cycling routes through local villages, mountains and farmland.