With regards to sightseeing and activities, there is little to do in Yemi - each road almost
instantly leads to a motorway to take you to either Jeongseon
However, up towards Oun-Chi there is rafting and beautiful scenery by the cliffs and river. You can only
reach this by car – or a very challenging, long walk. Signs on the main road point to Yeongwol on the left
- you need to carry on straight ahead over the intersection here.
There are no festivals that we know of in Yemi.
To get around Korea from Yemi, the best thing to do is either take the train, or head to
Yeongwol and change buses there.
Yemi Train Station
There is a train station where you can travel to Gohan, Wonju, Yeongwol, and Cheongyangni
(East Seoul – on the blue subway line), Gangneung, Sabuk, etc.
See the Cheongnyangni (East Seoul) - Gangneung Train Line
Information page for details and timetables
Buses run to Yeongwol in the early evening. Near the roundabout, in front of the sewage disposal place
(nice!). There is a bus at around 5pm and 6pm.
From opposite Yemi Elementary School you can take a 40 minute bus ride to
Jeongseon. There is a bus hut on the same side as the
school, to get to Jeongseon you need to stand opposite this hut, a bit further along, and wave! The bus is
only three times a day at 8am, 2:50pm and 6:05pm.
There is a restaurant near the Health Centre (turn left out of the train station and carry on down -
go straight over the roundabout) which does Daktoritang (spicy, spicy chicken stew) with many delicious
side dishes. If you go in on the right day you might hit the jackpot and be served potatoes. The bill
comes to around 20,000 for 2 people and beer.
There is a duck restaurant across from the train station where you can choose from marinated BBQ duck
or plain, again served with an array of side dishes and lettuce to wrap your duck in. The portions are
monstrous so hold the bap (rice) until you know you need more! This restaurant has little rooms off the
main area of the restaurant (as many Korean restaurants do) so when it is quiet you will be ushered into
one of these, and be made to feel like you have the entire place to yourself. A meal with beer and soju
for two comes to around 25- 30,000 won.
Chicken & Beer
For those craving a hit from the West (as you will, should you stay here long enough!) there is also a
fried chicken and beer place on the same side of the road as the supermarket, just a little further up. It
is made up of booths where you can share a pitcher of beer and some chicken. The chicken served here ranges
from gigantic sharing platters to chicken burger meals. Prices here range - depending how much chicken you
order. Jugs of beer are a snip at 2,500 won.
There are couple of ‘Noraebangs’ (song rooms) along the main street near the post office, bank and
supermarket. If you look up, the place is dotted with a couple of neon lit 'Hofs' (pubs) on the second
There is an NH bank in Yemi – no international transfers unfortunately, though you can set one up at
a larger branch and arrange for a transfer every month should you end up sticking around.
Next to the bank is a very well-eqipped supermarket - you can find all the Korean ingredients you
need here (and Western treats that are sneaking into Koreans diets can be found in the freezer!)
The Post Office is at the end of this main street. It is open until 6pm and the guy in there is
great and speaks some English.
Every now and then, there is a little market opposite the bank where you can buy fake leather bags,
hardcore ajuma (old lady) attire and kitsch linoleum! The market changes though and sometimes there
are stalls with handy practicals and very cheap sunglasses.
There is a small gym in Yemi (and when we say small, we mean SMALL!!) It has a couple of treadmills
and a few other pieces of equipment.
If you crave a bigger and better gym, you can catch a train to nearby Gohan
and use the Kangwon Land Gym there for free. This gym also has a swimming pool, basketball, badmintion
and squash courts, as well as indoor golf and table tennis. However, you will need to stay overnight in Gohan
as there is no transport to get back to Yemi after the last train at 6:30 on weeknights (unless you want to
fork out for a long taxi journey!) So if you are working in Yemi, it’s a good idea to make friends with
someone working in Gohan!
There is a swimming pool in nearby Yeongwol which you can catch a bus to also.