Our guide to the best things to do for couples in Gangneung includes many places that have been featured in popular K-dramas. Enjoy a walk down the path along Anmok Beach, where you can stop at delightful cafés and visit the famous Terarosa. Known as Gangneung Coffee Street, this area is quite popular among couples. 

    Hourglass Park and Yeongjin Beach are known for their romantic ambience, while beautiful artworks dot the sea-facing garden of Haslla Art World. Here are some of Gangneung’s most romantic places.


    Anmok Coffee Street

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    The Anmok Beach area near Gyeongpo Beach is actually more popular under the name Gangneung Anmok Coffee Street. The clear waters and clean sandy beaches are similar to Gyeongpo Beach, but the area is differentiated by exquisite cafés and distinctive sculptures. More people seek out this area than Gyeongpo Beach thanks to the cafés, and they all boast lovely interiors with tremendous ocean views. It’s especially popular among couples, but it has a laidback atmosphere that’s welcoming to friends looking for a place to meet up.

    Location: 20-1 Changhae-ro 14 beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


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    Hourglass Park

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    Hourglass Park near Jeongdongjin Station served as a filming location for the K-drama, Sandglass, which had a viewership rating so high in South Korea back in 1995 that you'll be jokingly referred to as a spy if you hadn’t seen it. The park was retroactively created to provide greater enjoyment to fans of the show. 

    You can find the Jeongdongjin Time Museum, railbikes, and a massive hourglass statue that's illuminated at night. Be sure to visit if you’re a fan of the show or just interested in something a bit different.

    Location: San 2, Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Haslla Art World

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    Haslla Art World is a place where you can relax while viewing artworks in Gangneung. It consists of an indoor art gallery and an outdoor sculpture park, with lots of seating available throughout the area. There’s a work of art, whether man-made or naturally-occurring, everywhere you look. 

    Exploring the entire place takes quite a bit of time, so be patient, pace yourself, and get ready to take in all the beauty that surrounds you. Haslla Art World is a wondrous place where art and nature are in absolute harmony.

    Location: 1441 Yulgok-ro, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm (sculpture park closes at 7 pm)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-644-9411

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    Yeongjin Beach

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    Yeongjin Beach is where one of the most popular romantic K-dramas, Goblin was filmed. This beach is particularly beautiful when the moon rises as the sun is on its way down. A small breakwater stretches towards the East Sea, and a red and yellow lighthouse adds to the romantic landscape, encouraging you into staying just a little bit longer.

    Location: Yeongjin 2-ri, Yeongok-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


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    Gangneung Jungang Market

    Gangneung Jungang (Central) Market, a permanent market that opens year-round. It's a must-see spot during your Gangneung travels if you're looking for affordable yet authentic local dishes. There is a dedicated car park as well as several nearby public parking, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a spot unless you're visiting during a particularly crowded time. The market is adored by tourists and locals alike, with plenty of things to eat, see, and do.

    Location: 21 Geumseong-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-648-2285


    Coffee Cupper Museum

    The Coffee Cupper Museum in Gangneung consists of 5 floors, and the best way to see the museum is to start from the top floor and work your way down to finish with a cup of coffee at the ground-floor café. 

    Beans from regions across the world are on display, and you can learn more about the inner workings of an espresso machine and various tools used in the entire coffee-making process. With lots of fun things to see, the Coffee Cupper Museum is not to be missed, whether you’re a connoisseur or casual coffee drinker.

    Location: 341 Haean-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-655-6644


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